Cook County Circuit Court Judge Richard B. Berland will retire July 11.
The Supreme Court has already announced that William H. Hooks will replace Judge Berland. His appointment to this countywide vacancy is effective August 4 and will terminate on December 6, 2010.
Hooks is among the announced speakers for a July 18 IICLE program, "Managing Media in the High Profile Case." In one such recent high-profile case, Hooks represented Cook County Public Defender Edwin A. Burnette in his efforts to hold on to his job after the Cook County Board proposed to dismiss him.
Hooks was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1981. He has served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, retiring from the reserves as a lieutenant colonel in 1995.
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