Kenneth L. Popejoy
|Kenneth L. Popejoy|
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|Current Court Information:|
|Illinois Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court|
|Past position:||Associate Judge, Eighteenth Circuit|
|Undergraduate:||Michigan State University, 1973|
|Law School:||Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1977|
At Michigan State, Popejoy was a premier mile-runner. He was the indoor NCAA champion in 1972, also taking the Big Ten Championships in 1972 and 1973. He qualified at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon in 1976—a year during which he was ranked ninth overall in the world for his sub-four minute mile time. His accomplishments and contributions to the sport earned him a place in the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.
- 2004-2016: Circuit Judge, Illinois Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court (Elected)
- 1997-2004: Associate Judge, Illinois Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court (Appointed)
- 1987-1997: Solo Practitioner
- 1982-1987: Attorney, Private practice with Ed Walsh and Jim Huck
- 1977-1982: Attorney, Private practice at the law firm of his father, Charley Popejoy
Throughout his law career, Popejoy has spent time coaching younger runners, including James Spivey, an Olympic miler in the 1980s and 90s.