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Harris for Justice

Elect Justice Shelly A. Harris
the Democrat's candidate for the Illinois Supreme Court, First District vacancy
March 17, 2020



Shelly Harris was born in Chicago and grew up in West Rogers Park and later lived in Skokie, IL. He and his wife Jane Anne Harris have long resided in Northbrook, Ill.. They have 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. He was educated at the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Arizona at Tucson ( B.S. Business Administration ) and the John Marshall Law School (J.D. ).

Justice Harris currently serves as Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, Sixth Division. Since joining the Appellate Court, Justice Harris has authored over 600 opinions which have been well received by the legal community and favorably commented on in the press.

    While in law school, he was an eighth grade and special education teacher in the Chicago Public School system. He began his law career as a trial lawyer for the Legal Aid Bureau in Chicago litigating contested child custody and support cases. 

    He started his own practice. After 10 years specializing in divorce and domestic relations matters, he switched to a trial lawyer practice in personal injury, medical malpractice, and corporate disputes. He was a principal in Haas and Harris, Ltd for 3 years and thereafter for over 25 years as Sheldon A. Harris & Associates.

    During his private practice years, he represented hundreds of clients at trial and in the Appellate Court in the fields of tort, negligence, bankruptcy and commercial law. He presided in numerous arbitration and mediation hearings for the Circuit Court of Cook County, ADR Systems of America in Chicago, and private mediations. He served as the first pro bono mentor to attorneys in the Chicago Bar Association's Access to Justice Program when it was initiated.

Justice Harris became a Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court in February 2000, and he served in its Municipal Division presiding over jury and bench trials in tort, commercial cases,forcible detainer/entry and DUI cases. From 2008 to 2010, he served in the Law Division - Trials Section presiding in jury and non-jury tort and commercial cases. On November 2, 2010 he was sworn in as a Justice of the Second Division, First District of the Illinois Appellate Court.

    He has also been active in his community through his work and membership in numerous community, civic organizations, and an active member in numerous bar associations.

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