Judge Andrea Buford, Chair
It was my extreme pleasure to serve as the Chair of the Illinois Judicial Council in this, its 35th year and to represent the illustrious members of this body. The Mission of the IJC is to enhance the image of the judiciary, to support our youth and our community. I was honored to carry out our Mission. My theme for the year, “Honoring the Past-Inspiring the Future” was in furtherance of the Mission.
With the support of many members, we were able to have a productive year. We continued tradition with some of our standing programs, like Robes in the Classroom, the Push Excel Oratorical Contest, and the High School Extern Program, to name a few. We also participated in awarding scholarships and mentoring students. This year we worshiped at two churches St. Sabina and St. Mark – where the community was able to meet and greet our members outside the confines of a courtroom. We displayed our standing Black History Month display at the Daley Center.
Our standing committees continued with outstanding performances including seminars and continuing legal education. We had an exceptional series of continuing legal education seminars aimed at judges, with such diverse topics as Case Management in the Civil Division, Case Management in the Criminal Division, Parliamentary Procedure and Roberts Rules of Order, Digital Forensics, Case Management in High Volume Courtrooms, Completing the Statement of Economic Interests, Supreme Court Rule 67, Common Errors Seen in the Appellate Court, and Concealed Carry Licensure and Certification.
We had a few new initiatives as well. We started out the year with a Rededication and Memorial Ceremony at 6th Grace Presbyterian Church. We pledged to further the mission of the Council by recommitting to the principals of Justice, Unity, Collegiality, Temperament and Integrity. It was a wonderful ceremony and a great way to start off the year. We started the Past Chair’s Council as a body that can provide advice and continuity to new administrations. We started a New Judges Committee to provide guidance and assistance to our new member judges. We also called a meeting of the Presidents of the Alliance of Illinois Judges, the Illinois Judges Association and the Jewish Judges Association for the first ever collaborative meeting, with a look towards scheduling joint events. Hopefully that initiative will continue.
I want to express my thanks to the 2017-2018 Officers, Board and Committee Chairs — for without your support and hard work none of the above would be possible. I extend my congratulations and my support to the incoming administration and invite you to celebrate with us as they are installed on August 30, 2018.
/s/Andrea M. Buford
Chair, Illinois Judicial Council