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I was a panelist on the November 20th episode of “In The Loop” on Channel 20 (PBS Chicago, WYCC) at 7:00pm CST. My co-panelists were former Public Defender of Cook County, Professor Randolph Stone and Commissioner John Fritchey.  The topic was reforming Cook County’s Bond Court. As we’ve discussed previously on this blog (1, 2,… Continue Reading

On November 4, 2014, voters in California changed yesterday’s felony drug possession into today’s misdemeanor.  Voters passed a significant ballot measure, Proposition 47, a criminal reform initiative to dramatically reduce the punishment for a variety of crimes. The passage of Proposition 47 made California the first state in the U.S. to downgrade certain “nonserious and… Continue Reading

If 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… Continue Reading

On 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… Continue Reading

Early voting has already started in Cook County and there are 101 judicial races: 27 vacancies, 73 retention elections and 1 new judicial seat.—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…. Continue Reading

On 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… Continue Reading

We 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… Continue Reading

On 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… Continue Reading

Our annual luncheon is October 1 at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 111 West Grand Avenue in Chicago.  The reception begins at 11:30 with the lunch program running from 12:00 to 1:30. You can purchase tickets via email. Benefactor: $500.00 per seat (10 seats per table) Contributor: $250.00 per seat (10 seats per table) Friend: $150.00 per seat (10 seats… Continue Reading

Forum on Chicago Police Accountability   Tuesday September 30, 2014 from noon to 1:30 p.m.   Sponsored by The Chicago Council of Lawyers  and The American Constitution Society Speakers: Scott Ando, Chief Administrator, Chicago Independent Police Review Authority Jamie Kalven, Reporter and Plaintiff in FOIA suit about records of complaints about police Sidley Austin, LLP One North… Continue Reading

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