By Dan Haley
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."