is an experienced and passionate public servant whose life is dedicated to the welfare and security of her
professional life spans a period of over 35 years covering two most important areas - health care and justice.
She is an extraordinary person, who worked at night as a critical care nurse so that she could pay her tuition at the John Marshall Law School during the day.
Speaking to India Tribune, Joy Cunningham says that her candidature has been endorsed by several elected officials of Illinois, including Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President, Congressman Danny K. Davis, Jesse White, Secretary of State and a host of state representatives and mayors.
gained widespread attention pulling off an upset to win to her
current position as judge of Illinois Appellate Court
in 2006 beating the party-backed candidate in a contentious five-way primary.
It was also not the first time she
had made waves.
In 2004, she became the first African American woman to be elected president of the 22,000-member Chicago Bar Association.
is successful in her
current bid, she
will become the first African American woman to be elected to the Illinois Supreme Court
says that the knowledge and skills she
acquired in the integration of health care and law in her
early years of her
career provided a solid foundation for her
long and successful career in the business world.
She served as Loyola University's chief counsel for health care and later as general counsel and senior vice president for the Northwestern Memorial Health care system.
says that her
decision to leave the highest ranks of senior management in the corporate world and pursue a new career as a judge marks a great turning point in her
commitment to the welfare of others.
In 1996, she was selected to serve as a Cook County Associate Court judge.
A decade later, she
was elected to the Illinois Appellate Court
after winning a tough five-way primary.
currently serves on the Illinois Appellate Court
's 1st District, 2nd Division as well on the Appellate court's Executive committee.
has consistently earned "qualified" and "highly qualified" bar association ratings.
In the present election cycle, she
has received a rating of "highly qualified" from the Chicago Bar Association
She says that she also serves as a mentor to dozens of law students and young lawyers.
commitment to the community includes service on the boards of the Center for Disability and Elder Law
, the Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children
, the Center for Conflict Resolution
, and the Chicago Legal Clinic
has also lent her
talent to many pro bono legal cases.
has a strong, diverse record of legal and professional experience.
She has been the chair of the Illinois Supreme Court's Judicial Performance evaluation Committee, a member of the Illinois Supreme Court's Committee on Education, chair of the Advisory Committee on the Illinois Supreme Court Preservation Commission, senior vice president and general counsel of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, former Circuit Court Judge and former Assistant Illinois Attorney General, and former Appellate Court Judicial Clerk to Justice Glenn Johnson.
has been associated with several associations of law profession.
has also won several awards, including the Chicago United
- Business Leader of Color Award, Chicago Defender
- Woman of Excellence Award, Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women
- Founders Award, John Marshall Law School
- BALSA Legacy of Opportunity Award, Chicago Bar Foundation
- Distinguished Service Award, Chicago Bar Association - President's Leadership Award and Chicago Bar Association
- Vanguard Award.