Judge Teresa Molina
Judge Teresa Molina has spent her entire career as a public servant. She has worked for over 18 years as an attorney and now as a judge helping people. Judge Molina was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court on July 24, 2019. Currently she is assigned to the First Municipal District in the Richard J. Daley Center where she hears primarily traffic matters, including driving under the influence, driving on revoked/suspended license and minor traffic tickets. Judge Molina has presided over bench trials, statutory summary suspension hearings, and motions regarding the admissibility of evidence in cases. She has also presided over matters in eviction court and small claims court. In addition, Judge Molina has conducted marriage and civil union ceremonies for nearly 100 couples in marriage court.
Prior to becoming a judge, she was the Chief of Real Estate Prosecutions at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). At IDFPR, Judge Molina worked hard to protect the people of the State of Illinois as she led a team of seven that prosecuted real estate license law violations including cases against real estate brokers, real estate appraisers, and home inspectors. In addition, she analyzed aggravating and mitigating factors for license applications to ensure compliance with the Safer Act in order to allow individuals a pathway to a career in real estate.
Judge Molina began her career in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in 2001. As an Assistant State’s Attorney, she prosecuted hundreds of misdemeanor and felony bench trials and 29 jury trials. Her assignments included the Child Support Enforcement Division, Domestic Violence Division, Preliminary Hearings Unit, Felony Review Unit, Grand Jury Unit, Sex/Homicide Unit and the Felony Trial Division.
Judge Molina earned her law degree at The Ohio State University College of Law in 2001 and has been a licensed attorney for over 18 years. In law school, Judge Molina was a staff member of The Ohio State University’s Journal on Dispute Resolution, a member of the Black Law Students Association, served as the President of the Hispanic Law Students Association, and was the recipient of the Outstanding Hispanic Leadership Award. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio in 1995.
Judge Molina is active in numerous bar associations including the Illinois Latino Judges Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association where she served as the Chair of the Judicial Evaluations Committee, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the National Hispanic Prosecutors Association where she served as the Membership Secretary.
Judge Molina has mentored over thirty law clerks throughout her career. She is a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Sorority and volunteers with their Leadership Fellows program. Judge Molina has been active in her community as well volunteering with the Forest Park Arts Alliance, the Forest Park Hispanic Heritage Celebration Committee, and the Forest Park Historical Society. Judge Molina lives in Forest Park with her amazing rescue dog named Chola.
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