Judge Ross Speaks
I am honored and privileged to serve as Chair of the Illinois Judicial Council for the 2015-2016 bar year. As I pick up the gavel and embark upon my year as Chair of the IJC, I’ve chosen the theme, “Our Courts- Our Families- Our Future. I chose that theme, one because I sit in the Domestic Relations Division and practiced in the area as an attorney. Additionally, I see that our families are affected by the judicial process regardless of the division, be it Law Division where the injured seek relief, Probate Division, traffic or criminal. The effect on our families can ultimately impact our future.
The mission of the Illinois Judicial Council was conceived to address the issues specific to Black judges as well as to enhance the image of the judiciary and to improve the quality of life in the community through educational enlightenment as to the manner in which the legal process serves the community. In keeping with our mission, it is the goal of the IJC to be present in the community and to educate those who are unfamiliar with the judicial process. As the late Justice R. Eugene Pincham often said, “You can’t be what you can’t see”. Therefore, the IJC will be seen as we continue with programs that have a positive impact on family, local communities and the legal community.
The IJC will continue to work along side with Operation PUSH and the oratorical contest for our youth, we will continue the IJC mentor program where judges help guide and mentor our youth who are wards of the state. We will continue to go into the schools to talk to our youth so that they can see what they can be, a lawyer, a judge or more. It is our goal to help them understand that they have choices and can make a positive difference now and in the future. Our longstanding Scholarship Committee will continue to recognize and award scholarships to deserving, hardworking law students. We will also continue to implement programs and symposiums to educate and inform the legal community.
Our membership is open and growing. We welcome our sitting judges, retired judges, administrative law judges and hearing officers to join our membership as we expand our efforts and goals. As Chair, I welcome your ideas, your input and I will work tirelessly toward a successful and fulfilling bar year for the Illinois Judicial Council.
– Judge Dominique C. Ross, Chair