Judge Daniel B. Shanes
Circuit Judge, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois (2010-present)
Selected in 2010 by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill a circuit court vacancy. Subsequently elected in November 2012 to a full term as circuit judge. Evaluated as “highly recommended” (highest rating) by the Lake County Bar Association at that time. Currently assigned to the felony trial division, where duties include presiding over felony cases from arraignment through post-conviction proceedings. Presided over more than100 jury trials to date. Evaluated by the Lake County Bar Association as “highly qualified” (highest rating) in 2018.
Presiding Judge, Felony Division (2016-present)
Responsibilities include all administrative matters in division of nine judges, including: convening and supervising the grand jury; hearing substitution-of-judge-for-cause motions within division; handling extraordinary and miscellaneous remedy matters such as petitions for certificate of actual innocence; case reassignments; supervising jury commission; and managing support staff.
Presiding Judge, Misdemeanor/Traffic Division (2012-2016)
Responsibilities included all administrative matters in division of ten judges, including: hearing substitution-of-judge-for-cause motions within division; case reassignments; and managing support staff.
Additional Judicial and Professional Experience
Associate Judge, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois (2007-2010)
Selected by the circuit judges to serve as Associate Judge. Evaluated as “highly recommended” (highest rating) by the Lake County Bar Association. Assignments included felony trial division, preliminary hearing/bond court, traffic court, and floating back-up hearing both criminal and civil matters.
Trustee, Illinois Judicial College (2016-present)
Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as one of seven inaugural members of the Illinois Judicial College Board of Trustees. The Court created the judicial college for training trial and appellate court judges, building upon the work of its Committee on Education to provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary educational programs and professional development training to Illinois judges and various justice partners, including circuit court clerks, probation officers, guardians ad litem, trial court administrators, and others. Have regularly served as faculty both for new judge training as well as continuing judicial education since 2010 on topics including evidence, criminal law and procedure, ethics and professionalism, trial practice, judicial discretion, contempt, and courtroom management.
Faculty, National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada (2015-present)
The National Judicial College provides judicial education for both trial and appellate judges in Federal and State courts. Serve as faculty for judicial education programs across the United States on a variety of topics, including evidence, trial practice, judicial discretion, contempt, and courtroom management.
Member, Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions for Criminal Cases (2016-present)
Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as one of 18 members drafting mandatory pattern jury instructions for criminal cases.
Member, Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Conference Committee on Education (2010-2016)
Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on its Committee on Education, providing judicial education and training to all Illinois judges. Selected to chair the faculty recruitment and development workgroup. Responsibilities included developing curriculum and serving as faculty for judicial education.
Assistant State’s Attorney, Division Chief, Lake County State’s Attorney’s office (1995-2007)
Served as Assistant State’s Attorney in all criminal divisions of State’s Attorney’s office. In 2001, appointed chief of the drug prosecutions division. In 2006, appointed chief of the felony review division. Personally prosecuted all types of cases, becoming one of the lead prosecutors in child-sexual-predator and first-degree-murder cases. At the same time, was also one of the founding team members that created Lake County’s successful Drug Court, developing a program providing comprehensive treatment and supervision for repeat, non-violent felony offenders whose criminality is driven by significant substance abuse.
Judicial Law Clerk, Justice Robert J. Steigmann, Illinois Appellate Court (1993-1995)
Assisted the Justice in all aspects of court business, including drafting opinions, orders, and inter-office memoranda within the court. Also assisted Justice with his independent responsibilities as Chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions for Criminal Cases.
Professional and Community Leadership
Lake County Bar Association
- Board of Directors (2011-2017)
- Secretary (2006-2008)
- Co-Editor, The Docket (2004-2007)
- Member (1995-present)
Illinois Judges Association
- Board of Directors (2008-2014)
- Co-Editor, The Gavel (2011-2012)
- Member (2007-present)
Board of Directors, Lake County Haven (2011-2017)
- Homeless shelter and transitional living facility for women and children
Illinois State Bar Association
- Appointed by ISBA president to serve on Criminal Justice Section Council (2005-2010)
- Member (1990-present)
The Jefferson Inn, American Inns of Court
- Member (1998-present)
Volunteer coach, community youth baseball and soccer programs (2005-2013)
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois (1993)
DePaul Law Review
B.A., University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (1989)
Illinois Supreme Court
Capital litigation trial bar, lead counsel
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Both general and trial bars
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Awards and Recognitions
- Commendations from the National Judicial College for serving as faculty with distinction (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
- Benedict J. Ori Award (2012)
- Fred L. Foreman Criminal Justice Award (2008)
- Commendation from the 19th Judicial Circuit Court for outstanding service (2008)
- National Crime Victims Justice Award (2007)
- Commendation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Chicago Division, North Resident Agency (2007)
- Commendations from the Illinois MEG Directors and Task Force Commanders Association (2006, 2002)
- Commendations from the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (2005, 2001)
- Commendations from the Lake County Sheriff (2001, 1999, 1998)
Selected Teaching and Judicial Education Presentations
Illinois Supreme Court Judicial College and Committee on Education
- Biennial Education Conference (2010-present) Present on various topics including jury trial management, evidence law, ethics and professionalism, and judicial discretion.
- Annual New Judge Seminar (2013-present) Present on various topics including contempt, guilty plea and sentencing proceedings, and jury trial management.
National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada
- General Jurisdiction annual course (2017-present) Serve as faculty on various evidence law topics
- Advanced Evidence course Big Sky, Montana (2015); Scottsdale, Arizona (2016); Serve as faculty on various evidence law topics
Tennessee Supreme Court Education Committee (2016)
Served as faculty from the National Judicial College for state-wide Tennessee judicial education conference, presenting on evidence and judicial discretion.
Arkansas Supreme Court Education Committee (2017)
Served as faculty from the National Judicial College for Arkansas judicial education conference, presenting on evidence, contempt, and judicial discretion.
Arkansas Supreme Court Education Committee (2018)
Selected by the Arkansas Supreme Court Education Committee to serve as plenary speaker on contempt-of-court issues at state-wide judicial education conference.
Judge Shanes has authored dozens of articles, several of which have been cited by high courts in Illinois. Click to read and/or download a detailed list of writings and case citations.