Administrative Law Judges


Current Administrative Law Section Public Hearing Schedule

Kerrie Maloney Laytin

 

Hon. Kerrie Maloney Laytin, joined the Human Rights Commission as an Administrative Law Judge in June 2021.  Judge Maloney Laytin is a former Judge on the Circuit Court who has engaged in a broad range of matters and presided over bench trials, contested hearings and motions in addition to a busy daily status call.  Prior to serving on the Circuit Court, Judge Maloney Laytin worked in the Appeals Division of the City of Chicago Law Department.  Judge Maloney Laytin also has worked for both the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch.  Judge Maloney Laytin Clerked for the Hon. Carolyn Dineen King on the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit and for the Hon. Robert Patterson, Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York after attending Columbia University School of Law and New York University.    Judge Maloney Laytin is a member of the Bar in Illinois and New York, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Fifth Circuits and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  She further maintains civic and volunteer engagements with several groups locally including serving on the Board of High Jump, an organization advancing educational opportunities for deserving middle school students, and the Ark Food Pantry.


Azeema Akram

Administrative Law Judge

Hon. Azeema Akram,  joined the Human Rights Commission as an Administrative Law Judge in June 2021.  Judge Akram currently serves in the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) where, for the past two years, she has adjudicated a caseload involving intrastate licensing and violations of State regulations in multiple industries as well as providing arbitration services.  Judge Akram has substantial litigation experience across State agencies owning to her prior service in varied roles at ICC as well as the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  A hard of hearing attorney, Judge Akram has engaged substantially in work inside and outside of State government to advocate for accessibility for people with disabilities.  This has included presenting as part of HRC’s own Lunch and Learn series in the fall of 2020, co-presenting a CLE on Accommodating People with Disabilities in State Administrative Proceedings and serving on the Regional Transportation Authority’s (RTA) Paratransit Certification Formal Appeals Program Eligibility Review Board.  Judge Akram is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, a member of the Alumni Diversity Counsel at her alma mater, DePaul University College of Law and is engaged in a number of other civic and legal organizations.


William J. Borah

Administrative Law Judge

Hon. William J. Borah has been a judge with the Illinois Human Rights Commission since 2009. Prior to his appointment, he spent 27 years in private practice concentrating in employment law, representing both the employer and employee before both state and federal courts, and most employment agencies. Among the many bar leadership positions held, including president of the South Suburban Bar Association, Judge Borah was Chair of the ISBA Labor & Employment Law Section Council in 2005 – 2006 and returned to the position of chair in 2014 – 2015. He is also a speaker, author, moot court trial judge, and recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. A number of his cases and decisions have received local and national attention. Borah's article on workplace sexual harassment, published in the Illinois Bar Journal (IBJ) in 2008, was rated as of "national significance" by West Publishing. A second article on the First Amendment and church employment, published in the July 2010, IBJ issue, received the same national recognition.


Michael R. Robinson

Administrative Law Judge

Hon. Michael R. Robinson joined the Human Rights Commission as an Administrative Law Judge in its Springfield office in 1993. Robinson received his B.A. degree in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from the University of Nebraska. Prior to joining the Commission, Robinson practiced with the law firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen in Urbana. Prior to that he served as a senior research attorney for the Illinois Supreme Court Research Department. Judge Robinson has authored several articles for the Illinois State Bar Association's Illinois Bar Journal, of which three were cited as winners of the Lincoln Legal Writing Award. He has also written chapters on federal subject matter jurisdiction and Social Security benefits for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.