Chicago Council

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 →

Follow Up to Police Accountability Forum

The Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs Does Not Report Data That Would Allow The Public To Evaluate Whether It Is Processing Complaints of Police Misconduct Fairly. –Gordon Waldron Processing of complaints against police in Chicago is a Tale of Two Cities. The two cities are the Chicago Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), and the Bureau of Internal Affairs… Read more →

Annual Report for 2014 Now Available

The Chicago Council of Lawyers works cooperatively with Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice on social justice issues through the Collaboration for Justice.  For a report on how this Collaboration works, how you can get involved, and a description of some of the 2014 accomplishments, please see our Annual Report for 2014. For more information, please contact us at ccl [at]… Read more →