Elect Justice Shelly A. Harris
the Democrat's candidate for the Illinois Supreme Court "Freeman" 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. ).
Harris currently serves as Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court,
First District, Sixth Division. Since joining the Appellate Court,
Justice Harris has
authored over 400 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
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.