Hon. Lewis M. Nixon, a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, was installed as the 39th president of the Illinois Judges Association (IJA) at the organization’s Annual Meeting on Friday, May 21.
Retired Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow, who officiated at Judge Nixon’s swearing-in ceremony when he was first elected to the bench in 2002, performed the induction ceremony at The John Marshall Law School.
Headquartered in Chicago, the 1,000-member Illinois Judges Association addresses issues impacting on a fair and impartial judiciary, access to justice, and educating the public about their courts and judges.
Initially appointed as a judge to fill a vacancy in November 2001 by the Illinois Supreme Court, Judge Nixon was subsequently elected to the bench in November 2002. He currently serves as supervising judge in the Mortgage Foreclosure/Mechanics’s Lien Section of Chancery. For the past three years, he has served as a presenter at Cook County’s new judges education program. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Nixon was the Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development in Chicago, administering the legal department for the six-state Midwest region. He began his legal career in 1975 as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago.
An adjunct professor at Roosevelt University since 1989, he currently teaches in the university’s Paralegal Studies Program, and has taught trial advocacy at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Legal Education Institute in Washington, D.C.
A native of Chicago’s south side, Judge Nixon attended Chicago public schools and graduated near the top of his class from Harlan High School. He received his J.D. from DePaul University School of Law in 1974, and a B.A. from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., in 1971. He and his wife Evon reside in River Forest. They have three sons.
Content provided via Illinois Judges Association by Director of Paralegal Studies Carrie Lausen.