Judge Thomas Mulroy’s Quarantine Reads

The CBA’s @theBar Blog is launching a new column entitled, “Quarantine Reads,”  featuring recommended reading lists from prominent members of Chicago’s legal community.  Reading is an excellent way for lawyers, judges and other legal professionals to stay entertained, distracted, and intellectually stimulated during this challenging time. Members looking for reading material while quarantined can enjoy book recommendations from Chicago’s best legal minds.

Judge Thomas Mulroy of the Circuit Court of Cook County provides his recommended reading list below:

The Other Son, by Nick Alexander

The Burgess Boys, by Elizabeth Strout

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, by Patrick Radden Keefe

Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, by Karl Marlantes

Less: A Novel, by Andrew Sean Greer

News of the World, by Paulette Jiles

About Judge Mulroy:

JudgeMulroy_Oct2016_wideJudge Thomas R. Mulroy became the 141st President of the Chicago Bar Association in June 2017.  After practicing law for over 30 years, Judge Mulroy became a judge in 2007 and sits in the Law Division’s Commercial Calendar section.  He spearheaded the Commercial Calendar’s innovative and successful mandatory arbitration program which assists litigants by expediting the adjudication of certain smaller cases and he is the supervising judge of the program.

Judge Mulroy was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois before joining Jenner & Block, where he became a partner and practiced as a criminal defense and commercial trial lawyer representing clients in state and federal courts throughout the country. 

Judge Mulroy was active in the representation of indigent clients through Catholic Charities, the Legal Assistance Foundation, and the Federal Defender Program.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Governors at Loyola University’s School of Law.  He sponsors the annual Mulroy Award for Excellence in Evidence at the law school.

Judge Mulroy has served as Special Counsel for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission; Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Civil Procedure and Evidence Committee; a Board member of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; a Board member and life member of the Illinois Bar Foundation; a Board member of the Chicago Bar Foundation and adjunct professor of trial practice at  Loyola, Northwestern, and DePaul Universities.

Judge Mulroy earned his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law.


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