Monday, July 07, 2008

William H. Hooks appointed to Berland vacancy

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.

Allen F. Murphy appointed to Carmody vacancy

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reported in its July 3 issue that Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Allen F. Murphy has been appointed to the Third Subcircuit vacancy created by the April death of Judge Thomas F. Carmody, Jr.

The Law Bulletin reports that Murphy has been working in the gang crimes unit since early 2005. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1991.

Murphy's appointment will begin on July 21 and will expire on December 6, 2010.