Mary Ann McMorrow

Legal Trailblazer Mary Ann McMorrow Passes Away

Feb 25, 2013
Illinois Supreme Court

The first woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court has died. Mary Ann McMorrow was 83.

McMorrow's election to the Illinois Supreme Court in 1992 was just one of a series of achievements in a career that spanned more than 50 years.

She was the only woman in her law school class in the early 1950s. After that, she was the first woman to prosecute felonies in Cook County.

One of her colleagues back then was future governor Jim Thompson, who recalled their work together in an interview in 2006, when McMorrow retired from the Supreme Court.