Local judges speaking at seminars

EDWARDSVILLE — Three judges from the Third Judicial Circuit will speak as education teachers for both sessions of the 2022 Judicial Education Conferences.

Third Judicial Circuit Judges Sarah Smith and Amy Maher, and Associate Circuit Judge Veronica Armouti, will lead sessions at the conference scheduled for April 4-8 and June 13-17 in Lombard. Smith’s course will deal with the recusal of attorneys by civil judges. Maher teaches a course on dual status youth. Armouti’s course will focus on the rights of persons with disabilities in the courthouse.

Illinois trial court judges are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years. Continuing education should include professional responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and procedural fairness.

Maher was elected as a Circuit Judge for Madison County in 2020. She currently chairs the Juvenile Delinquency and Child Abuse and Neglect Registries. She served as 2016-2020 Director of Operations and 2013-2016 Director of Legal Services with Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois prior to her election as a Circuit Judge.


She began her public service in 1989 as Assistant State Attorney for Madison County, serving until 2012. Additionally, Maher is a member of the Illinois Coroners Training Board, Judges Association of Illinois and the Illinois Bar Association.

Smith was first appointed associate judge in Madison County in September 2015 and was elected in 2018 as a circuit judge. As Associate Judge, she presided over the Family Division. She currently presides in a civil law role and also presides over the Madison County Veterans Court. In 2017, she was certified as a military judge in the Illinois National Guard.

Additionally, Smith is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Military Affairs. She is also a member of the Illinois Judges Association.

Armouti was appointed associate judge in Madison County in August 2019, assigned to the Family Division. She is currently assigned to traffic and misdemeanor cases. She served on the 2020-2021 Illinois Judges Association Board of Directors and serves on its Community Engagement and Judicial Election and Retention Committees. She is a member of the bar associations of Illinois, Missouri, Madison County and Mound City.

Additionally, Armouti is a member of the Auxiliary Board of the Southwest Illinois Division of United Way, Executive Committee, Charmaine Chapman Society, and Chair of the Carol Martin Trust Committee.

The 2022 biannual conference offers 91 courses drawn from the Illinois Judges Curriculum, including 24 multidisciplinary courses for judges and justice partners. Judges from across the state will attend the week-long sessions in April or June. The Judicial College courses are associated with one or more professional skills as well as specific learning objectives to be achieved during course delivery.

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