Judge Pamela Loza
Judge Pamela E. Loza was elected Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County from the 12th Sub-Circuit in 2008. Starting her career, she was assigned to Traffic Court where she heard minor traffic offenses, DUIs and other misdemeanor offenses. She sat at Belmont and Western and Branch 23 hearing misdemeanor and ordinance violation cases. Judge Loza was transferred to the Domestic Relations Division in March of 2009. She began as trial judge until December of 2010 when she was appointed Supervising Judge of the Paternity/Child Support Enforcement Department of the Domestic Relations Division. The Parentage/Child Support Department was the largest Child Support Enforcement Department in the country. Judge Loza was instrumental, along with Judge Grace Dickler, in developing a plan and eventually integrating the Parentage/Child Support Enforcement Department with the remainder of the Domestic Relations Division to insure that non-married parents were treated equally as married partners. Since the two departments were intermixed in 2014 Judge Loza has had an individual calendar, hearing all cases from their inception to their conclusion.
Prior to becoming a judge, she was a practicing attorney for 30 years. Judge Loza was the principal in the law firm of Loza & Associates, a partner in Cameron, Loza & Associates, Ltd., Cameron, Loza, & Walsh P.C. and an associate at Marder & Seidler Ltd. Before joining Marder & Seider, Ltd. Judge Loza was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County. She was assigned to the Criminal Appeals Department and later to Criminal Prosecutions in the Third Municipal District. Throughout her private practice Judge Loza has concentrated her career on criminal defense and domestic relations.
Judge Loza was born and raised in Chicago. A product of Chicago Public Schools she graduated from Bateman Elementary School and Roosevelt High School. She is a member of the Jewish Judges Association, the Illinois Judges Association, the Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Illinois Alliance of Judges and the Illinois State Bar Association. Through the Illinois Judges Association she has spoken at various high schools on “ Your Future-Your Choice”. She has participated in Women Everywhere for several years.
Judge Loza has been active in the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council and the Women in the Law Committee. She was on the committee that wrote the new Parentage Statute, the new Child Support Income Shares Statute and helped amend the current Maintenance Statute. Judge Loza is a frequent guest lecturer. Since her last retention in 2014 Judge Loza has given more than 40 CLEs and has spoken at many law schools including IIT/Chicago- Kent College of Law, DePaul University School of Law, Loyola University School of Law, UIC John Marshall Law School and the University of Chicago School of Law. She has given lectures throughout the state on the new child support statute. Judge Loza has taught several times at the Illinois Judicial Conference mandatory judicial education program, speaking on Self-Represented Litigants, Child Support and Maintenance and advanced Evidence and Social Media. She also testified before the Illinois House Judiciary Committee on the new Child Support Income Shares Statute.
Judge Loza received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) her Master’s Degree from Middlebury College and her Juris Doctor from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.
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