'A Judge We Can Trust'




Her Passion Is Fairness And Justice

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Judge H. Yvonne Coleman


  • Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court in March 2017
  • Assigned to the First Municipal Department, Civil Nonjury Trial Section
  • Over 25 years’ litigation experience in state and federal court

Before joining the judiciary, Judge Coleman was in solo practice concentrating in general civil litigation, civil rights, and employment discrimination cases.  Her legal experience in the private and public sector is varied and diverse and includes employment with the State of Illinois as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Civil Rights and Disability Rights Bureaus in the Office of Illinois Attorney General.  

Throughout her legal career, Judge Coleman has been a strong and outspoken advocate for access to justice and served as Executive Director of the Community Law Project, Inc., a non-profit free legal services program which provided pro bono attorneys to individuals and families who could not afford legal representation.  

As a practicing attorney, Judge Coleman regularly volunteered her time by participating in activities sponsored by bar associations and community and faith-based organizations. Most recently, she served as President of the Cook County Bar Association Foundation which is a non-profit association of lawyers providing pro bono legal clinics, community legal education forums, and law student scholarships to needy students. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her service.

Judge Coleman was raised on the Southside of Chicago and is a proud product of Chicago Public Schools.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her law degree from the University of California, Davis. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Judge Coleman is a servant of the people. She treats everyone in her courtroom with dignity and respect and assures that every voice will have an opportunity to be heard.  Her commitment is to abide by the law and her passion is fairness and justice.