St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, J.D., 1990
St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, B.A.,1987
U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1991
Professional Associations and Memberships
Illinois Judges Association 1995-2013
Supreme Court Committee for Justice and Mental Health 2010-2013
Illinois Judges Education Conference 2007-2014
Illinois State Bar Association
Illinois Trial Lawyer Association
American Association of Justice
Honors and Awards
Achievement Award Alton Branch NACCP, 2006
Coalition of Concerned Citizens of Alton Chairman Award (for promoting Justice for All), 2007
Community Counseling Center Mental Health Hero, 2010
St. Clair/ Monroe Counties Salute for Protecting the Children from the Storms of Life, 2011
Harvard Kennedy School Public Manager Executive Program, 2012
Parade Marshall: Alton Labor Day Parade, 2013
Past Employment Positions
Chief Judge, Madison County, Illinois
Ann Callis was born in East St. Louis, and raised in Granite City, Illinois. She graduated magna cum laude from St. Louis University in 1987, and went on to earn her law degree from there in 1990. She was a law clerk for Illinois Supreme Court Justice Horace Calvo.
Ann worked as an assistant prosecutor in both Madison and St. Clair Counties from 1990 through 1994 and was appointed an Associate Judge in 1995. She was appointed to the position of Circuit Judge in 1999 and was elected Circuit Judge in 2000. Ann was the first woman Circuit Judge in Madison County and was the first woman Chief Judge in Madison County. She has served in every division in the 3rd Circuit Court, including six years as a trial judge assigned to the Major Felony Division.
She took over from Judge Ferguson as Chief Judge in 2006, and continued his efforts to launch the Madison County Mental Health Court. As Chief Judge in Madison County, she headed the creation of the nationally recognized Veterans Treatment Court, the first in the state of Illinois. She also established Mandatory Foreclosure Mediation in Madison County, which helped approximately 200 families avoid foreclosure on their homes. She helped create a successful faith-based Truancy Court.
She assisted in the establishment of an innovative video visitation program for children in DCFS custody, which provided them with the opportunity to communicate with their incarcerated parents in the Illinois Department of Corrections. She collaborated with Illinois Legal Aid to create an online clinic, conveniently located in the Madison County Law Library that assists indigent pro se litigants seeking legal redress.
She has introduced various rule changes in Madison County designed to reduce congestion and foster confidence in our judicial system such as: a policy to keep records public, a rule that curbs out-of-state lawyers from practicing in Madison County, and a rule that limits changes of judges in class action cases, which has significantly reduced the filings of such cases. She established, along with the circuit judges, the Mandatory Mediation Program in Malpractice cases, the first in the state, and Alternative Dispute Resolution, both designed to reduce the clog of cases in our court system.
Judge Callis was appointed to the Special Supreme Court Committee for Mental Health, where she helped educate judges in the State of Illinois on problem-solving courts. The Illinois Supreme Court also appointed Judge Callis to the Illinois Education Conference (Technology Committee) as well as the Electronic Access Committee. She had been accepted and completed a public managers program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard College.
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