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BAR ASSOCIATION
RATINGS

The bar associations listed below do not make endorsements of judicial candidates but do investigate and provide non-partisan ratings of their qualifications to serve as a judge. Those bar associations investigated Nadine Jean Wichern's qualifications and rated her as follows:

ADVOCATES SOCIETY / ASSOCIATION OF POLISH-AMERICAN ATTORNEYS

Recommended

ARAB AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS

Recommended

ASIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF CHICAGO

Recommended

BLACK MEN LAWYERS' ASSOCIATION

Recommended

BLACK WOMEN LAWYERS' ASSOCIATION OF GREATER CHICAGO

Recommended

CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION

Qualified

CHICAGO COUNCIL OF LAWYERS

Qualified

COOK COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

Recommended

THE DECALOGUE SOCIETY OF LAWYERS

Recommended

HELLENIC BAR ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS

Recommended

HISPANIC LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS

Qualified

ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION

Qualified

LESBIAN AND GAY BAR ASSOCIATION OF CHICAGO

Recommended

PUERTO RICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS

Recommended

WOMEN'S BAR ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS

Recommended


The Chicago Council of Lawyers provided the following explanation for its rating:

Nadine Jean
Wichern was admitted to practice in 2000.  Since 2015, she has served as the Chief
of

the Civil Appeals Division of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.  She began her career  at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and then from 2006 to 2011 she did appeals work in the Chicago Department of Law.  She is considered to have very good legal ability, and is a well respected appellate lawyer.  While she does not have direct trial experience, she advises trial lawyers in her office on issues which arise during trial, as well as other litigation issues.  She is reported to have a good temperament.  The Council finds her Qualified for the Circuit Court.

The Illinois Bar Association provided the following explanation for its rating:

Ms. Nadine Jean Wichern has been licensed since 2000. She is currently the Chief of the Appeals Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Illinois, a position she has held since 2015. In total she has been with the Civil Appeals Division from 2011 to 2015, also 2001 to 2006; prior to this, she had been

in the Appeals Division of the City of Chicago Department of Law from 2006 to 2011. She has no jury or bench trail experience; she has appeared before various appellate courts as well as the Illinois and United States Supreme Courts. She has taught legal writing at local law schools and presented and written on legal topics. She also sits on committees for the Women’s Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association and is a Director for the Appellate Lawyers Association. In 2023 she received a Women in Law Award from the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin/Chicago Lawyer magazine.

Attorneys consider her to be an accomplished appellate lawyer who is an excellent writer and

advises trial attorneys in her office. She is sensitive to diversity, and it is reported that she has an

excellent temperament and character. ISBA finds Ms. Nadine Jean Wichern qualified to be elected

to the Circuit Court of Cook County.

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