Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea and the NIU Law Board of Visitors hosted its annual reception held during the Illinois State Bar Association’s Midyear meeting on December 12, 2014. During this year’s event, Chief Judge John T. Elser (’78) and Judge Rodney Equi (’79) were recognized for their service to the law school and legal community as both judges retired from the Illinois 18th Judicial Circuit.
Chief Judge Elsner retired on December 1, 2014 after spending nearly 24 years on the bench. He was appointed associate judge 1991, elected circuit judge in 2000, and spent time hearing both criminal and domestic cases. In 2011, he was elected chief judge. An active law school alumnus, Chief Judge Elsner has served on committees, panels, and is very supportive of student-centered programs.
Although Judge Equi was not able to attend the reception, he also was recognized for his service to the law school and legal community. Judge Equi was as a member of the NIU Law Board of Visitors for nine years including having served a term as chair. He is also a strong advocate and supporter of student-centered programs and events. Judge Equi was appointed associate judge in 1992 and elected circuit judge in 1998. He served as presiding judge of the domestic relations division since 1999, spending 22 years on the bench until he retired on January 1, 2015.