Cynthia Y. Cobbs, director of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, and Janet R. Holmgren, chief judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit, are pleased to announce that the 17th Circuit judges voted to select local attorney John S. Lowry as associate judge of the 17th Circuit, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Steven M. Nash.
When notified of the selection, Lowry commented, Im elated. I am honored that the circuit judges have selected me to serve the citizens of Winnebago and Boone counties. I will cherish my years in private practice, and I look forward to the challenges that lay ahead on the bench. Chief Holmgren also added, We are very excited and fortunate to have John joining our judicial team. He is a very experienced, well-respected member of our legal community, and he will definitely be an asset to the court system.
Lowry is a graduate of Boylan High School, received his undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1981, and graduated from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Ill., in 1985. Most recently, he has been practicing mostly civil law as a partner of Lowry & Hardyman in Rockford since 1998. From 1990-1998, he practiced civil law as an associate and partner at the firm of Brassfield, Cowen & Howard in Rockford, and prior to that, Lowry worked as a professor for the Winnebago County States Attorneys Office from 1986 to 1990.
Lowry is currently a member of the Illinois Association of Insurance Defense Counsel, the Winnebago County Bar Association and has served Winnebago and Boone counties as an arbitrator at the 17th Circuit Alternative Dispute Resolution Center. He is married, has four children and resides in Rockford.
from the July 25-31, 2007, issue