Southern Illinois University School of Law

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Ron Spears

Honorable Ron Spears
Class of 77
Past President, Illinois Judges Association

 “In addition to receiving an outstanding legal education, I developed a statewide network of friends at SIU Law that enriched my law practice and judicial career.”

 Judge Ron Spears is the Resident Circuit Judge for Christian County in the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Illinois. He graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in 1974 and Summa Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1977, where he served as Editor-in-chief of the law review. From 1977 until 1979, Spears served as Law Clerk for Judge J. Waldo Ackerman in the United States District Court in Springfield, Illinois. In 1979, Spears joined the Taylorville law firm of Miley, Meyer & Austin, where he was engaged in the general practice of law, with emphasis on litigation in state and federal courts. He continued to practice law until the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him to the Circuit Court in 1993.


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