Joy Cunningham

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Joy Cunningham
Court Information:
Illinois First District Appellate Court
Title:   Judge
Position:   Second Division
Salary:  $199,000
Active:   2006-2016
Past position:   Senior Vice President, General Counsel for Northwestern Memorial System
Past term:   2000-2006
Personal History
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   City University of New York
Law School:   John Marshall Law School
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Illinois
Confirmation:   Vacancy of Thomas Fitzgerald
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  No
Primary date:  March 20, 2012
Primary vote:  23%DefeatedD
Election vote:  DefeatedD
Joy Virginia Cunningham is a judge on the Illinois First District Appellate Court. She took office on December 4, 2006 and her current term ends on December 3, 2016.[1][2]


Judge Cunningham received her Bachelor of Science degree from the City University of New York and her law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago (1982).[2]


Judge Cunningham began her career as a judicial clerk for Illinois Appellate Justice Glenn Johnson. She later worked as an Assistant Attorney General, a lawyer for the firm of French, Rogers, Kezelis & Kominiarek, and as Associate General Counsel for Loyola University of Chicago and the Loyola University Health System. She then became a judge on the Cook County Circuit Court, where she served until 2000. From 2000 until her election to the Appellate Court, she was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Northwestern Memorial System.[2]


Judge Cunningham has also been involved in various community activities. Some of her past and present positions and associations include:

  • Elected President of the Chicago Bar Association (2004-05)
  • Board of Directors for the Chicago Bar Foundation, the Center for Conflict Resolution and the Center for Disability and Elder Law, and the Chicago Legal Clinic.
  • Member, American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Women's Bar Association of Illinois.
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services volunteer
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation volunteer
  • Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children volunteer
  • March of Dimes volunteer
  • Economic Club of Chicago member
  • Chicago Network member[2]

2012 election

Cunningham ran for election to the Illinois Supreme Court in 2012.[3] She was defeated in the Democratic primary, receiving 23% of the vote.[4]

See also: Illinois judicial elections, 2012

Campaign ads

In 2012 Joy Cunningham spent $135,580 on primary TV ads.[5]

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