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Thank you to those of you who used the evaluations of the Chicago Council of Lawyers to help you vote for qualified judges in the November 2016 general election.  There were some contested races to fill judicial vacancies, although most judicial elections being decided in the November 2016 general election were uncontested.  In addition, there were nearly 60 judges seeking retention to the bench.  The quality of our judiciary is a critical part of our democracy, and informed voting for judges is necessary if we are to have good judges who are independent.

Results:

For Cook County Judicial evaluation results in contested races to fill vacancies, please click HERE.

All judges seeking retention in Cook County were retained.

Thank you to those of you who used the judicial evaluations of the Chicago Council of Lawyers to help you vote for qualified judges.  The integrity and independence of our judges depend upon an informed electorate who vote for judges on the basis of their impartiality and quality of their judging. Thank you for taking the time to find out about the women and men who make the decisions that affect all of us. For the unofficial judicial primary election results, please click 2016 judicial election results.

 

 

The Primary Election in Illinois is March 15th, and early voting is happening now. The Chicago Council of Lawyers wants voters to focus on electing the most qualified judges possible, but there are other races that affect our courts, as well. To provide more information about the race for the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk, we asked the three Democratic candidates to complete a questionnaire about their qualifications and plans for the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk. Two of these candidates returned their completed questionnaire, while the third, Michelle Harris, did not respond to our requests. We release to the public the questionnaires for Dorothy Brown and Jacob Meister. We thank these candidates for their cooperation.

The Chicago Council of Lawyers has released its judicial evaluations for the March 15, 2016 Primary Election.  You can view or download the Judicial Evaluation Report in alphabetical order, the Judicial Evaluation Report in ballot order, or a summary sample ballot from the Committee to Elect Qualified Judges, using the judicial evaluations of the Chicago Council of Lawyers. The integrity and independence of our judges depend upon an informed electorate who vote for judges on the basis of their impartiality and quality of their judging. Thank you for taking the time to find out about the women and men seeking the bench, who will make decisions that affect all of us.    

Has your membership in the Chicago Council of Lawyers lapsed? Now is the perfect time to renew and join in the Collaboration for Justice with the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice.

In 2015, CCL members, working with Chicago Appleseed staff, with pro bono council from law firms like Latham & Watkins and DLA Piper and with court staff, accomplished a lot. You can read our full annual report here, but some highlights include:

  • Graduating the first participants in the ACT (Access to Community Treatment) Court, an innovative, life-changing program that provides alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders with a history of substance abuse;
  • Ensuring that the courts follow procedures enabling indigent defendants to exercise their right to legal representation under the Sixth Amendment;
  • Helping enact a pilot program to field-test drugs, which will dramatically reduce the time defendants are incarcerated before determining probable cause; and
  • Planning for a new consolidated Domestic Relations court that bolsters the rights of children to get the child support they need, regardless of the marital status of their parents;
  • Preparing a proposal to bring digital recording equipment to high-volume courtrooms with a large number of self-represented litigants.

CCL members provide support and direction to court reform projects through involvement in the various advisory committees and also have opportunities to draft reports and proposals for reform, as well as editorials on behalf of the committees.

Finally, the Chicago Council of Lawyers remains an important voice in the evaluation of judicial candidates with our evaluations being called “particularly thorough” by the Chicago Tribune. As a member of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, you can contribute to this vital project. Be part of Chicago’s public interest bar associate and renew your membership or join today!

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 your support of our work toward social justice and systemic reform. For more information, including a summary of our 2014 program accomplishments and a reply card, please CLICK HERE.  For those wanting to make their contributions electronically, please visit:

http://www.chicagoappleseed.org/get-involved/donate/

 

Judicial Election Results for the November 4, 2014 General Election

 

All judges running for retention in Cook County were retained.

 

There were two contested elections.  In the Fourth Subcircuit, John J. Mahoney won the election to fill the Billik Vacancy.  In the Twelfth Subcircuit, James Pieczonka won the election to fill the Jordan Vacancy.

For the November 4, 2014 General Election, the Chicago Council of Lawyers evaluated the judges seeking retention and the candidates seeking to become judges. For an evaluation report, please CLICK HERE. For a Ballot Summary of the contested and retention judicial races, please CLICK HERE. Please note:  Voters will find at the top of the judicial ballot a series of races to fill judicial vacancies.  In most of these races, the candidates won the March 2014 primary election and face no opposition on the November 4, 2014 ballot.  Following these races on the ballot, voters will find the retention judicial ballot where they will vote “Yes” or “No” for each of the judges.  The ballot summary from the Chicago Council of Lawyers includes only contested and retention judicial races.  Information about all judges and judicial candidates on the November 4, 2014 ballot can be found in the judicial evaluation report of the Chicago Council of Lawyers.

Thank you to those of you who supported our successful Annual Fundraising Luncheon held on October 1st.  For a copy of the keynote address by Juliana Stratton on criminal justice reform in Cook County, please CLICK HERE.  We distributed at the Luncheon a description of the accomplishments of the Collaboration for Justice.  For a copy of Collaboration for Justice: Programs and Accomplishments of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, please CLICK HERE.

The Chicago Council of Lawyers invites you to participate in Collaboration for Justice Advisory Committees through which you can get involved in meaningful systemic reform pro bono work. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Featured Collaboration for Justice policy blogposts. Please CLICK HERE

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