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Phi Alpha Delta

Hon. Russell Hartigan delivered remarks at a Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity induction ceremony, held on Friday, Sept. 22, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. The inductees at the ceremony included law students from several Chicago-area law schools, including Chicago-Kent College of Law (Blackstone Chapter), DePaul University College of Law (Story Chapter), and John Marshall Law School (Lincoln Chapter). Inductees took an oath of membership, signed their chapter's official roll, and received the fraternity's official greeting, which consists of a handshake with the index finger extended along the wrist of the other member touching the pulse.

Join the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International as we honor this year’s recipients of the Daniel P. Ward Scholarship!!!

This year’s event proves to be spectacular with amazing food and entertainment!!

When: November 20th, 2014
Time: Awards and Dinner at 6pm, with Jazz show to follow!
Where: Buddy Guy Legends 700 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL
Price: $50 a ticket (What a steal!)

Payment can be made via paypal at: , please note Ward Dinner in the description.
Cash or check mailed to:     

  • Sharon Muryn
  • 5953 N. Winthrop #1W
  • Chicago, Illinois 60660

Any questions: email

Phi Alpha Delta International, Law Fraternity, Chicago Alumni Chapter welcomed two new members at a swearing in ceremony on May 5, 2014. The Honorable Judge James F. Holderman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, officiated for the initiation ceremony swearing in his judicial law clerk Luke Thara and Chicago lawyer Inman Khan. In the photo from are (from left) new members Mr. Thara, a recent graduate of Yale College of Law, Mr. Khan, Bryan Bach, Vice Justice, Judge Holderman, Pierre Priestley, Daniel Thomann, Clerk, and Julie Ann Sebastian, Justice.

The Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, will host its annual St. PADdy's Day Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Petterino's Restaurant located at 150 N. Dearborn Street in the banquet facility (basement entrance on Randolph Street).  The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends by 1 p.m.  John K. Norris will receive the Mary Ann G. McMorrow Service to the Legal Profession Award at the luncheon. 

Fill out and return the registration form to attend the event.

Phi Alpha Delta Chicago Alumni Chapter will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Daniel P. Ward Student Scholarship on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Union League Club of Chicago located at 65 West Jackson.

For 20 straight years, the PAD-CAC has hosted this event and awarded area law students with scholarships to continue their law studies. Scholarship recipients apply for scholarships, and those chosen to receive an award are invited to attend the dinner as a guest of the Alumni Chapter for free.
Tickets are available at $60 for students and $95 for lawyers/judges, if the payment is received by November 8, 2013. Thereafter, the price increases to $75 for students and $125 for lawyers/judges. In addition, the event is seeking table sponsors for the scholarship dinner. For more information, please contact Julie-April Montgomery at 773-955-4370.

The Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Int'l, will be honoring Cook County Public Defender, Hon. Abishi C. Cunningham Jr. (Ret.), during its annual St. PADdy's Day Luncheon. Phi Alpha Delta, which has as its mission service to the student, school, profession and community, will be recognizing the Public Defender for his career-long contributions to all these service areas.
The luncheon, which features traditional Irish fare and music, will take place on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Union League Club, 65 West Jackson. Reception from 11:30 a.m. to Noon. Luncheon from Noon to 1:30 p.m.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call Chapter Justice, Deidre Baumann, at 312-558-3119.

Hon. William H. Hooks
Hon. William H. Hooks
Michele M. Jochner
Michele M. Jochner
The Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phil Alpha Delta Law Fraternity will honor Michele M. Jochner and Hon. William H. Hooks with the 2012 Hon. Mary Ann G. McMorrow Service to the Profession Award. This ceremony will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Hotel InterContinental, 505 N. Michigan.

Join Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow and the members of the Chicago Alumni Chapter to recognize those who will received this award named in her honor during a unique and festive evening including a light buffet, dessert and wine selection from the nationally-renowned Eno Wine Bar.

Questions? Contact Deidre Baumann at (312) 558-3119 or

Reservations can be made online via PayPal at

ISBA member Sam Amirante will be signing copies of his book, "John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster" on May 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Beef and Brandy, 127 S. State in Chicago. This event is sponsored by Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity.

Sam, ex Public Defender, retired judge, husband, father, and leader of his own private law firm practice, shares “the story behind the story” at this gathering. Mark your calendars and come after work to join the world’s largest legal fraternity as Sam shares stories with fellow barristers and personalizes an inscription for your very own copy of his book.

Many of us have known Sam for years and have enjoyed his wit, perceptions, and conviviality as practicing lawyers. Now his book has achieved national acclaim and great reviews. The book chronicles the efforts by Sam to defend the same rights of every American accused of a crime. He answers the question of "How could you defend that monster?" with candor and honesty, shedding a different insightful light on a lawyer's most difficult duty. Here’s your chance to meet and enjoy the man behind the story and claim your copy of this book.

This event is free and no RSVP is required. Questions? Contact Charlie McCarthy at or (630) 571-4126

John G. O'Brien
John G. O'Brien
Richard A. Devine
Richard A. Devine
Sheila Murphy
Sheila Murphy
Take some time to break away from work and bring your family to a wonderful luncheon. Phi Alpha Delta Law (PAD) Fraternity, International, Chicago Alumni Chapter is hosting a benefit to support the Misericorida-Heart of Mercy home in Chicago on Sunday, March 25.

Misericorida is a 31-acre residential facility that provides services and programs for persons with developmental disabilities. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, it has its own gift shop and fabulous bakery that produces, among other treats, traditional Irish soda bread, which will be served at the corned beef and cabbage luncheon. This fun and very worthwhile fundraising event is scheduled to start around noon on Sunday, March 25th with a buffet luncheon at 1 p.m. Honorary co-chairs for the 2012 St. PADdy’s Day Family Fest will be former Cook County State’s Attorney Richard A. Devine and ISBA Past President John G. O’Brien and retired Judge Sheila Murphy. Misericordia currently serves over 600 children and adults and is operated by the Sisters of Mercy. It is located at 6300 N. Ridge Road in Chicago.

The Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity's "Team PAD" participated in the 2011 March of Dimes Walk for Babies on April 17 along the Chicago Lakefront.  Since 1998, Team PAD has raised over $100,00 for this charity. This year's team members included (left to right): Royal F. Berg, Colin Norris, Sharon Hunt-Muryn, Michael Muryn, Edward “Skip” Meyer,  PAD District Justice John K. Norris, Team PAD Captain Julie-April Montgomery, Kristy Norris and Sean Norris.