By Phil Zeni, Sr.
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lisa Holder White will speak at the Macon County Lincoln Day dinner to be held at the Decatur Con-ference Center & Hotel on Thurs-day, Oct. 5, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
On July 7, 2022, Justice Lisa Holder White was sworn in as a Justice of the Illinois Su-preme Court after being appointed to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Rita B. Garman. She is the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court of Illinois.
Holder White, 55, is a Decatur, Illinois, native. She graduated from Macon Community High School in 1986. She graduated magna cum laude from Lewis University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law in Urbana-Champaign in 1993.
Upon graduation from law school, Holder White worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney of Macon County. Subsequently, Holder White worked as an Assistant Public Defender for Macon County. Immediately prior to he appointment to the bench, Holder White worked in private practice at the Decatur law firm formerly known as Brinkoetter & White.
In 2001, the Circuit Judges of the Sixth Judicial Circuit appointed Holder White Associate Judge. In 2008, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed her Circuit Judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. She was elected Circuit Judge in November 2010.
In December 2012, Holder White was appointed to the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, and sworn in on January 14, 2013, becoming the first Black person to serve on the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District. Holder White was elected to the Illinois Appellate Court in November 2014.
Throughout her career, Justice Holder White has been active in judicial education, professional leadership, and public service. She has received numerous awards for her accomplishments and service.
Holder White, a Republican, is married and she and husband James, have two children.