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Section Newsletter Articles on Judiciary

Interview with the Chief Justice By Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. Bench and Bar, December 2008 “A judge’s judge. A lawyer’s judge.” Those are some of the words used to describe Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald at a recent ISBA-CBA reception honoring Illinois’ new Chief Justice. 
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, December 2008 1. The Illinois Supreme Court, pursuant to its constitutional authority, has appointed the following to be Circuit Judge:
Journey to Judgeship: An Interview with Judge Patrice M. Ball-Reed By Mona M. Stone Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, November 2008 A dynamic woman recently fulfilled an aspiring goal and assumed her well-deserved spot on the Cook County bench.
A conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg By Hon. Ann Breen-Greco Administrative Law, October 2008 The National Association of Women Judges’ Midwestern Regional Leadership Conference brought Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Chicago for two memorable events on August 27 and 28.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, August 2008 1. The Illinois Supreme Court, pursuant to its constitutional authority, has appointed the following to be Circuit Judge:
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, July 2008 1. The Illinois Supreme Court, pursuant to its constitutional authority, has appointed the following to be Circuit Judge:
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, June 2008 1. The Circuit Judges have appointed the following to be Associate Judges:
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, May 2008 1. The Illinois Supreme Court, pursuant to its constitutional authority, has appointed the following to be Circuit Judge:
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, March 2008 1. The Illinois Supreme Court, pursuant to its constitutional authority, has appointed the following to be Circuit Judge:
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, February 2008 1. Pursuant to its constitutional authority, the Supreme Court has recalled the following to be Associate Judge:
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, December 2007 The Illinois Supreme Court, pursuant to its constitutional authority, has appointed the following to be Circuit Judge:
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, November 2007 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent judicial appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, August 2007 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, June 2007 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Twenty-second Judicial Circuit comes to life By Hon. Michael J. Chmiel Bench and Bar, June 2007 On December 4, 2006, the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit of the State of Illinois came to life.
2007 Fellowship By Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum, Jr. Administrative Law, April 2007 The National Administrative Law Judge Foundation, the public interest arm of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, http://www.naalj.org/, is requesting applications for the 2007 Fellowship.
New law abolishes judicial driving permits By Edward M. Maloney Traffic Laws and Courts, March 2007 Recently, MADD, AAIM and other support groups came to the conclusion that the increased use of BAIID or SCRAM devices would reduce the DUI recidivist rate.
Reaching Out or Overreaching—Judicial ethics and the self-represented litigant By Paul E. Freehling Administrative Law, February 2007 On January 8, 2007, Cynthia Gray, Director of the Center for Judicial Ethics of the American Judicature Society (AJS), spoke to the Administrative Law Judges Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.
Recent judicial appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, February 2007 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Residency rule for judges is unconstitutional: Madigan By Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. Bench and Bar, February 2007 Attorney General Lisa Madigan has opined that once circuit judges elected from a single county or subcircuit are retained in a circuit-wide election, they are no longer required to live within the boundaries of the county or subcircuit from which they were initially elected.
The role of Magistrate Judges in federal civil practice By Magistrate Judge David Bernthal Federal Civil Practice, September 2006 A United States Magistrate Judge is a federal trial judge appointed to serve in a United States District Court for a term of eight years.
Summary of important items from the June meeting minutes By Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum, Jr. Bench and Bar, September 2006 This summary will, hopefully, appear shortly after each meeting of the Bench and Bar Section Council so that all readers will know what we are working on.
Illinois Judicial Circuit Rules Directory By J.A. Sebastian Bench and Bar, September 2005 Technology has changed reliance on yellow legal pads as cell phones and personal digital assistant ("PDAs") assume a greater use among lawyers for noting dockets and phone numbers.
Judicial Profile: U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez of the Northern District of Illinois By Devlin J. Schoop Federal Civil Practice, September 2005 Judge Maria Valdez, recently appointed to an eight-year term as a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, has hit the ground running.
Judicial general election By Hon. Dennis M. Dohm Bench and Bar, March 2003 The results of the November 5, 2002, general election are now in. Candidates running for judicial office who were elected are listed below with their party affiliation and city of residence.
Judicial retention election By Hon. Dennis M. Dohm Bench and Bar, March 2003 The 1970 Constitution, Article VI, section 12(d), provides that an elected judge may seek to be retained in judicial office upon expiration of the judge's term office.
State tax judges meet in Salt Lake City By Alexander P. White State and Local Taxation, January 2003 Forty state tax judges were in attendance at the 21st Annual State and Local Taxation Conference that convened in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 26, 2002.
Case summaries By Hon. Lloyd A. Karmeier and Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. Bench and Bar, September 2002 The United States Supreme Court has held that the Minnesota Supreme Court's Canon of Judicial Conduct that prohibited judicial candidates from stating their view on disputed legal or political issues violates the First Amendment (Republican Party of Minnesota, et al. v. White, 2002 WL 1378604 (June 27, 2002) Scalia, J. (Stevens, Ginsberg, Souter and Breyer, JJ. Dissenting)).
Learning from dicta By Adrienne W. Albrecht Bench and Bar, May 2002 Once again, Appellate Court justices have expressed their frustration at briefs that do not comply with the Supreme Court Rules in an opinion
Case summaries By Michael Kiley and Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. Bench and Bar, January 2002 Former Judge David Shields was convicted in March 1992 of a felony. Shields sought a refund of all of his contributions to the Judges' Retirement System ($113,222.04).