The Illinois Judges Association announces that the Supreme Court of Illinois has named Cook County Circuit Judge Celia Gamrath to the Illinois Judicial Conference. The new 29-member committee will create the first-ever Strategic Agenda for the Illinois Judicial Branch. The committee includes judges, attorneys, trial court administrators, court clerks, and members of the public.

          “I am honored to be part of this conference whose mission is to revamp and revitalize our courts,” stated Judge Celia Gamrath.  “Better public access and a definite plan for the future will help us achieve our goal of equal justice for all,” she added.

          The Illinois Judicial Conference was directed to analyze the advances in technology along with economic needs and other shifting demographics in order to anticipate and prepare for the future. Their assignment is to frame the goals of the judicial system and recommend a plan to achieve those goals to better serve the public. The newly announced committee will work with Dr. Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey who has consulted with court systems across the country. The initial meeting will be a two-day conference next month.

          “Judge Gamrath’s dedication to Illinois Judges and to the improvement of our service to the public sets a standard we all admire,” noted Illinois Judges Association President Judge Jim Snyder.

          Judge Celia Gamrath has been a circuit judge in Cook County since 2010. She has presided in domestic relations court and is currently assigned to the Chancery Division. Judge Gamrath is a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Judges Association and is co-editor of its publication The Gavel. Judge Gamrath is a prior member of the Committee on Character and Fitness. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Gamrath was recognized nationally as a top family law attorney.