Judge Shadid to give keynote address at Graduate School commencement

May 7, 2012

Peoria, IL (May 7, 2012) The Honorable James E. Shadid, Chief United States District Judge of the Central District of Illinois and a 1979 Bradley graduate, will speak at the Graduate School commencement ceremony at Bradley University on May 10.

Judge Shadid has been a federal judge for more than a year, and recently became chief judge of the 46-county Central District of Illinois. He was nominated to the federal bench by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 7, 2011.

In December 2001, he was appointed to the 10th Judicial Circuit in Illinois to fill a vacancy and was elected to a full term in 2002.  Previously, he was a private practice attorney, and also served as a part-time public defender. He holds a law degree from John Marshall Law School.

A former Bradley baseball player, Shadid was the team’s  Most Valuable Player in 1977 and 1978. He was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 1985.

Mr. Jerre Stead, chairman and CEO of IHS Inc. who was originally scheduled to speak, is unable to attend. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the Renaissance Coliseum on campus.