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The Search for Cook County’s New Public DefenderCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has started a search process for the new Public Defender in Cook County. On March 31, 2015, Abishi Cunningham’s six-year term as Public Defender for Cook County will end. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has elected to replace Cunningham with a new public defender. This choice is a critical one for the immediate future [more]
Chicago Appleseed & Chicago Council of Lawyers Join in Amicus BriefChicago Appleseed and Chicago Council of Lawyers are signatories on an amicus brief submitted in Williams-Yulee vs. Florida Bar before the Supreme Court this term. We join 9 other state and local nonpartisan organizations committed to creating and maintaining an ethical judicial system and promoting the confidence of the public in that system in the brief. Each state represented by [more]
End of Year Fundraising CampaignWe're very excited to announce that with 14 days left in our end of the year fundraising campaign, we have only $7,000 left to raise in order to meet our matching donor's goal! A generous anonymous donor has pledged to match all contributions to our end of the year fundraising campaign up to $40,000. Every donation--large or small--counts and works to [more]
The Capacity Problem: What Cook County Can Do To Move Toward NYC's Plan To Keep The Mentally Ill Out of JailThe mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, recently unveiled a plan to reduce the number of mentally ill people kept in jail. The plan hopes to address a common and malignant feature of criminal justice systems throughout the country: that jails have been become--in many places--the only public housing and the only source of mental health services available to the [more]
Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers Urge Governor Quinn to Veto Bill Which Will Reduce Minority Representation on Juries Published on: December 12, 2014   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 juries in civil cases from [more]
A Police Accountability Policy Recommendation from the Chicago Council of LawyersChicago Should Annually Disclose Police Officers Named in a High Number of Complaints December 2014 by the Chicago Council of Lawyers' Civil Liberties Committee 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 annual [more]