Awards & Recognitions

  • Fellow, Leadership Greater Chicago
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Life Member, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International Club
  • Holy Name Society, St. Dorothy’s Parish/Church
  • AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating of lawyers and judges for over 20 years.
  • 2016 Archbishop Lyke Male Image Award
  • 2016 Cook County Bar Association Judicial Award
  • 2016 Colour Me Social Image Award
  • 2015 Chicago Defender Men of Excellence Awardee;
  • Legal Leaders, Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2014 & 2015;
  • Top Lawyers in Illinois Recognition as Published in The Legal Network, July 2013.
  • 2013 Inductee Mendel Catholic H.S. Hall of Fame.
  • 2012 recipient of the William W. Hogan Award for Distinguished Service Award presented annually to a Board of Directors member whose professionalism and dedication to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation has greatly assisted in the advancements of the organization.
  • 2010 Rotary Club of Chicago-Far North, Paul Harris Fellowship Award for exemplary service to others.
  • 2007 the Chicago Committee On Minorities In Large Law Firms - Founder and Past Chairperson Awards.
  • 1999 Creighton University School of Law awarded me the Judge Elizabeth D. Pittman Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.
  • 1991 the Chicago Jaycees named me one of Ten Outstanding Young Citizens in Chicago.
  • 1989 the Young Executives in Politics, selected me as the Young Executive of the Year in Chicago.
  • 1988 the ABA Barrister selected me as one of 20 Outstanding Young Lawyers in America.

Judge Bates has received several honors from the American, Illinois State and Cook County Bar Associations.