Patiently listen, inquire, and assess. I grew up in an economically disadvantaged area of central Illinois and saw the impact that poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, and the lack of educational and therapeutic resources have on individuals. For this reason, I earned an MA in Human Development Counseling and worked ten years in social services with at-risk populations before getting my law degree. I learned some valuable lessons from my clients that would help me as a judge: listen, inquire about what I don't understand, do not make assumptions, and assess situations objectively
Make thoughtful, compassionate, and practical decisions based on the law. I have dedicated my career to helping the most vulnerable, including teen mothers, the LGBTQ+ community, the elderly, and survivors of domestic violence (DV). I also previously served on the Board of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network for four years, co-founded "A New Direction," an agency that provides free counseling to survivors of DV and their children, and taught future lawyers in The John Marshall Law School Family Law/Domestic Violence Clinic. Those experiences gave me insight into the lives of the less fortunate, and the obstacles they face daily. This knowledge would be invaluable to me on the bench as I make decisions that require thoughtfulness, compassion, and practicality.
Approach all cases with independence. Simply put, I am ethical, honest, independent, and hard-working. I am not influenced by money, connections, or politics. That’s why I am supported by many organizations and have been “Recommended” or rated “Qualified” by every bar association in Cook County that evaluates judicial candidates.
Bring diverse life and work experience to the bench. In Alderman Tom Tunney’s letter of recommendation, he described me as a lawyer with broad experience who has also been a pioneer in the gay community. He states: “Brad has the knowledge, compassion, and integrity to serve as an excellent judge. Brad also would both help diversify the Cook County judiciary, and serve as a positive role model to other LGBTQ+ judges and young legal professionals.” US Rep. Jan Schakowsky, stated, "I enthusiastically endorse Brad Trowbridge for Cook County Circuit Court Judge. Brad's pro bono work representing survivors of domestic violence and work within the LGBTQ community clearly demonstrates Brad's skills, experience, and genuine concern for our community."