Judge Bates is a man of service:

To the Community—

Current Boards & Commissions — Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation Legacy Board; Creighton University School of Law Advisory Board - Vice Chairperson; Mendel Catholic Prep Alumni Legacy Foundation - Chairperson; Gilda's Club African American Advisory Council; Legal Prep Academy Advisory Board;

Previous — Chairman, Illinois Civil Service Commission; Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago; Project LEAP (Legal Elections in All Precincts); Niles College Seminary of Loyola University; Cook County Bar Association; Federal Bar Associations (Chicago Chapter); Nebraska Urban League; Young Executives In Politics; Circuit Court of Cook County, Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Sexual Orientation Awareness; City of Chicago, Aids Advisory Council; Swish Dreams Sports & Educational Foundation; Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Formerly a Boy Scouts of America Volunteer, Chicago Park District Volunteer, director of youth basketball programs at various NBA Player-sponsored camps, Cole, Sheridan and Tuley Parks, as well as Frances Xavier Warde School, where I also coached track. Served as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Swish Dreams Sports & Educational Foundation’s Math, Language Arts & Basketball 2010 & 2011 Summer Camps.

To the Profession—

Current — Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism.

Previous —

  • President, Cook County Bar Association
  • Founder & Chairperson, Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms
  • Illinois Supreme Court’s Committee on Character & Fitness; Hearing Panel Member & Oversight Committee, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission of the Illinois Supreme Court
  • Illinois Judicial Council
  • National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary
  • Illinois Association of Administrative Law Judiciary
  • ABA, National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary
  • National Association of Hearing Officials
  • Federal Trial Bar, N.D. Ill. Admitted 08/09/90 (General Bar 02/24/84)
  • Chairperson, Chicago Bar Association, YLS, Minorities in the Profession Committee
  • Chairperson, American Bar Association (“ABA”), YLD, Minorities in the Profession
  • Committee Commissioner, ABA Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Minority Participation & Judicial Evaluation Committees
  • ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence
  • ABA Conference of Minority Partners in Majority/Corporate Law Firms
  • Vice-Chair, ABA Labor & Employment Law Committee, General Practice Section
  • National Bar Association, National Issues Committee, and Labor & Employment Law Section