John Phillips

John Phillips

John T. Phillips

Class of 1965
East Leyden

Judge John T. Phillips is a Circuit Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit, Lake County, Illinois. He was unanimously elected by his fellow Circuit Judges to serve as the Chief Judge of the 19th Circuit for a two-year term. Judge Phillips was admitted to practice before the Iowa Supreme Court and practiced briefly as a supervising attorney with a legal assistance clinic in Davenport, Iowa prior to his entry on to active duty with the U.S. Air Force in October, 1972. Judge Phillips has served in all Divisions of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Lake County, Illinois. He serves on the Illinois Supreme Court's Special Advisory Committee for Justice and Mental Health Planning. He has been active in both the Illinois and Lake County Bar Associations.

His message to Leyden students: "What you do and experience today will absolutely shape and affect what you will be able to do tomorrow. Integrity matters."