After graduating from Saint Mary’s with a double major in sociology and human services and planning, Thomas Kilbride ’78 attended Antioch Law School in Washington, D.C., and began practicing law in Rock Island, Ill.
In 2000 he was elected to the Supreme Court of Illinois for the Third District. He is a past board member, president, and vice-president of the Illinois Township Attorneys Association; past volunteer and charter member of the Illinois Pro Bono Center; and a member of the Illinois State Bar and Rock Island County Bar Associations. He has volunteered numerous hours as a legal advisor for the Community Caring Conference, the Quad Cities Interfaith Sponsoring Committee, and Quad City Harvest, Inc.
In 2010 Judge Kilbride was honored with an Award of Excellence in the Judiciary from the Illinois State Crime Commission.