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Hon. William H. Hooks

JhooksJudge Hooks sits as a judge assigned to the felony Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County.  He has been licensed by the Illinois Supreme Court for close to thirty years.  After being appointed to a countywide vacancy in 2008, Judge Hooks was elected to a six-year term in 2010. 

Judge Hooks served for 20 years in the U.S Marine Corps in various positions in the Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare and Marine Judge Advocate fields.  He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1995.  As a lawyer Hooks was named as “one of Chicago’s 30 Toughest Lawyers” by Chicago Magazine.  He also authored a chapter in the IICLE (2007 Supp) publication entitled, Defending Illinois Criminal Cases.  He is currently a Scholar/Designated State Court Participant in the National Resource Judge Program, Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center (ASTAR), funded by the U.S Justice Department. 

Judge Hooks has taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law and DePaul University College of Law.  Judge Hooks served as an ARDC Commissioner from 1994-07 and currently sits as a Commissioner on the Illinois Courts Commission.  Hooks also serves, by Illinois Supreme Court appointment, on the court’s Criminal Law and Probation Administration Committee, as well as the Judicial Conference of Illinois. 

In July of 2011, Hooks was appointed to a four-year term on the Cook County Judicial Advisory Council.  He is a former president of the Cook County Bar Association and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  He currently sits on the Executive Board of the Illinois Judicial Council.