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|Current Court Information:|
|Illinois First District Appellate Court|
|Preceded by:||John O. Steele|
|Past position:||Cook Judicial Circuit Court|
|Bachelors:||University of Arizona, 1963|
|Law School:||John Marshall Law School, 1966|
Sheldon Harris is a judge on the First District Appellate Court in Illinois. He was first appointed to the court in 2010 and stood for retention in 2012. He was reassigned from the second to the third division on February 1, 2013 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of judge John O. Steele. His current term ends in 2014, but he will seek re-election that year.
After a teaching stint in Chicago Public Schools, Harris began his law career in 1966 as a trial lawyer for the Legal Aid Bureau of Chicago. He then started his own law practice in 1970, first specializing in divorce and domestic relations cases and then moving to a trial law practice in personal injury, medical malpractice and corporate disputes. He spent three years as a principal of Haas and Harris, Ltd and and then over 25 years as Sheldon A. Harris & Associates. Harris was appointed to the Circuit Court of Cook County in February of 2000. In November 2010, he was appointed to the Illinois First District Appellate Court. 
Awards and Associations
- Pro bono mentor to attorneys in the Chicago Bar Association’s Access to Justice Program