Clausen Miller Welcomes Illinois Appellate Court Candidate Honorable Debra Walker On International Women’s Day
On March 8, 2022—International Women’s Day—Clausen Miller proudly hosted its former partner and 14-year Cook County Circuit Court Judge Debra Walker for a luncheon meet and greet. After a glowing introduction from Clausen Miller President Dennis Fitzpatrick and Appellate Practice Group Chair Melinda Kollross, both of whom worked with Deb during her 1996-2008 tenure at Clausen Miller, Deb sat down for an informal conversation with the firm’s attorneys and support staff. She chatted with the standing-room only crowd about what she looks to bring to the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, including her outstanding qualifications, experience, and aspirations for the bench. Deb fielded questions from many attendees, and shared her perspective on the court and achieving work life balance. Noting her roles as a wife, mother, law firm partner, judge, educator, speaker, representative, and leader of numerous organizations, Deb reiterated the maxim that “women can have it all—just not at the same time.” A perfect sentiment for this International Women’s Day and Deb’s run for the Illinois Appellate Court.