Judge Austin served for nearly 20 years in the Domestic Relations and Law Divisions of the Illinois Circuit Courts, 18th Judicial Circuit, and also spent three years as Presiding Judge and Acting Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division. Judge Austin has managed, tried and settled hundreds of family law matters and is skilled at getting to the heart of financial issues and dealing with the emotional factors that create obstacles to settlement.
While on the bench, Judge Austin trained and appointed custody mediators in the family law division where custody and/or visitation issues had not been resolved and mediations were mandatory. He was also in the first group of lawyer arbitrators trained and approved for Du Page County's Mandatory Arbitration Program in March 1989. He served as an arbitrator for three years before ascending to the bench in October 1992.
“Judge Austin recognizes the value of resolving custody and visitation issues through mediation,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “His commitment to families to quickly and peacefully resolve domestic disputes makes him an excellent addition to our Chicago panel.”
“I have utilized ADR for a long time while serving on the bench,” Judge Austin. “It’s an important tool that works well in custody, child-related and other family disputes and I look forward to continue using it at JAMS.”
Judge Austin graduated with his B.A. cum laude from University of Illinois, Chicago and earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
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