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Bridget Mitchell: Candidate Profile

Cook County Circuit Court (Democrat)

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  • Bridget Mitchell, running for Cook County Circuit Court

      Bridget Mitchell, running for Cook County Circuit Court

 

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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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Bio

City: Chicago

Website: www.MitchellForJudge.com

Office sought:

Cook County Circuit Court

Age: 57

Family: I am married to Daniel T. Crowe, a partner at the law firm of Chilton Yambert and Porter, LLP. Our daughter attends DePaul University.

Occupation: I am an attorney with a private practice focusing on civil litigation.

Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law,

Juris Doctor, 1981

University of Illinois at Champaign- Urbana,

Bachelor of Arts, 1978

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School

Graduated 1974

Civic involvement: Parent volunteer and donor, Morgan Park Academy (2008 -- 2012)

Parent Volunteer, St. Barnabas School (1997 -- 2008)

Assistant volleyball coach, 4th grade girls (2004)

Tutor math to 3rd graders (2003)

Member and donor, Beverly Art Center

Member, Beverly Area Planning Organization

Donor to Lurie Children's Hospital

Donor to Special Olympics

Elected offices held: None.

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is that?

Practicing as a civil litigator in Cook County, I have long aspired to be a judge. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to observe some outstanding judges who have worked hard to resolve parties' disputes. Serving as a Circuit Court Judge, would permit me to use my education, training and experience to serve the public.

For over thirty years, I have practiced law in courtrooms throughout Cook County. In that time, I have represented both plaintiffs and defendants; both corporations and individuals. And in my experience, these varied and diverse clients have expressed a common interest: namely, to have their case heard by a fair and impartial judge. I have had the honor to practice before, and to learn from, many fine judges " courteous, diligent and dedicated to the rule of law. I believe that my experience, character and professional accomplishments demonstrate that I, too, can be a fine judge.

Since announcing my candidacy, I have been overwhelmed by the support that I have received from virtually every segment of the Chicago bar and beyond. Civil and criminal, plaintiff's and defense, prominent attorneys such as the former United States Attorney Dan Webb and former Governor James R. Thompson have come forward to lend their names to my campaign committee. Most recently, the Chicago Federation of Labor endorsed my candidacy " an endorsement that I am particularly proud of since I grew up in a union home.

For me, there is no higher professional aspiration than to be a judge. Our justice system depends in the most basic way on the honesty and integrity of our judges. I promise to serve with the diligence, honesty and integrity that I have demonstrated throughout my professional life. Join your friends and neighbors who care about electing quality judges. Visit www.MitchellforJudge.com for information.

What differentiates you most from your opponents in the race?

I have never been a candidate for public office before.

Finally, is there anything we haven't asked about that you feel we should know?

Every bar association that has evaluated my credentials has issued favorable ratings. The Chicago Bar Association noted, "[Bridget] Mitchell is hardworking and well respected for her integrity, knowledge of the law, legal ability, and outstanding demeanor" (emphasis added). These peer reviews are both humbling and gratifying, because they are the product of much hard work over the last 32 years of my professional life. In that time, I have become expert in both substantive law and civil procedure. I have tried 29 jury trials to verdict, over 50 bench trials, and have written and argued appeals. I have extensive motion practice and have participated in scores of arbitrations and mediations.

I have served as an arbitrator in a variety of forums, including Cook County Mandatory Arbitration, American Arbitration Association, National Futures Association and FINRA. Lawyers have also selected me to serve as an arbitrator pursuant to insurance provisions. In these instances, the parties have entrusted me to make binding decisions with regard to their disputes.

Throughout my career, I have been active in bar associations including the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Women's Bar Association. This involvement has allowed me to contribute to the legal profession by writing articles, speaking at seminars and serving on many bar association committees.

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