Judge Brocton Lockwood

Southern Illinois University



Judge Brocton Lockwood

Judge Brocton Lockwood

Judge Brocton Lockwood is an important friend of the SIU School of Law and a hero to the Illinois judicial system. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he served as an Associate Judge and a volunteer informant for the FBI as part of Operation Greylord, an investigation into corruption in the Cook County courts that resulted in the indictment of 92 people.

Lockwood wrote about this experience in a book, Operation Greylordpublished in 1989.

More recently, Judge Lockwood initiated the Saline County Drug Court which uses a national model of integrating court supervision and after-care with standard judicial drug rehabilitation processes.

Brocton Lockwood grew up on a small farm between Carbondale and Murphysboro in Southern Illinois. He attended Carbondale Community High School, Oberlin College, and Vanderbilt School of Law. While in college and law school, he worked for local police forces in Ohio and Maine, and worked as an investigator for the U. S. Attorney’s Office in Nashville, Tennessee.

After law school, he returned to Carbondale where he practiced as a trial lawyer in both civil and criminal trials. He served for a time as Carbondale City Attorney, and taught in the Administration of Justice Department at Southern Illinois University on a part-time basis.

In 1983, he returned to practice law in Marion, Illinois, until 2000, when he was once again appointed to a judicial position. This time he worked in Saline County and retired in 2006.

In 2012 he received the Southern Illinois University Distinguished Service Award. Read Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article.

See Past William L. Beatty Jurist in Residence here