OLLI Lectures

Trial Decided by Evidence, Not Facebook: the Right to a Fair Trial in the Age of Social Media

This is your chance to hear from one of the most respected judges in Illinois - an advocate for representing the needs of children in the courtroom and an experienced educator on the role of social media in the courtroom.

The Honorable Jerelyn Maher is an Associate Judge in Illinois’ 10th Judicial Circuit Court.  Judge Maher graduated magna cum laude from Bradley in 1974 with a B.A. in political science and received a Juris Doctorate from the Loyola School of Law in Chicago. After practicing law for 18 years, she was appointed associate judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois in 1995.  In July she was reappointed for a four-year term that expires in June 2015.

Date and Time

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Light refreshments served from 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Presentation from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location and Parking

Bradley University
Michel Student Center
Marty Theater
915 Elmwood
Peoria, IL 61606

Parking is available in any blue or white-lined space on campus.

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Judge Maher has a long list of accomplishments; however, she is especially proud of her role in educating judges. She has served for more than 13 years on the New Judge Seminar and more than 10 years on the Illinois Judicial Conference’s Judicial Committee on Education, which is charged with implementing the mandatory judicial education programs for Illinois judges as well as bench books.  Judge Maher was recognized with the Partners in Peace award in 2002 for her work in preventing domestic violence. She advocated for the creation of a place where parents could exchange children for visitation in a safe environment while receiving education on how to keep their violence out of the children’s lives. The Visitation Center for the 10th Judicial Court is a result of her work and many others, including Bradley University faculty.


Your FREE registration is funded from a "Lagniappe" grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation. Though seating is plentiful, registration is required.

If you need to cancel, contact Continuing Education as soon as possible:  (309) 677-3900.

Lectures are held rain or shine, unless inclement weather closes Bradley University.