Chief Judge David R. Herndon, United States District Judge, Southern
District of Illinois, graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law
in 1977. His trial practice spanned fourteen years between two firms, the
Judge Herndon, currently serves as Chief Judge of the district court and is a member of the Judicial Security Committee of the Judicial conferences. Together with James Lewis, he cofounded the Judge Joseph F. Cunningham Fellowship Program. He also serves on a committee of judges who read essays for the James Lewis Essay contest and scholarship program for the East St. Louis NAACP Branch.