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RSVP to the Annual Luncheon
September 24, 2014

The Annual Luncheon is October 1.

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2014 Judicial Evaluations
September 24, 2014

For the November 4, 2014 General Election, the Chicago Council of Lawyers has evaluated the judges seeking retention and the candidates seeking to become judges.

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Collaboration for Justice Advisory Committees
September 23, 2014

The Chicago Council of Lawyers invites you to participate in Collaboration for Justice Advisory Committees through which you can get involved in meaningful systemic reform pro bono work.

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Collaboration for Justice
September 22, 2014

Featured Collaboration for Justice policy blog posts

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Chicago Council of Lawyers Recommendations as to the FISA Court
June 03, 2014

On May 19, 2014, the Chicago Council of Lawyers adopted three recommendations as to the secret court established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

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Chicago Council of Lawyers Releases Judicial Evaluations for the March 2014 Primary
February 26, 2014

The Chicago Council of Lawyers has released its judicial evaluations for the March 2014 Primary. Judges in Cook County make critical decisions that affect millions of lives every year. They protect our rights, and we trust them to apply our laws accurately, fairly, and with compassion. It is worth the time to vote for qualified judges. Click for links to evaluations and a sample ballot.

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NSA Surveillance of Electronic Communication Metadata: Remarks of Professor Perritt
January 19, 2014

Chicago-Kent Law Professor Henry Perritt spoke at the January 10, 2014 meeting of the Civil Liberties Committee of the Chicago Council of Lawyers about surveillance by the National Security Administration (“NSA”). His talk focused on the NSA’s gathering of telephonic metadata on all American phone calls (numbers called, numbers from which calls are received, when, and length).

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Chief Judge Evans Orders Indigence Hearing Reform in Response to Chicago Appleseed Investigation
August 16, 2013

Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court, Timothy C. Evans, issued General Administrative Order No. 2013-11 yesterday in response to a Chicago Appleseed investigation that uncovered a practice where judges were denying defendants a public defender without the required indigence hearing. The Chief Judge’s order and accompanying memoranda, available here, require the courts to conduct hearings on indigence based on the required financial affidavits and in line with Illinois statute and federal constitutional law.

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Pro Bono Opportunities from the Collaboration for Justice: Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers
February 05, 2013

Chicago Appleseed is a social impact research and advocacy organization which uses multidisciplinary research to identify community injustices, and to develop and advocate for practical solutions. Chicago Council of Lawyers is a public interest lawyer organization which advocates for a fair and effective administration of justice. Together, the two organizations comprise the Collaboration for Justice focusing on the areas of Criminal Justice Reform, Judicial and Lawyer Ethics, Immigration Court Reform, Payday Lending Reform/Economic Inclusion, and Family Law. The Chicago Council of Lawyers works independently of Chicago Appleseed in its efforts to evaluate judges for the purpose of educating voters.

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SAVE THE DATE Join Appleseed and Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice for the PILLARS OF JUSTICE AWARDS RECEPTION
February 05, 2013

Join Appleseed and Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice for the PILLARS OF JUSTICE AWARDS RECEPTION Wednesday, March 20, 2013 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60654. HONORING: Richard C. Godfrey (Kirkland & Ellis, Appleseed Board Member), Kenneth L. Schmetterer (DLA Piper), and Lawrence Wojcik (DLA Piper)

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