The Crusader endorses Judge Kimberly D. Lewis for retention in the November 6 election. Lewis was elected to the bench in 2012. She currently serves in the Juvenile Court Child Protection Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, where she presides over child abuse, neglect and dependency matters.
She was previously assigned to the Traffic Division in the 1st Municipal District. During Lewis’s tenure on the bench, she has been a featured lecturer or guest speaker at numerous seminars for continuing legal education, other law related forums, and community outreach programs which have included audiences of lawyers; judges; students of all ages; and psychology specialists. Lewis also served as a contributor to the 2016 First Municipal Traffic Court Benchbook, which is used as an instructional guide for sitting judges.
Prior to becoming a judge, Lewis served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County. She later worked in private practice in the areas of criminal and traffic defense, as well as family law. Lewis also served as an Administrative Law Judge, presiding over cases in several divisions, including, but not limited to, Environmental and Consumer Fraud. In her spare time, she also served as a pro bono attorney for the Geneva Scott Outreach Services, for whom she served on the Board of Directors and was later appointed Chairman of the Board.