Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Part-time Faculty A-M

Hon. Diane Joan Larsen

Title/s: Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County

Phone: 312.603.3343

E-mail: djl1103@aol.com


Diane Joan Larsen is a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, assigned to the General Chancery Section of the Chancery Division.  She previously served on various Law Division motion calls for over 14 years. 

Before being elected, she was Chief of Policy Litigation at the City of Chicago’s Law Department.  During her 15 year career with the City, she specialized in the defense of civil rights policy challenges and class actions in both federal and state court.  She has participated in the review and implementation of many law enforcement and criminal law procedures, including development of probable cause hearings for the local courts. 

Judge Larsen graduated summa cum laude from De Paul University with a B.A. in psychology and holds a law degree from Loyola University Chicago.  She has lectured on various constitutional, civil, and criminal law procedure issues at the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C., the Chicago Police Academy, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Hispanic Institute of Law Enforcement. 

Judge Larsen is an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago Law School, where she has taught appellate advocacy for 22 years.  She has also taught classes for the Police Training Institute of the University of Illinois.  Judge Larsen has been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as a Judicial Education Faculty Member for numerous judicial seminars.  She is the current author and editor of the Illinois Judges’ Civil Motion Practice Manual and has taught the motion practice section of the New Judge Seminar for many years.

As part of her dedication to teaching, Judge Larsen regularly participates in the American Judicature Society’s Judges in the Classroom Project in which she talks to primary and secondary school students about civics and legal issues.  Judge Larsen sits on the Board of Directors for both the Women Everywhere Partners in Service Project, where she has been a volunteer for the past 12 years, and the Illinois Judges Foundation. 

Judge Larsen was the 2008 recipient of the Hooten award given by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.  

Contact address:
Richard J. Daley Center
Room 2405
Chicago, IL 60602


B.A., DePaul, 1979
J.D., Loyola Chicago, 1983

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