Late last week, President Bush signed the appointment papers for the Northern District’s newest judge, the Honorable Frederick J. Kapala.  Judge Kapala was sworn-in late last week and is sitting in the Northern District’s Western Division.  Here is some biographical information about Judge Kapala from the Northern District’s announcement of his appointment:

Judge Kapala graduated from Marquette University and received his law degree from the University of Illinois in 1976. He served as an Assistant State’s Attorney and then went into private practice, where he was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General to manage consumer fraud cases in Northern Illinois. He began his judicial career in 1982 as an Associate Judge in Illinois’ 17th Judicial Circuit, serving as Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court from 1989 to 1991. Judge Kapala was elected a Circuit Judge in 1994 and appointed Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division one year later. In 2001, Judge Kapala was assigned to the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, where he served on the Illinois Judicial Conference Committee on Discovery Procedures and the Illinois State Judicial Inquiry Board. Judge Kapala is a captain in the U.S. Army.

Welcome to the Northern District Judge Kapala.