Gov. JB Pritzker has appointed retired judge Donald Wilkerson to will serve on the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board, pending Senate approval.
Wilkerson (shown) was appointed United States magistrate judge in the Southern District of Illinois in January of 2005 and retired in 2019.
The East St. Louis native was the first African American judge appointed to that bench. Wilkerson began his legal career with Thompson-Mitchell, later working at Stolar Partnership law firm. He then joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis as assistant United States attorney until his appointment to the bench.
Wilkerson additionally worked as a public school teacher for 17 years in East St. Louis, taught criminal law at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale and is currently an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University, Master of Education from Southern Illinois University and Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law.