Illinois. April 22, 2003
NRI, (non-resident Indians) Sanjay Tailor took
the oath of office on April 22, 2003 and was sworn in as an
Associate Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Judge
Tailor is the second Indian American and the first Indian
man in Illinois to be appointed Associate Judge in Cook County.
He joins the Honorable Rena Van Tine (the first Indian American
woman judge in Illinois), the Honorable Sandra Otaka (the
first Asian American to be elected to the judiciary in Cook
County) and the Honorable Lynne Kawamoto (the first Asian
American to be appointed to the bench in Cook County) in serving
the People of the State of Illinois.
In 1996, Judge Tailor joined the Cook County State's Attorney's
office as an Assistant State's Attorney; then, he was promoted
to Deputy Supervisor in the Torts and Civil Rights Litigation
Section. Prior to that, he was in-house counsel to the First
National Bank of Chicago and an associate at the law firm
of Chapman and Cutler. He graduated cum laude from Loyola
University of Chicago School of Law in 1991.
As an attorney, Judge Tailor has litigated a
variety of civil matters, ranging from medical malpractice,
civil rights, constitutional law, and commercial litigation.
Most recently, he was the member of a team from the State's
Attorney's Office who argued before the United States Supreme
Judge Tailor has been active in the Indian American
community for several years. He was a board member IADO for
three years and is a current member. He is also the immediate
past president of Apna Ghar, a full service domestic violence
agency serving the South Asian community in Chicago and its
suburbs. He is also a member of the Asian American Bar Association.
Judge Tailor is the husband of Lena and the
father of Shivam, one year old.