Justices/Judges running for retention in Cook County
JUDGE RODNEY HUGHES BROOKS
Rodney Hughes Brooks has been a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County
since 1994. He is currently assigned to the Juvenile Justice Division.

Prior to becoming a judge, Brooks was an attorney for 14 years. Between 1980-
1987, he had a diverse general practice that included, but was not limited to
criminal defense, domestic relations, juvenile law, paternity, landlord and tenant
relations, real estate transactions, advising small businesses, election law,
appellate work and a few jury trials. In 1988, he concentrated his practice in
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Law, representing homeowners in mortgage foreclosure
matters.

He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and received his
undergraduate degree from Grambling State University


BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION FOR JUDGE RODNEY HUGHES BROOKS

Rodney Hughes Brooks has been a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County
since 1994. He is currently assigned to the Juvenile Justice Division.


Vote “YES” to retain Judge Rodney Hughes Brooks. #233

EDUCATION:
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J.D.
Northwestern University School of Law, 1979
B.A.    
Grambling State University, 1976 (summa cum laude)
Wonder High School, 1969-1971,
West Memphis Senior High School, 1971-1972.
LEGAL BACKGROUND:

Prior to becoming a judge, Brooks was an attorney for 14 years. Between
1980-1987, he had a diverse general practice that included, but was not limited to
criminal defense, domestic relations, juvenile law, paternity, landlord and tenant
relations, real estate transactions, advising small businesses, election law,
appellate work and a few jury trials. In 1988, he concentrated his practice in
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Law, representing homeowners in mortgage foreclosure
matters.

AWARDS AND HONORS:

1995-Presidential Citation, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher
Education; 1995-Judicial Award, Cook County Bar Association; 1998-Service
Award, Grambling University Alumni Association Windy City Chapter; 1998-Service
Award, HSI; 1999-Recognition Award, Lakeview Alternative High School; 2000,
2006-Meritorious Service Award, Illinois Judicial Council; 2003-Restorative Justice
Partner, Kelvyn Park High School; 2005-Leadership and Service Award, Illinois
Judicial Council; 2006-Certificate of Appreciation, Gateway Youth Care; 2006, 2010,
2012-Chairperson's Award, Illinois Judicial Council.

COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:

Illinois Judicial Council: Executive Committee (1997-1998), Assistant Secretary
(2001-2003), Chair Elect (2003-2004), Chair (2004-2005); Cook County Bar
Association; National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.


PERSONAL:

Married to Vicki Hill Brooks of Chicago who is a graduate of Illinois State University
and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

For this retention the following bar associations issued these findings/ratings.
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area
Recommended
Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, Inc.   
Recommended
Chicago Council of Lawyers     
Qualified
Cook County Bar Association
Recommended
The Decalogue Society of Lawyers
Recommended
Hellenic Bar Association
Recommended
Hispanic Lawyers' Association of Illinois
Qualified
Illinois State Bar Association
Qualified
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago
Recommended
Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois
Qualified
Women's Bar Association of Illinois
Recommended
Suburban Bar Coalition of Cook County
Recommended