Friday, April 05, 2013

Illinois Judges Foundation hosts successful Spring Reception

"Equal Justice for All" was the theme of Wednesday evening's Illinois Judges Foundation Spring Reception, held at the Chicago Bar Association.

Circuit Court Judge and IJF President Laura Liu presented honoree Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride with the Foundation's Access to Justice Award and a personalized White Sox jersey. More importantly, however, the IJF will use the proceeds of this week's fundraiser to fund an internship for an Illinois law student to work with the Supreme Court's Commission on Access to Justice. In accepting the Justice for All Award for himself and on behalf of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Kilbride announced his own generous contribution toward the internship (and it must be noted that this announcement was made before he found out that he was getting the Sox jersey).

Chief Judge James F. Holderman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois honored the assembly with an original poem and Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans presented the IJF's annual Harold Sullivan Scholarship Award to Ms. Ariel Johnson, a 2L at Loyola University School of Law. In his remarks conferring the award, Judge Evans offered a personal recollection of the late Judge Sullivan as a friend and mentor.

Despite my obvious limitations as a photographer, I was able to obtain images of a few of the many attendees at the event.

Judge Karen O'Malley, Justice Michael B. Hyman,
Chicago attorney John T. Theis and Justice Stuart Palmer

Decalogue Society President Michael A. Strom
and Oak Park attorney Pamela McLean Meyerson

Assistant AG (and former Circuit Judge) Joan Smuda
and Chicago attorney (and former Appellate Court Justice) Gino DiVito

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