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The Chicago Council of Lawyers has released its judicial evaluation results for judges seeking retention on the November 6th ballot and for judicial candidates seeking to fill judicial vacancies in the November election.

Editorial Statement from the Chicago Council of Lawyers: Vote for Qualified Judges

Thank you for supporting our Annual Luncheon! We appreciate your generosity and continued partnership as we move forward with ground-breaking research and advocacy on social justice and government effectiveness issues that have a deep impact on the Chicago-area community.

Our 2012 Annual Luncheon held on October 3, featured keynote speaker Professor Randolph Stone addressing the urgent need for reform of the criminal justice system. We honored Kimberly Foxx with the Commitment to Justice Award for her tireless work on Juvenile Justice in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Also, several of our Pro Bono Counsel received the Special Recognition Award for their assistance to Chicago Appleseed in reaching our goals for systematic reform through the Center for Judicial Performance and Integrity, the Immigration Court Reform Project, and the Community Justice Program.

Diversion tactics such as early case evaluation, bond court improvements, and enhanced pretrial assessments of defendants have been effectively used in both Brooklyn and Philadelphia; one result of this public forum is that the stakeholders in Chicago articulated their hope to achieve these goals as well. What remains unclear for Cook County is how the stakeholders will go about affecting this change.

As spending in judicial elections increases, progressive recusal guidelines and disclosure rules are important in order to maintain the integrity of the judicial system. Georgia and Tennessee have adopted recusal rules with straightforward language that progress towards a more transparent judicial recusal system.

Chicago, IL — Cook County public safety leaders gathered at a public forum at Roosevelt University on Wednesday, June 27 to discuss ways the County has and will continue to divert nonviolent offenders out of jail and the criminal justice system altogether.

Please join us as we discuss new ways of looking at judicial recusal and campaign contribution disclosures. MCLE Credit. RSVP required. See more details…

Judicial Evaluations for the March 2012 Primary Unofficial Winners and the Evaluation Results from the Chicago Council of Lawyers can be found here…

This week, Chicago Tribune reported its endorsements in the March 20 Illinois primary election. The editorial board makes these recommendations based on the evaluations of major bar associations, including the Chicago Council of Lawyers, interviews with judges and attorneys who know the work of the candidates, and information provided by the candidates to the board. [read more]

Malcolm Rich, Executive Director, Chicago Council of Lawyers speaks with Craig Dellimore on At Issue, WBBM Newsradio, about voting for judges in the March 2012 Primary

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