Judge since: 2012
Judge MacCarthy currently serves as a circuit judge in the Probate Division, where she presides over Adult Guardianship Estate cases. Before becoming a judge, she focused on probate, real estate, and criminal issues as a solo practitioner. She also prosecuted Municipal Code violations for the City of Chicago, served as a hearing officer, handled real estate litigation for the Chicago Housing Authority, and worked for Mayor Richard M. Daley from 2001 to 2004.
Bar Association ratings
This year: The CBA and CCL rated MacCarthy as qualified, and the ISBA recommended her for retention.
Past: When she first ran in 2012, MacCarthy was rated negatively by the CCL and the CBA, both of whom cited her lack of experience. The ISBA rated MacCarthy qualified and said she is “considered to have excellent professional experience and legal knowledge and ability.”