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Judge Rodney W. Equi - Free Preview

Hon. Rodney W. Equi

Circuit Court Trial Judge
18th Judicial Circuit Court, DuPage County
Domestic Relations Division

Opinions by Judge Equi Appearing in the Divorce Digest:

Client's Attempt to Blame His Attorney No Laughing Matter, Volume 1, Number 1, March, 2010

No Pot of Gold at End of Dissipation Rainbow, Volume 1, Number 9, November, 2010
Experts of No Help in Custody Dispute, Volume 1, Number 10, December, 2010
Father's Bankruptcy Threats Earn No Sympathy or Relief, Volume 1, Number 11, January, 2011

Judicial Experience
Associate Judge, Domestic Relations Division (appointed 1992-95)
Associate Judge, Chancery Division (assigned 1995-96)
Associate Judge, Law/Jury Division (assigned 1996-98)
Circuit Court Judge (reappointed 1997; elected 1998, 2004)
Presiding Judge, Domestic Relations Division (1999-2003; 2006-08)

Legal Experience
Associate Attorney, Donovan & Roberts (1980-1984)
Partner, Donovan & Roberts (1984-1992)
Adjunct Professor, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Trial Advocacy (2004-07)

B.A. from DePaul University, with honors (1970)
J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law, cum laude (1979)

  • Northern Illinois University College of Law Law Review
  • "A Practical Guide to Arbitration," DuPage County Bar Association Journal
  • "Stock Options," DuPage County Bar Association Journal

"Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act," What's New in Adoptions, Child Custody, Child Support and Maintenance, Illinois State Bar Association Seminar (2004)
"Maintenance Hearings: What the Court Really Wants to Hear," How Do They Do That? Practical Advice for the Family Law Practitioner, Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section seminar (2004)
Keynote speech, DuPage County Bar Association Installation Dinner (2004)
Panelist, "College Expenses: How to Prove, Application and Defenses," Unconventional Topics in Family Law, Illinois State Bar Association Law Series Seminar (2004)
"Judicial Panel: Questions to Judges with Factual Hypotheticals on Hot Topics," Unconventional Topics in Family Law, Illinois State Bar Association Law Series Seminar (2004)
"Introducing Private Records and Documents: Mental Health Records, Medical and Dental Records, Drug Testing Results and School Records, Including the Effect of HIPPA on Family Practice," Evidentiary Issues Affecting Family Law, Illinois State Bar Association - Family Law Section seminar (2005)
"Relevant Custody Evidence and Use of Custody Evaluators in the Determination of Custody Matters," Evidentiary Issues Affecting Family Law, Illinois State Bar Association - Family Law Seminar (2005)
"Maintenance: Basis for Awards, Amounts and Duration," Illinois State Bar Association - Family Law Seminar (2006)
"Shouts from the Trenches," Advanced Issues in Guardianship, Illinois State Bar Association - Child Law Section (2007)
"Abuse and Misuse of Records Concerning Mental Health, Medical Treatment, Drug Use/Rehabilitation, and Use of Prior 604B Evaluations in Future Cases," Ethics and Family Law, ISBA Law Seminar (2007)

Professional Organizations
Illinois Bar (1979)
DuPage County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Bench and Bar Section
Family Law Section Council
Special Committee on Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
Justinian Society of Lawyers
Federal Trial Par past member
Association of Trial Lawyers of America past member
American Bar Association past member

Civic Affiliations
Elmhurst College Mentoring Program
Northern Illinois University College of Law Board of Visitors
St. Daniel Church
Family Violence Coordinating Council of DuPage County
Domestic Violence Advisory Board

DuPage County Bar Association Lawyer of the Year (2009)
Justinian Society of Lawyers Anthony Peccarelli Award (2008)

From the desk of the Honorable Rodney W. Equi
Also from Sullivan's Judicial Profiles, Law Bulletin Publishing Company (2009-2010)

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