About

Monica Somerville is running for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County in the Democratic Primary on June 28, 2022. 

She is a lifelong resident of Cook County and has been a dedicated public servant with a wide ranging legal background spanning 31 years. Monica has substantial litigation experience overseeing, managing, and litigating complex litigation cases in state court and also in state and federal administrative agencies.  

  • Monica served as Assistant Corporation Counsel handling complex personal injury cases.  She was also Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel of the Torts Division.
  • As an attorney for the United States Postal Service, she litigated employment discrimination cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Merit System Protection Board (MSPB).  
  • She was Supervising Administrative Law Judge for the Illinois Department of Employment Security in the Appeals Division.
  • She was also Litigation Counsel for the  Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission investigating complaints of attorney misconduct. 

 

Working for the public has given Monica the opportunity and privilege to meet people from all over Cook County. This experience has made her acutely aware of the issues that affect people’s lives on a daily basis and the impact the judicial system has on families.  

Monica is an active member of the Beverly neighborhood in Chicago, where she has lived for 33 years. Because the community did not have an organized basketball program for children, her family created one. The South Cook Jaguars athletic program teaches teamwork, commitment and leadership to boys and girls.  

She also volunteers with the Chicago Bar Association’s “Lawyers-Lend-A-Hand to Youth” and “Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program”.  The Lawyers-Lend-A-Hand to Youth provides free one-to-one tutoring to children in underserved communities.   

Monica Somerville has the education, experience, and the commitment to be a fair and equitable judge.

Experience

Monica Somerville has a lifelong record of public service and a distinguished legal career spanning more than 30 years.

Fairness

In wide ranging legal capacities, Monica Somerville has always dedicated herself to ensuring a thorough investigation, fair hearing and the opportunity to be heard.

Integrity

Monica Somerville has worked with people all over Cook County, representing them with forthrightness and honor.

Family Values

Monica Somerville has been married for 31 years. She is the proud mother of three children and an 11-year-old dog.