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Vincent F. Cornelius Recommended as a Judicial Candidate by the Illinois Civil Justice League.

March 23, 2018

Vincent F. Cornelius rated as "Recommended" by the Illinois Civil Justice League Response to the ICJL Questionnaire Submitted Resume Attorney in Private Practice

ISBA Past President Vincent F. Cornelius

March 8, 2018

Immediate Past President Vincent F. Cornelius - 2016-17 - Joliet

Vincent Cornelius Featured in Chicago Tribune

Feb 28, 2018

The Joliet Central High School "Honoring the Past While Inspiring the Future"

The program was highlighted by the traditional Isaac Singleton Award winner- Mr. Vincent F. Cornelius and a new student-centered award entitled "Kwanzaa Award". Mr. Cornelius has contributed to the Joliet Community through his law firm and he is the Immediate Past-President of the Illinois State Bar Association.

JCA Welcomed Keynote Speaker Mr. Vincent Cornelius In Honor Of Black History Month

Feb 20, 2018

JCA was honored to welcome guest speaker Mr. Vince Cornelius ’82 to an all-school assembly on Friday, February 16, 2018 in honor of Black History Month. Mr. Cornelius related his life story to current JCA students, and he gave credit to his mother, Lorrayne Cornelius, a Washington Junior High School teacher for 34 years.

Vincent Cornelius Running for Will County Circuit Court Judge

Jan 16, 2018

Joliet Attorney Vincent F. Cornelius is pleased to announce his candidacy for the position of circuit judge for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court of Will County, Illinois. He is running for the Democratic nomination in the March 20 primary. “I have had the honor of serving the legal profession and the community at large in many significant areas,” Cornelius said. “My combination of courtroom experience and leadership service have prepared me well to serve Will County as its next Circuit Court Judge.”

Chicago Area Attorney Vincent Cornelius Named to The Best Lawyers in America for 2018

Dec 07, 2017

The Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius is proud to announce that Attorney Vincent Cornelius has been recognized in the 2018 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.” Cornelius is recognized in the practice area of criminal defense. Best Lawyers is a peer review publication that annually compiles a list of the top five percent of practicing attorneys, organized by location and practice area. The publication conducted more than 7.4 million evaluations for the 2018 edition and chose approximately 58,000 attorneys in 140 practice areas.

Chicago Law Bulletin - Illinois State Bar Association

Apr 26, 2017

While I sometimes imagined a life in politics or on the bench, I cannot say I imagined as a young lawyer becoming president of the Illinois State Bar Association. I certainly did not imagine that my installation would be a historic first. The significance of my role as the ISBA’s first African-American president is not lost on me. I still feel the pride that comes with the opportunity. But I am mindful that pioneers are remembered more for how they affected the landscape than for the mere fact they arrived first. With that in mind, I have taken my leadership responsibility to heart.

Vincent Cornelius Featured in Law Magazine

Sep 16th, 2016

In the September edition of Chicago Lawyer magazine, Illinois State Bar Association President and NIU College of Law alumnus Vincent Cornelius (’89) shares his game plan to help the next generation of lawyers. “The premier state bar association in the country” can offer its members mentoring, networking and learning opportunities, Cornelius said.

NIU College of Law to honor eight outstanding alumni award recipients

Sep 8, 2016

Northern Illinois University College of Law Dean Eric Dannenmaier and the NIU Law Alumni Council will honor eight outstanding alumni and friends of the school during its annual awards reception at the University Club of Chicago from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. The 2016 award recipients were selected based on outstanding achievements in their careers, demonstrated service to the NIU College of Law or their community, and professional integrity.

NIU alumnus Cornelius celebrated as state bar association president

Aug 28, 2016

DeKALB – A Northern Illinois University law school alum’s rise to a coveted role within the state bar association was cause for a celebration this week that was attended by local community stakeholders and others attached to the university. Vincent Cornelius graduated from NIU’s law school in 1989. Since then, the Joliet native has gone on to open his own firm in this hometown and in Wheaton, practicing criminal law. Then, in June, he took the helm of the Illinois State Bar Association as its first African-American president.

NIU Law Alumnus Vincent Cornelius to be installed as New ISBA President

Jun 16, 2016

NIU Law alumnus Vincent Cornelius (’89) will be installed as president of the 32,000- member Illinois State Bar Association on Friday, June 17. Cornelius will make history as he takes the helm of the ISBA, the state’s largest bar organization, and becomes the first African-American president in its 140-year history. Cornelius, the principal of the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius – with offices in Wheaton and Joliet – concentrates his practice in civil and criminal litigation. He has been a member of the ISBA for his entire legal career and was first elected to the ISBA Board of Governors in 1999 as a downstate Under Age 37 member. He served as the chancellor of the ISBA’s Academy of Illinois Lawyers and as the president of the Illinois Bar Foundation from 2008-10.

Vincent F. Cornelius installed as 140th ISBA President

Jun 15, 2016

Vincent F. Cornelius was installed as president of the 32,000-member Illinois State Bar Association on June 17, 2016. The installation took place at the association's 140th Annual Meeting at the Westin O'Hare in Rosemont. Cornelius is the Principal in the Law Office of Vincent F. Cornelius with offices in Joliet and Wheaton. He is the 140th ISBA president, and the first African American to lead the association as president.

USF honors three community leaders

Feb 2, 2014

The University of St. Francis (USF) honored three community leaders during its recent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration: Continuing the Journey. Illinois Congressman Bill Foster, 11th District, spoke during the celebration, sponsored by the university’s Office of Institutional Diversity, African American Alumni Association, Division of Student Affairs and Ethnic Affairs Council.

NIU law alumnus Vincent F. Cornelius makes history in Illinois State Bar Association election

May 13, 2013

Northern Illinois University College of Law alumnus Vincent F. Cornelius (’89) was elected third vice president of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). Cornelius is now in succession to become the first African-American president of the ISBA in its 136-year history. In 2016, he will lead the largest bar organization in the state with 32,000 members.

Vincent F. Cornelius Biography at Northern Illinois University

Mr. Cornelius became the first African-American president of the Illinois State Bar Association in 2016. He established the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius in Joliet, Illinois, specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation. Prior to establishing the firm, Mr. Cornelius was an associate with the Law Firm of James D. Montgomery and Associates, the predecessor firm of Cochran and Montgomery in Chicago, Illinois, where he practiced criminal and civil litigation. Mr. Cornelius is also a former DuPage County Assistant State’s Attorney. Mr. Cornelius practices in DuPage, Cook, Will, Kane, Kendall and other counties in Illinois.

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