Lisa Holder White IL Supreme Court Identified Lisa Holder White As the First Black Woman Justice

Appellate Court Justice District: 4

Justice Holder White graduated magna cum laude from Lewis University in 1990 with a B.A. degree in Political Science. In 1993, she earned her J.D. from the University Of Illinois College of Law, in Champaign-Urbana.

Justice Holder White began her career as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Macon County before going into private practice. In 2001, Justice Holder White was sworn in as an Associate Judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. In 2008, she became a Circuit Judge, having been appointed to the position by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill a retirement vacancy, and in 2010, was elected to the position. On January 14, 2013, Justice Holder White was sworn in as an Appellate Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District.

Justice Holder White serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Conference Committee on Education, which is charged with planning and providing continuing judicial education for Illinois judges. She serves as an instructor for “New Judge School” and teaches at the bi-annual Education Conference, which all Illinois state court judges are required to attend. Justice Holder White is a member of the Decatur Bar Association, and the Illinois Judges Association and currently serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Macon County and Millikin University.

She and her husband, James, have two children.