Early in her tenure as Director, Justice Cobbs secured one of three federal technical assistance grants from the National Institute of Corrections, which introduced evidence based sentencing practices in Illinois’ trial courts.
Justice Cobbs developed and hosted Illinois’ first statewide child welfare summit, bringing together national speakers, trial court judges, state’s attorneys, prosecutors and child welfare practitioners, for the purpose of developing strategies to improve outcomes for children in the child welfare system.
Major initiatives developed by Justice Cobbs, and adopted by the Supreme Court during her tenure as Director include: E-filing in Trial Courts; E-access to Trial Court Records; Performance and Accountability Strategies for Illinois Judges; and, Emergency Preparedness Plans in Illinois Courts.
IIT- Chicago-Kent (BLSA) Ida Platt Award (2019)
Omega Psi Phi (Chi Lambda Lambda) Women in Excellence Award (2019)
National Bar Association’s Heman Sweatt Award (2018)
Cook County Bar Association – Kenneth E. Wilson Award (2017)
Sweet Holy Spirit – Justice of the Year Award (2016)
Top Ladies of Distinction Crown Jewel Award (2016)
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Crescent Moon Award (2015)
Illinois Judicial Council Chairperson’s Award (2012 & 2014)
The Chicago Bar Association’s Earl Burris Dickerson Award (2011)
Cook County Bar Association Judicial Award (2012)
Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Association Recognition Award (2006)
Chicago-Kent College of Law Bar and Gavel Society Inductee (1988)