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22nd Judicial Circuit CourtCandidate for JudgeGraham vacancy

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James S. Cowlin

Circuit Judge
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Valparaiso University School of Law Juris Doctor (1982)
University of Wisconsin- Madison Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (1979)


Judge James Cowlin has 33 years of legal experience. Judge Cowlin practiced in the private sector for 25 years and has been serving the citizens of McHenry County as an Associate Circuit Court Judge for 8 years.


Judge Cowlin was appointed by the Circuit Judges of the 22nd Judicial Circuit to the position of Associate Judge in 2007. Judge Cowlin was reappointed by the Circuit Judges in 2011 and 2015. The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Judge Cowlin to the position of Circuit Judge effective September, 2015.


During his tenure as Associate Judge, Judge Cowlin presided over Misdemeanor Jury cases, Family Law cases, Mortgage Foreclosures and other Civil matters, as well as Traffic and Misdemeanor cases. Judge Cowlin is a member of the Illinois Judges Association, Illinois State Bar Association and the McHenry County Bar Association.

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