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Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice

A member of the Chicago Council of Lawyers (Council) is part of the Collaboration for Justice – the joint effort of the Council and the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice to bring about systemic reform of the justice system. The Council is the lawyer organization which focuses on advocating for a fair and efficient administration of justice. Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice is a nonpartisan and independent research and advocacy organization which focuses on remedying systemic injustice affecting vulnerable populations within our courts. Together, the two organizations comprise the Collaboration for Justice – working to investigate the causes of systemic injustice in our courts, proposing effective solutions, and working for their implementation. Read More...

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Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers Urge Governor Quinn to Veto Bill Which Will Reduce Minority Representation on Juries


  On December 11, 2014, Chicago Appleseed and Chicago Council of Lawyers sent the following request to Governor Quinn: ___________________ Dear Governor Quinn: On behalf of Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers, I am writing to urge you to veto the provision in SB3075 that would reduce the size of… Continue Reading

A Police Accountability Policy Recommendation from the Chicago Council of Lawyers


Chicago Should Annually Disclose Police Officers Named in a High Number of Complaints December 2014 I. Recommendation. Consistent with the March 2014 ruling of the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court in Kalven v. City of Chicago,[1] Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago City Council should require the Chicago Police Department (“CPD”) to issue an… Continue Reading

Judge Chevere, Found Unqualified for Retention in 2012, Now Re-Assigned for Wrongfully Jailing Defendants


Published on December 2, 2014 on the Collaboration for Justice Blog By:  Elizabeth Monkus   Recently, the Chicago Tribune reported that Cook County Criminal Court Judge Gloria Chevere was re-assigned to a non-trial civil administration call, following a report that she was wrongly jailing defendants for contempt. The re-assignment order for Judge Chevere also assigns… Continue Reading

Matching Contribution Opportunity for the Collaboration for Justice


We are excited to announce that an anonymous donor has offered to match every contribution made to Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers – the Collaboration for Justice  — between October 1 and December 31, 2014, up to $40,000. Please help us maximize this match with a donation before December 31st. We appreciate… Continue Reading