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United States District Court
Northern District of Illinois

Judge Charles P. Kocoras

Chambers: (312) 435 - 6872

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

DATE OF APPOINTMENT
September 30, 1980

ENTERED ON DUTY
November 24, 1980

  • January, 1979 - November, 1980 Partner in the law firm of Stone, McGuire, Benjamin & Kocoras.

  • November, 1977 - January, 1979 Chairman, Illinois Commerce Commission, State of Illinois.

Chairman of a five member commission responsible for the regulation of privately owned utilities doing business in Illinois and the regulation of intra-state motor carriers.

  • February, 1971 - October, 1977 Assistant United States Attorney United States Department of Justice, Office of the United States Attorney, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois.

(a) Trial Attorney, Criminal Division and Special Prosecutions Division

(b) Deputy Chief, Criminal Division and Special Prosecutions Division

(c) First Assistant United States Attorney

Supervision of all federal litigation in the Northern District of Illinois, including 83 Assistant United States Attorneys and 74 Administrative Personnel. Was appointed First Assistant in July, 1975 (was court appointed United States Attorney from 7/5/77 until 7/18/77).

  • 1975 - Present John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois.
    Adjunct Professor Teaching Trial Advocacy Courses.

  • 1962-1969 Internal Revenue Service Chicago, Illinois (non-legal)

  • August, 1969 - February, 1971 Bishop and Crawford, One First National Plaza,  Chicago, Illinois.

LEGAL ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS / PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Former Member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Criminal Law (6 years).

Former member of the Federal Criminal Jury Instruction Committee for the Seventh Circuit.

Lecturer at legal seminars.

HONORS AND AWARDS

Recipient in 2011 of Award of Excellence as Adjunct Professor by The John Marshall Law School.

Recipient in 2011 of the Mary Heftel Hooton Award by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

Recipient in 2006 of Honorary Degree of Doctor Humane Letters by DePaul University.

Recipient of Department of Justice Special Commendation Award for Outstanding Service in 1974.

Recipient in 1976 of Department of Justice Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney.

Recipient in 1999 of Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by The John Marshall Law School.

EDUCATION

1956-1958 Wilson Junior College Chicago, Illinois

1958-1961 DePaul University College of Commerce Chicago, Illinois Bachelor of Science Degree - Major in Accounting

HONORS - Admission to Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting society based on scholastic achievement.

DePaul University College of Law Chicago, Illinois (Evening Division) - Juris Doctor Degree

HONORS - Valedictorian of graduating class (1/47 - Day and Evening Division combined for class ranking).

MILITARY SERVICE

Illinois Army National Guard - 1961 - 1967
6 months active duty - 5/61 - 11/61

HONORS - Honor Graduate Radio School Fort Knox, Kentucky - 9/61
Chicago Tribune Award for Outstanding Guardsman - 1965