The Decatur Bar Association and Millikin University’s Department of History and Political Science will present a Candidate Forum for the judicial candidates of the Sixth Judicial Circuit on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. This forum was rescheduled from the original date of October 4, 2020 at Fairview Park in Decatur.

The forum is free and open to the public. It will be moderated by a representative of Millikin University. 

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Meeting ID: 870 8690 3832

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Democrat Scott Lerner and Republican Judge Jason Bohm are the candidates for an open 6th circuit court seat. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the candidates, hear their platforms and understand more about the importance of judicial candidate elections. Questions for the candidates to be asked at the Forum may be submitted to Drew Hickey of the Decatur Bar Association via email at [email protected], or via the “Chat” function in Zoom. 

The debate will be streamed live on the Decatur Bar Association’s and Bolen, Robinson and Ellis’ (BRE Law) Facebook Page. 

For more information about the Judicial Candidate Forum contact Drew Hickey, Past President of the Decatur Bar Association, at [email protected]. 

Candidate Information: 

Scott Lerner is an attorney and author in private practice in Champaign, Illinois. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin / Madison in Psychology and graduated from The University of Illinois College of Law in Urbana / Champaign. Mr. Lerner has been practicing law since 1992 in the private and public sectors. He has worked for the office of the Cook County Public Guardian and the Vermillion County Public Defender. He has had two articles published in the Illinois Bar Journal. Mr. Lerner has practiced throughout the Sixth Circuit.

Judge Jason Bohm was appointed as a Circuit Judge in March of 2018, by Justice Rita Garman and the Illinois Supreme Court. When he was appointed, the judicial selection committee found Judge Bohm to be “exceptionally well qualified for the position of circuit judge.” He is the only candidate in his race rated as recommended in the ISBA Judicial Bar Poll. Judge Bohm has been endorsed by the trades and labor unions in both Decatur and Champaign. He was raised on a family farm in Central Illinois. Judge Bohm then attended the University of Illinois law school, where he graduated with honors. After law school, he clerked for Federal Judge Donald Stohr in St. Louis, worked at the law firm of Sidley Austin, and then served as federal prosecutor for 10 years in the Central District of Illinois before becoming a Circuit Judge. Judge Bohm also teaches at the University of Illinois College of Law. Learn more at

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