Judicial Candidate

Judge Diana Kenworthy is assigned to the Criminal Division and presides over a felony trial call at the George Leighton Criminal Courthouse. She was elected to the bench in 2008. She has previously been found qualified and recommended by every bar association that has reviewed her credentials for retention.

Legal Experience: Partner, Jester, Kenworthy & Eagle LLC, 2000-2008. Handled all aspects of criminal defense litigation including jury and bench trials, motions, plea bargains, sentencing, and violations of probation at the both the misdemeanor and felony levels. Assistant Public Defender, Cook County Public Defender’s Office, 1996-2000. Assigned to both civil and criminal divisions. Performed all aspects of litigation including trials, motions, plea bargains, sentencing, violations of probation, and discovery review.

Judicial Experience: Judge Kenworthy has been assigned to the Criminal Division since 2019. She presides over a felony trial call. Prior to that she was assigned to the Domestic Violence Division from 2010 to 2019. In the Domestic Violence Division she presided over bond hearings, preliminary hearings, orders of protection hearings, and a criminal trial call. From 2008 to 2010, Judge Kenworthy was assigned to the First Municipal District handling traffic matters, misdemeanor cases, and preliminary hearings.

Education: Juris Doctor, Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, 1995; Bachelor of Arts, Ohio State University, 1991.

Professional Development: Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on the committee on Criminal Jury Instructions. Editor for the Illinois Judicial Benchbook on Criminal Law and Procedure. Faculty for statewide Judicial Education Conference teaching sessions on criminal law updates. Judicial Mentor. Panelist on the annual Cook County New Judges’ Training Seminar.

Memberships: Illinois Judges Association, Jewish Judges Association of Illinois.