Mary L. Mikva is a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division. She was previously assigned to the Juvenile Court, Child Protection Division. Judge Mikva has been active in judicial education, serving as faculty and part of the planning committee for the Advanced Judicial Academy and for Law and Literature seminars. She was a frequent presenter in ongoing training for judges and lawyers in Juvenile Court. She was the judicial representative on the DCFS Pregnancy Prevention Committee and a frequent speaker and advocate on delaying parenting for youth in foster care.

Prior to her election to the court, Judge Mikva was a partner in the firm of Abrahamson Vorachek & Mikva, where she represented plaintiffs in employment related claims. She also was a partner in the firm of Seliger & Mikva, where she represented plaintiffs in employment claims, including several large class actions. Before becoming a plaintiffs’ attorney, Judge Mikva worked in the Law Department of the City of Chicago, defending employment claims and serving in the Appeals Division. Early in her career, Judge Mikva was a criminal defense attorney in the firm of Patrick A. Tuite & Associates.

Judge Mikva graduated from Northwestern Law School cum laude and Order of the Coif. After law school, she was a clerk to Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Prentice Marshall of the Northern District of Illinois.