Veteran attorneys say they’re vying for a spot on the bench
Staff reports October 23, 2013 10:16PM
Tina Filipiak | Supplied photo
Updated: November 25, 2013 1:08PM
Two long-time local attorneys have announced plans to seek a spot on the bench in Will County’s 2nd Judicial Subcircuit.
Tina Filipiak, an assistant state’s attorney, and attorney Dawn Underhill have announced their intentions to seek the post, which includes Troy and much of Joliet townships.
Filipiak said she’s worked hard for Will County for more than 20 years, and she hopes to continue her efforts as a circuit court judge.
“The best judges are those that know that what happens in the courtroom is not about the judge but the litigants in each case,” Filipiak said in a press release. “No matter how big or small the case may seem, that case is important to the parties, perhaps the most important thing in their lives at the time, and the issues deserve a fair judge who will listen to all sides and make a decision based on the law.”
Underhill, meanwhile, said she has years of representing clients on a wide-range of legal issues that makes her the best candidate.
“Courtrooms have always required judges to be fair and have a full understanding of the law, but today’s judges also need a deep understanding of the people they serve,” Underhill said in the release. “As a practicing local attorney for more than two decades, I’m experienced in representing clients in a wide variety of legal issues. Additionally, I’m a working Mom who is well aware of the biggest concerns and pressures facing working families today.”