Friday, May 29, 2015

Pat Heneghan announces Cook County judicial bid

Commercial litigator Pat Heneghan has announced plans to seek a countywide judicial vacancy in the March 2016 Democratic primary. That's a link to Heneghan's campaign website in the preceding sentence. (When I collect enough of these, there will be an alphabetical list of candidate websites in a sidebar to this blog.)

Heneghan is currently a partner in the law firm of Schopf & Weiss LLP. Licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1983, Heneghan is a graduate of The Catholic University School of Law. Heneghan began his legal career as a clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Robert Vining (N.D. Ga.) and 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Jerre Williams. Among other career accomplishments, Heneghan was one of the lead counsel for Ehlco Liquidating Trust in the case of Employers Ins. of Wausau v. Ehlco Liquidating Trust, 186 Ill.2d 127 (1999).

According to his campaign website, Heneghan is the immediate past President of the Northeast Illinois Council (NEIC) of the Boy Scouts of America, former Chairman of the NEIC Eagle Scout Committee, a member of the NEIC Executive Board, and an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 156 in Glenview. An Eagle Scout himself, according to his campaign website, Heneghan "has mentored hundreds of young men and women by teaching them outdoor skills and citizenship values."

Heneghan's campaign is being chaired by Thomas Vasiljevich, a shareholder in the Chicago office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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