EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County Associate Judge Maureen Schuette has been awarded a scholarship to the National Judicial College for 2018.
Chief Judge Dave Hylla said that Schuette, a family law practitioner for 20 years before she was appointed associate judge in 2010, served just one year on the bench before being named presiding judge of the circuit's Family Division.
In a press release, Hylla stated that Schuette's appointment as presiding judge so soon into her term was due to her work ethic and talent.
According to the release, Schuette was chosen over a number of nominees from around the state by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier and Marcia Meis, director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.
The training she will receive from the National Judicial College will help her handle more difficult cases in the family court division of Edwardsville, the release said.
Schuette's scholarship was provided by the Illinois Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Schuette will attend a weeklong "Managing Challenging Family Law Cases or Advanced Evidence" course.
Schuette is the chairperson of the Family Law subcommittee of the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, where she was influential in overseeing and coordinating the continuing legal education program for guardians ad litem and mediators, according to the release.
As a judge, Schuette created and presided over the circuit’s Child Support Accountability Court and the Domestic Violence Accountability Court.
She is a graduate of the Seattle University School of Law and is a member of the Illinois Judges Association, the Madison County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, the Tri-City Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Schuette speaks on family law issues to an array of audiences. She most recently spoke at the Child Abuse Prevention Month kick-off event in Madison County in April, according to the release.
Based in Reno, Nev., the National Judicial College offers advanced classes to judges from around the United States.