Section Newsletter Articles on Judiciary

Letter Bench and Bar, September 2012 Chief Judge James Holderman of the Northern District of Illinois has sent the following letter to many bar associations and others for comment.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, September 2012 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
The Honorable George N. Leighton Criminal Courts Building By Hon. Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. Bench and Bar, July 2012 A reprint of remarks given by Hon. George N. Leighton, for whom the Criminal Courts Building on Chicago's southwest side was just renamed.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, July 2012 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Wave of change: Chicago-Kent’s commitment to assisting and educating judges and attorneys in Mexico By Jasmine V. Hernandez Bench and Bar, July 2012 Representatives from Chicago Kent College of Law have worked closely with those at one of Mexico's leading private universities to develop a curriculum designed to train Mexican judges, attorneys, law professors, and law students in criminal law, criminal procedure, and trial advocacy as necessitated by recent amendments to Mexico’s Constitution. 
The effect of gender in a judicial race By Angela Evans Women and the Law, June 2012 It is nice to be able to report that in some of Illinois’ more recent judicial races, gender is not a controlling factor.
The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program By Tiffany W. Shimada Diversity Leadership Council, June 2012 Now celebrating over 10 years of success, JIOP was established in response to a study released in February 2000, which reported that only 15 percent of all judicial clerkships are held by minorities—despite the fact that minorities make up 30 percent of the nation’s population and 20 percent of the law student population.
Not all majority opinion assignment systems are equal By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, June 2012 The Illinois Supreme Court has long followed a rotation system in assigning majority opinions, which a recent study called “most effective in promoting race and gender equality in opinion-writing assignments.”
Photos Women and the Law, June 2012 Photos from the Women and The Law's April 26th program.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, June 2012 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
The state of the Federal District Court of Northern Illinois on May 15, 2012 By Hon. James F. Holderman Bench and Bar, June 2012 An update on the court from Chief Judge James F. Holderman.
The not-so-“personal” means of obtaining a personal deficiency By Hon. Jesse G. Reyes and Abigail Sue Bench and Bar, May 2012 An exploration of the basis for the Metrobank v. Cannatello trial court’s interpretation and application of the Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, May 2012 Recent changes in Illinois' judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, April 2012 Recent changes in Illinois' Judiciary.
Former Chair Ann Breen-Greco named District 8 Director of the National Association of Women Judges By Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy Administrative Law, March 2012 For more than two decades, Judge Breen-Greco has worked to reduce violence against women, working with women’s groups and elected officials to promote the Violence Against Women Act and continuing to lobby for its funding.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, January 2012 Recent changes in Illinois' 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.