Welcome to the AIJ

The Alliance of Illinois Judges (AIJ) was formed by the Lesbian and Gay Judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County (Chicago, IL). We aim to be a resource for our fellow Judges and the legal community, and mentors for LGBTQ+ law students. 

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Our Mission

Promote and foster friendly relations and goodwill between and among its members and between its membership and other members of the bench and bar;

Advance the professional enrichment of the judiciary, promote the administration of justice and improve the legal profession;

Promote and encourage respect and unbiased treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals as they relate to the judiciary, the legal profession and the administration of justice;

Defend and advance the integrity and independence of the judiciary;

Encourage, promote and provide continuing legal education to members of the bench, bar and public;

Foster and promote a positive public perception and a better understanding of the judiciary to LGBTQ individuals and to members of the public at large;

Promote equal and unbiased treatment of LGBTQ members of the judiciary on issues affecting judges, such as assignments, compensation, benefits, judicial elections, retentions and appointments; and,

Pursue any and all acts reasonably necessary in the furtherance of these goals.

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The Alliance of Illinois Judges was formed by the LGBTQ+ judges of Illinois to promote diversity and understanding within the judiciary and the legal community. Our membership includes LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ judges.

Contact us via email: mail.theaij@gmail.com