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 Judicial Circuit judges voted to select K. Patrick Yarbrough as an associate judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit, filling the vacancy created by the election of Judge J. Edward Prochaska to Circuit Judge effective Dec. 4, 2006.
When notified of the selection, Yarbrough said, I am very happy to be appointed to the position of associate judge of the 17th Circuit, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve the entire community. Zenoff also added: Patrick Yarbrough is an experienced trial lawyer and supervisor known for his integrity, strong character and dedication to the community and the justice system. We know he will make an important and meaningful contribution to the bench.
Yarbrough is a graduate of Rockford Guilford High School and received his undergraduate degree in 1983 from Ripon College, Ripon, Wis., and his Juris Doctor degree in 1988 from Northern Illinois University College of Law in DeKalb. Yarbrough has been working as an assistant states attorney at the Winnebago County States Attorneys Office for 17 years, with assignments in the misdemeanor and felony divisions, Drug Court and as Supervisor of the Community Prosecution Unit. He also previously worked as an adult probation officer with the Winnebago County Court Services Department.
Yarbrough has been very active in the community, serving as co-chairman of the Rockford Weed & Seed Grant Committee; president, vice-president and board member for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Rock River Valley of the YMCA; on the board of directors for the Winnebago County Bar Association; and involved with the Rockford City Police Youth Academy, Northern Illinois Arson Investigation Task Force, Winnebago County DARE Program, and a leader in the Law/Government Explorers Post. Yarbrough has also been an instructor at the National Advocacy Center for the National District Attorneys Association. Born in Rockford in 1961, Yarbrough and his wife, Tambra, reside in Rockford.
From the Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2007, issue