Public greeting for two female judges planned

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Republican Women's Club is hosting a formal public greeting for two Illinois 4th District Appellate Court judges this month.

The club is inviting the public to meet justices M. Carol Pope and Lisa Holder White from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Lamon House in Lincoln Park in Danville. The Lamon House is just south of the intersection of Logan Avenue and English Street.

In January 2012, White was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Illinois 4th District Appellate Court. A 1990 graduate of Lewis University and 1993 University of Illinois law graduate, White is the first black judge seated on the 4th District Appellate Court. She must win the 2014 election to retain her seat. White also became the first black judge in Macon County in 2001 when she was appointed associate judge there. She was elected circuit judge in 2010 in that county. Prior to becoming a judge, White worked in the Macon County state's attorney's office, public defender's office and then in private practice.

Pope of Petersburg was appointed to the appellate court in 2008 by the Supreme Court. A 1975 UI graduate and DePaul University law graduate, Pope was the first woman from the 8th Judicial Circuit and first person from Menard County to serve on the appellate court. She retained her seat in the 2012 election. Prior to the appellate court, Pope served for 17 years as circuit judge in Menard County and as Menard County state's attorney from 1984-1991.

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