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Chicago Council of Lawyers Releases Judicial Evaluations for the March 2014 Primary
February 26, 2014

The Chicago Council of Lawyers has released its judicial evaluations for the March 2014 Primary. Judges in Cook County make critical decisions that affect millions of lives every year. They protect our rights, and we trust them to apply our laws accurately, fairly, and with compassion. It is worth the time to vote for qualified judges. Click for links to evaluations and a sample ballot.

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NSA Surveillance of Electronic Communication Metadata: Remarks of Professor Perritt
January 19, 2014

Chicago-Kent Law Professor Henry Perritt spoke at the January 10, 2014 meeting of the Civil Liberties Committee of the Chicago Council of Lawyers about surveillance by the National Security Administration (“NSA”). His talk focused on the NSA’s gathering of telephonic metadata on all American phone calls (numbers called, numbers from which calls are received, when, and length).

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Chief Judge Evans Orders Indigence Hearing Reform in Response to Chicago Appleseed Investigation
August 16, 2013

Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court, Timothy C. Evans, issued General Administrative Order No. 2013-11 yesterday in response to a Chicago Appleseed investigation that uncovered a practice where judges were denying defendants a public defender without the required indigence hearing. The Chief Judge’s order and accompanying memoranda, available here, require the courts to conduct hearings on indigence based on the required financial affidavits and in line with Illinois statute and federal constitutional law.

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Pro Bono Opportunities from the Collaboration for Justice: Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers
February 05, 2013

Chicago Appleseed is a social impact research and advocacy organization which uses multidisciplinary research to identify community injustices, and to develop and advocate for practical solutions. Chicago Council of Lawyers is a public interest lawyer organization which advocates for a fair and effective administration of justice. Together, the two organizations comprise the Collaboration for Justice focusing on the areas of Criminal Justice Reform, Judicial and Lawyer Ethics, Immigration Court Reform, Payday Lending Reform/Economic Inclusion, and Family Law. The Chicago Council of Lawyers works independently of Chicago Appleseed in its efforts to evaluate judges for the purpose of educating voters.

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SAVE THE DATE Join Appleseed and Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice for the PILLARS OF JUSTICE AWARDS RECEPTION
February 05, 2013

Join Appleseed and Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice for the PILLARS OF JUSTICE AWARDS RECEPTION Wednesday, March 20, 2013 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60654. HONORING: Richard C. Godfrey (Kirkland & Ellis, Appleseed Board Member), Kenneth L. Schmetterer (DLA Piper), and Lawrence Wojcik (DLA Piper)

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Collaboration for Justice: An Update
January 08, 2013

The Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice collaborate on issues that affect the administration of justice in Cook County. Click the link to read more about the Collaboration for Justice.

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Chicago Council of Lawyers Releases its Judicial Evaluation Results
November 06, 2012

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.

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Chicago Council of Lawyers Speaks Out on the Judicial Election Tomorrow
November 05, 2012

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

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2012 Annual Luncheon of the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers
October 09, 2012

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.

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Discussing Diversion in Cook County: A Starting Point for Employing Diversion Strategies
July 11, 2012

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.

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