Judge Jerelyn Maher to teach Constitutional Law spring 2012

October 28, 2011

The Department of Political Science is fortunate to have Judge Jerelyn Maher join the faculty for the spring 2012 semester.  With Professor Lermack’s retirement in December, 2011 – after 40 years of teaching constitutional law – Judge Maher has graciously agreed to step in and teach PLS 460 Constitutional Law.

Maher graduated magna cum laude from Bradley in 1974 with a B.A. in political science. She went on to receive a Juris Doctorate from the Loyola School of Law in Chicago. In 1995, after practicing law for 18 years, she was appointed associate judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois.

A very active and highly respected member of the legal community, Maher has a long list of accomplishments; however, of particular interest to students are her activities educating judges. She has served for the last 13 years on the New Judge Seminar, which teaches new judges how to be judges. For 10 years she has served on the Illinois Judicial Conference Judicial Committee on Education, which is charged with implementing the mandatory judicial education programs for Illinois judges as well as bench books.

If you want to take a course from an individual who teaches Illinois judges not only how to judge, but also what the current developments in law are, consider taking PLS 460 next spring.