Biographical Information



  • Shawnee Mission South H.S., Overland Park, KS.
  • Northwestern University, 1987. Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies
  • University of Illinois College of Law, 1991. Juris Doctorate


  • Legal Aid Society, New York City, 1991-1994.
  • Law Office of Randall Rosenbaum, 1994-1995
  • Dodd, McClellan and Rosenbaum, 1995-1996
  • Champaign County Public Defender
  • First Assistant Public Defender 1996-1998
  • Public Defender, 1998-2016
  • Circuit Court Judge, appointed by Illinois Supreme Court, October 2016


  • Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy, Univ. of Illinois, Past Faculty
  • Champaign County Bar Association, Past President
  • Decatur Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Public Defender's Association, Past President.
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Criminal Justice Section Council, Past Chair
  • Corrections and Sentencing Committee, Chair
  • Professional Conduct, Past Member
  • Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, appointed by Governor, Past Member
  • Capital Litigation Trial Bar (defunct), Past Member
  • Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Past Hearing’s Board Officer
  • Illinois Judge’s Association, Member
  • Jewish Judge’s Association of Illinois, Member
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, (law school), Past President
  • Lectured at continuing legal education programs of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Public Defender's Association and other groups.


  • University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Loyalty Award, 2015
  • Sinai Temple of Champaign-Urbana, Past President
  • Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation, Past Board Member
  • Champaign-Urbana Jewish Endowment Foundation, Board Member
  • Past member of numerous Illinois and Champaign County organizations such as those dealing with delinquency prevention, jail overcrowding and jury participation.
  • Spoken to numerous groups: Police Training Institute, the University YMCA and other service organizations.
  • Spoken to numerous classes: middle school, high school, college (political science and social work), and law school.

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