Emily Sutton, Principal Attorney

The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Emily to serve as a circuit court judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit in August 2019. Her term ended in December 2020, and she returned to private practice, opening Sutton Law & Mediation, P.C., in Macomb, Illinois. 

Prior to taking the bench, Emily was a partner with Lucie, Scalf, Sutton & Bougher, P.C., in Macomb. Her legal career has also included practicing with Scholz, Loos, Palmer, Siebers & Duesterhaus, LLP, in Quincy, Illinois, and serving as a law clerk to Fourth Appellate Court Justice Robert Cook. 

Emily has handled cases across the spectrum of Illinois law as an attorney and as a judge. Mediation is a process she values as another tool to resolve conflict. She enjoys excellent working relationships with other attorneys and judges in the area, and she has a reputation for being respectful, ethical, and astute. 

Emily and her husband, Christopher Sutton, live in Macomb. They have five children. 


Circuit Court Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit of Illinois, August 2019 - December 2020

Partner, Lucie, Scalf, Sutton & Bougher, Attorneys at Law, P.C., June 2015 - August 2019

Associate, Scholz, Loos, Palmer, Siebers & Duesterhaus, LLP, December 2008 - June 2015

Law Clerk to Justice Robert W. Cook, State of Illinois Judicial Branch, Fourth Appellate District, September 2004 - November 2008

Law Clerk, Neville, Richards & Wuller, LLC, May 2002 - December 2003

Professional Activities

Member, Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Professional Conduct,, July 2021 - current

Contract Author, Thomson Reuters, Corp., January 2012 - February 2015

Adjunct Faculty, Quincy University, January 2006 - May 2011

Associate Faculty, John Wood Community College, January 2006 - December 2009

Judicial Extern, United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois, August 2003 - November 2003

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois, 2004

United States District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2009

Professional Memberships

Illinois Judges Association, August 2019 - December 2020 (Member)

Illinois State Bar Association, November 2004 - present (Member), June 2016 - June 2022 (General Assembly Member)

Appellate Lawyers Association, April 2012 - present (Member), June 2015 - June 2018 (Board Member)

McDonough County Bar Association, June 2015 - present

Adams County Bar Association, September 2004 - June 2015


Juris Doctor, Saint Louis University, May 2004

Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Quincy University, December 1999


Areas of ongoing education include intimate partner violence/domestic violence, substance abuse, racial bias, child sexual abuse, and other childhood trauma, as well as techniques for interviewing children, appellate advocacy, and practice in the juvenile courts.  

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Community Activities

Board of Education, Macomb Community Unit School District 185, April 2019 - August 2019 (Board Member), April 2022 - current (Vice President)

McDonough County Community Foundation, March 2023 - current

Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Monopoly/Lizzie Magie Committee, September 2021 - current

Macomb Historic Preservation Commission, August 2018 - August 2019

Quincy Preservation Commission, November 2013 - May 2015

Historic Quincy Business District (now known as The District), January 2013 - January 2014 (Board Member), January 2014 - January 2015 (Secretary) 

Scholastic Bowl Moderator

Veteran's History Project Interviewer

Community Theater Actor