U N I V E R I S I T Y  O F  I L L I N O I S  A T  S P R I N G F I E L D

Date: April 15, 2003
Contact: Hal Goldman, 206-6324

UIS Pre-Law Center to present address by Justice Myerscough

SPRINGFIELD ­ As part of the nationwide celebration of Law Day, Justice Sue Myerscough, of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, will speak on the role of independent courts in the protection of individual liberty.  The presentation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in conference room C/D, lower level of the Public Affairs Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Justice Myerscough’s address will be followed by a question-and-answer session and is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Pre-Law Center at UIS.

Justice Myerscough received her J.D. at Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, and served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Harold A. Baker. Following several years in private practice, she was appointed associate judge (1987-1990), elected circuit judge in the Seventh Judicial Circuit (1990-1996), presiding judge of Sangamon County (1994-1998), and chief judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit (1996-1998).In 1998, she was elected to the Fourth District Appellate Court where she continues to serve. Justice Myerscough has actively promoted judicial reforms in a number of areas including family violence, juvenile justice, and tracking of sex offenders.

The Pre-Law Center advises UIS students who are considering law school. Director Hal Goldman, assistant professor of Legal Studies and History explains, “The PLC provides access to a variety of information on law schools and the application process. We also help students plan their course of study to prepare for law school and work one-on-one with them to prepare application materials such as resumés and personal statements.” Services available through the center include lists of contacts and available resources, information on upcoming events, and information for students interested in taking the LSAT exam. To learn more about what the PLC has to offer, visit its website at

For more information about Law Day and Judge Myerscough’s presentation, contact Goldman at (217) 206-6324.