Here's biographical information about Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman
Family: Husband, Gill Garman, a Danville attorney; two children and three grandchildren.
Education: Graduated valedictorian of class at Oswego High School. Bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Illinois in 1965, Bronze Tablet. Law degree from the University of Iowa in 1968, graduated with distinction and one of five women in her graduating class.
Previous legal experience: Began her legal career with the Vermilion County Legal Aid Society; worked as a Vermilion County assistant state's attorney; was in private practice in Danville.
Judicial experience: Became an associate judge in Vermilion County in 1974 at 30; elected as a circuit judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit in 1986 and served as Vermilion County's presiding judge from 1987 to 1998; assigned to the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, in 1998, and elected the following year; appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court in 2001, elected in 2002 and retained in 2012.
Professional involvement: Vermilion County, Illinois State, Iowa State, East Central Illinois Women's and the Central Illinois Women's bar associations; the Lincoln-Douglas Inn of Court; Illinois Judges Association, which awarded her the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and the inaugural Harold Sullivan Award for Judicial Excellence in 2011.
Community involvement: Danville Rotary Club member; director emeritus of the Danville Symphony Orchestra and the Vermilion County Mental Health 708 Board; University of Illinois Alumni Association's Board of Directors.