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Hon. Susan E. Cox
Magistrate judge
N.D.Ill.
7th Circuit
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What others have rated

Hon. Susan E. Cox

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ID

date
Temp*  Sch*  Indu* Comp*   Punct*    Ev-Cv*   Ev-Cr* Flex  Bail  Crim  Settle Trial Sent Coop Average
Civil Litigation - Private

32871

11/4/19

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0.7

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Civil Litigation - Private

19384

1/2/13

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8

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2.2

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Civil Litigation - Private

18480

1/2/12

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10

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Civil Litigation - Govt.

13570

1/2/12

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9.2

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Civil Litigation - Govt.

12733

1/2/11

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1

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Civil Litigation - Govt.

12536

1/1/11

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9

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Civil Litigation - Private

11844

1/2/10

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9

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Civil Litigation - Private

11745

1/2/10

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Civil Litigation - Private

10196

1/2/10

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9.4

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Civil Litigation - Private

10197

1/2/10

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How familiar are you with the work of this judge? (1=Not at all familiar,10=Extremely familiar)
Participates in Oral Argument (1=Rarely,10=Always)
Quality of Questions During Oral Argument (1=Poor,10=Extremely insightful)
Attitude during oral argument (1=Consistently inappropriate,10=Consistently respectful)
Scholarship as reflected in Opinions (1=Poor,10=Outstanding)
General Inclination in Criminal Appeals (1=Strongly Pro­Government,10=Strongly Pro­Defense)
General Inclination in Civil Rights Appeals (1=Strongly Pro-Defendant,10=Strongly Pro­Plaintiff)
General Inclination in Labor Law Appeals (1=Strongly Pro­Employee,10=Strongly Pro­Employer)
General Inclination in Immigration Appeals (1=Strongly Pro­Immigrant,10=Strongly Pro­Gov.)
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Civil Litigation - Private

32871

11/4/19

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Civil Litigation - Private

19384

1/2/13

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Civil Litigation - Private

18480

1/2/12

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Civil Litigation - Govt.

13570

1/2/12

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Civil Litigation - Govt.

12733

1/2/11

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Civil Litigation - Govt.

12536

1/1/11

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Civil Litigation - Private

11844

1/2/10

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Civil Litigation - Private

11745

1/2/10

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Civil Litigation - Private

10196

1/2/10

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Civil Litigation - Private

10197

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Temp*
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Bail
Crim
Settle
Trial
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Temperament (1=Awful 10=Excellent)    
Scholarship (1=Awful 10=Excellent)    
Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious 10=Highly industrious)    
Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful 10=Excellent)    
Punctuality (1=Chronically Late 10=Always on Time)    
Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias 10=Entirely Evenhanded)    
Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias 10=Entirely Evenhanded)    
Flexibility in Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible    10=Very Flexible)    
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)    
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pre-Trial (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions (1=Least Involved 10=Most Involved)    
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing (1=Pro-Defense 10=Pro-Government)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators (1=10% 10=100%)    
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Hon. Susan E. Cox

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Civil Litigation - Private
comment #:
32871
rating:
0.7
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Judge Cox has repeatedly shown an improper bias towards plaintiffs and unprofessional temperament towards civil defendants (and their counsel). She is amongst the worst draws a civil defendant can get as a magistrate.
11/4/19, 5:06 PM
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Civil Litigation - Private
comment #:
19384
rating:
2.2
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Judge Cox is bright and hardworking but goes out of her way to appease plaintiffs in employment matters. She does not let fairness or the law get in the way of her own view of a case.
1/2/13, 5:28 AM
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comment #:
18480
rating:
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average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
I've had several settlement conferences with Judge Cox and found her to be very helpful. She does a great job giving the parties candid insight on the weaknesses and strengths of their cases. She brings a practical perspective to the table and is a very effective communicator.
1/2/12, 2:06 PM
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Civil Litigation - Govt.
comment #:
13570
rating:
9.2
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
An excellent judge! She had been a prosecutor and a civil attorney in private practice and clearly knows the realities of litigation better than most judges.
1/2/12, 11:51 PM
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12733
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1
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
committed? she most certainly should be committed -- to the nearest asylum. She is nuts. Makes Castillo seem rational. Never, ever, consent to this psycho. And settlement conferences? Forget about it. She lives to abuse defendants; especially in employment and civil rights cases. Thank god Obama did not make her an article iii.
1/2/11, 7:16 AM
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12536
rating:
9
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
A very good judge. Very smart, very committed to doing her job well. A bit of temper -- you need to listen to what she's saying, you need to do your job and come to court prepared. She has been a litigator and has a very practical straight forward approach to litigation.
1/1/11, 5:23 PM
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11844
rating:
9
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
I attended a settlement conference with Magistrate Judge Cox in a complex contract/construction dispute. Although the case did not settle, I thought she was fair and persuasive with both sides. She appeared to be very well prepared for the settlement conference and knew both the facts and the applicable law. I would recommend her for a settlement conference in a civil dispute.
1/2/10, 8:36 AM
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11745
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average rating is 3 out of 5
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Do not accept a referral to her in an employment discrimination case. She might as well be Plaintiff's co-counsel. She also cites to her own opinions as authority.
1/2/10, 2:20 PM
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10196
rating:
9.4
average rating is 3 out of 5
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Cox is no Oliver Wendell Holmes, but knows what she needs to in order to get the job done satisfactorily, in addition to being practical. She tends to be get very testy in settlement conferences, but I suspect that is an act to scare parties into settlement. I would consent to her if I had a case that had to go to trial. However, I would not consent to her in an employment discrimination case if you think would go to trial. She appears to have a pro-plaintiff bias in those types of cases.
1/2/10, 7:13 AM
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10197
rating:
9.3
average rating is 3 out of 5
average rating is 3 out of 5
Cox would make a good district court judge. She can run a hearing and referee discovery disputes in a practical manner. But she is awful in settlement conferences. Going to her for a conference is a complete waste of time. Consent if you want a trial, but otherwise avoid her.
1/2/10, 7:18 AM
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