“Rita Garman inspires others to follow her leadership,” she said.
Garman’s beginnings in legal practice began in Vermilion County where she served first as an assistant state’s attorney from 1969-1973. She moved onto private practice with Sebat, Swanson, Banks, Lessen and Garman in 1973. She moved on from Vermilion County Circuit Court to the Fourth District Appellate Court in 1995 before ascending to the Illinois Supreme Court in 2001.
Referring to her experience through her career as cumulative across all levels of the legal system, Garman advised prospective law students to immerse themselves in as many area of law in order to pick their interest.
“You never know where the journey is going to take you,” she said.