State Supreme Court Swears in New Justice

The Illinois Supreme Court has a new Justice. Lisa Holder White was sworn in July 7 at a ceremony at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to replace retiring Justice Rita Garman. Republican, Holder White is the first African American woman to serve on the state’s highest court in its 203-year history.


Justice Holder White received her undergraduate degree from Lewis University and her law degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has previously served as a Judge on the Illinois Appellate Court, a Circuit Judge, an Assistant State’s Attorney, and a Public Defender.


The appointment of Justice Holder White to the Court is effective July 8, 2022, and concludes on December 2, 2024, when the seat will be filled by the November 2024 General Election