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Associate Finalists Announced and New Chief Judge Elected

Tuesday, September 29, 2020  
Posted by: Robert Rupp
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CHIEF JUDGE ANNOUNCES FOUR FINALISTS FOR ASSOCIATE JUDGE VACANCIES
 

Chief Judge Daniel P. Guerin is pleased to announce that following a meeting of the Circuit Judges of the 18th Judicial Circuit, four finalists for the Office of Associate Judge have been selected and certified to the Illinois Supreme Court. The finalists are seeking to fill two vacancies for the Office of Associate Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois. These vacancies are the result of the appointment by the Illinois Supreme Court of Associate Judge Michael W. Reidy to the position of circuit judge, effective August 10,2020, and from an additional associate judgeship allocated by statute, 705 IL CS 45/2.4.

 

Louis B. Aranda, J.D.- University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI, 1990; admitted to the practice of law in Illinois, 1991. Mr. Aranda is a Partner in Hunt, Aranda & Subach, Ltd. in Bensenville, IL (2015-present). Before that, he was a Partner at Hunt, Kaiser, Aranda & Subach, Ltd. in Bensenville, IL (2000-2015); a Partner at Hunt, Kaiser, Bush & Aranda, Ltd. in Bensenville, IL (1994-2000) and an Associate at Kupisch & Hunt, Ltd., Bensenville IL (1991-1994). Mr. Aranda is an active member of the DuPage County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, and The National Trial Lawyers Association.

Leah M. Bendik, J.D. - University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, IL 2002; admitted to the practice of law in Illinois, 2002. Ms. Bendik is currently an Assistant Attorney General, Supervising Attorney for the Illinois Attorney General's Office, Criminal Appeals Division (2004 - present). Prior to that, she was a Judicial Law Clerk for Justice Rita B. Garman, Illinois Supreme Court (2002-2004). Ms. Bendik is an active member of the DuPage County Bar Association and the Appellate Lawyers Association.


Michael H. Burton, J.D. - DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL, 1998, admitted to the practice of law in Illinois, 1998. Mr. Burton is an Associate / Lead Attorney at Santana Law and Associates in Northlake, IL (2001 - present). Prior to that, he was an Assistant State's Attorney with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Maywood, f L (1998 2001). Mr. Burton is an active member of the West Suburban Bar Association and the American Bar Association. 

Demetrios N. Panoushis, J.D. - IIT Chicago-Kent College of I-aw, Chicago, IL (2000), admitted to the practice of law in Illinois, 2001, Mr. Panoushis is a Partner in Marquardt & Belmonte PC (2003 - present). Prior to that, Mr. Panoushis was an Assistant State's Attorney with the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office in Wheaton, IL (2001 - 2003). Mr. Panoushis is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.


HONORABLE KENNETH L. POPEJOY ELECTED AS CHIEF JUDGE

 

At their September 29, 2020 meeting, the Circuit Judges of the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, unanimously elected Circuit Judge Kenneth L. Popejoy to the position of Chief Judge. Judge Popejoy's term as Chief Judge will commence on December 7, 2020. Judge Popejoy will succeed Chief Judge Daniel P. Guerin.

Kenneth L. Popejoy is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, Michigan State University and Glenbard West High School. He is the son of former DuPage County Bar Association President (1965), Charley Popejoy He was appointed an Associate Judge in 1997 and was elected a Circuit Judge in 2004. Judge Popejoy currently presides over cases in the Law Division of the 18th Judicial Circuit.


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