1115 Harrison Street
Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864
Stephen G. Sawyer
Stephen G. Sawyer
Stephen G. Sawyer, former chief judge of the Circuit Court for the Second Judicial Circuit, is of counsel to Sharp-Hundley, P.C.
Sawyer offers services in the areas of civil litigation, business transactions, mediation, arbitration, white collar criminal defense and oil and gas matters.
Sawyer earned his law degree from the University of Illinois in 1979 and maintained a private law practice in Mt. Carmel until 1992. He served three terms as Wabash County State’s Attorney before being named an associate judge of the Second Circuit in 1992.
In 2002 he was elected resident circuit judge for Wabash County, a position he held until his retirement from the bench in 2013. During his 22-year tenure on the bench, Sawyer presided over civil litigation, as well as criminal and juvenile law cases, throughout the 12-county circuit.
In 2004, Sawyer was instrumental in developing a child custody judicial mediation program in which mediation-trained judges help facilitate custody agreements between divorcing parents, so as to avoid the emotional trauma suffered by children caught in the middle of custody litigation.
As Chief Judge of the Second Circuit from 2012-13, Sawyer chaired the Conference of Chief Judges’ Children and Families Committee and was a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Child Custody Issues. He also spearheaded formation of the circuit’s Coordinated Drug Court Program, which he now coordinates.
Mr. Sawyer has served as president of the Second Circuit Juvenile Justice Council, which developed a child trauma screening and treatment pilot program in the circuit. He recently concluded four years as president of the Illinois Association of Juvenile Justice Councils.
Chair of the Protective Order Forms Subcommittee of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to the Courts, Sawyer leads the process of developing updated protective order forms as part of the commission’s goal of improving access to the courts for unrepresented litigants.
Sawyer serves on the boards of the Illinois Judges Association and of the Illinois Association of Problem-Solving Courts, and is a member of the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Children’s Justice Task Force. He was a member of the Governor’s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, which concluded its work in 2016.
Sawyer also works with the Illinois Collaboration on Youth as a consultant to the Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board. He also is a trained civil mediator and family law mediator.