Hon. Mary McDade
Illinois Appellate Court, Third District
Mary McDade has been a justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District since December 2000. Her current term ends on December 3, 2010, but she is up for retention election in the 2010 general election. She is the first African-American female elected to the Appellate Court outside of Cook County.
Justice McDade began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Michael Mihm, United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois, and served in this position from 1984 to 1986. She then joined the law firm of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson and Pretorius in Peoria in 1986, becoming a partner in the firm in 1991.
She has been an active participant in programs and projects of the American, Illinois and Peoria County bar associations. She was named an Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Illinois College of Law in 2000. Justice McDade has worked actively in the areas of education, mental health, drug abuse, youth outreach, and civil rights. She was elected to the Peoria Board of Education, serving as president in 1972 to 1973; was appointed to the Peoria Public Library Board; and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Eureka College, serving as president of the Board in 1980 and 1982.
Justice McDade earned her J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law in 1984 and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 1961.