Member Spotlight

Judge James A. Shapiro

Judge // Circuit Court of Cook County

Please provide a description of your practice.

Family Law, Complex Litigation Calendar

Why are you a member of the WBAI?

Because I want to support and be an ally to women lawyers!

What do you think is the best way to empower women in law?

Encourage women to become equity partners by developing more business. Also to support their ascension to the bench, if that is the legal career path they prefer.

What are you most looking forward to in the following year, personally/professionally?

Supporting women lawyers as much as I can by referring them business, and inviting them to join elite legal networking groups as I recently did with an up and coming female family lawyer.

Tell us something interesting about you.

I’m really interested in foreign languages. I both like to practice the Spanish, French, and German that I learned in high school, and learn as much as I can about new languages that I did not have the opportunity to learn in school, like Polish and Italian.

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Judge Shapiro is a judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County. He is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois because he wants to support and be an ally to women lawyers!