Hon. Gloria Grace Coco
Class of 1978
Retired Supervising Judge, Domestic Violence Division
First Municipal District, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
Judge Gloria Coco retired in 2007 as the supervising judge of the Domestic Violence Division of the First Municipal District of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago. She was appointed to that position in 1997 and has served in the Domestic Violence Division since 1995. As supervising judge, Judge Coco oversaw five courtrooms, which handle approximately 53,000 domestic violence cases per year. She was appointed to the Circuit Court in 1991.
Judge Coco is active in the efforts to establish a coordinated approach to preventing and addressing domestic violence in our communities. She has served as chair of the Circuit Court’s multi-disciplinary Cook County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council since 1998. She frequently speaks to community groups, school assemblies, and other organizations regarding domestic violence issues. She is also active on both the national and state levels in the education of judges and legal professionals.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Coco was an attorney with the city of Chicago Department of Buildings. During that time, she established and served as director of the Department’s Code Enforcement Bureau, which utilized administrative procedures to address building code violations. Judge Coco also served as deputy chief of the Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. She also served as the special assistant attorney general and created the state’s first felony prosecution system to combat unemployment insurance fraud.
Judge Coco received her bachelor’s degree from Mundelein College in 1972 and her law degree from NIU Law in 1978. She recently completed a bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television, Film, and Theater Performance from Northwestern University.