The Northern District of Illinois Court Historical Association is dedicated to recovering, preserving, and promoting the history and artifacts of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and to educating the public on the role and function of the Court.

The Court Historical Association undertakes and sponsors projects and events designed to preserve and enhance the historical, artistic, and architectural character of the District Court’s functions and buildings. By collecting photographs, documents, judicial biographical information, and artifacts the Association seeks to archive the history of the court and its cases.


Martin V. Sinclair, Jr., President
Margot Klein, Secretary/Treasurer


Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, Chair
Hon. Jeffrey Cole
Hon. Jacqueline P. Cox
Hon. William T. Hart
Hon. James F. Holderman (Ret.)
William J. Kresse
Joel R. Skinner


The Northern District of Illinois Court History Museum is located in Room 2144A of the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse, at 219 South Dearborn Street in Chicago, Illinois. 

The museum is free of charge and open to the public. 

Museum Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm 

Click on the video below to learn more about the Court History Museum.



People Who Care After 20 Years: Looking Back at the Landmark Rockford School Desegregation Case

Presented by the P. Michael Mahoney Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

Join us for a lively discussion of this important school desegregation case with the lead attorneys for both sides and Judge P. Michael Mahoney who presided over the remedial phase of litigation. 

Stanley J. Roszkowski United States Courthouse, Rockford, IL 

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 — 1:00pm – 4:00pm 

Lunch will be provided from Noon – 1:00 P.M. courtesy of the FBA

Opening remarks by Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer

Panelists include: Judge P. Michael Mahoney, Justino Petrarca, Matthew Piers, Tom Lester, and Robert Fagan