Jennifer Wiesner

Wiesner Challenges Brennan in 18th Circuit

Jennifer S. Wiesner
Jennifer Wiesner

THE ONCE-SINGLE MOM vs. THE IMMIGRANT. BOTH HAVE COMPELLING BACKGROUNDS

I’ve been a litigator across the state of Illinois zealously advocating for my clients and children for 15 years, having started my career working for the Chicago public school’s law department. I’ve practiced primarily Domestic Relations and family law for the last 8 years but prior to that I also practiced real estate, contract, corporate, criminal and  probate law!  I have co-authored a second district appellate court brief in a very high profile case that resulted in a published decision and I was active in the drafting of the recently published second district opinion that kept me on the ballot despite the opposing parties’ futile attempts to keep me off!  Additionally, I was the president of my family’s union plumbing company for over 10 years where I worked hard to incorporate and follow all union requirements and paperwork associated with that role.  I believe I am by far the most multi dimensional candidate on the ballot for the bench in DuPage County.

I’ve  been a single mom who waitressed at the historic Viking in Winfield for 8 years (all through college and law school) to support myself and my child and I am now the mother of 4 who knows what it means to balance a career and family life. In addition to running a small business successfully for over 8 years as a solo practitioner, I’ve been an adjunct professor at College of DuPage teaching their family law for paralegals course for the last 6 years.  Highlights of my career have included receiving a pro bono service award from DuPage county legal aid, and being appointed in 2014 to the prestigious Illinois State Bar Association’s family law committee.   I’ve been a lawyer, teacher, mother, wife, sister, volunteer at my kids’ school and in all their numerous community sports, a neighbor and a friend, but I am not a politician! I would like to give the voters the choice of a qualified multi dimensional attorney (and person ) to balance the bench in DuPage county! I am also a lifelong resident of DuPage and out of the 3 judicial races you’ll see in DuPage on the ballot this November I am the only woman running and it’s the only contested judicial election (so the only one where the voters actually have a choice!)

Judge PictureJUDGE LIAM C. BRENNAN:

Judge Liam C. Brennan was born in Illinois to hardworking, successful immigrant parents from Ireland. He attended Illinois schools until 1985, when he moved with his parents to Ireland. Liam completed high school in Ireland, and then returned to the United States to attend the University of Notre Dame where he received his B.A. in Government and International Relations in 1989. Liam’s strong sense of social justice next led him to volunteer teach freshmen and sophomores for one year at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, N.Y., where he also coached the varsity soccer team. After this, Liam attended the Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1993.

After law school, Liam worked as a civil lawyer for one year before beginning a prestigious clerkship with Illinois Supreme Court Justice James D. Heiple. As a Supreme Court Law Clerk, Liam was privileged to work on some of the most important civil and criminal cases pending in Illinois over a four-year period.

After his clerkship, Liam was hired by then DuPage County State’s Attorney Joseph Birkett as a criminal prosecutor. For the next 10 years, Liam’s dedication to the rights of DuPage County crime victims and top-notch trial skills led to a series of promotions culminating as Supervisor of the Child Abuse/Domestic Violence Unit. There Liam prosecuted some of the most heinous crimes committed against children and women, working to ensure justice for some of society’s most vulnerable. All together, Liam tried to verdict or negotiated thousands of criminal cases, including murder, armed robbery, embezzlement, reckless homicide and the sexual and physical assault of women and children.

Liam’s mastery of the law, compassion, and commitment to public safety so impressed the judges he practiced before that they appointed him an associate judge in 2008. As an associate judge, Liam served in Traffic Court, Orders of Protection Court and DUI Court, where he earned a reputation for fairness to all sides.  Liam also served as Acting Presiding Judge of the Misdemeanor Division. Liam’s unique abilities were also recognized by the Illinois Supreme Court, which appointed Liam to committees responsible for updating jury instructions and the continuing education of his fellow judges. Indeed, Liam regularly lectures judges from across the State of Illinois on a variety of legal issues.

Liam’s leadership and recognized performance on the bench led Justice Bob Thomas to recommend him to his colleagues on the Illinois Supreme Court, whom unanimously appointed him to fill the vacancy of retiring Circuit Court Judge Jack Elsner in 2014. It is for this position that Liam seeks your support to keep in 2016.

Liam met his wife Joanne on a blind date (set up by Joanne’s sister, Liam’s law school classmate) in 1992. They married in 1994 and have three lovely children