Saturday, October 20, 2007

Judge Hyman hits the ground running

At the end of June 2006, in what the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin called a "whirlwind week," Michael B. Hyman, long-time partner at Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament & Rubenstein, P.C., finished his term as the 129th President of the Chicago Bar Association and was appointed to the Cook County Circuit Court bench.

Although possessed of what the Chicago Sun-Times called a "gold-plated resume," Judge Hyman didn't rest on his credentials: Even though he'd not been previously active in party politics, Hyman actively courted -- and obtained -- the Democratic nomination for the Nowicki vacancy to he'd been appointed.

Judge Hyman's web site is now up and running.

A lawyer since 1977, concentrating in antitrust, securities fraud and consumer fraud matters, Judge Hyman's undergraduate degree was in journalism -- and he's made use of his writing skills throughout his legal career.

In addition to many leadership posts in the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Decalogue Society, Hyman has also been active in SCRIBES, the American Society of Legal Writers, serving as a member of the organization's board since 2004 and as treasurer in 2005. He's edited two publications for the ABA Section of Litigation, Litigation News (1990-1992) and Litigation Docket (1995-2001).

I had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Editors of the CBA Record for a few of the many years that Judge Hyman has served as Editor of that publication; he's currently editing that publication, as he did from 1988-1990 and again from 1993 through 2004. Since his appointment to the bench, Judge Hyman has become a contributor to The Gavel, the publication of the Illinois Judges Association.

Judge Hyman has also served as a board member of the People's Uptown Law Center since 2004 and as a board member of the United States Autism and Asperger Association since 2005.

(Pictured above is Judge Hyman in 2005, prior to his appointment to the bench, presenting the Lester Foreman Award to Judge Dorothy Kirie Kinnaird at the Chicago Bar Association's Annual Chancery Judges Reception. Also pictured, Howard Suskin. Photo obtained here.)

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