Judicial Candidate

Mary Katherine Rochford was elected to the Illinois Appellate Court, First District  in 2010 and now serves as Chair of the Executive Committee of that court. She has been a member of the judiciary since 1991. The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Justice Rochford as Chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission in 2015. She is also a member of the Illinois Judicial Conference, Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Equality, Illinois Supreme Court Appellate Administrative Committee and Judicial Branch Staff Education Committee. She recently received the John Paul Stevens Award from the Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Foundation (2018) and the Early Adopter Award from Illinois Legal Aid Online (2019).

Justice Rochford grew up in Chicago. Her mother was born in Ireland and her father was raised there. She and her husband have two sons.