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Samuel Bae: Candidate Profile

Cook County Circuit Court - 12th subcircuit (Democrat)

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    Samuel Bae, running for Cook County Circuit Court - 12th subcircuit


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City: Mount Prospect

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought:

Cook County Circuit Court - 12th subcircuit

Age: 42

Family: Married to Minji Bae - two children (Mason 8 and Sydney 5)

Occupation: Attorney

Education: Arizona State University - BA in History

John Marshall Law School - JD

Civic involvement: Volunteer coach - River Trails Park District

Volunteer attorney - Korean American Bar Association Pro-Bono Legal Clinic

Volunteer attorney - Korean American Women In Need Pro-Bono Legal Clinic

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?

For nearly 15 years, I have been practicing law full time representing individuals and businesses in civil litigation. I have tried cases to verdict before jury, bench (judge), and various administrative tribunals. In addition, I have participated in numerous arbitrations and mediations. My practice areas are defined into 3 main categories: personal injury (plaintiff and defense); family/matrimonial law; and various business/commercial disputes (contract, employment, real estate, injunction, collection, copyright/trademark, etc.).

I did not have a lifelong dream of becoming a judge. As a trial lawyer, I began to think a couple of years ago that I would like to become a judge. I think becoming a judge would be the next step in my legal career. I believe that my education, training, legal and life experiences have prepared me well to seek the position of judge. In addition, I believe that I have qualities that a judge should have which are strong work ethic, common sense, fairness, impartiality, and integrity.

What differentiates you most from your opponents in the race?

I believe that our judiciary should reflect the members of our community. Although we have a significant Korean-American population in Cook County as well as many Korean-American attorneys in Cook County, we have not one single Korean-American judge in Cook County. In fact, there are no Korean-American judges in the entire State of Illinois. If elected, I would become the first Korean-American judge in Cook County and the State of Illinois.

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

Candidate did not respond.