The Chicago Council of Lawyers Urges Reappointment of Lori Lightfoot as President of the Chicago Police Board

On behalf of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, the public interest bar association that has been working for the fair and effective administration of justice for nearly 50 years, I am writing to strongly urge the reappointment of Lori Lightfoot as the President of the Chicago Police Board. Ms. Lightfoot’s term as president expires on July 29, 2017, per this… Read more →

A Major Victory in the Fight to End Money Bail

Yesterday marked a major victory in the fight to end money bail in Cook County: Chief Judge Tim Evans has issued General Order No. 18.8a that instructs judges to set money bonds only in amounts that people can afford to pay. If implemented correctly and fully, General Order 18.8A will have the effect of dramatically reshaping pretrial justice in Cook County. No longer… Read more →

Join Us at Our Annual Luncheon Event

Save the Date! 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of our partner organization, Chicago Appleseed. Join us in celebrating the occasion at our Annual Luncheon, co-hosted by the Chicago Council of Lawyers. The event will take place on October 3, 2017 at the Standard Club (320 S. Plymouth Court) in Chicago. Table sponsorships and individual tickets can be purchased online. You can also download a… Read more →

Changes in the Cook County Domestic Relations Courts

The Cook County court recently took bold steps to modernize the Domestic Relations Division and improve the system for all families moving through the divorce, paternity and child support process. Consolidation of the divorce court and parentage court went into effect on February 6, 2017 and is the culmination of many years work by a task force convened by Presiding… Read more →

Cook County State’s Attorney Announces New Policy for Bond Recommendations

The Chicago Council of Lawyers (CCL) commends Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx for taking a progressive step towards reducing Cook County’s money-based system of pretrial justice through the recently-announced expanded I-Bond policy. Working with Chicago Appleseed as part of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, CCL members and others are actively working toward safe and cost-effective alternatives to incarceration… Read more →