Victoria McKay Kennison

Victoria McKay Kennison spent 15 years as an attorney in Will County before being appointed as an associate judge in 2011.

“I have dedicated myself to treating every person that appears in my courtroom with fairness and dignity while upholding the rule of law,” Kennison said. After receiving her law degree, Kennison honed her skills as a trial attorney with the Will County Public Defender’s office. She then entered private practice where she specialized in family law, criminal law, juvenile law and appellate law.

After earning her appointment to the bench, Associate Judge Kennison oversaw court calls for domestic violence, civil orders of protection and family court. Recently she has served as interim presiding judge of the misdemeanor criminal division and currently hears a variety of cases ranging from criminal, including bench and jury trials, DUI’s, to civil, divorce, paternity, child support enforcement, guardianship and juvenile cases.

Kennison has also served in Will County’s four specialty courts – veterans court, mental health court, adult redeploy court and drug court. She has trained advocates who serve on behalf of abused and neglected children in court and was one of the pioneering participants in the Will County Juvenile Diversion program.

Kennison has served as President of the Will County Women’s Bar Association and Will County Legal Aid Program. She has also volunteered as a member of the Will County CASA Board, Will County Boy Scouts of America Board, the Illinois Judge’s Association reading program for grade students, the Will County Judicial Extern Program, mock trial competitions at Lewis University and the University of St. Francis and the Hopeful Tails animal rescue organization.

Judge Kennison and her husband, Dan, live in Joliet with their two dogs. They have three children and four grandchildren.

As a circuit court judge for Will County, Judge Kennison will bring a proven record of broad based experience, fairness, and dedication to our community.

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