Judge races can be a tricky thing for voters.
Candidates are forbidden from discussing politics and how they would rule on cases, often leaving voters to base their decision on their qualifications and whether they got a good impression upon meeting them in person.
In the primary race for 11th Subcircuit Judge, Oak Park resident Scott J. Frankel faces off against Rosemont resident Joanne Rosado.
Both candidates have a long history as attorneys. It is Frankel’s first run for public office, while Rosado ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2014, but was appointed to fill the vacancy in the 11th Subcircuit when Judge Kathleen G. Kennedy vacated the position in January 2017.
Frankel has a law degree from Ohio State Law School, where he served as editor of the Ohio State Law Journal. He clerked for a federal judge after law school and then worked at the Chicago law firm Mayer Brown.
Frankel served in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office from 1989 to 1992, and has since been in private practice.
He said in an interview that he has worked cases at every level – from federal court to traffic court.
“I’ve shown that I’ve committed my career to the struggle for justice and that I would be a good judge,” he said.
Frankel has received endorsements from Craig B. Futterman, a clinical professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School, as well as other attorneys. More information about his candidacy is available at his campaign website at www.frankelforjudge.com.
Rosado also comes with extensive experience as an attorney. She notes on her campaign website (www.joannerosado.com) that her appointment to the 11th Subcircuit was made at the recommendation of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis.
She served as an assistant Cook County public defender beginning in 2002, where she “provided legal services to member of the community and their families throughout Cook County,” she notes in campaign literature.
Rosado has tried more than 100 bench trials and over 50 jury trials.
She said in a telephone interview that she brings diversity to the bench and believes in social justice and reform.
“Everything I’ve done throughout my career is being a community servant, and this is being a community servant at the next level,” she said.
She is a board member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and has served as a mentor through various legal organizations such as the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.
She graduated from John Marshall Law School in 2001 and from DePaul University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Rosado has received a number of endorsements, including Congressman Danny K. Davis, Oak Park Committeeman Don Harmon, and several Chicago aldermen, including the 29th Ward’s Chris Taliaferro.
* Editor’s Note: Scott Frankel is a family member of a Wednesday Journal employee.