Judge Megan Goldish

Judge Megan Elizabeth Goldish was elected to the Bench in 2014. She currently sits in the Domestic Violence Division, hearing criminal, civil, felony and misdemeanor cases, and conducting hearings involving orders of protection, and other types of restraining orders. Prior to ascending to the Bench, Judge Goldish was a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney for approximately 17 years, where she was the supervising attorney of the WINGS Treatment Court Call. She also litigated hundreds of cases, argued appeals in the Appellate court, and she served as a first-chair, supervising felony courtrooms. She has previously been found qualified and recommended for judgeship by every bar association that has reviewed her credentials.


Judge Goldish graduated with honors from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, and, in 2013, was appointed to its Law School faculty as an adjunct instructor in the Trial Advocacy Program. Judge Goldish conducts interviews for the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law Admissions Committee, and serves as a guest instructor to Foreign LLM students, and at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Master’s in Science Program. Judge Goldish also completed a semester of law school at the University of Cambridge-Emmanuel College in England.  Judge Goldish received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and as a Graduate of Distinction.

Honors and Awards:

2020: Building Bridges “MVP” Award from the Arab American Bar Association and the Decalogue Society

2020: Mary Heftel Hooten Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (in recognition for efforts to promote the advancement of women in the legal profession)

2020-21: Niles West Distinguished Alum of the Year

2019-20: Shomrim Woman of the Year (Jewish Public Safety Award in recognition of service to the community)

Panelist/Teaching Experience

Judge Goldish regularly judges trial competitions for local law schools, graduate schools, and high school competitions, including Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Loyola University School of Law, John Marshall Law School, Chicago School of Professional Psychology and the NSBA Mock High School Competition. Judge Goldish is an adjunct instructor of Trial Advocacy at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and has been a guest instructor to foreign law students. She serves as an adjunct coach and mentor to the mock trial team at her alma mater, Niles West High School. Judge Goldish was recently appointed to the Trial Advocacy Faculty at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Judge Goldish has been a featured speaker and panelist for a number of organizations, including Women in Comedy (events geared at battling sexism in the workplace), the Woman’s Bar Association of Illinois, the Chicago Bar Association, DePaul Law School, and the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. She regularly speaks to classes and presents Continuing Legal Education programs to lawyers about Domestic Violence.

Bar Associations

Judge Goldish is Vice-President of the North Suburban Bar Association of Illinois, and is due to be sworn in as its President in the fall of 2020. She is the Recording Secretary for the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, and has served on its Board of Managers for the past few years. She is also an active member and a committee chairwoman of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.  Judge Goldish serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Judges Association of Illinois. Judge Goldish is also a member of the American Bar Association, American Bar Fellows, Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Judges Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago.

Charitable/Civic Involvement Judge Goldish is the co-President of the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind Junior Board, geared at raising funds, and volunteering on behalf of blind and visually impaired infants. She is on the Board of Directors of the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, on the Board of Directors of the Bright Star Community Outreach in Bronzeville, on the Executive Committee of the Advisory Board of the Midwest Region of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (human rights organization aimed at confronting hatred, racism, and intolerance), on the Women’s Leadership Committee of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, and she was a benefactor and member of the Family Readiness Group, of the 709th Illinois Army National Guard. She is currently a member of the Family Readiness Group, of the 2/106 CAV of the Illinois Army National Guard, deployed to East Africa. Judge Goldish is also an active sponsor and participant in programs of the Abolition Institute, which is aimed at eradicating slavery and assisting victims of human trafficking in Mauretania. She also supports and participates in activities for Camp for All Kids, Misericorida, the Chicago Latino Film Festival (of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago) and the Chicago Cultural Alliance. Judge Goldish is a student of languages, and has studied French, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, and Spanish. Judge Goldish regularly performs with the Musical Theater Ensemble at the Old Town School of Music.