PAOLA ASCENCIO – ELECTED AS THE NEW CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF ILLINOIS 2019-2020!
Paola Ascencio, Paralegal of Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC, was nominated and elected as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois for the 2019-2020!
Each spring semester, pre-law students from around the state of Illinois participate in the Model Illinois Government simulation. Paola competed at the 41st Annual Model Illinois Government competition in Springfield, IL this past weekend with her Northern Illinois University team. Their team competed as attorneys, lobbyists, legislators and delegates for a simulation of the government processes that occur in the House of Representatives, Senate and Supreme Court of Illinois. There were a total of 17 schools and 250 students who participated from around the State of Illinois. The NIU Moot Court team advanced to quarter-finals and Paola took home the individual attorney award for Top Novice Attorney in the competition. Paola’s team also was awarded for Best Outstanding Large Delegation of the competition.
Paola will be returning next year to preside over the Moot Court competition as highest ranking Judge of our state judiciary. Paola will be joined by 2 other (female) members of their NIU team who were nominated and elected as Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor to represent the State of Illinois