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Title:State Appellate Defender Commission
Website:State Appellate Defender Commission
Contact Name:Claire Musial
Contact Title:Director of Support Services, Office of the State Appellate Defender
Contact Phone:(312) 814-5472
Function:The Commission advises state appellate defender on operations of office; approves or modifies operational budget and sets number of employees; recommends removal of state appellate defender if there are reasonable grounds.
Term:Limit of one full 6 year term.
Senate Confirmation:No
Party Affiliation:N/A
Qualifications:See composition
Composition:9 members : Chairperson appointed by Governor; 1 appointed by Supreme Court; 1 appointed by each of 5 Appellate Courts; 1 appointed by Supreme Court from panel of 3 persons nominated by IL State Bar Assoc.; 1 appointed by Governor from panel of 3 persons nominated by IL Public Defender Assoc.
Chair:Appointed by Governor
Authority:725 ILCS 105/4

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Brook, Carol12/14/202412/14/2018The Illinois Supreme CourtMemberCook
Bruno, Evan S. 1/14/20275/14/2021Illinois Supreme CourtMember, Illinois Bar AssociationNone
Brusatte, Hon. James L. 5/31/20246/6/20183rd District Appellate CourtMemberNone
Epstein, James R.9/10/202611/10/2022GovernorChairCook
Hoffman, Hon. Thomas E. 7/11/20228/11/20161st District Appellate CourtMemberNone
Mitchell, Sharone R. Jr5/1/202711/18/2022GovernorMember, Public Defenders Association nomineeNone
Sanders, Michelle6/1/20256/1/20194th District Appellate CourtMember
Wharton, Hon. Milton S.7/3/20277/29/20215th District Appellate CourtMemberNone
York, Jeff8/1/20268/1/20202nd District Appellate CourtMember