Mrs. Kahalah A. Clay, Esq. was appointed to the office of Circuit Clerk in January of 2011 and elected to the office of Circuit Clerk in November 2012.  Kahalah, a native of East St. Louis, attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. 
 
As an attorney, Kahalah was a full-time public defender as well as a Family Law solo practitioner. 
 
Prior to being appointed Circuit Clerk, Kahalah was an Assistant State’s Attorney with the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office. 
 
As Clerk of the Circuit Court, Kahalah has continued to advance the Office in the areas of technology and digitization.  Clerk Clay was the 2nd of 102 Circuit Clerks in the state to be approved by the Illinois Supreme Court for a permanent E-filing Program including all Civil case types in 2013.  Clerk Clay was recently approved by the High Court to E-file Criminal case types and Electronic Citations.  Clerk Clay has been asked to sit on many committees and provide insight on various initiatives for the Circuit Court Clerks and the Supreme Court.  Kahalah also sits on the Executive Board for the Illinois Association of Court Clerks and currently serves as President-Elect.
 
Kahalah is married to Associate Circuit Judge William Clay IV and they celebrate two sons.