NIU Law Presents Judge James K. Booras with Distinguished Service Award

November 01, 2005

DeKalb -- The Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Council honored one of its outstanding graduates, Hon. James K. Booras of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, with its Distinguished Service Award. Robert W. Fioretti (’78), Chicago attorney and member of the NIU Law Alumni Council, presented Booras with the award in front of his colleagues and fellow alumni during its Lake County Reception on October 27 at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville.

“Judge Booras exemplifies NIU Law’s commitment to public service,” remarked NIU Law Dean LeRoy Pernell. “It is with great pleasure that we recognize and honor his dynamic career in the judiciary and his work protecting public interest.”

A 1979 NIU Law graduate, Booras, of Waukegan, began his judicial service in Lake County in 1991 as an associate judge. He was appointed a circuit judge in 2000, elected in 2002, and currently presides in the Criminal Law Division. Before joining the bench, Booras worked in private practice and later became a city prosecutor in Waukegan. He then served as a Lake County assistant state's attorney where he was chief of the Narcotics Prosecution Division. In 2000, the Lake County Bar Association presented Booras with its Benedict J. Ori Award, which honors former prosecutors for significant contributions to the law.
“Judge Booras is and has always been hard-working, fair-minded and a dedicated public servant,” said Hon. Victoria Rossetti (’79), who graduated from NIU Law with Booras and is a fellow Nineteenth Circuit judge. “He has always shown compassion and respect for all who appear before him.”


The only public law school in the greater Chicago area, NIU Law has previously been ranked first in the nation for government placement, according to U.S. News and World Report. Nearly one-third of its graduates choose a career in public interest, including more than 50 alumni in the judiciary -- a remarkable accomplishment for a law school with less than 3,000 graduates. In honor of its commitment to public service, NIU Law received the 2001 Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Award.


For more information, contact:
Melody Mitchell
Director, Alumni Events & Public Relations