September 16, 2019
For Immediate Release
CHICAGO BAR FINDS CUSHING HIGHLY QUALIFIED AGAIN
The Chicago Bar Association recently declared Judge Thomas M. Cushing “Highly Qualified” for the office of Circuit Court Judge. The CBA’s evaluation considered a detailed history of Cushing’s legal background, assessments by judges and attorneys who have worked with and against him, and the CBA’s in-person interview with Judge Cushing.
The CBA commended Cushing’s “knowledge of the law, legal ability, diligence, work ethic, and fine temperament.” This new rating is the second time the Chicago Bar Association has found Tom Cushing highly qualified for the office of Circuit Judge, and the first such rating since the Supreme Court appointed him to the bench earlier this year.
“I am humbled and gratified by the CBA’s finding that I am Highly Qualified for the work of a judge. I know how few candidates earn this rating, and it is a valuable tool to inform the voters.”
Judge Cushing first served in the Traffic Division of the First Municipal District, and now is assigned to the Domestic Violence Division where he hears civil and criminal cases to secure orders of protection for victims of family violence.
After three short weeks of training in Traffic Court, Judge Thomas M. Cushing was assigned to the Domestic Violence Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County. He now rules on cases seeking emergency orders of protection for victims of domestic abuse. The role places him on the front lines, where the court steps into volatile situations, provides immediate protection, and fashions remedies to stem the violence and establish safe households for the most vulnerable. “This court’s work is practical and immediate. At its best, it protects the vulnerable from violence and creates safe spaces. It is extremely gratifying work,” said Judge Cushing.
Justice Mary Jane Theis and the Illinois Supreme Court have announce the appointment of Thomas M. Cushing as an at-large Cook County Circuit Judge.