Judge Joanne Rosado was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the bench on January 20, 2017. This appointment was made based on the recommendation of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis and her screening committee to the vacancy of the Honorable Kathleen G. Kennedy in the 11th Subcircuit. Joanne currently serves in the First Municipal District, Municipal Division. She currently handles a variety of cases from criminal to civil while sitting in this division.
Prior to her service on the bench, Joanne served the community as an Assistant Cook County Public Defender starting in 2002. Judge Joanne Rosado spent over 10 years serving the community at the George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse, the largest centralized criminal courthouse in the country. During her last years as a Cook County Public Defender, Judge Joanne Rosado practiced in the Multiple Defendant Division, providing legal services to member of the community and their families throughout Cook County. Judge Joanne Rosado tried over 100 bench trials and over 50 jury trials. These cases included First Degree Murder, high profile cases including cases where clients faced Natural Life Sentences, Complex forensic issues, Mental Health matters and all felony related charges. During her service, Judge Joanne Rosado has monitored, provided guidance / assistance and counseling to other Assistant Public Defenders, clerks, social workers, probation officers, medical professionals, investigators, experts, and legal associates. Judge Joanne Rosado has prepared and litigated hundreds of complicated motions.
Additionally, Judge Joanne Rosado has civil litigation experience having conducted over 100 bench trials. She has also represented sellers/buyers in real estate transactions, estate planning, contract negotiations, probate matters, guardianships, landowner-tenant matters, employment disputes and non-related court civil matters.
For a number of years, Judge Joanne Rosado has been involved with mentor/mentee programs, assisting minority students in law school through the MLER program. She was a regular presenter for the Lawyers in the Classroom program, where attorneys go into Chicago Public Schools and present Mock Trials for students. As a board member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Judge Joanne Rosado has been on the committee for the Adopt a family program where under-privileged families are provided with food and gifts for the holiday season. Judge Joanne Rosado has been involved in the Thanksgiving food drive with her children through Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois which benefits members of the community. Judge Joanne Rosado has also been a mentor to new attorneys through the Women’s Bar Association mentoring program. Judge Joanne Rosado has been active in her community through her children’s activities, as a room parent, team mom, managing a baseball team, coaching soccer, basketball and assisting with fundraising events. She also has given back to the community as a mentor through the Chicago Coalition for Law-Related Education by coaching a Mock Trial team in the Chicago Public Schools. The Bogan High School team she coached placed in the top four winning schools out of thirty teams.
Judge Joanne Rosado graduated from John Marshall Law School in 2001 with a J.D. and was on the Dean’s list, Member of Phi Delta Phi and was a member of the Latino Law Student Association. She graduated from DePaul University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s in Art in Political Science, where she was on the Dean’s List and was a member of Spanish Club. Judge Joanne Rosado graduated from Resurrection High School in 1989.
Judge Joanne Rosado has been a lifelong resident of Chicagoland area and has lived her entire life within the 11th Subcircuit. Throughout her life, Judge Joanne Rosado has lived within the various areas of Humboldt Park, Belmont Cragin, Austin, Jefferson Park, Portage Park and the Northwest suburbs.