Judge Kerrie Maloney Laytin
Judge Kerrie Maloney Laytin was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as Circuit Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County, effective January 18, 2019. She is assigned to the First Municipal District, in the Richard J. Daley Center, hearing municipal matters including landlord-tenant disputes and traffic court cases. She has presided over 100 bench trials, contested hearings, and motions to date.
Before becoming a judge, Judge Maloney Laytin had 22 years of legal experience. For over 16 years, she served as Senior Counsel and Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Appeals Division of the City of Chicago Law Department, where she represented the City or City employees in over 100 appeals in state and federal appellate courts, including the Illinois Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. During her tenure, she personally argued 5 cases in the Illinois Supreme Court and 40 cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit or the Illinois Appellate Court, First District.
Judge Maloney Laytin also served as Staff Attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. She appeared weekly in the Circuit Court of Cook County providing direct legal services to people living in poverty in cases involving subsidized housing and eviction, family law, domestic violence, foreclosure, employment discrimination, unemployment insurance, consumer protection, and public benefits.
Before that, Judge Maloney Laytin was a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch, in Washington, D.C. There, she represented the United States, federal agencies, and government officials in U.S. District Courts around the country, including in cases challenging the constitutionality of statutes and administrative actions.
Judge Maloney Laytin also served as law clerk for the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, then-Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and for the Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Judge Maloney Laytin earned her law degree from Columbia University School of Law, New York, New York, in May 1997, where she received Harlan Fiske Stone honors and served as the Writing & Research Editor of the Columbia Law Review. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at New York University, in May 1993, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.
Judge Maloney Laytin is active in her community and in numerous bar associations. She serves as a director of the Board of Trustees for High Jump, an organization providing intensive academic enrichment and support to low-income middle school students. She also serves as regional advisor for Columbia Law School, Social Justice Initiatives, advising students and graduates interested in government or public interest careers, and has volunteered for and donated to numerous youth- and education-focused causes such as Stand Up For Kids Chicago, an organization providing outreach services to homeless and at-risk youth. Judge Maloney Laytin is a member of Chicago Sinai Congregation and an active volunteer at her children’s schools.
Judge Kerrie Maloney Laytin was found qualified or recommended by all evaluating bar associations.