Cynthia Y. Cobbs, director of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, and Kathryn Zenoff, chief judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit, announced that the 17th Circuit judges voted to select Joseph Bruce as an associate judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit, filling the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge J. Todd Kennedy to Circuit Judge, effective Oct. 2.
When notified of the selection, Bruce commented, I am honored and humbled by the appointment and look forward to this new challenge and opportunity.
Bruce is a graduate of Don Bosco High School in Milwaukee, Wis., and received his undergraduate degree in 1974 from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., and his law degree in 1977 from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Bruce has been engaged in practicing law for 29 years, having worked previously as a prosecutor in the DeKalb County States Attorneys Office and the Winnebago County States Attorneys Office as a general practitioner with Vella, Sparkman & Bruce, and as a sole practitioner since 1989 with an emphasis in family law matters. He is also certified as a mediator in civil and family law matters. Bruce is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Winnebago County Crime and Public Safety Commission. He is a board member of Prairie State Legal Services, having also been a prominent cast member and writer for the Legal Follies. Bruce has also served as a member of the board of directors of the United Way, the Rock River Valley Council of Girl Scouts, the Winnebago County Bar Association and was president of the Winnebago County Bar Foundation.
Born in Chicago in 1952, Bruce and his wife, Thea, reside in Rockford. They have two sons, one working as a teacher in Barcelona, Spain, and the other is a second-year law student at the University of Illinois.
From the Sept. 27-Oct.3, 2006, issue