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Indian-American judge Rena Marie Van Tine is running for the Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois | Global Indian

Indian-American judge Rena Marie Van Tine recently announced her candidacy for the Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois.

The Southland Journal reports that what sets Van Tine apart from other contestants in the race is the fact that “the depth and breadth of my experience is unusual,” she said.

“It is unusual for a judge who has been in the system for 20 years to run for judge,” she said in the report. “Nobody has to guess what kind of judge I’ll be because I’ve had the job for 20 years. My life is an open book, the history of my decisions in the bank speaks for itself.

“Even before I became a judge, I had the perspective of a lawyer who stood up for each side, so I think that’s an important part of that too,” she added in the report.

Van Tine has worked in private practice and in government throughout her career. According to Van Tine, she served as special attorney for Illinois State Auditor Daniel W. Haynes after serving as assistant prosecutor in Cook County for 12 years.

She has tried hundreds of cases, including several before the appeals court. She also prosecuted violent criminals in the crime department while defending medical malpractice cases against Cook County Hospital in the civil department, according to her biography.

Van Tine is currently part of the Legal Department at the Richard M. Daley Center, where she has been with the company since 2017. She was previously assigned to the Child Protection Division of the Chicago Juvenile Court, the Journal found.

If she is elected, she would like to help shape the court system by voting on various deputy judges, it said.

She is and was also part of a number of associations, organizations and committees, including former joint treasurer of the Indo-American Democratic Organization; Board member of the Asian American Democratic Organization; and founding member of the Chicago Chapter of the Indian-American Bar Association, among others.

The election to the court is in 2022.

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