There is a sense of pride that comes with knowing we are part of a family that is dedicated to public service. Plus, a huge perk is that your best friend is a judge; can it get better than that?

Marilu, JA to Chief Judge Kimberly Bonner

More than an assistant

On paper, they provide administrative, secretarial and clerical support to the judges. In reality, they are the force that keeps their bosses on time and organized; their daily interactions with attorneys, court staff, litigants and the public are instrumental in the Court’s ability to provide justice. They are the judicial assistants of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit.

In honor of Administrative Professionals’ Day on April 21, we are shining the spotlight on our judicial assistants for the month of April. Judicial assistants (JAs), support judges by maintaining their professional calendar, scheduling and coordinating hearings, motions and conferences, screening callers and drafting documents. They help their judges with trial scheduling and maintaining trial dockets.

Because judges are prohibited from engaging in communication with one party to a case outside of the presence of the other party or parties, JAs serve as the public face of the judge, communicating with litigants, attorneys and the public on behalf of their judge.

A JA’s daily tasks may be the same, but no two days are the same. When you’re in the business of doing the people’s work, things can get complicated. The job requires initiative, ingenuity, creativity, analysis and a healthy dose of patience.

There are 32 JAs in the Twelfth Circuit. They all also happen to be women. Their educational levels vary: we have several JAs that have undergraduate degrees and a few that have graduate degrees. All of them have a background in the legal field, having worked previously as a JA in another jurisdiction, a court clerk, in court administration, or in a law firm as a legal assistant or paralegal.

Meet the Team

Combined, the judicial assistants of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit have provided 358 years of dedicated public service to the court and their fellow citizens. More than half of them have served their communities in this unique capacity for a decade or longer!

  • Donna
    Donna - 37 yrs (Smith)
  • Darlene
    Darlene - 31 yrs (Boehm)
  • Nancy
    Nancy - 31 yrs (Arend)
  • Debbie
    Debbie - 27 yrs (Doyle)
  • Karen
    Karen - 27 yrs (Mercurio)
  • Kelly
    Kelly - 21 yrs (Whyte)
  • Shannon
    Shannon - 16 yrs (Galen)
  • Ruth
    Ruth - 15 yrs (Sniffen)
  • Joanne
    Joanne - 14 yrs (Curley)
  • Lisa
    Lisa - 13 yrs (Williams)
  • Petrina
    Petrina - 13 yrs (Steele)
  • Anita
    Anita - 12 yrs (Hall)
  • Laurie
    Laurie - 12 yrs (Inman)
  • Anita B
    Anita - 11 yrs (Roberts)
  • Jennifer
    Jennifer - 11 yrs (Krug)
  • Laurie T
    Laurie - 10 yrs (Riva)
  • Marianne
    Marianne - 10 yrs (Nicholas)
  • Carla
    Carla - 8 yrs (Bruning)
  • Marilu
    Marilu - 8 yrs (Bonner)
  • Lori
    Lori - 6 yrs (Padar)
  • Tess
    Tess - 6 yrs (Maulucci)
  • Tasha
    Tasha - 5 yrs (Dees)
  • Jackie
    Jackie - 4 yrs (Denkin)
  • Magan
    Magan - 4 yrs (Brewer)
  • Lana
    Lana - 3 yrs (Quartermaine)
  • Stephannie
    Stephannie - 3 yrs (McHugh)
  • Kaitlyn
    Kaitlyn - 2 yrs (Ruhl)
  • Cheryl
    Cheryl - 1 yr (Walker)
  • Lori
    Lori - 1 yr (Gould)
  • Olivia
    Olivia - 1 yr (Carroll)
  • Karina
    Karina - <1 yr (Moss)
  • Vicki
    Vicki - <1 yr (Moreland)