Hon. Sharon Coleman
Judge Sharon Coleman has served on the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois since her nomination by President Barack Obama in 2010. The United States Senate confirmed Coleman in an 86-0 vote. During the two years preceding her nomination to the federal bench, she served as an Appellate Court Justice from the First Judicial District, 3rd Division.
Judge Coleman began her legal career as a Cook County assistant state’s attorney from 1984-1989 and subsequently served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Illinois from 1989-1993. In 1994, Judge Coleman returned to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, serving as Deputy State’s Attorney and Bureau Chief for the Public Interest Bureau of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
In 1996, Judge Coleman was elected to the Cook County Circuit Court. After an initial assignment in the Child Protection Division, she served as a jury trial judge in the Law Division until 2008, when she was elected to the Appellate Court. During this time Judge Coleman also served on the Supreme Court Committee on Illinois Pattern Civil Jury Instructions.
A native Chicagoan, Judge Coleman received her Bachelor of Arts from Northern Illinois University before earning her juris doctor degree from Washington University.
Judge Coleman is a member of several bench and bar associations, including the American Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers’ Association, Chicago Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, Federal Judges Association, Seventh Circuit Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.
Judge Coleman became a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in 2015.