Mary Heftel Hooton Award Recognizes Women Lawyers

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A judge in the Domestic Violence Court of the Circuit Court of Cook County since 2014, Megan Goldish presides over a high volume of bench and jury trials in criminal, civil, misdemeanor, and felony cases. In 2020, Judge Megan Goldish received the Mary Heftel Hooton Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

Named for Judge Mary Heftel Hooton, a private practice attorney and judge, the award honors a key figure in the history of women in Illinois. In addition to serving as president of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Ms. Hooton was an outspoken advocate for the rights of children in courts of family law. Additionally, she and her husband personally fostered more than 20 children.

The Mary Heftel Hooton Award was established to recognize women lawyers who demonstrate exceptional leadership and professionalism, as well as those who advance and promote women in the legal field. To read more about Mary Heftel Hooton or for a list of recent award recipients, visit www.wbaillinois.org.

Virtual RBG Exhibition Hosted by Illinois Holocaust Museum

With decades of legal experience, Judge Megan Goldish has become a leading figure in the Circuit Court of Cook County, where she currently serves in the Domestic Violence Division, and oversees criminal and civil cases. In addition to her legal practice, Judge Megan Goldish is a supporter of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and serves as a member of its Women’s Leadership Committee.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center aims to honor Holocaust victims and preserve their legacy via curated exhibitions. In 2020, the museum launched a special exhibition entitled “Notorious RBG – The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” Based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name, the virtual exhibition is an exploration of Ginsburg’s life as a judge and women’s rights pioneer. Important exhibition highlights include her Supreme Court robe, special home videos documenting the Ginsburgs’ life during the early years of their marriage, and 3D recreations of Ginsburg’s chambers.