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On March 11, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle nominated Amy Campanelli to serve as the new Cook County Public Defender. Campanelli, a 23-year veteran of the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, is currently serving as the Deputy of Suburban Operations for the Law Office, where she manages more than 150 assistant public defenders, oversees… Continue Reading

Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice does some of our social justice work through the Collaboration for Justice, a cooperative effort between Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers, a public interest bar association.  For a report on how this Collaboration works, how you can get involved, and a description of some of the 2014… Continue Reading

In 2011, Chicago Appleseed, with assistance from pro bono attorneys at DLA Piper filed an amicus brief in the Illinois Supreme Court case, Avery v. State Farm. We took no position on the merits of the case, which involved a consumer dispute over replacement parts for insured cars damaged in crashes, but filed an amicus… Continue Reading

Louisiana has amended its continuing legal education requirements to allow credit for pro bono service: Regulation 3.21. Credit may also be earned through providing uncompensated pro bono legal representation to an indigent or near-indigent client or clients. To be eligible for credit, the matter must have been assigned to the Member by a court, a… Continue Reading

Thanks to everyone who attended our CLE on the Administrative Process for Child Support Enforcement. We’d  especially like to thank Ralph Abt and Yvette Perez-Trevino from DHFS for their thorough presentation, as well as Zeophus Williams of the State’s Attorney’s office for her presentation. Thanks, also to Judge Pamela Loza, Supervising Judge of the Parentage Court in… Continue Reading

Please join us at our annual Pillars of Justice Award reception, co-hosted by National Appleseed on March 12 at River Roast in Chicago. We will be honoring the law firm of Loevy & Loevy, as well as Anne Geraghty Helms, Pro Bono Coordinator, DLA Piper and James F. Rogers, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Orbitz… Continue Reading

Join our friends at the American Constitution Society – Chicago Lawyer Chapter and the Chicago Council of Lawyers for a social hour. Meet at the Marq (60 W. Adams) at 5:30. Students, attorneys, and other professionals interested in the justice system and its impact on the Chicago community are encouraged to attend.

Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers will be putting on a free CLE panel discussion about the administrative process for child support enforcement. Latham & Watkins have generously offered to host the event, February 27th from 2:30 to 5:30, while Badesch Abramovitch is generously sponsoring the reception (at Latham & Watkins) after the panel. Nicole… Continue Reading

With oral arguments in Williams-Yulee before the Supreme Court earlier this year, attention has once again focused on the impact of money in judicial campaigns. The question of how judges can remain impartial looms large when judges must stand for general election or receive a sufficient number of votes to retain their seats in elections… Continue Reading

Cook 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… Continue Reading

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