Sole Proprietor of Tim Slavin, ADR Services.
To contact me, please go to my "Contact Tim Slavin" page by clicking the button above.
I have also been inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, am an approved neutral of the American Arbitration Association and am listed on the roster of ADR Systems, Inc. of Chicago. In addition to engaging my services directly through me, my services may be utilized through these entities under their protocols and subject to their fees and rates.
I have also received a "Leading Lawyer" designation in the ADR categories of Personal Injury and Commercial Litigation
Judge Timothy J. Slavin (Ret.)
After nearly twenty-six years on the bench as a trial court judge, at age 55, I began a second career offering the skills and invaluable experience I gained as a professional jurist. My time on the bench was spent as a "jack of all trades." From family matters to medical malpractice and everything in-between, I was called upon to handle the entire spectrum of state court litigation.
I believe I possess considerable legal and communication skills, and I have a solid background in analytical decision making and management. During my tenure on the bench I made some type of judicial decision in well over 150,000 cases. During my judicial years, I systematized court logistics and procedures. My writing ability has been recognized as outstanding. I am a team leader as evidenced by my election as President of the Illinois Judges’ Association by my peers of the entire state judiciary. As part of my courtroom management I often engaged in de facto mediation in appropriate cases that were set for trial.
Tim Slavin ADR Services, Morrison, IL 2007 - present
• Conducted over 500 arbitration and mediation sessions since retiring from the bench
Circuit Court Judge, Morrison, IL 1992 - 2006
• Elected by the voters of Whiteside County in 1992 and retained by a four county wide electorate in 1998 and 2004.
• Constitutional judicial officer assigned to all types of trial court litigation, but primarily felony, family and major civil matters
• Additionally was the Presiding Judge, a position that carries the responsibilities of budgeting, case flow management, and personnel matters; developed a scheduling system adapting commercial software for internal and external use
Associate Circuit Judge, Rock Island, IL 1981 – 1992
• Appointed by the Circuit Judges of four counties
• Constitutional judicial officer assigned to all types of trial court litigation, but primarily traffic, misdemeanor, small claim and probate matters
Whiteside County State’s Attorney, Morrison, IL 1979 - 1981
• Appointed by the County Board in 1979 and elected by the voters in 1980
• Oversight of the prosecution of all criminal cases occurring within the county and civil representation of the county government and its officials; management of a professional office consisting of four attorneys and a supporting staff
Timothy J. Slavin, Attorney-at-Law, Morrison, IL 1976 - 1979
• Part time private practice of law representing clients in dissolution actions, bankruptcies, probate matters and the sale of a restaurant business
Assistant State’s Attorney, Morrison, IL 1976 - 1979
• Prosecution of criminal cases and civil advice to county government and its officials
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Illinois Judges’ Association (IJA), Chicago, IL 1988 – present
• Elected president of the statewide fraternal organization of all the Illinois judiciary in 1998; shepherded favorable pension legislation through the state legislature and reorganized the policies and procedures of the organization
• Served in all of the leadership chairs from Treasurer to President and have served on the Board of Directors since 1992
• Served many years as the Co-Chair of the Criticism Response Team and the Budget Coordinator
• The Co-Chair of the Illinois Judges’ Association’s Judicial Discipline Committee from 1988-1992; established a rapport with the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board and created an informal routing for advisory opinions on ethical questions which eventually blossomed into the implementation of the formal process now known as the Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee on Advisory Opinions
• Received the IJA’s President’s Lifetime Service Award in 2005
Commission on the Circuit Clerks, Springfield, IL 1988
• Appointed by the state legislature to serve on a commission to investigate and report on the issue of appointing rather than electing circuit clerks in Illinois
• Juris Doctor, Boston College School of Law, Boston, MA 1973 – 1976
• Bachelor of Arts, with honors, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 1969 – 1973
Illinois Judicial Conference, Chicago, IL 1986 – 2002
• Served the Supreme Court of Illinois and its Judicial Conference as a member of five different committees to present educational sessions on various judicial topics from ethics to jury management
Blackhawk Community College, Moline, IL 1995-1999
• Taught Family Law to aspiring paralegals
• Outside Influences Affecting Jury Verdicts 1999
• A Guide to Mandatory Fines, Fees and Costs in Illinois 1984
• untitled poem, The Juggler magazine 1971
• Illinois Judges’ Association
• Illinois State Bar Association
• Whiteside County Bar Association
• Illinois State Historical Society
• Notre Dame Alumni Association
• United States Golf Association
• Served as Chairman of the City of Morrison’s United Way Fund Drive. Upon becoming a judge, I was prohibited by the Illinois Supreme Court’s Canons of Ethics from participating in fund raising activities
• Appointed by the City Council to the Morrison Historic Preservation Commission, a part of our local municipal government, and was elected Chair by my fellow members 2007 - present
• For over twenty years I was the chief judge of the Whiteside County Spelling Bee, the area wide competition that places the winning contestant in the National Spelling Bee Finals in Washington, D.C. 1985 – 2006
• Began as an USA Swimming stroke and turn official and worked my way through the ranks to become a nationally certified starter and finally a championship meet referee 1997 – 2005
• Served on the Board of Directors of the Morrison Seahorse Swim Club, an USA Swimming organization - including four years as its president 1997 – 2003
• Elected to the Board of Directors of the area’s sheltered workshop for the disabled, Self-Help Enterprises, and was honored to serve as its President for three one-year terms 1992 – 2000
• Researched, wrote and presented a successful application to place the former Morison Odell Library building on the National Register of Historic Places 1997
• Served two years as a Big Brother to a disadvantaged youth and all four years in a facility for the mentally handicapped 1971 – 1972
• Married for 35 years to my bride, Ann. We have two daughters, Molly and Margaret. After college, Molly spent a year of service work with the Urban Justice Center in New York City. She is no earning her doctorate degree in English and Irish Literature at Emory University. Maggie did her year of service with AMeriCorps in Salinas, CA working with immigrant children. She then spend two years as a New York Teaching Fellow at an underserved school in the Bronx. She was named a 2015 Fulbright Scholar and has been assigned to the University of Jordan in Amman.
• Furnished upon request