BLOOMINGTON — Scott E. Kording and Scott J. Black were named Thursday as new associate judges for the 11th Judicial Circuit, according to a statement from the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.
The new jurists will replace retiring Associate Judges David Butler and Lee Ann Hill, both of whom are leaving the bench in December.
Kording and Black were selected by the 11th Judicial Circuit judges from a field of 22 candidates.
Kording currently is affiliated with Meyer Capel, a Bloomington law firm. He received his undergraduate degree from Illinois State University in 2002 and his law degree in 2005 from the University of Illinois.
In a statement from Chief Judge Mark Fellheimer, Kording said, “It was humbling to receive word of my appointment to the bench. I love the law and have greatly enjoyed the private practice of it. I will certainly miss my clients and law firm colleagues. For this honor and the opportunity to serve the public in a new way, I am sincerely grateful.”
Black is employed with the Illinois Attorney General's Office in Springfield. He received an undergraduate degree in 1986 from the University of Illinois and a law degree from U of I in 1989.
Fellheimer thanked Hill and Butler for their service on the bench. He also welcomed their replacements, saying "with the breadth and depth of experience that Mr. Kording and Mr. Black bring to the bench, we look forward to their service as judges in our circuit.
"Both of these individuals are bright, talented and respected. We look forward to serving with them and are confident they will be good servants of the law.”
The 11th Circuit includes McLean, Logan, Livingston, Ford and Woodford counties.