COOK COUNTY CIRCUIT Ruth Isabel Gudino

Judge Ruth I. Gudino was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court and is currently assigned to the Sixth District Courthouse located in Markham. Prior to her appointment in October 2021, she practiced law for over 26 years.

Judge Gudino was raised in a hard-working Union home of Mexican immigrant parents. As a first-generation lawyer and judge, she carries with her, her parents’ values of respect, hard-work, loyalty, and public service. She shares these values with her community.

In 1995, she joined the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian as an Assistant Public Guardian in the Child Protection Division of Juvenile Court as attorney and guardian ad litem for children.

In 1997, she worked for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Public Interest, Juvenile Justice and Criminal Prosecutions Bureaus.

In 2001, she joined the United Auto Workers Legal Service Plan where she provided legal services for General Motors and Ford employees. She provided legal services in both English and Spanish.

In 2003, she returned to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in the Felony Trial Division. She tried 60 juries and over 200 bench trials. In August 2013, she was the first female Hispanic Career Prosecutor to be named as the Director of Legal Hiring and Recruitment. She emphasized the recruitment of qualified and talented law students of diverse ethnicities and backgrounds. From 2016 to 2021, she was a supervisor in the Juvenile Justice and Criminal Prosecutions Bureaus.

In 2015 through 2016, she was an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at John Marshall Law School.

Since 1995, she has served on various board and bar organizations, including the Chicago Abused Women Coalition, Healthcare Alternative Systems and Kaleidoscope. She was appointed and chaired numerous committees and sections for the Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association. She is currently a member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and was present at the inception and creation of this organization in 1996, where she served as Recording Secretary and created the Government Lawyers Committee.

In 1997, she was one of the founding members of the National Hispanic Prosecutors Association where she served as one of the National Recording Secretaries and National Presidents.

Judge Gudino works tirelessly to ensure that when a person walks into her courtroom, they are given equal access to justice and equality before the law.