WOODSTOCK – Two new associate judges have been named for McHenry County: Christopher Harmon and Mary H. Nader.
They fill vacancies created by the retirements of Joseph P. Condon on Dec. 3, and Gerald M. Zopp, whose last day is Dec. 31. Their courtroom assignments are to be determined.
Harmon graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1993 and served as a special public defender in Lake County and a general practitioner.
In 1995, he became a McHenry County assistant public defender and remained with the Public Defender’s Office for the majority of his career, eventually becoming a senior felony supervising attorney. He recently left the office to work for Gummerson, Rausch, Wand, Lee, Wombacher in Woodstock, primarily handling civil matters.
Harmon, who lives in Richmond and is a father of three, said he was humbled and honored to become a judge.
“The opportunity to serve the public in this capacity is an awesome responsibility,” he said. “I will make every effort and work hard to serve the public and the judiciary with honor and integrity.”
Harmon said his grandfather was a school superintendent who started teaching in a one-room schoolhouse, and “It was just the atmosphere in which I was raised, to serve the public.”
And a literary classic helped inspire him to become a lawyer, he said. “When I was a kid, I read ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ and I wanted to be Atticus Finch.”
Nader is a Loyola Law School graduate and a former McHenry County assistant state’s attorney. She worked for the office from 1993 to 1998.
She also was as an associate attorney with The Waggoner Law Firm. In 2003, she opened her own practice.
A McHenry native who still lives in the city where she grew up, Nader said she was “pleasantly surprised” when she learned she had been selected.
Nader practiced family law almost exclusively at her office.
“Originally, I wanted to be a lawyer so that I could help people through a tough time,” she said. “That’s why I went into family law.”
Nader said she feels that she can “do more good” on the bench.
“As a judge, I can make sure there is the proper administration of justice,” she said. “I can make sure we keep McHenry County what I consider to be the best county in the state.”
Nader’s husband, Terry Nader, also is an attorney and a former criminal chief of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office. Nader has two children: Colleen, 28, and Daniel, 27.
Judge Michael W. Feetterer was appointed to succeed Condon in the circuit court.