During the ISBA Assembly meeting held November 7, 2003, the following resolution was adopted to honor the memory of three government lawyers who died in a fire October 17, 2003, at the Cook County Administration Building.
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Whereas, a tragic fire struck the Cook County Administration Building in Chicago on October 18, resulting in the deaths of six people who were trying to escape from their offices in the building; and
Whereas, three of the victims were lawyers, talented and dedicated lawyers working long hours to serve the public, lawyers in the prime of their careers, with many professional accomplishments, and full of promise for many more contributions to the public and to the profession they proudly served; and
Whereas, the Illinois State Bar Association serves as the professional association for all Illinois lawyers and shares with many others a profound sense of loss because of the deaths of these valued members of the profession;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Assembly, on behalf of the 32,000 members of the Illinois State Bar Association, expresses its admiration for the exemplary legal careers of Sara White Chapman, Janet Johnson Grant, and John Slater III, and by this resolution, conveys its deepest sympathies to the families of these three outstanding lawyers.