United States District Court
for the Northern District Of Illinois

Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys

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Appointed United States Magistrate Judge:
February 21, 1995

Reappointed: Commencing February 20, 2003.

Presiding Magistrate Judge:
from October 22, 1998 to January 25, 2004.

  • Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law, John Marshall Law School - Spring Semester, 1999 to present.

  • 1986 until January, 1995 - Served as an Administrative Law Judge, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration, Dept. of Health and Human Services. Served as Chief Administrative Law Judge from 1988 until current appointment.

  • 1980-1986 - Served as Regional Attorney for the Chicago Region of the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

  • 1975-1980 - Served as a Trial Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago.


  • BA Degree from DePaul University in 1972

  • JD Degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1975.


  • American Bar Association

  • Federal Bar Association
    1st Vice President, 2002-2003 (Chicago Chapter)

  • Chicago Bar Association
    (Member, Committee on Minority Federal Jury Service)

  • Cook County Bar Association

  • Illinois Judicial Council

  • Just The Beginning Foundation (1st Vice President)

  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
    (Liaison for the U.S. District Court)
  • Advisory Committee - Study of Rules of Practice and Internal Operating Procedures of District and Bankruptcy Courts


Judge Keys is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, having served two tours of duty in Vietnam. His wife is the former Annette Grace. They have two sons, Anthony and Michael, and live in the suburban Chicago area.