Upon graduating from Notre Dame Law School, Maher served a one-year term as a clerk for a felony trial court judge in Anchorage, Alaska. Maher then began serving the people of Madison County as an Assistant State’s Attorney, remaining in that position for 23 years. She handled every type of case but was well known for her vigorous prosecution of cases involving child abuse and animal cruelty.
Since 2013 Maher has worked for Catholic Charities, most recently as Director of Operations. Under her leadership, Catholic Charities has helped low-income families receive the legal support they need through Catholic Charities’ free legal services program.
Maher’s grandfather, The Honorable Michael M. Kinney, was a well-respected jurist in Madison County from the mid-1950s to his retirement in 1972. She is a native of Alton and a life-long resident of Madison County. She and her husband, Chief Deputy Coroner Roger Smith, reside in rural Madison County with a variety of rescued animals.
“I have spent my career in service to the people of Madison County and Central Illinois. I will bring a new perspective to the court. Having worked as a prosecutor, legal aid attorney, and non-profit administrator, I understand the concept of justice, tempered with mercy.”