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Justice McMorrow has announced her retirement Bench and Bar, April 2006 After more than 13 years as a Justice of the Supreme Court, former Chief Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow will retire effective July 5, 2006.
Recent judicial appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, April 2006 Changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent judicial appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, December 2005 1. The Illinois Supreme Court, pursuant to its constitutional authority, has appointed the following to be Circuit Judge:
Recent judicial appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, November 2005 Recent changes in Illinois' Judiciary.
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.
Recent judicial appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, September 2005 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent judicial appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, May 2005 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
State of the Court Address—March 16, 2005 Prepared remarks of Chief Judge Charles P. Kocoras for delivery to the Federal Bar Association at Corboy Hall of the Chicago Bar Association Bench and Bar, May 2005 This article, reprinted with permission from the American Inns of Court and the Honorable Patricia C. Coffey, was originally published in the March/April 2005 issue of The Bencher, a bi-monthly publication of the American Inns of Court.
2004 Annual Report to the 94th Illinois General Assembly Bench and Bar, March 2005 The annual meeting of the Illinois Judicial Conference was held October 21, 2004, in Chicago. The Conference, which is authorized by Article 6, section 17 of the Illinois Constitution, is charged to consider the work of the courts and to suggest improvements in the administration of justice.
Recent judicial appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, March 2005 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
2004 Annual Illinois Judicial Conference: Thursday, October 21, 2004, 9:30 a.m.—Holiday Inn Chicago City Centre, Chicago, IL By Mary Ann G. McMorrow Bench and Bar, December 2004 Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Morning. My name is Mary Ann G. McMorrow and it is my great honor and distinct pleasure to welcome all of you to the 2004 annual meeting of the Illinois Judicial Conference.
Courts Commission dismisses Judge Golniewicz By Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. Bench and Bar, December 2004 On November 15, 2004, the Illinois Courts Commission handed down its long-awaited ruling on Judicial Inquiry Board charges against Judge Francis X. Golniewicz.
First District rule changes benefit both bench and bar By Alan J. Greiman Bench and Bar, December 2004 With the number of appellate cases filed in 2003 in the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, exceeding 3,700, it became apparent to the judges of this District that there was a need to consider methods to make the ever-burgeoning case load more manageable.
Judge Karmeier elected to Supreme Court Bench and Bar, December 2004 Judge Lloyd Karmeier, the immediate past chair of this Section Council, was sworn in as a Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court on Monday, December 6, 2004.
Report on the ABA Annual Meeting By Edward J. Schoenbaum Bench and Bar, December 2004 The 126th Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association was held August 5-10, 2004, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Supreme court announces interim appointment to appellate court By Joseph Tybor Bench and Bar, December 2004 The Supreme Court of Illinois has reappointed Judge Clyde L. Kuehn to the Appellate Court of the 5th Judicial District to fill, on a short-term basis, the vacancy created by the departing Gordon S. Maag.
Magistrate judge settlement conferences in the Northern District of Illinois By Morton Denlow Bench and Bar, October 2004 There are nine United States magistrate judges in Chicago. A major part of our duties consists of conducting settlement conferences.
Recent judicial appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, October 2004 1. The Illinois Supreme Court, pursuant to its constitutional authority, has appointed the following Circuit Judge to the appellate court:
The Black Line Trial Call system in the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Law Division: A change born of necessity By William D. Maddux Bench and Bar, June 2004 To begin, the Black Line Trial Call is not a new concept by any means--it was the dominant paradigm in Cook County some 40 years ago.
Illinois Courts Commission rejects plea bargain for Judge Francis Golniewicz By Lawrence X. Pusateri Bench and Bar, June 2004 On May 7, 2004, the Illinois Courts Commission, in a rare action, rejected a proposed six-month suspension for Cook County Circuit Judge Francis X. Golniewicz, who, it was alleged, violated the Illinois Constitution by living outside the Judicial sub-circuit from which he was elected.
Law Day breakfast with Justice Garman By Claire A. Manning Women and the Law, June 2004 There was no better opportunity for a group of women lawyers to celebrate law day than to spend it having a breakfast with Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman in her hometown of Danville.
Remarks by Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, to the Vanguard Awards Luncheon, January 29, 2004 Bench and Bar, June 2004 The story I am about to relate is one that I have told many times. I find myself going back to this one because truthfully, I love it.
The Supreme Court upholds COLA for judges By Charles W. Pacey and Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. Bench and Bar, June 2004 Justice Rarick wrote the unanimous opinion issued May 20, 2004, in Jorgensen, et al. v. Blagojevich, et al., that declared the attempt to eliminate the cost-of-living adjustments to judicial salaries for fiscal years 2003 and 2004 to be unconstitutional.
Case synopsis By Patricia M. Fallon Federal Civil Practice, May 2004 Melissa Robinson brought this cause of action for hostile work environment, sexual harassment and constructive discharge pursuant to Title VII against Macon County and State Court Judge Warren A. Sappington. T
An old judge’s thoughts By Milton Shadur Bench and Bar, May 2004 Mixed feelings" have been described in a number of different ways, some taking the form of ancient (and hence occasionally politically incorrect) jokes.
State of the Court Address-April 15, 2004 By Charles P. Kocoras Bench and Bar, May 2004 Good afternoon to you all. I want to thank Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys, the officers and all of the members of the Federal Bar Association for inviting me to speak to you today.
A Court That Shaped America By Richard Cahan Bench and Bar, March 2004 A Court That Shaped America is a "must read " history of the U.S. District Court for Illinois and later the Northern District of Illinois. Northwestern University Press is the publisher.
Illinois Courts Commission enters into joint decision to reprimand Judge Gregory Householter, No. 03 CCI- August 25, 2003 By Lawrence X. Pusateri Bench and Bar, March 2004 A stipulation of facts recounted that Judge Gregory Householter had delayed rendering decisions in certain cases assigned to him.
Recent judicial appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, January 2004 1. The Illinois Supreme Court, pursuant to its constitutional authority, has appointed the following to be Circuit Judge:

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