Assistant Will County State’s Attorney Moira K. Dunn, D-Joliet, has announced her candidacy for judge in Will County Second Subcircuit in the March Democratic primary.
Dunn joins an increasingly large field of challengers, bringing unique experiences and an equally unique personal background that sets her apart from the field.
“While some attorneys may share a similar professional background, none share the unique personal background that I have lived,” Dunn said, “and it is my unique personal background that has deepened my compassion and commitment to my fellow residents throughout Will County."
Dunn is a lifelong Joliet resident and a Joliet Catholic Academy alumnus who graduated from Miami University of Ohio and the DePaul College of Law. Stricken with an undiagnosed brain tumor while she was studying at DePaul, she overcame this rare and monumental obstacle to graduate before undergoing successful surgery to remove the tumor.
“I have seen my share of struggles that I had to overcome,” Dunn said. “I truly understand that those who will appear in my court are also going through their own struggles. Because of this I will administer justice firmly with respect and common sense.”
Dunn has worked in both civil and criminal law for more than 10 years at private firms, as an E-Discovery attorney and as an assistant state's attorney. She has worked cases great and small, including complex lawsuits involving fortune 500 companies where she supervised a staff of 50 attorneys.
While working under former U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Holderman, Dunn was instrumental in developing and expanding the now successful E-Discovery program. Moira is an active member of the Will County Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.
You’ll find no “generation gap” with Dunn, a fifth generation Will County resident. She is also a third generation lawyer following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Francis A. Dunn, and her father, the Honorable Thomas A. Dunn, who is a retired state senator and associate Will County judge.
Moira credits her dad with stoking an intense interest in the law and public service going back to when she was in grade school.
“Family is my most treasured asset,” she said. “This everyday crime fighter feels the same way about all families in Will County. As a judge it would be my top priority to keep these families safe.”