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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





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





Legal Treatises


Outside Influences Affecting Jury Verdicts     1999 

A Guide to Mandatory Fines, Fees and Costs in Illinois     1984



untitled poem, The Juggler magazine     1971





Legal Organizations

Illinois Judges’ Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Whiteside County Bar Association


Other Organizations

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.





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