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Third Circuit Judge Sarah Smith elected secretary of judges foundation

EDWARDSVILLE — Third Circuit Associate Judge Sarah Smith is the newly elected secretary of the Illinois Judges Foundation.

The election came at the annual meeting held this summer at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Smith will serve a one-year term. The foundation membership is composed of both active and retired Illinois judges.

The Illinois Judges Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Illinois Judges association and its mission is to fund educational, civic, and scholarship projects which advance the rule of law, the legal profession, and the administration of justice, and to encourage judicial participation in these endeavors.

Current projects include educational programs for middle and high school students and a program where economically disadvantaged law students are placed with judges as interns. The foundation also awards annual scholarships for law students attending Illinois law schools.

Smith has been a judge for one year and is one of the judges presiding over the circuit’s new child support accountability court as well as the domestic violence accountability court. She sits in family division. Smith is a member of the Madison County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Illinois Judges Association. She is a long time member of the Military Affairs Committee of the Illinois Bar Association and is the chair of the Veterans Subcommittee for the 3rd Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee. Smith is a two-tour combat veteran and currently a lieutenant colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.

The Illinois Judges Foundation installed its other new officers for 2016-17 at the annual meeting. They are: President Jeanne Reynolds; First Vice President, ; Second Vice President, John Hauptman; and Third Vice President Diane Marsalek.

For more information about the Illinois Judges Foundation, see

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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