Terry MacCarthy , Jr.

Judge Circuit Court of Cook County
Work 1439 Bonnie Brae River Forest IL 60305 TPI Attendance: June, 1991
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Terence MacCarthy was elected Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois in 2010. He first served in the Traffic division where he presided over numerous trials and hearings currently serves in the Domestic Violence Division where he presides over both Civil and Criminal cases, including felonies, misdemeanors, Orders of Protection and Stalking No Contact Orders, as well as bench and jury trials.

Judge MacCarthy has dedicated a significant amount of time teaching and training experienced lawyers as well as law students. Through lectures and small group teaching, in areas such as Trial Advocacy, Evidence, Impeachment, Storytelling and Persuasion, he has earned a reputation as an excellent and effective teacher. He has served as a faculty member for many distinguished Trial Advocacy programs around the country in addition to the National Criminal Defense College , including the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, and the University of Chicago Law School’s Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the DePaul University College of Law where he teaches Advanced Trial Advocacy.

Before election to the bench, he served for twenty years with the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, working as an Assistant Public Defender, and for his last seven years, as an Attorney Supervisor in the Felony Trial Division at the Criminal Courts Building at “26th and California.” He tried more than 500 cases including complex felonies and capital cases. While trying bench and jury trials, he earned a reputation as an excellent trial lawyer and advocate. Terence was certified as a First Chair member of the Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar.

Terence graduated from The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (B.A. English-1986) and The DePaul University College of Law (Juris Doctor-1990).

He is the co-author of “MacCarthy on Impeachment: How to Find and Use these Weapons of Mass Destruction,” published by the American Bar Association, and the author of “Improv for Lawyers: A Lawyer’s Guide to Ignoring the Inner Critic, Listening Empathetically and Telling Winning Stories at Trial.”


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