Saturday, September 26, 2009
This is not Kull's first campaign for the bench; he campaigned unsuccessfully for the countywide Durham vacancy in the 1994 primary. He was found "Qualified" for judicial service then by the Chicago Bar Association. Judge Kull's current ratings (all very favorable) are posted on his campaign website.
According to a June 4, 2009 article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Kull, a lawyer since 1974, and a sole practitioner at the time of his elevation to the bench, "focused his practice on criminal law and civil rights law." Kull was in the news in 2006 when he and Daniel Coyne represented Floyd Durr, accused of the murder of 11-year old Ryan Harris.
According to his website, Kull attended Queen of All Saints grammar school and Notre Dame High School (now Notre Dame College Prep) in Niles. After graduation from the University of Arizona in Tuscon, Kull returned to the Chicago area to "work full time during the day as a social worker for public aid while attending the John Marshall Law School during the evenings." After graduation, Kull began his legal career in the Public Defender's Office. Kull's website reports that, over his 35 year career, he has "litigated approximately 200 jury trials and well over 1500 bench trials."
Friday, September 25, 2009
In the new judicial class are four who won't need to buy robes: William Edward Gomolinski and Demetrios George Kottaras, who were recalled to judicial service by the Illinois Supreme Court after earlier appointments expired; LaGuina Clay-Clark, who has been sitting by Supreme Court appointment to the Steele vacancy in the First Judicial Subcircuit; and William Richard Jackson, Jr., who was appointed to the countywide Riley vacancy but was not chosen for a seat by the Democratic Party when it recently set its slate.
The other six new associate judges are Carmen Kathleen Aguilar, pictured at left, who made an unsuccessful bid for a 4th Subcircuit seat in 2008; Clarence Lewis Burch, who headed up the defense team of Juan Luna, who was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to life in prison for the Brown's Chicken killings; Neil H. Cohen, also a criminal-defense attorney (and one-time chief of the of the narcotics unit in the Cook County state's attorney's office) ; Stephen James Connolly, who was 'pre-endorsed' by the Democratic Party for a judicial vacancy that never opened up in 2008; Assistant Public Defender Bernard Joseph Sarley, a member of the public defender's homicide task force and the capital litigation bar; and Jeffrey L. Warnick, of Prusik, Selby, Daley & Kezelis, P.C.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
An Assistant Corporation Counsel, and a finalist for Associate Judge in the current round, Ms. Pauel is, according to her website, also a 1991 summa cum laude graduate of the IIT Chicago-Kent Law School and a member of the Order of the Coif. Pauel's website provides a list of her bar association recommendations and a slide show, but it also provides a little essay on the question of why people should vote for judges. A snippet:
[J]udges are involved in all facets of daily life from parking tickets to adoptions, divorces and decisions with broader, societal impact. The public needs to be able to rely on the impartiality, experience and trust in the judicial system and the foundation of that trust is the judges who preside.You can still read about Pauel's slating, and the selection of the entire Cook County judicial slate, on the Chicago Sun-Times website. The link to Abdon M. Pallasch's article, "Inside the Beast: How Cook County judges are elected," is still live as of this morning.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
My thanks to David Fagus, 49th Ward Committeeman, for passing along this information. Late Friday, September 11, Fagus announced on his blog, Democratic Party - 49th Ward, that the Cook County Democratic Party has endorsed the following persons for judicial office:
- Judge James R. Epstein, who currently sits in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court;
- Judge Pamela E. Hill Veal, who currently sits in the First Municipal District; and
- Justice Sebastian T. Patti, a Circuit Court judge who was assigned to the Appellate Court by the Supreme Court this past June.
(This is the list in the order provided by Mr. Fagus and posted on the 49th Ward website.)
- Linda Pauel, an Assistant Chicago Corporation Counsel, and a finalist for Associate Judge in the current selection round;
- Sandra Ramos, a criminal defense attorney who was an alternate selection of the Democratic Party for the 2008 primary -- pre-endorsed for a vacancy that never opened up;
- William H. Hooks, appointed by the Supreme Court to the Berland vacancy;
- Raymond W. Mitchell, appointed by the Supreme Court to the Hayes vacancy;
- Thomas V. Lyons II, appointed by the Supreme Court to the O'Malley vacancy;
- John Patrick Callahan, recently appointed by the Supreme Court to the Kelly vacancy -- after the Supreme Court effectively "transferred" Daniel J. Pierce, who had been appointed to this position, to the "A" vacancy in the 14th Subcircuit; and
- Diann Marsalek, a lawyer with the Secretary of State's Office in Chicago, who was another alternate party choice in 2008.
Judicial Office (Name of Vacancy)
Appellate Court (McNulty)
James R. Epstein
Appellate Court (O'Malley)
Pamela E. Hill Veal
Appellate Court (South)
Sebastian T. Patti
Countywide Circuit Court (Berland)
William H. Hooks
Countywide Circuit Court (Bronstein)
Diann K. Marsalek
Countywide Circuit Court (Dolan)
Linda J. Pauel
Countywide Circuit Court (Hayes)
Raymond W. Mitchell
Countywide Circuit Court (Kelley)
John P. Callahan, Jr.
Countywide Circuit Court (O'Malley)
Thomas V. Lyons
Countywide Circuit Court (Riley)
Sandra G. Ramos
Also of note: The Democratic Party has again "pre-endorsed" candidates for the Appellate and Circuit Courts. For the Appellate Court, the candidates waiting in the wings are Circuit Judges Jesse Reyes and Mary Rochford. For the Circuit Court, the alternates are Daniel Gallagher and Associate Judge Mathias Delort.
One Additional Note: This post has been updated with current information.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
An attorney since 1992, Baumann obtained her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Baumann has been in the news lately in connection with the scandal at Burr Oaks cemetery. Baumann's campaign website advises that she is "[c]urrently lead counsel on [the] Burr Oak Cemetery litigation." Baumann was also in the news in 2001, when she represented a woman strip-searched by customs inspectors at O'Hare. The inspectors were looking for drugs, but found nothing. The Sun-Times reported on August 22, 2001 that a federal court jury recommended that the government pay $129,750 for the improper search but the District Court declined to follow that recommendation and the judgment in favor of the government was affirmed on appeal. (Kaniff v. U.S., 351 F.3d 780 (7th Cir. 2003).)
A former president of the North Suburban Bar Association (2005-06), Baumann has also been active in the Suburban Bar Coalition and is currently the chair of the judicial reception committee of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois. Baumann stresses her expertise in constitutional law on her campaign website. Baumann has served as a volunteer for the Lawyers for the Homeless Project of the Legal Assistance Foundation and for the Street Law Program. According to her campaign site, she has participated in many moot court and mock trial programs for students. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Lane Tech Alumni Association.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Smith's article may be particularly useful for voters who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the Illinois judicial election process.
By the end of the week, the newly-appointed judge was endorsed for a countywide judicial post by the Cook County Democratic Party.
It must have been a whirlwind week indeed for John P. Callahan, Jr.
Judge Lyons was endorsed this week by the Cook County Democratic Party for a countywide vacancy. He was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the James P. O'Malley vacancy in August 2008. Lyons was an Assistant States Attorney from 1986 to 2005, when he joined the Nolan Law Group. Lyons' website features a link to a .pdf version of his résumé.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Mr. Chico now has a campaign website up and running. That's a link to the site in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the Sidebar.
An attorney with his own firm, Joseph A. Chico & Associates, P.C., Chico stresses, on his website, that he has experience in real estate, family law, fair housing, personal injury, municipal code violations, probate, and pro bono Law. A 1989 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, Chico also graduated from St. Francis De Sales High School in Chicago. Chico's campaign website notes that he was inducted into the St. Francis De Sales Hall of Fame in 2002.
A lawyer since 1979, Greenspan is a graduate of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics for the College of Commerce at the University of Illinois.
Greenspan's website stresses that:
- He is a former Attorney for Skokie and Lincolnwood (village prosecutor);
- He has 30 years of litigation experience;
- He has experience on the Niles Township High School Board (a member, he notes, for over 10 years);
- He is a member of the North Shore Center for Performing Arts Board;
- He has experience with energy and land conservation (as an attorney for the Governor’s Office of Consumer Services and working for CorLands and the Trust for Public Lands); and
- He is a Kesser Maariv Congregation Board Member
A 1992 graduate of John Marshall Law School, Mahoney holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and management from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Currently, Mahoney serves as a Supervisor in the Special Prosecutions Bureau of the Gang Crimes Unit in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. He has been with the State's Attorney's Office since 1993. Mahoney has also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois since 2000.
A member of the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners of the Village of Orland Park since 2004, Mahoney has received Chicago Police Department Special Commendations in 2004 and 2009. Mahoney received the Chicago Crime Commission Star of Distinction Award in 2004 and an "Excellence in Law Enforcement Award" from the Chicago Crime Commission in 2007. He also received the United States Department of Justice Award for Public Service in 2004 and 2005.
Mahoney has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law in the Trial Advocacy Program at DePaul University College of Law since 1999 and on the faculty of the National District Attorneys Association. He has frequently lectured or served as an instructor for the Chicago Police Department Education and Training Division.
Mahoney reports that he has been found "qualified" for judicial service by the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association and "Well Qualified," "Qualified," or "Recommended" by all of the other members of the Alliance of Bar Associations. He is a member of the Prosecutor's Bar Association and served on the Chicago Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee from 2000 to 2004.
Saturday, September 05, 2009
The authors of the study, Do Masculine Names Help Female Lawyers Become Judges? Evidence from South Carolina, Bentley Coffey, an Assistant Professor of Economics at Clemson, and Patrick McLaughlin, a Research Fellow at George Mason University, propose a "Portia Hypothesis"
However, South Carolina is not Illinois. In South Carolina judges are mostly "elected" by the state legislature after first passing through a merit selection commission. In Illinois, though, the evidence would seem to point in a different direction. A feminine-sounding name may actually confer some advantage on a judicial candidate; a feminine-sounding name coupled with an obviously-Irish surname seems to confer an even greater advantage.
And I am not making this up, or relying solely on anecdotes. In a February 2008 post, I wrote about the work of Albert J. Klumpp, PhD, a Research Analyst with the Chicago firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. In addition to his published works (cited in my earlier post),