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Justice James R. Epstein, Chairman


JAMS, independent contractor, mediator and arbitrator 2015-present. Part-owner, 2019-present

Judge, Elected Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court. 2010-2015

Circuit Judge, Cook County, 1999-2010. Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court, 1999; elected 2000, retained 2006

Criminal Division and Second Municipal District, 1999-2006

Chancery Division, 2006-2010

Partner, Epstein, Zaideman & Esrig, P.C., 1985-1999

Civil and criminal trial lawyer

Assistant Public Defender, Cook County Public Defender's Office, 1979-1984

Murder Task Force, 1982-1984

Associate, Dorfman, De Koven, Cohen & Laner, 1978-1979


Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1978

Northwestern University, B.A., 1975

University of Michigan, 1970-1971

Teaching Experience

Member, Committee on Education (appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court) 2003-2012)

-Planned and taught education courses for all Illinois judges

-Planned the first state-wide series of bench books for Illinois judges

-Bench book editorial board

-Editor in chief of the first two editions of the civil law bench book

Northwestern University School of Law

-Taught Trial Advocacy as an adjunct faculty member, 1984-1998

-Coached Northwestern's Mock Trial Team, 1986-1992

-National Champion, 1992

Appellate Lawyers Association

-Panelist for annual review of Illinois Supreme Court criminal law decisions, 2014-present

National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)

-Faculty Member, Midwest Regional, 1984-1998, including many years as a section leader

-Faculty, NITA national teacher's course

-Trained Faculty for teaching NITA courses

De Paul University Law School, 1984-1986

-Taught Criminal Litigation Course

Cook County Public Defenders Office

- Faculty, teaching various subjects to assistant public defenders

Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)

-Faculty, teaching seminar on sentencing.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

-Lectured on defending statement cases to the national convention

Illinois Judges Association

-Lectured on civil procedure to members of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois


Past President, Illinois Judges Association, 2007-08

Decalogue Society Award, 2009

Judge of the Year, North Suburban Bar Association, 2009

American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow

International Society of Barristers, fellow