Monday, March 18, 2013

Illinois Judges Foundation plans April 3 Spring Reception

The Illinois Judges Foundation will host its Spring Reception on Wednesday, April 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association Building, 321 S. Plymouth Court, in Philip H. Corboy Hall.

Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans will present the IJF's annual Harold Sullivan Scholarship Award. The $5,000 award is given to a law student in good standing attending one of the nine Illinois law schools. Judge James F. Holderman, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, will also provide remarks, including an original poem.

The IJF will also confer the Justice for All Award on Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride. The award is meant in appreciation for the commitment of Kilbride and the the Supreme Court as a whole to promoting equal access to justice, especially for the poor and vulnerable, particularly in the Illinois civil courts and administrative agencies. During Chief Justice Kilbride's term the Illinois Supreme Court has established the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice to further these goals.

The IJF hopes to provide more than just public appreciation for these efforts: The IJF plans to earmark a substantial amount of the proceeds of the April 3 fundraiser to fund an externship for an Illinois law student to work with the Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice, to assist with the work of the Commission, and to raise awareness among the future lawyers of this state of the importance of equal access to justice for all.

Tickets for the IJF fundraiser are $100 each and sponsorships are available (Bronze Sponsor, $ 250.00; Silver Sponsor, $ 400.00; Gold Sponsor, $ 500.00; or Platinum Sponsor, $ 1,000.00). To purchase tickets or to help sponsor for the event, click on this link. For questions, call any of the numbers in the flyer shown above or email

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