Chicago Bar Finds Cushing Highly Qualified Again

Chicago Bar Finds Cushing Highly Qualified Again

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September 16, 2019

For Immediate Release


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.

Judge Cushing Begins Hearing Domestic Violence Cases

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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.

Illinois Supreme Court Appoints Cushing as At-Large Circuit Judge of Cook County

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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.

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Chicago Tribune Endorses Tom Cushing for Judge

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“Cushing is endorsed.”


The Chicago Tribune, March 6, 2016


The Chicago Tribune, Chicago’s largest newspaper weighing in on judicial races, endorsed Tom Cushing for judge on March 6, 2016.


In endorsing Tom, the Tribune stated, “Thomas Maloney Cushing got exceptional reviews from the CBA and the Council of Lawyers. He has broad experience as a civil litigator and has worked for the Chicago Climate Exchange and as assistant counsel to Chicago’s Shakman decree monitor. He’s also an adjunct professor at Loyola University Law School.”


The Tribune based its endorsement on bar association evaluations and interviews with attorneys and judges who know the candidates.

“This reinforces what we knew all along,” said campaign manager Joe Cushing, “that Tom’s great credentials and character would set him apart.”