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The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Laura C. Liu to the Circuit Court of Cook County on December 14, 2010. She is the first Chinese American female judge to serve in the State of Illinois and the first Chinese American judge in Cook County. She is assigned to the Chancery Division, where she is responsible for a docket of over 7,000 pending cases.

Prior to her appointment, Judge Liu practiced as a civil litigator for 19 years, focusing principally on commercial and business disputes. During the almost two decades in which she practiced law, she represented her clients in both state and federal trial courts, and argued successfully before the Illinois Appellate Court and the federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

In the fall of 2010, Judge Liu was evaluated by several bar organizations and found to be “Qualified” or “Recommended” by the judicial evaluation committees of the: Asian American Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers' Association, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago Council of Lawyers, Cook County Bar Association, Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Hellenic Bar Association, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Illinois State Bar Association, Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago, Puerto Rican Bar Association, and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. Click here to view Judge Liu's Bar Ratings.

Judge Liu is a member of the Illinois Judges Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago, and Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago. She is also a member of the Board of the Illinois Judges Foundation, a charitable organization comprised of judges and attorneys. She is a past president of the Chinese American Bar Association.

Judge Liu earned her Juris Doctor in 1991 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She is a 1987 graduate of Youngstown State University, where she received a B.S. in Combined Science. She resides in Chicago with her husband and family. Judge Liu is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and is actively involved in community programs encouraging diversity education and awareness. Click here to view News and Events.


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