May 9, the Illinois Supreme Court signed an order appointing Eugene G. Doherty as circuit judge, at large, in the 17th Judicial Circuit.
Doherty will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Frederick J. Kapala as a circuit judge as a result of his nomination and appointment to the U.S. Federal Court. Dohertys appointment as a circuit judge will be effective from June 11, 2007, to Dec. 1, 2008. In fall 2008, Doherty will have to seek election to maintain this position.
When notified of his appointment, Doherty said: I am grateful that the Supreme Court has given me this opportunity. I will do my best to uphold the high standards set by our local judiciary.
The specific court assignment of Doherty has yet to be determined. Doherty has been an attorney with Holmstrom & Kennedy since 1991, practicing mostly civil litigation and appeals in the area of tort and medical malpractice defense. Prior legal experience includes being a staff attorney and clerk for Justice Philip G. Reinhard at the Illinois Second District Appellate Court from 1989 to 1991; and a legislative assistant/press secretary for U.S. Rep. Lynn Martin in Washington, D.C., from 1986 to 1988.
Doherty obtained his bachelors degree in economics from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 1983, and also earned his law degree at NIU summa cum laude in 1989. He is also a member of the Illinois State and Winnebago County Bar associations, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, and the Appellate Lawyers Association. Doherty has received professional recognition as a Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network and as an Illinois Super Lawyer (top 5 percent of lawyers) for his work in civil litigation defense. He has also published many articles and has been a speaker at several legal educational seminars.
Doherty is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation Ambassadors, as well as a member of the Steering Committee for Our Schools Initiative on Public Engagement. Doherty is a resident of Rockford, is married to Rose, and they have three children.
from the May 23-29, 2007, issue