SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (AP) – The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed its first black female judge to replace the resigning judge, Rita Garman.
The court appointed Judge Lisa Holder White, who currently holds the Illinois 4th District Court of Appeals, to the vacant position of Harman in July.
The 54-year-old White owner called the appointment a “lifelong pursuit” and thanked Harman and the rest of the court for their trust.
“My service in the judiciary over the past 21 years has helped me prepare for this historic moment,” Holder White said in a statement. “I look forward to the privilege of resolving cases that my fellow citizens are suing.”
Holder White of Decatur began her career as an assistant state’s attorney in Macon County. She then began a private practice, working as an assistant to the county attorney general. In 2001 she was recognized as an associate district judge, and in 2008 – a district judge. In 2013, she became the first black judge of the Illinois Court of Appeals.
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Holder White served as chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Conference Committee on Education, which plans and provides continuing education for judges. She teaches at the biennial educational conference, which is to be attended by all state judges, and has previously been an instructor for the New School of Judges.
Harman, 78, is the state’s longest-serving state attorney. announced Monday that she will retire on July 7th. She was expected to seek retention for a third, 10-year term in the November election, but decided to leave. As there will be no vacancies before the June 28 primary, Holder White will run until the next election in November 2024.
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