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Jean M. Prendergast
Jean M. Prendergast
ISBA member Jean M. Prendergast, a shareholder with Chicago-based Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C., has been named Vice President of the Appellate Lawyers Association, following respective terms as a member of the Board of Directors, Treasurer and Secretary. For the last decade, Ms. Prendergast has played an integral role in the Appellate Lawyers Association's development as a sought-after educational resource on all aspects of appellate law in the State of Illinois. In addition, Ms. Prendergast has served the Association with distinction for the last nine years as Co-Chair of the Committee on Illinois Supreme Court Cases Pending and Co-Author of the Civil Section of Cases Pending (a role in which she is assisted by Schuyler, Roche & Crisham associate, Clare Quish). Under the Association's bylaws, Ms. Prendergast will become the next President of the Association in 2010. For more information on the Appellate Lawyers Association, visit
The Women's Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) is seeking nominations for its 2009 "Women with Vision" Awards. The awards will be presented at the WBAI Joint Professional Dinner, on Thursday, November 5, 2009. The "Women with Vision" Awards were first presented in 1997 by the WBAI to honor and recognize women who have demonstrated visionary approaches in their professional endeavors and who have made a contribution to the well-being and empowerment of women. Nominees may be chosen from various professions, including law, medicine, academics, public office, business/entrepreneur, trades/labor, journalism, community/religious service, etc. WBAI members are invited to apply for or nominate candidates for the "Women with Vision" Awards. Please submit a statement no more than four 81⁄2" by 11" pages, about a candidate's specific qualifications and resume to: Women with Vision Committee, WBAI, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Suite 4S Chicago, IL 60604. Application statement, resume, which may include press clippings and copies of published articles, must be received by noon on Wednesday, September 16, 2009. Any materials submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. All submitted material will remain the property of the WBAI.
For the first time, The John Marshall Law School will host the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals for a Sept. 1 hearing in the case United States v. Alston. The 3:30 p.m. hearing in the law school's Baim Courtroom, is open to the public. The Army Court of Appeals routinely hears two cases each year at law schools outside of the Washington, D.C., area. This case is being held at John Marshall at the invitation of Lt. Col. Gene Baime, an associate judge on the three-judge appellate panel, who is an alumnus of the law school. The court is reviewing a sexual assault conviction. On May 30, 2008, an enlisted panel sitting as a general court-martial jury at Fort Riley, Kansas, convicted Specialist John Alston of aggravated sexual assault in violation of Article 120, Uniform Code of Military Justice.  Originally charged with rape, Alston was convicted of the lesser included offense of aggravated sexual assault. The court-martial sentenced Alston to reduction to the grade of private, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for 181 days, and separation from the service with a bad-conduct discharge. The case was automatically appealed to the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
Kane County Courthouse
Address: 100 S. Third, Geneva Entrance: Rear of the building Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Year built: 1892 Material: Red brick, limestone Cost: $195,000 Architect: W.J. Edbrooke, Franklin P. Burnham Judicial Circuit: 16th (DeKalb, Kane, Kendall) Click here to view the photo tour Special thanks to Kane County Court Security Deputy Steve Meeters for assisting with this tour. View previous courthouse tours
Hon. Arnette R. Hubbard addresses the attendance after accepting her Brent Award.
Hon. Arnette R. Hubbard addresses the audience after accepting her Brent Award.
Judge Arnette R. Hubbard of the Circuit Court of Cook County received the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award at the ABA's Annual Meeting this week in Chicago. Judge Hubbard began her career in 1969 after graduating from John Marshall Law School as an attorney for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She joined the Circuit Court in 1997 after a career as a private practitioner and eight years on the Chicago Board of Elections. Each year, the award recognizes five outstanding women from across the country who have achieved professional excellence in the law, who have opened doors and provided opportunities for other women lawyers to succeed, and who have influenced women to pursue legal careers. Past recipients include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Click here to view the photo gallery from the event.
Longtime Cook County Criminal Courts judge Fred Suria Jr. passed away on July 11. Mr. Suria, known to many as "Fair Fred," spent 44 years on the bench - most of those at the 26th and California courthouse. He was also the judge in the trial of U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, who was imprisoned for having sex with a minor. Click here to read the full Sun-Times story Click here to read the Daily Herald story
Michael Weissman
Michael L. Weissman
Michael L. Weissman, of Levin & Ginsburg, Ltd., will be a featured speaker at the American Bar Association's International Senior Lawyers BLA Project in Capetown, South Africa, from August 17 to August 27, 2009. The Project, which is undertaken with the cooperation and support of indigenous South African lawyers and law firms, is designed to assist black South African lawyers in enhancing their commercial law skills.