Judge Marcia Maras
Accolades: The Chicago Bar Association has found Judge Maras “well regarded for her knowledge of the law, legal ability, diligence and outstanding demeanor and temperament”. The Chicago Council of Lawyers noted: “Judge Maras is considered to be a very good jurist with good legal ability and temperament. She handles a difficult call efficiently and with a professional manner. She understands the issues and rules decisively.”
Judge Maras has been found qualified, recommended, well qualified or highly qualified by every bar association that has evaluated her since her appointment to the bench in 1999.
Judicial Experience: Judge Maras was appointed to a Circuit Court vacancy in 1999 and elected by voters in 2000 to a full term. She has been assigned to the Law Division since 2006 where she handles a large trial assignment call of 6000+ cases annually. In addition, Judge Maras hears a high volume of complicated pre-trial motions arising from her case management call. She was previously assigned to the County Division where she heard adoption, election, mental health and real estate tax matters.
Legal Experience: During the six years prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Maras was the Chief Deputy Assessor in the Office of the Cook County Assessor , directly responsible for the operation of Cook County’s 1.6 million parcel assessment system as well as the supervision of all litigation matters.
Her prior legal experience includes associate positions at both a large and small litigation firm where she represented: national bonding companies in surety matters; various insurance defense companies in personal injury, workers’ compensation, property damage and coverage cases; and private and governmental entities in real estate tax matters. She has also served as an assistant state’s attorney in the Civil Division of the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and as a law clerk in the Illinois Appellate Court, First District.
Education: DePaul University College of Law (J.D.); Illinois State University (B.S.); St. Francis de Sales High School, Chicago
Community Involvement: Judge Maras participates in the community through activities such as the Chicago Public High School Moot Court Competition, Women’s History Month and the John L. Marsh Elementary School’s Edward S. Maras Scholarship Program. She is also a long-time member of the Board of Directors for Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, Inc., a non-profit organization aimed at soliciting and coordinating volunteer activities benefiting women and children in need, with a particular focus on education and community partnership.