Socrates Dikastes Award 

The HBA would like to congratulate our past and current Socrates Dikastes Award recipients.


The Socrates Dikastes Award is given annually at Judge's Night to the judge who best exemplifies the principles pertinent to the bench as identified by the great Greek philosopher, Socrates.  

In Socrates' words, "Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly and to decide impartially."


Judge James P. Flannery, Jr., Presiding Judge of Law Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County — 2014

Judge Marjorie C. Laws, Presiding Judge of the Sixth Municipal District of Cook County — 2015

Justice Mary Jane Theis, Supreme Court Justice of the First District in the State of Illinois — 2016

Judge Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County — 2017

Judge Charles P. Kocoras, United States Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois — 2018