Mark Levitt discusses how practicing law led him to run for judge.
Fresh out of law school, Mark Levitt knew he wanted to be a judge. "There I was, a baby lawyer working in the public defender's office," said Levitt. "When asked where I wanted to work, I said, 'Please, don't send me to juvenile court.' So, of course, that's where I ended up." The high volume courts made a lasting impact on Levitt's career trajectory. The decisions handed down by the judges didn't just affect an individual – the rulings could have an impact on generations. A misstep could ruin lives. "I saw these juvenile court judges who made an incredible impression on me. They really cared," Levitt said. "I made up my mind at that point it was something I wanted to do some day." From that point the goal of someday becoming a judge …
Wallace Dunn won the election to be circuit judge two years ago. Then the circuit got split. Now, he's running again.
- A.M. Cole
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Judge Wallace "Wally" Dunn spends at least eight hours each week reading. No, he's not devouring the entire Twilight series during that time; he's reading briefs and case files. "You have to like the reading," he said in the matter-of-fact tone with which he describes his work ethic, his work-out routine and pretty much everything else. Dunn, who is running for judge of the Lake County Circuit Court, has been working through this reading list for 23 years. In 1986, he was he was appointed associate circuit judge by the Circuit Judges of Lake County. The Republican said his desire for the county circuit seat steams from his upbringing. "I was raised to help others, and make the world a bit better than it was," Dunn said. "You get the …