Alison Conlon for Circuit Court Judge
Judge Alison Conlon was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court on February 2, 2015. She presides in the Daley Center hearing civil cases for damages under $30,000.00. While some people call these “small cases,” Judge Conlon understands and respects that these cases are not “small” to those involved nor to her.
Before becoming a judge, Judge Conlon was a partner in the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg, where she represented people, businesses, cities and villages in commercial and tort litigation. Before that, she was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago and a law clerk to Judge Charles Kocoras.
Judge Conlon is and always has been a champion of fairness for all litigants and a strong protector of the rights of parties in court who are not represented by lawyers. In addition to her regular judicial duties, she volunteers each week for the early morning flexible-hour call, where unrepresented parties can bring their issues to court at 8:00 a.m. without missing a day of work. Previously, as a lawyer, she had an active and award-winning pro bono practice where she represented for free people who otherwise would not be able to afford a lawyer.
Judge Conlon is a third-generation Cook County resident. Her grandparents came to Chicago from Ireland and settled in Grand Crossing, and her father graduated from Leo High School. Judge Conlon and her brother were raised in the northern suburbs and graduated from New Trier High School. Armed with an excellent public school education, Judge Conlon was accepted to and graduated from Yale University; received a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University; and earned her law degree from Duke Law School.
Judge Conlon lives on the Near West Side of Chicago, on the edge of the UIC campus off of Taylor Street, with her daughter and their two dogs.