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Patricia Brown Holmes

Current Term


Appointed By Governor


Professional Experience

  • Adjunct professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Adjunct professor of Law, Loyola Institute for Paralegal Studies 
  • Instructor, Attorney General's Advocacy Institute Criminal Trial Advocacy Section of the U.S. Department of Justice

Professional/Civic Affiliations, Activities and Community Service

  • Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Mentoring Advisory Committee
  • Chair, Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission
  • Chair, Gov. Pat Quinn's Cemetery Oversight Task Force
  • Sen. Richard Durbin's Judicial Commission for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Chief Judge James F. Holderman's Magistrate Judge Merit Review Panel
  • Chair, Illinois Judicial Council Foundation
  • Co-chair, Illinois Judges Association Retired Judges Committee 
  • The Chicago American Inn of Court 
  • Economic Club of Chicago 
  • Lawyers Club of Chicago 
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation; Section of Business Law and Committee on White-Collar Crime; Section of State and Local Government Law
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Secretary, Chicago Bar Association Board of Managers; chair, Blue Ribbon Committee on Juvenile Justice
  • Past president and founder, Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, Inc.
  • Chair, Just the Beginning Foundation, Inc.
  • Fellow, Leadership Greater Chicago
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association; American Jury Project Commission

Awards and Honors

  • Star, Benchmark Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation
  • Black Women Lawyers Association Visionary Award
  • Illinois Judicial Council Distinguished Service Award
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, General Litigation, Top 50 Women Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyer-Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White Collar, Top 10 Women, Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (a peer review award)
  • National Bar Association Judicial Council Special Chair Award
  • National Diversity Council-One of the Most Powerful and Influential Women of Illinois (2011) University of Illinois
  • Seaberry Award for Service to the Legal Community
  • Outstanding Alumni Award for Public Service
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois/Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter-Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service
  • Who's Who in Black Chicago-Inaugural Edition


  • J.D., University of Illinois, College of Law (1986)
  • B.S., University of Illinois (1983)

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