CVLS Volunteer Hits the bench

Monday, February 4, 2019

Pro Bono Attorney Appointed as Circuit Judge!

James T. Derico, Jr., At-Large Cook County Circuit Judge

Experienced volunteer and two-time recipient of the CVLS Distinguished Service Award, James T. Derico, Jr., has been appointed as an At-Large Cook County Circuit Judge. According to the Supreme Court’s press release, he will fill the vacancy of the Honorable Matthew Coghlan, beginning January 28, 2019.

Jim is just the latest in a series of volunteer attorneys from CVLS who have been appointed to the bench. While he must have certainly impressed the judicial screening committee with his qualifications, CVLS and its volunteers intimately know of Jim’s passion for pro bono.

Jim’s caseload at CVLS was quite varied. Although he began by taking only torts and landlord-tenant cases, he has since advocated for clients facing foreclosure, divorce, and bankruptcy. With the Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC) Legal Clinic, Jim has assisted over 120 CVLS clients since 2006!

We are sad to lose Jim as a volunteer but remain proud of his accomplishments and affiliation with CVLS. Our staff wishes him the best of luck in his future as a Cook County Circuit Judge.