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Thomas M. Harris, Jr.

Appellate Judge
Thomas M. Harris, Jr.
Fourth District

Thomas M. Harris, Jr. was born in 1963.  He received his B.A. degree from the University of Illinois in 1985, and his J.D. degree from the University of Colorado in 1988.  From 1988 to 1991, he practiced in his family's law firm and also served as a part-time Assistant State's Attorney in Logan County.  From 1991 to 2007, he was a trial attorney handling civil cases throughout the State of Illinois.  He was appointed associate judge in 2007 and elected resident circuit judge of Logan County in 2008.  Judge Harris was assigned to the Appellate Court on January 3, 2013.  He is a member of the Illinois Judges Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Logan County Bar Association. He has served as chair of the Allerton Conference, Civil Practice and Procedure Section, and Tort Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association.  Judge Harris is a past member of the board of directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation.  He is a member of the editorial board of the Illinois Bar Journal and has served as the publication's editor-in-chief.  In addition, he has been a frequent speaker at professional seminars and conferences.  He and his wife, Regina, have three children.