Judge Kimberly D. Lewis

Accolades: The Voice Newspaper says “Judge Kimberly D. Lewis …was the recipient of the  Judicial Award for achievements in the legal field and a commitment to the principal of equal justice under the law.”

Judicial Experience: Judge Kimberly D. Lewis was elected to the bench in 2012.  Judge Lewis is currently assigned to the Juvenile Court Child Protection Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, where she presides over child abuse, neglect and dependency matters.  She was previously assigned to the Traffic Division in the 1st Municipal District.  During Judge Lewis’s tenure on the bench, she has been a featured lecturer or guest speaker at numerous seminars for continuing legal education, other law related forums, and community outreach programs which have included audiences of lawyers; judges; students of all ages; and psychology specialists.  Judge Lewis also served as a contributor to the 2016 1st Municipal Traffic Court Benchbook, which is used as an instructional guide for sitting judges.

Legal Experience: Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Lewis served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County.  She later worked in private practice in the areas of criminal and traffic defense, as well as family law.  Judge Lewis also served as an Administrative Law Judge, presiding over cases in several divisions, including, but not limited to, Environmental and Consumer Fraud. In her spare time, she also served as a pro bono attorney for the Geneva Scott Outreach Services, for whom she served on the Board of Directors and was later appointed Chairman of the Board.

Education: Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D.); University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (B.A.); St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School

Awards: Congressional Scholar/Georgetown University Leadership Conference; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Presidential Scholarship Award; Valparaiso University School of Law Full Academic Scholarship Award; Moot Court Semi-finalist; Cook County Bar Association Judicial Award; The Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Outstanding Woman in the Judiciary Award; Illinois Judicial Council Special Chairperson’s Award;  Illinois Judicial Council Torchbearer Award; The Geneva Scott Outreach Service Special Community Service Award; The Chicago Defender Women of Excellence Award (2016); Illinois Judicial Council Chairperson’s Award; Illinois Judicial Council Certificate of Appreciation

Membership: Illinois Judicial Council (Executive Board Member 2015-Present); prior Robes in the Classroom Committee Chair; Illinois Judges Association; Cook County Bar Association; Black Women Lawyer’s Association; Women’s Bar Association of Illinois; St. Ignatius Law Society