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Hon. Fernando L. EngelsmaHon. Fernando L. Engelsma
Adjunct Professor & Associate Judge
17th Judicial Circuit of Illinois

B.A., Rockford College
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law


Judge Engelsma began his career as an assistant public defender for the State of Wisconsin, then moved back to Illinois where he was an assistant public defender in Winnebago County. Prior to being appointed judge in 2005, his 25 year legal career was spent as a trial lawyer including 8 years of civil practice. Judge Engelsma teaches Trial Advocacy at the NIU College of Law.

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