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Letter to the Chicago Daily Law BulletinIf you are a subscriber to the Daily Law Bulletin, you have probably seen our letter in the Lawyer's Forum concerning the Cook County Bond Court. We have reprinted it below for nonsubscribers. A wishlist for forthcoming bond court plan By Ali Abid and Malcolm Rich Ali Abid is a staff attorney and Malcolm Rich is executive director of the Chicago Appleseed [more]
The Supreme Court Looks at Judicial Campaign FundraisingOn October 2, 2014, the Supreme Court granted cert in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, examining the constitutionality under the First Amendment of a state ethical rule barring candidates for state judicial posts from personally soliciting campaign donations. Lanell Williams-Yulee was a candidate for county court judge in Hillsborough County in Florida. Canon 7 of the Florida Code of Judicial [more]
Judicial Elections Early voting has already started in Cook County and there are 101 judicial races: 27 vacancies, 73 retention elections and 1 new judicial seat. Voteforjudges.org—a non-partisan website founded by Chicago Appleseed and sponsored by the Committee to Elect Qualified Judges—collects the judicial evaluations from a variety of sources to provide voter education for judicial races. We hope you will consult the website, [more]
Congratulations to Staff Attorney Ali Abid on Partner of the Year AwardOn Saturday October 4th, at their 132nd Annual Assembly, the Community Renewal Society honored Chicago Appleseed Staff Attorney, Ali Abid, with their Partner of the Year Award. The Community Renewal Society is a progressive, faith-based organization that works to eliminate race and class barriers. CRS was founded in 1882; it is comprised of over 60 member church congregations, and organizes both [more]
Annual LuncheonWe are looking forward to our annual luncheon next week and we'd like to take a moment thank our generous sponsors: Chicago-Kent College of  Law Dentons DLA Piper Epstein Becker & Green PC Grippo & Elden LLC Harrison & Held Jenner & Block Jones Day Kirkland & Ellis LLP Latham & Watkins  LLP Loevy & Loevy Metroplex Inc. Miller Shakman & Beem LLP Miner Barnhill & Galland Paul Hastings Schiff Hardin LLP Sidley Austin LLP Skadden Arps Slate Meagher  & Flom LLP Torshen [more]
Emanuel's Push To Downgrade Possession Is Great For Diverting Drug Addicts, Saving Taxpayer ResourcesOn Tuesday, September 23rd, Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to call on state lawmakers  to decriminalize marijuana possession statewide and to reduce the penalty to a misdemeanor for those caught with 1 gram or less of any controlled substance. "It is time to put our sentencing policies in line with our values, reduce penalties for nonviolent, low-level drug offenses so we don't put [more]