Patricia Mendoza is an Associate Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County currently assigned to the Juvenile Justice Division – Delinquency section. Her previous judicial assignments have included Domestic Violence court and the First Municipal Division’s Traffic Court Section. Before her appointment to the bench in June, 2005, she was Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau for Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan.
Judge Mendoza earned her B.A. at DePaul University in Chicago in 1981 and her J.D. at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago in 1984. She began her professional career as a staff attorney with the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation in 1984. In 1988 she moved to the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, where she was first a staff attorney and then a supervisor of a six attorney office. In 1993, she handled civil rights and civil liberties litigation in federal and state courts for the American Civil Liberties Union and in 1994, as assistant attorney with the Chicago Board of Education, Judge Mendoza defended the Board in a variety of constitutional, civil and statutory matters.