Dominique C. Ross was elected Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court in November 2008. Judge Ross took office on December 1, 2008.
Upon taking the bench, Judge Ross was initially assigned to the First Municipal District-Traffic Division, where she handled a court docket involving criminal traffic misdemeanors ranging from driving on a suspended license to driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
In March of 2009, Judge Ross received her permanent assignment to the Domestic Relations Division, where she currently serves as a trial judge presiding over cases involving dissolutions of marriage, child custody, visitation and other pre-decree issues.
Prior to taking the bench, Dominique practiced law for thirteen years. Her private legal practice was devoted primarily to Domestic Relations and Family Law. She handled and tried many complex civil and family law matters, including custody and division of property issues. Dominique also had considerable experience in general civil litigation matters.
In addition to her private law practice, Dominique served as a legal panelist for many community forums including V-103’s Expo for Today’s Black Woman and Free Legal Advice Day at Chicago State University (broadcast on Power 92 and Soul 106.3 radio – Chicago’s popular urban radio stations).
She also served as an arbitrator with the Cook County Circuit Court Mandatory Arbitration Program and as a volunteer with Legal Aid to Incarcerated Mothers.
Dominique received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She continued her education at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor degree.
Judge Ross holds membership in several professional organizations including: Cook County Bar Association, where she has served as an instructor for continuing legal education requirements for attorneys; Illinois Judge’s Association (IJA), where she serves as a member of the Media Response Committee; and the Illinois Judicial Council (IJC), where she serves as Co-Chair of the IJC Law School Educational Scholarship Committee, and currently serves on the Rapid Response Committee for the IJA and as the IJC’s Secretary.