About the 2021 Recipients:
JUSTICE MARY ELLEN COGHLAN
Since July 30, 2019, Justice Coghlan has served as an Appellate Justice in the First District, reviewing civil and criminal decisions entered in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Prior to that, Justice Coghlan served in the Circuit Court of Cook County for 25 years, mainly in the Probate Division. Justice Coghlan served as the Presiding Judge of the Probate Division from 2010-2019. Before sitting in the Probate Division, Justice Coghlan was a felony trial Judge, at the Leighton Criminal Courts. Justice Coghlan is immensely respected by her peers, and known for her breadth of legal knowledge. In 2017, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Justice Coghlan to serve as a member of its Judicial Inquiry Board, and she served as a member of this important board until 2020. In March of 2001, Justice Coghlan was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Illinois Judicial Conference Study Committee on Complex Litigation, and she completed her initial term on this esteemed committee in 2009. In 2011, Justice Coghlan was appointed to a second term as a member of the Judicial Conference, and served on both the Executive Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee until 2016. Since March 2012, Justice Coghlan has served as a member of the Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge Nominating Committee.
Before being elected to the bench, Justice Coghlan also had an impressive career as an attorney, first working as an associate attorney at the Coghlan and Joyce law firm, then as an Assistant Cook County Public Defender in the Felony Trial Division, and later as an Assistant Attorney General in the General Law Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Justice Coghlan is a proud graduate of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and DePaul University, College of Law. The NSBA is privileged to honor such a wonderful legal jurist.
JUDGE LAUREN EDIDIN
In recognition of the compassionate and fair manner in which she administers justice and assists so many people in need of mental health services, Judge Edidin was appointed a member of the Special Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Justice and Mental Health Planning.
Judge Edidin began her legal career as a Cook County Assistant States Attorney, and then went into private practice, working for well-regraded attorney Ernest Blomquist. Judge Edidin then opened her own law practice concentrating in criminal defense, and she also served as the Northbrook Village Prosecutor. Judge Ediden has been a member of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association since the beginning of her career, and she served as President of the Association in 2004. Judge Edidin received the Northwest Suburban Bar Association’s prestigious Public Service Award in 2018.
Judge Edidin has presented at numerous CLEs, and she appreciates the opportunity to speak with students and interns regarding legal issues. Currently, Judge Edidin is a mentor for new lawyers from the UIC John Marshall Law School.
PRESIDING JUDGE MOSHE JACOBIUS
After he graduated from law school, Judge Jacobius joined the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, rising to the position of Chief of the Civil Litigation Section and Counsel to the Attorney General.
Judge Jacobius served in the Attorney General’s Office for 17 years. However, his world changed dramatically upon his appointment to the bench because he was immediately assigned to the Domestic Relations Division. He remained in the Domestic Relations Division, except for a 5-month stint for good behavior in the Chancery Division immediately before he was named Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division in July, 2000.
Judge Jacobius is co-chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Custody and a member of the Court Security Committee. In December 2010, Judge Timothy Evans appointed Judge Jacobius as the Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division. He is married and has two children and fourteen grandchildren.
JUDGE JEFFREY L. WARNICK
In 2009, Judge Warnick was appointed a Cook County Associate Judge. In 2010, he was transferred to the Chancery Division and heard commercial litigation and mortgage foreclosure cases. Next, Judge Warnick was re-assigned to the Second Municipal District in Skokie where he presided over civil as well as criminal motions and trials. In 2011, Judge Warnick was dually assigned to the Law Division where he presided over a civil court call handling motions, jury trials and settlement conferences. For two years, 2015-2016, Judge Warnick was assigned to a felony criminal courtroom in Skokie where he presided over motions and trials of felony cases arising within the northern suburbs of Chicago. Notable trials included a cold-case murder involving the evolution of DNA and multiple sexual assault and abuse cases.
Currently, Judge Warnick presides over the Law Division civil courtroom in Skokie. This court hears both Law and Municipal Division cases.
Judge Warnick conducts pre-trial settlement conferences as well as numerous motions and trials. He is married to Kathy Warnick, who works as the Director of Legal Research for the First District Appellate Court in Chicago.