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Waukegan Wednesday 01.02.13. Joseph Salvi (left) is sworn as an associate judge 19th Judicial Circuit by Chief Judge Fred Foreman

Waukegan Wednesday 01.02.13. Joseph Salvi (left) is sworn in as an associate judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit by Chief Judge Fred Foreman on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 4, 2013 6:14AM

Lake County’s newest associate judge was sworn in Wednesday.

Joseph Salvi, 46, of Hawthorn Woods was the last of four new judges to get added to the bench since fall, according to Chief Judge Fred Foreman.

Christy Bishop, Patricia Fix, Elizabeth Rochford and Salvi are the four newest judges.

Bishop was sworn in as an associate judge in October. Fix was elected circuit judge and sworn in last December. Rochford replaced now-retired Associate Judge Wallace Dunn and Salvi is filling the associate judgeship left vacant after Judge Thomas Schippers was elected to circuit judge in the last election.

Circuit judges are elected by the people to serve six-year terms. Circuit judges select associate judges to serve four-year terms.

After Salvi’s swearing-in, Foreman said there are now 24 associate judges and 15 circuit judges in the 19th Judicial Circuit.

“There’s no question we’re very pleased to have Joe take the bench today. The Salvi name in Lake County is well-known in the legal community,” Foreman said.

Salvi spent his last day as a private defense attorney on Friday. He was practicing law with his Lake Zurich firm, Salvi, Salvi & Wifler, P.C. He was in private practice with his brother Michael Salvi and his brother-in-law Peter Wifler.

Salvi was admitted to the bar in 1991. He started working for the Lake Zurich firm in 1991 and became a partner in 1996.

He concentrated on criminal, traffic, family law and probate.

Once he finishes orientation, he will preside over branch court in Round Lake Beach, Foreman said.

“I think it’s pretty neat (to be a judge) and I look forward to it,” Salvi said.

His wife, Bridget, and their four children Joseph, 16, Angela, 14, Olivia, 12, and Emilia, 9, were present at Wednesday’s swearing-in.

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