2017-18 IJA Committee Co-Chairs and Officer Liaisons

Budget and Finance
Develops annual budget for presentation to the Board at mid-year meeting and maintains a long-term financial plan.
Naomi H. Schuster
Patricia O'Brien Sheahan
Liaisons: Eileen O'Neill-Burke, Margaret Mullen

Educational Programming & Annual Meeting
Plans and presents educational programs and at the annual meeting in December. Also, oversees annual luncheon.
Michael Chmiel
Al Swanson
Liaison: Diane Shelley

The Gavel
Publishes The Gavel, the official publication of the Illinois Judges Association. 
Co-Editors:  Celia Gamrath and Elizabeth Rochford
Liaison: Margaret Mullen

Government Affairs
Monitors actions and proposed actions of the legislative and executive branches on matters of import to the judiciary.
Thomas Appleton
Ron Spears    
Liaison: James Snyder

In-School Programs
Facilitates getting judges into schools to present 7 Reasons to Leave the Party, our award-winning program on drug and alcohol prevention; Courtroom in the Classroom, a civics presentation on the judicial process; Page It Forward, which encourages reading; and Worries of the World Wide Web, that explores the serious dangers of the Internet, social media, apps and cellphones.
Clare McWilliams, Committee Chair  
Mary Schostok & Elizabeth Rochford, Co-Chairs Page It Forward
Mark Drummond, Chair 7 Reasons to Leave the Party
Thomas Harris, Chair Courtroom in the Classroom
Susan Clancy Boles, Chair Worries of the World Wide Web
Liaison: Eileen O’Neill Burke

Judicial Selection and Retention
Monitors judicial election and retention and investigates and addresses, within ethical limitations, problems.
Richard Goldenhersh
Julie Katz
Liaison: Barbara Crowder

Law and Literature
Sponsors and encourage  reading, writing and sharing of literature helpful to our role as judges, including  curriculum for judicial education programs, formation of writing groups for IJA members, and publication of the creative writing of members.
Thomas Donnelly
Charles Reynard
Liaison: Eileen O'Neill-Burke

Media Response
Monitors and arranges responses to unjust public criticism of the judiciary.
Al Swanson
Liaison: Barbara Crowder
Maintains and increases membership. 
Diann Marsalek, Jessica Colon-Sayre, Michael McCuskey, David Overstreet, Fred Foreman and Don Bernardi
Liaison: Diane Shelley

Pension and Employment Benefits
Monitors legislative, executive, and judicial branch action involving insurance, pensions, and the like.
Larry G. Axelrood
Daniel Weber
Mark VandeWiele
Liaison: John Coady

Privacy and Court Security
Analyzes physical and security make up of courthouses and assists members with on-line privacy and personal security. 
Michael Chmiel
E. Kenneth Wright
Liaison: James Snyder
Public Affairs and Outreach Committee
Works to increase public knowledge of role and functioning of the bench, and educate the public on issues of the rule of  law, civics, and the administration of justice.
Martin Moltz
Brad Paisley
Liaison: Margaret Mullen
Retired Judges
Monitors governmental actions, assists retirees with retirement benefits, and presents CLE seminars.
Donald Bernardi
Fred Foreman
Liaison: Margaret Mullen  
Travel and Member Benefits
Plans trips of interest to members, as well as identify member-benefit programs.
Sheila M. Murphy
Liaison:  John Coady


If you would like to join a committee, please contact Kathy Hosty at info@ija.org or 312/431-1283.