Illinois Supreme Court Names New Fayette County Resident Circuit Court JudgeThe Illinois Supreme Court of Illinois has named a new Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge. Longtime Vandalia attorney M. Don Sheafor Jr. will fill the position until the next election cycle. He replaces Judge S. Gene Schwarm who resigned to fill an opening on the Fifth District Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon.
The 59-year-old Shaefor currently is a partner with the law firm of Burnside, Johnston, Sheafor and Connor. Sheafor was State's Attorney for Fayette County from 1983 to 1992. Sheafor has practiced in nearly every area of civil and criminal law and has tried hundreds of cases during his career.
Sheafor is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, and received his juris doctor from Thomas Cooley School of Law in Lansing Mich. He was licensed and admitted to the practice of law in Illinois 1981, when he joined the Fayette County State's Attorney's office as an assistant prosecutor. He was in private practice at Sheafor and Day in St. Elmo from 1992 to 1996 when he joined the Burnside, Johnston Sheafor and Connor law firm.
Under the Illinois Constitution, the Supreme Court is given the authority to fill judicial vacancies by interim appointment until the next election cycle.
(Information from Illinois State Bar Association)
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