Section Newsletter Articles on Judiciary

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.
Faith in the public square By Hon. Anne M. Burke Bench and Bar, May 2010 The author's March 23, 2010 speech at Saint Xavier University.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, May 2010 Changes in the Judiciary.
Judges’ race, gender may have impact on certain cases. Is the “wise Latina” a myth? By Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum Bench and Bar, April 2010 Does a judge's gender or skin color make a difference in the outcome of a case?
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, April 2010 Changes in the Judiciary.
Illinois Supreme Court makes peer mentor program available to Illinois judges By Joseph Tybor Bench and Bar, February 2010 The Illinois Supreme Court has announced an expansion of its judge mentoring program designed to aid judges in the performance of their judicial duties.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, February 2010 Changes in the Judiciary.
Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission Up and Running & Looking for Your Help By William L. Wheeler Bench and Bar, February 2010 The Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission is now operating, with offices in Springfield.
A tribute to Justice Frederick S. Green By Richard L. Thies Bench and Bar, February 2010 Those of us who knew Fred miss him greatly, but the legacy that he left in the community of Urbana-Champaign, to the judiciary and to the legal profession of Illinois, will always be remembered and cherished.
Ethics and Judicial Independence By Hon. Thomas R. Fitzgerald Administrative Law, December 2009 A speech given by Illinois Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald at Elmhurst College on October 2, 2009
Ethics and Judicial Independence By Hon. Thomas R. Fitzgerald Bench and Bar, December 2009 A speech given by Illinois Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald at Elmhurst College on October 2, 2009