Judge Margaret J. Mullen, ret., was installed as President of the Illinois Judges Association during its annual meeting on May 31, 2019, at The John Marshall Law School, in Chicago. The Illinois Judges Association, which represents 1,250 active and retired Illinois state court judges, was founded in 1972 to provide services, support, and education to its member judges and raise public understanding of the Illinois judicial system.
Judge Mullen is a mediator and arbitrator with Resolute Systems, a national provider of mediation, arbitration and ADR consulting services. Judge Mullen had 26 years of experience on the bench in the 19th Judicial Circuit Court. She was appointed an Associate Judge in 1992, was selected as a Circuit Judge in 1997 by the Illinois Supreme Court, and won election in 1998. She was Chief Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit from 2002-2004, and was Presiding Judge of the Law Division, the Juvenile Division, and the Consolidated Family Division. Judge Mullen, now retired, is a part-time mediator and business law adjunct professor. Her goal as President of IJA is to work hard on strengthening public awareness of the important role of the judiciary. “Judges are the best people I know. They’re smart, hard-working, and really care deeply about doing the right thing. It is a privilege to be entrusted with the decisions we make in court. Illinois’ judges are worthy of that privilege.”
While she was Chief Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit, she created a local access cable television show which featured judges explaining their work. She continued to produce the show until she retired. She has also worked on organizational websites, public outreach issues, and judicial case management. Judge Mullen has also been a frequent judicial educator.
Judge Mullen was President of the Illinois Judges Foundation as President in 2010-2011. She was the recipient of the Salute Award from Lake County CASA in 2018 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lake County Juvenile Officers Association for her work as a judge in juvenile court. She has also been honored with the Ori Award for Outstanding Service to the Community, the Partners Award from the Northern Illinois Council on Substance Abuse and Alcoholism, the Outstanding Volunteer Group Award from United Way for her volunteer efforts with Waukegan school children, and two Presidential Service Awards from IJA. She is a proud member of the Lake County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
For more information on Judge Mullen or to schedule mediation, please call Mike Weinzierl at 312.346.3770 or [email protected] For more information about the Illinois Judges Association, see www.ija.org.