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Thomas J. Moran

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice


Thomas J. Moran was born in Waukegan, Illinois, July 17, 1920. His college years were interrupted by service in the U.S. Coast Guard, after which he graduated from Lake Forest College. He received his J.D. degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1950. After six years of private practice, he was elected State’s Attorney for Lake County. In 1958, he was elected Probate Judge. In April 1961, he was elected Circuit Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit and served there as Chief Judge. Appointed to the 2nd District vacancy on the Appellate Court in January 1964, he was thereafter elected to and retained in that position. He served on the Appellate Court for almost 13 years, serving as Presiding Judge before being elected to the Supreme Court in November 1976. He served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1988 through 1990. A past member of the Executive Committee of the Appellate Judges Conference, Justice Moran was chairman of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Administration Division Committee on Technology and the Courts. He was a past instructor for New York University Law School seminars conducted for state Supreme Court Justices and federal Appellate Court Judges, and past guest instructor for Louisiana State University’s judicial seminars for continuing legal education. He died September 14, 1995 in Lake Forest.