Meet Bob Berlin

 
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Experienced. Dedicated. Passionate.

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Bob’s background:

A career prosecutor with over 31 years of experience and counting, Bob Berlin was sworn in as DuPage County State’s Attorney on December 14, 2010 after being appointed to complete the unexpired term of Joseph Birkett. In 2012 and in 2016, Bob was elected to full four-year terms as DuPage County State’s Attorney. He serves as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the 2nd largest county in Illinois, and leads an office of 87 Assistant State’s Attorneys and 90 support staff and investigators.


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Experience:

Berlin began his career in 1987 as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County. During his tenure in Cook County, Bob’s assignments included the criminal appeals, misdemeanor, felony review, homicide-sexual assault preliminary hearing, child exploitation, and felony trial divisions. In 2001, Bob left the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office opting to continue his career as First Assistant State’s Attorney for the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. As First Assistant State’s Attorney, Bob managed and supervised the entire Office staff of more than 140 lawyers and support staff. While in Kane County, Bob developed and implemented new policies including the Community Prosecutions and a Felony Review Unit. Bob also served as Chief of the Priority Prosecutions Unit. In 2004, Bob began working for the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office as Deputy Chief of the Office’s Juvenile Division. During the next several years, Bob was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Felony Trial Division and in April 2010, Chief of the Criminal Bureau, where he supervised all Assistant State’s Attorneys charged with the criminal prosecutions function of the Office.

In his 31 year career as a prosecutor, Bob has tried more than 85 felony jury trials, 55 of which involved first degree murder. Bob has also tried hundreds of felony bench trials, including more than 50 homicide cases.

Home-life:

Bob received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law (St. Louis) in May 1987 after graduating from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. He is married with two daughters, ages 18 and 21, and a beautiful two year old Yellow Labrador named Bubba.


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Honors

  • Illinois State Crime Commission State’s Attorney of the Year Award, June 2013.

  • National Gang Crime Research Center Frederick Milton Thrasher Award Gang Prosecutions Award, May 2012.

  • Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Employer Award, November 2012.

  • President, Illinois State’s Attorneys Association, 2018-2019.

  • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Member, 2012-Present, Executive Committee, 2018-Present.

  • Charter Member, DuPage County School Safety Task Force

  • The Education Center’s “Making a Difference Award” for educational efforts and projects that help children become productive citizens, November 2011.

  • Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation Board of Directors’ Trial Award, June 2003.

  • Kane County Outstanding Prosecutor Award, 2004.

APPOINTMENTS

  • Member, DuPage County Bar Association Judiciary Committee.

  • Member, Prosecutors Bar Association.

  • Member, DuPage County Felony Investigative Assistance Team.

  • Member, DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force.

  • Member, DuPage County Chiefs of Police Association.

  • Republican Precinct Committeeman, 37th Precinct Downers Grove Township

TEACHING AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Lecturer and Instructor, Illinois State Appellate Prosecutor Capital Litigation Course, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, and 2010.

  • Lecturer and Panelist, Regional Office of Education Annual Safety School Meeting, 2013-present.

  • Lecturer, American Prosecutors Research Institute on Hate Crimes, 1999.

  • Lecturer, Illinois State Appellate Prosecutor Seminar on Search and Seizure, 2000.

  • Lecturer, Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association Seminar, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2014.

  • Panelist, “Parents, Teens, Parties and the Law,” Glenbard North High School, 2011.

  • Panelist and Lecturer at numerous Heroin Education Forums throughout DuPage County, 2011-present.