Policy Statements

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 →

Chicago Appleseed & Chicago Council of Lawyers Join in Amicus Brief on Judicial Campaign Spending

By: Elizabeth Monkus   Chicago Appleseed and Chicago Council of Lawyers are signatories on an amicus brief submitted in Williams-Yulee vs. Florida Bar before the Supreme Court this term. We join 9 other state and local nonpartisan organizations committed to creating and maintaining an ethical judicial system and promoting the confidence of the public in that system in the brief. Each state represented… Read more →

Chicago Appleseed and Chicago Council of Lawyers Participate in the Search for Cook County’s New Public Defender

  Published on: January 13, 2015 By: Ali Abid   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… Read more →

Torture and the State Secret Doctrine

  Gordon Waldron, Chicago Council of Lawyers, Civil Liberties Committee.   In 2005, the Chicago Council of Lawyers issued a statement urging the United States to comply with the Convention against Torture, a treaty that the United States ratified in 1994. In 2013, the Council issued a Position Statement calling for a modification of the State Secret Doctrine, which the… Read more →

Chicago Appleseed & Chicago Council of Lawyers Join in Amicus Brief

Published on: December 22, 2014 By: Elizabeth Monkus Posted Under: Center for Judicial Performance and Integrity, Chicago Appleseed, Chicago Council of Lawyers, Judicial Campaigns, Elections, and Selection, News Chicago Appleseed and Chicago Council of Lawyers are signatories on an amicus brief submitted in Williams-Yulee vs. Florida Bar before the Supreme Court this term. We join 9 other state and local… Read more →

Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers Express Concern Over Bill Which May Reduce Minority Representation on Juries

On December 19, 2014, Governor Quinn signed into law SB 3075 that reduces the size of juries in civil case from twelve to six members.  The law, which takes effect June 1, 2015, also includes a provision increasing the compensation of jurors.  While Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers support the increased compensation of jurors, we are concerned about the… Read more →

2012 Judicial Evaluations Now Available

In Illinois, judges are elected. People will be voting for judicial candidates on March 20, 2012. Early voting begins on February 27, 2012. Each of these candidates is running to fill a judicial vacancy. By reading the information and judicial evaluation results found on this website, you can become better informed about the people running for judge. By voting for… Read more →

From Our Blog: Diversion Works

That’s the undisputed message in the most comprehensive study of diversionary drug courts ever completed. The Urban Institute, the Center for Court Innovation, and RTI International, conducted the study, “The Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation.” Researchers evaluated 23 drug courts and 6 traditional court programs for comparison, over a period of 5 years…[Read the entire article on our blog] Read more →