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Section Newsletter Articles on Judiciary

A casual conversation with Presiding Judge Mary Ellen Coghlan of the Cook County Probate Division By Gregg A. Garofalo and Joanna M. Lekkas Trusts and Estates, October 2011 This past June, the Trusts & Estates council members and practitioners met with the Honorable Judge Mary Ellen Coghlan at Clark Hill PLC over breakfast. Among the topics discussed were the newly enacted Civil Union Act, administrative policies within the courtrooms, attorney and guardian ad litem fees and the Probate Code in general.
Recent Appointments and Retirements Bench and Bar, October 2011 Recent changes in Illinois' Judiciary.
Gender and the Judiciary—A view from the newest justice on the Illinois Supreme Court By Ellen Ogden Women and the Law, September 2011 An interview with Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis.
Excerpts from the “state of the Federal District Court” address on June 20, 2011 By Hon. James F. Holderman Bench and Bar, August 2011 Read a portion of Judge James Holderman's remarks.
Gender and the Judiciary—A view from the newest justice on the Illinois Supreme Court By Ellen Ogden Bench and Bar, August 2011 An interview with Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis.
Letter to the editor Bench and Bar, August 2011 A letter from Judge Susan Zwick, Circuit Court of Cook County.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, August 2011 Recent changes in the Judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, June 2011 Changes in the Illinois Judiciary.
Brookbank v. Olson: Can a judge excuse a party from signing requests to admit? By Hon. Daniel T. Gillespie Bench and Bar, May 2011 The courts are divided on the question of whether a trial judge can allow a party’s attorney to sign and verify a response to a Supreme Court Rule 216 request to admit facts when the attorney cannot locate his client.
Judicial independence By Terri L. Mascherin Bench and Bar, May 2011 Once we place judges on the bench, so long as they remain competent to serve, they should be free to interpret and apply the law in good faith, regardless of the political implications of their decisions.
Perceptions of justice and fairness for pro se litigants By Hon. E. Kenneth Wright Jr. Bench and Bar, May 2011 The question of pro se litigants’ access to courts and the amount of permissible judicial interference in their cases demands our full attention.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, May 2011 Changes in the Illinois Judiciary.
Associate judge shares insights on success as a female in the legal profession By Natalie Lorenz Women and the Law, April 2011 Some lessons Judge April Troemper has learned along the way.
Three women on the Court By Michele M. Jochner Women and the Law, April 2011 For the first time in history, three women serve on both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Illinois Supreme Court.
Douglas holds the record on the United States Supreme Court By Michele M. Jochner Bench and Bar, March 2011 Appointed in 1939 to the U.S. Supreme Court, William O. Douglas served on the bench for more than 36 years and endured two impeachment proceedings.
Impacting the Public’s Perception of our Courts: A Professionalism Program in the Circuit Court of Cook County By Jayne Reardon Bench and Bar, March 2011 A summary of the program sponsored last spring by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
An inward look By Hon. E. Kenneth Wright Jr. Bench and Bar, March 2011 A reminder that judges should always strive to be patient and dignified.
Judicial profile: Judge Gary S. Feinerman By Marron Mahoney Federal Civil Practice, March 2011 Get to know Gary S. Feinerman, one of the newest district court judges for the Northern District of Illinois.
Law Day: A perspective on our profession By Thomas J. Kasper Bench and Bar, March 2011 Law Day, recognized annually on May 1st, celebrates the liberties enjoyed by the people of the United States and calls for a rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under U.S. law.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, March 2011 Changes in the Judiciary.
Supreme Court announces mandatory evaluation for Illinois judges By Joseph Tybor and Hon. Alfred M. Swanson Jr. Bench and Bar, March 2011 Effective March 1, 2011, the Supreme Court amended Rule 58 to require Circuit and Associate Judges to participate in a mandatory evaluation program.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, December 2010 Changes in the Judiciary.
Start spreading the news By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, December 2010 When it comes to properly informing the public about the courts, we in the legal arena must take the lead to find ways to cultivate, engage, and educate an indifferent, uninformed citizenry.
Chief Justice Fitzgerald ends a long and distinguished career By Joseph Tybor Bench and Bar, November 2010 A look at the career of Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, November 2010 Recent changes to the Judiciary.
Do we have an independent Judiciary in Illinois? By Michael K. Goldberg General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, September 2010 Thoughts on Illinois' judicial system, from Section Chair Michael Goldberg.
An impartial Judiciary, if we are willing to keep it By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, August 2010 At risk, if the public distrusts the judiciary, is the rending of the very fiber that weaves justice through the soul of our democratic system.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, August 2010 Recent changes to the Judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, June 2010 Changes in the Judiciary.
Two commentaries on judicial independence By Alfred M. Swanson Jr. Bench and Bar, June 2010 In two days last month, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and new Illinois Judges Association President Lewis Nixon emphasized the importance of judicial independence.