Chicago Council

The Race for Clerk of the Court

The Primary Election in Illinois is March 15th, and early voting is happening now. The Chicago Council of Lawyers wants voters to focus on electing the most qualified judges possible, but there are other races that affect our courts, as well. To provide more information about the race for the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk, we asked the three Democratic… Read more →

Chicago Council of Lawyers Releases Judicial Evaluations for the March 15, 2016 Primary Election

The Chicago Council of Lawyers has released its judicial evaluations for the March 15, 2016 Primary Election.  You can view or download the Judicial Evaluation Report in alphabetical order, the Judicial Evaluation Report in ballot order, or a summary sample ballot from the Committee to Elect Qualified Judges, using the judicial evaluations of the Chicago Council of Lawyers. The integrity and independence of… Read more →

Regulating Stingray Technology

The Civil Liberties Committee of the Chicago Council of Lawyers has called on the state of Illinois to regulate the government’s use of Stingray technology. On January 20, 2016, Representative Ann Williams of Chicago introduced Illinois House Bill 4470 to regulate the use by government bodies of cell site simulator devices. A similar measure is being introduced in the Illinois Senate… Read more →

Rejoin the Council & Support the Collaboration for Justice

Has your membership in the Chicago Council of Lawyers lapsed? Now is the perfect time to renew and join in the Collaboration for Justice with the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice. In 2015, CCL members, working with Chicago Appleseed staff, with pro bono council from law firms like Latham & Watkins and DLA Piper and with court staff, accomplished a lot.… Read more →

Ensuring the Public Defense of Indigent Criminal Defendants in Cook County (August 2015)

The Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC) is a joint group composed of members of the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers. The CJAC has been engaged in a two-year project to ensure that indigent criminal defendants in Chicago’s felony preliminary hearing courtrooms receive the public defense required by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution… Read more →

Save the Date

The Annual Luncheon is October 16, 2015 at Maggiano’s Banquets on Grand in Chicago. The reception begins at 11:30, with the lunch program beginning at 12:00. This year, we are honoring the success of the ground-breaking Access to Community Treatment Court with remarks from a graduate from the first year of the drug treatment program which diverts defendants from incarceration.… Read more →