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 →

Upcoming Events

MCLE on the Administrative Process for Child Support Enforcement Chicago Council of Lawyers and Chicago Appleseed will be putting on a free CLE panel discussion about the administrative process for child support enforcement. Latham & Watkins have generously offered to host the event, February 27th from 2:30 to 5:30, while Badesch Abramovitch are generously sponsoring the reception (at Latham & Watkins)… 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 →