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2nd Judicial Circuit receives Access to Justice grant

Second Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Melissa Morgan is proud to announce the Circuit has been awarded an Access to Justice grant for the second consecutive year. The grant is made possible by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts and seeks to fund programs aimed to assist self-represented litigants.

Free Introduction to Court Reporting Classes Offered in the Second Circuit

The Second Circuit is pleased to announce that the free “First Steps” Introduction to Court Reporting Classes will be offered at two locations within the Circuit for those interested in a career in court reporting. The Illinois Court Reporting Services (ILCRS) launched a website in 2019 to introduce the class and since that time, the interest in learning more about this career field has grown. The free classes will be led by Second Circuit Court Reporter Supervisor Amy Scott and taught by local Second Circuit Reporters.

Official Court Reported Honored for Distinguished Career Spanning 36 Years

Official Court Reporter for the Second Judicial Circuit, Traci Ackman, announced her retirement after 36 years of service and was recently recognized at the courthouse for her distinguished career. A native of Robinson and graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ackman began her employment with the Circuit on October 1, 1986. She officially retired March 1, and was honored for her dedication and commitment to the administration of justice throughout the Second Circuit.

"Lawyer in the Library” Program Accepting Appointments for Spring

The Second Judicial Circuit’s “Lawyer in the Library” program is set to continue this spring.
Appointments are being scheduled now for March, April, and May at the West Frankfort Public Library
located at 402 East Poplar Street, West Frankfort. The program was initiated in September 2022, and
provides a licensed attorney for twenty-minute appointment periods to assist individuals with free legal
coaching, document review, assistance with electronic filing, and referrals to additional services. These

Three from the Second Judicial Circuit Selected to Serve on State Judicial Task Force

The Second Judicial Circuit is proud to recognize the appointment of Hamilton County States Attorney Justin Hood, Public Defender for Hamilton and Gallatin Counties, Nathan Rowland, and Second Circuit Chief Judge Melissa Morgan to a newly created 2023 Illinois Judicial Conference Task Force.

Official Court Reporter, Katie Schroeder Honored for Distinguished Career

The Second Judicial Circuit is proud to recognize former Official Court Reporter, Katie Schroeder for her distinguished career spanning 26 years of service to the Second Judicial Circuit. Reporter Schroeder officially retired at the end of 2022, serving her last day in Court on December 30. She was recently honored for her dedication and commitment to the administration of justice throughout the Second Circuit.

Second Judicial Circuit Welcomes Newly Elected Lawrence County Resident Judge

The Second Judicial Circuit is pleased to announce Michael M. Strange has been sworn in as the Resident Circuit Judge of Lawrence County. Judge Strange was elected in the November general election to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of the Honorable Robert Hopkins following his 30 years of service on the bench. The official swearing-in ceremony took place Monday morning in the Lawrence County Courthouse where Judge Strange was surrounded by family, friends, and other members of the judiciary.

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