Maura McMahon Zeller

Maura McMahon Zeller has spent her 26 year career as an attorney advocating for children. She has a lengthy and successful record in the courtroom. What sets her apart is that she has made her name as a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves, by dedicating herself to fairness and equality in the justice system, and to mental health advocacy in her community.

Since 2003, Maura represents children in the Domestic Relations Division, appointed by Judges from the qualified Child Representative List. She has been appointed as Child Representative or Guardian Ad Litem in over 150 cases involving child custody issues within marriage dissolution and parentage cases. From 1993-2003, Maura worked at the Office of the Public Guardian of Cook County, first as a Guardian ad Litem in the Abuse and Neglect division of Juvenile Court, then as a litigator in Civil Rights actions in the Special Litigation Unit, and finally as a Child Representative in the Domestic Relations Division.

Maura is active in the community serving as Board Chair - since Nov., 2017, of Thrive Counseling Center of Oak Park and River Forest and as a Board Member - since 2014. Thrive is a not for profit community mental health center providing family and youth behavioral health services. She has also served as PTO Board Co-President, 2007-2009, Board Member 2005-2010, at Horace Mann Elementary School. From 2003-2005, Maura was on the Board of Directors for a Volunteer Program for the Archdiocese of Chicago, Amate House. Maura was a Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Volunteer, Chicago, IL. She interviewed clients, prepared pleadings, filed cases, appeared in court, negotiated with opposing counsel, drafted wills and conducted research. Maura worked as a Catholic Charities Social Worker through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Minneapolis, MN. In that role, she staffed and facilitated the operation of a drop-in center which served 400 meals and 600 clients daily. Maura also developed and supervised programs for a library, hygiene services and child care. While at Catholic Charities, Maura supervised college interns and neighborhood volunteers. She is also an active supporter of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Maura received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, in 1993. Maura graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.A., Honors, in 1986.

Maura McMahon Zeller is the endorsed Democrat for Judge of the Circuit Court, Colleen Sheahan Vacancy.

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