Newly Selected Associate Judges for the Circuit Court of Cook County

View as Webpage March 23, 2023

Please see the following recognition of newly selected associate judges for the Circuit Court of Cook County.

A fact sheet on the selection process, as well as Illinois Supreme Court Rule 39, which governs the appointment of circuit court associate judge, are included.


COAL Board of Directors
"The time to work seriously and collectively, to improve the state of our Community, is upon us..."
Let Us be intentional in all aspects of the Work that must be done.
Associate Judges - Cook County Circuit Court
Congratulations to the 22 newly elected Associate Judges for the Circuit Court of Cook County. (See the full list of 22 here: 22 New Cook County Associate Judges Named).
To the following 5 associate judges, this represents COAL's shout out and pride in you achieving this next big step in your respective careers.
Note: Attorneys Tisa Lynne Morris, Monique Leneé Patterson, Parle M Roe-Taylor, Anthony Ruffin and Torrick Alan Ward, although you did not make it this time, COAL expects that you will be seriously considered for any future vacancies on the Cook County Circuit Court bench, as well as see you on the campaign trail. We need individuals with your qualifications and character, as judges within the justice system.
About COAL
COAL is an umbrella organization founded by 13 of Chicago's historic African American mens clubs. COAL's overarching mission is to identify, examine, illuminate and find resolution to issues impacting the greater community. We strive to use our collective experience, expertise and resources to improve the quality of opportunity, quality of preparedness and the quality of outcomes (expressed as 'quality of life') for our Community.
Founding Member Organizations
100 Black Men Of Chicago ■ Chicago Assembly ■ Chicago Connection ■ Druids Club ■ Frogs Club ■ Lunch Bunch ■ New Committee ■ Original 40 Club Of Chicago ■ Rat Pack ■ Royal Coterie Of Snakes ■ Saints ■ Sigma Pi Phi Beta-Boule ■ UIC Male Forum (now Chicago Good Health Group)
What We Believe
The Coalition of African American Leaders believes that it is important to examine the critical issues confronting the African American community where injustice, inequality and the absence of access and opportunity continue to prevail, thereby negatively impacting us as a people.

COAL is an assemblage that advocates and organizes for appropriate and responsible public policy change, system behavior change and equality of opportunity. We aim to achieve for all of our people the fullness of the life experience without any form of racism or exclusion as a deterrent.

We believe we must prepare ourselves for the opportunity of this full participation, thereby achieving the necessary education and training to participate.
Contact: Clarence Wood, Chairman 312.404.8269 - Craig K. Wimberly, President 773.350.9315
COAL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in Illinois, USA.
Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by U.S. law.