Oak Park lawyer appointed as county judge

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

By Dan Haley

Editor and Publisher

Oak Parker Pamela McLean Meyerson, twice defeated as a candidate for the Cook County Circuit Court, was appointed to the court this week to fill a vacancy caused by a retirement.

Her appointment is effective June 7 and ends on Dec. 1, 2014. To continue in the office, Meyerson will have to win election in the 2014 General Election. The appointment was made by the Illinois Supreme Court in a selection process overseen by Justice Mary Jane Theis. This vetting process was unusual in that Theis created a bipartisan judicial screening committee to review nominees.

Meyerson, a lawyer with a practice on North Boulevard in Oak Park, ran unsuccessfully for a judge's post on the 11th sub-circuit in both 2010 and 2012. New judges are assigned to specific courthouses and types of courts by Timothy Evans, the county's chief judge. Traffic Court is a typical first stop for new judges.

Meyerson has been active as both an attorney and a volunteer in Oak Park. She earned her law degree in 1983 from the University of Chicago. She spent six years working in larger law firms. But in 1989 she opened her own law office and has specialized in civil litigation, business organization and election law. She has also done a considerable amount of pro bono work most recently focusing on criminal record expungement and foreclosure mediation.

"I'm honored by the Supreme Court justices' confidence in me," Meyerson wrote in a statement released by the court. "I'm committed to showing that their confidence has been well-placed – by being a thoughtful, hard-working, fair and consistent judge."

Email: dhaley@wjinc.com Twitter: @OPEditor

Reader Comments

21 Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy


Posted: December 14th, 2013 2:52 PM

Wow - she "decides" to kick the candidates off of the ballot due to their "allegedly" not placing a paper clip on their nomination petition(s). This, to put it mildly, is SMALLER than "a technicality." However, SHE violates the law in making this decision (which is any thing BUT "a technicality") and PRESTO-MAGICO.....a couple of months later........she's "honored by the.....justices confidence in me" and she's a judge!?! Can we next have D97/200 ban nepotism/favoritism in hiring, too?

Vote them all out from Chicago  

Posted: December 14th, 2013 1:57 PM

Lawrence v. Williams #130757 "Finally, a comment on that "little civics lesson" mentioned in the opening paragraph. This case exemplifies the importance of transparency in government. Taken together, the Open Meetings Act and the Election Code require official action and the deliberations involving candidacies be open to public view. In a democracy like ours, in which the integrityof the election process is sacrosanct, nothingless is acceptable."

End Crook County Cronyism from Chicago  

Posted: December 14th, 2013 1:54 PM

Read this, about how this judge operated. http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/AppellateCourt/2013/1stDistrict/1130757.pdf

End Crook County Corruption from Chicago  

Posted: December 14th, 2013 1:51 PM

She was "rewarded" for her role as an electoral board judge, that kicked off a candidate for election in Thornton Township HS Dist 205. Orchestrated by Anthony Bass, former Stroger hanger-on, one of the attorneys at the school district who also sued two of his own clients in Cook County court. She's a pawn, being used Dems, typical cronyism.

Bill Wallace from Oak Park  

Posted: April 28th, 2013 2:07 PM

Although I am undoubtedly more conservative than Pam, I wish all of our judges were as competent, dedicated, fair-minded and "unclouted" as Pam. Congratulations both to Pam for her appointment and the judicial hierarchy for getting this one right.

Joe Schwartz Esq. from Oak Park  

Posted: April 26th, 2013 4:34 PM

A job for life!! In my experience (30 years +) most judges are where they are, because they cannot make it on the outside. A fuuny fact about a lawyer who puts on a black robe: Suddenly, they are the smartest, best looking, funniest, person in he room, do not ever check their golf score. I always vote "no" for every Judge seeking retention. She got in though clout, the door 95% of the judges take to their lifetime sinicure.

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: April 26th, 2013 2:23 PM

Let me guess - she's a Democrat, right?

Susan from Beach  

Posted: April 25th, 2013 10:55 PM

This is really good news. Pam is going to make a terrific judge. Kudos Pam!

Susan Roberts from Oak Park  

Posted: April 25th, 2013 3:19 PM

Congratulations, Pam. Well deserved.

Teresa Powell  

Posted: April 25th, 2013 8:48 AM

I am also thrilled that Pam is being appointed to this open position. Election of judges can be a funny thing, in this case she was interviewed to fill an open position and clearly rose to the top as a capable and appropriate choice. Congratulations!

Debby Preiser from River Forest  

Posted: April 25th, 2013 8:02 AM

I am thrilled for you! What a great choice. You have already contributed so much to your community. I'm sure you will make a fair-minded judge.

Dale Fitschen from oak park  

Posted: April 25th, 2013 7:26 AM

A great choice. Congratulations, Judge.

Judy Compton from Oak Park  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 11:43 PM

Pam Meyerson is a terrific choice...Congratulations, Pam! Your integrity and intelligence shine through every cause you champion.....

Jane Hedges from Oak Park  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 7:15 PM

Pam Myerson will be a fabulous judge. Congratulations, Pam

Leonard Grossman from River Forest, Illinois  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 6:46 PM

Congratulations, Pam. The organizations and causes you have supported in our community will miss your tireless work for our community. The Illinois Supreme Court just moved up several notches in my estimation.

Galen Gockel from Oak Park  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 5:12 PM

Congratulations. At long last! Previously, the boundaries of her sub-circuit were pretty much stacked against her, as the district snaked well up into Chicago and towns to the northwest of OP, We can use our Meyerson campaign buttons next year!

Adam Salzman from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 4:43 PM

Congratulations, your honor.


Posted: April 24th, 2013 4:29 PM

Sheeez! It's bad enough that it's virtually impossible to vote out judges identified as "bad" by the legal profession in regular elections. Now the court is appointing a lawyer who couldn't even get voted in in the first place, twice! Wow. Just wow.

Jeff Schroeder from Oak Park  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 4:25 PM

Congratulations, Pam.

Gail Moran from Oak Park  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 4:14 PM

What an excellent choice! And a procedure based on bipartisianship and merit! Congratulations Pamela!

Daniel Lauber from River Forest  

Posted: April 24th, 2013 4:00 PM

What an excellent choice! I don't know of many practicing attorneys with legal skills and a sense of fairness that compare to Pam Meyerson. Finally the Illinois Supreme Court rectifies the flaws of our system of electing judges by making a genuinely merit-based appointment. Hopefully the voters will respond in Nov. 2014 and reaffirm the wisdom of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2017

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2017 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Classified Ad