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Jenner & Block will host an event on Thursday, Jan. 21, celebrating pro bono work on capital cases and honor Andrea D. Lyon, a distinguished death penalty defense lawyer, DePaul Law professor and the author of Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer. This event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Jenner & Block, 353 N. Clark. Ms. Lyon will be available to sign copies of her book. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. Click here to register online or contact Kristine A. Stassen at (312) 923-8524 or at for more information.
pad-scholarship-awardsThe Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity recently awarded $5,000 in scholarships to students from several Chicago-area law schools.  The scholarships, named in honor of former Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Daniel P. Ward, recognize students who have outstanding records of academic excellence and community service, in furtherance of the fraternity's mission of service to the profession and the public. Photo: Phi Alpha Delta Chicago Alumni Chapter Justice Michele Jochner (far left) congratulates the recipients of the Chapter's Justice Daniel P. Ward Scholarship. Seated left to right: Natalie Lange (Dooley Chapter - Northern Illinois University Law School), Desiree Lauricella (Lincoln Chapter - The John Marshall Law School).  Standing: Michele Jochner, Daniel Powell (Lincoln Chapter), Michelle  Reed (Webster Chapter - Loyola University School of Law), Patrick Callahan (Story Chapter - DePaul University College of Law), and Sean Corsini (Lincoln Chapter).
[gallery link="file" columns="2"] The Illinois Bar Foundation Fellows honored James F. Holderman, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois, and Nancy Katz, Associate Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, at the group's annual breakfast Friday at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Judge Holderman received the Honorary Fellow Award from his wife, ISBA Board of Governors member Paula Holderman. Chief Judge Holderman has been a U.S. District Judge in Chicago since 1985, and has been the Chief Judge of the Northern District of Illinois since 2006. During his more than 20 years on the bench, he has presided over numerous cases in all areas of federal jurisdiction. Judge Katz received the Distinguished Service to Law & Society Award from her cousin, IBF past president David Sosin. Judge Katz was appointed to the bench in 1999 and is currently assigned to the Domestic Relations Division, where she presides over an individual calendar. She frequently speaks and trains lawyers, judges and law students in the areas of civil and family law.
President John O'Brien present Judge George Leighton with the ISBA's first Diversity Leadership Award.
President John O'Brien presents Judge George Leighton with the ISBA's first Diversity Leadership Award.
The Illinois State Bar Association honored legendary Judge George Leighton with its first Diversity Leadership Award on Thursday at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. The presentation took place during a special program, Lincoln's Legacy: Lawyers Who Protect Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, that included a keynote address by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and a panel discussion moderated by WTTW Chicago Tonight Host Phil Ponce. Madigan called Leighton "the embodiment of Abraham Lincoln's spirit." Leighton cited the legacy of Lincoln "that we celebrate is the lawyer who protects the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And this is preserved and things have changed because of diversity programs like this one." During the panel discussion, Leighton cited two major changes in the legal profession during his 63 years as a lawyer. The first is the great advances made in technology and the ability to quickly research a case. The second is the increase of women in the legal profession. Click here to view photos from this event.
The Illinois Judges Association will present "Ten Things Lawyers and Judges Need To Know About Military and Veterans' Laws" at the ISBA/IJA Joint Meeting on Friday, Dec. 11. This program will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in Chicago Ballroom 10 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water Street. Participating in this program will be Joseph Butler and Brian Clauss, Co-Executive Directors of the John Marshall Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic; John Costello, Illinois Attorney General's Office and Colonel Richard Fox, Illinois Army National Guard.
Former Governor and Class of 1959 honoree Jim Thompson spoke on behalf of his fellow classmates.
Former Governor and Class of 1959 honoree Jim Thompson spoke on behalf of his fellow classmates.
The Illinois State Bar Association and President John O'Brien honored the 1959 Class of Senior Counsellors at a luncheon Wednesday at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Former Illinois Governor and class member Jim Thompson spoke for his fellow classmates by looking back at his 50-year legal career. Thompson recalled working on criminal defense cases as a third-year law student at Northwestern. After a turn in the courtroom on a certain case, he received a call from an Illinois State Supreme Court Justice. "Son," Thompson recalled the justice saying, "unless you want to be disbarred before you are barred, I suggest you stay out of the courtroom until you have a law license." Thompson also recalled the great changes that have taken place over the last 50 years in the legal profession and especially in technology. "We all had typewriters and carbon paper back then," he said. "I was the last person at Winston & Strawn to get a computer. I thought it would mess up my desk." Congratulations to all of the members of the 1959 Class of Senior Counsellors. Click here to view the photo gallery from this event.
Some 100 members of the Illinois Judges Association (IJA) - including Appellate Court justices and even one Supreme Court justice - have taken a two-hour training that enables them to deliver in their communities a hard-hitting, interactive youth education program called "7 Reasons to Leave the Party." Since 2007, IJA members have made more than 160 presentations to nearly 50,000 students statewide. For its contribution to improving the administration of justice in Illinois, and encouragement to teens to adopt wise and safe behaviors, the IJA will receive a Special Merit Citation from the American Judicature Society (AJS) to be presented by AJS Distinguished Lifetime Director, Dawn Clark Netsch, at the IJA's Midyear Meeting Luncheon at noon on Friday, December 11, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water St. An AJS Special Merit Citation is intended to allow recognition of projects and efforts that benefit some aspect of the judicial system including those that are narrowly focused or time specific. This award recognizes individuals, publications, state or local courts, organizations and educational institutions that make significant contributions toward improving the justice system. The American Judicature Society, founded in 1913 and headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is an independent, national, nonpartisan organization of judges, lawyers, and other members of the public who seek to improve the justice system. Established in 2002 by judges and probation officers in Adams County of the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Illinois, written by and delivered extensively by one of its judges, Judge Mark Drummond, and "adopted" as a community outreach program by Judge Mark Schuering when he was IJA President (2007-08), the "7 Reasons to Leave the Party" program uses rap music, photos and true stories to underscore its message - that there are serious consequences to teen activities such as drinking and driving. The myth that nothing happens to you if you're a juvenile is just that - a myth.
Former Gov. Jim Thompson will join President John O'Brien in recognizing the 1959 Class of Senior Counsellors of the Illinois State Bar Association on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water, Chicago. The event will begin with a reception in Chicago Ballroom Six at 11:15 a.m. and will continue with a luncheon at noon. Tickets are $65 per person and tables of 10 are available. Advance reservations required. For further information contact JoAnn Hibbs at or call 1-800-678-4009. Click below for the full list of the 1959 Class of Senior Counsellors.
The Illinois Judges Foundation will honor retired Cook County Judge Harold W. Sullivan on Friday, Dec. 11, by presenting a $5,000 scholarship in his name to The John Marshall Law School. The presentation by Judge Jesse G. Reyes, IJF president, will take place at a noon luncheon conducted by the Illinois Judges Association during its annual convention with the Illinois State Bar Association Dec. 10-12 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel. The keynote speaker is Judge Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Retired Appellate Justice Warren D. Wolfson, dean of the DePaul University College of Law, will receive a Lifetime Service Award. Presidential Service Awards will be presented to 19th Circuit Judge Raymond McKoski and retired Appellate Justice Mel Jiganti. The Sullivan Scholarship was established in 1999 as a means of providing financial assistance and advocating ethical values of the legal profession to new generations of Illinois law students. Sullivan, who was presiding judge of the 2nd Municipal District in Skokie for many years, is a founder of the judges association. Also at the joint luncheon, Richard L. Thies will receive The Founders Award, which recognizes a long term commitment by an individual, who is not a member of the judiciary, to creating and maintaining an independent judiciary. For more information, call the Illinois Judges Foundation office at (312) 554-2008 or contact Judge Reyes at (312) 603-7554.
[gallery link="file" columns="2"] The Illinois State Bar Association's Joint Meeting begins with a special program on Thursday, Dec. 10, Lincoln's Legacy: Lawyers Who Protect Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- including a keynote address by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and a panel discussion moderated by WTTW Chicago Tonight Host Phil Ponce. The event begins at 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the Diversity Leadership Council. In celebration of President Obama's Call to Service and International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10), learn how lawyers are making a difference through their work in advancing human rights, equality and other social movements. Find out about opportunities to make a difference and how you can make a contribution to social justice through volunteerism as well as with the clients you serve. A variety of organizations that provide services fitting the "Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness" will be on hand so that you can explore this marketplace to discover how you can best use your talents to "make a difference". 1:00 p.m.     Welcome & Introductions by President John O'Brien 1:30 p.m.     Keynote Address by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan 1:45 p.m.     Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness Panel moderated by Phil Ponce, WTTW-TV 2:45 p.m.     Diversity Leadership Award Presentation 3:00 p.m.     Call to Service Marketplace