Justice Joy Cummingham ~ Candidate for IL Supreme Court

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Candidate for the Illiinois Supreme Court

Justice Joy Virginia Cunningham is an experienced and passionate public servant whose life is dedicated to the welfare and security of her fellow Americans.  Her professional life spans a period of over 35 years and is founded on two of the most important issues of our time—health care and justice.

The trajectory of her professional life is characterized by the same qualities that make her the most compelling candidate for the vacancy on the Illinois Supreme Court—thoughtful, deliberate, compassionate and a relentless work ethic. This path also reflects her caring and commitment to public service. It is the rare person who works at night as a critical care nurse so that she can pay her tuition at the John Marshall Law School during the day.

The knowledge and skills acquired in the integration of health care and law in the early years of Justice Cunningham’s career provided a solid foundation for her long and successful career in the business world. Justice Cunningham served as Loyola University’s Chief Counsel for Health Care and later as General Counsel and Senior VP for the Northwestern Memorial Health Care System.

In 2004, Cunningham became the first African-American woman to be elected president of the 22,000-member Chicago Bar Association, the largest municipal bar association in the United States.

 

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