Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Legal community turns out in force to support Retention Judges

The Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall was the setting last evening for the 2016 Reception Honoring Retention Judges. The event was well attended, as always.

Last night's event was the only fundraiser for the joint retention effort (sparing the retention judges from the burden of raising funds on their own) and proceeds will fund advertising in support of the retention class.

Pictured above are two members of the retention class,
Judge Nicholas R. Ford and Judge Sharon O. Johnson.

Many retired judges were present at last night's gathering
offering their support to retention judges. Shown here
are retention candidate Edward Washington, II and retired Judge
(and current mediator) Jennifer Duncan-Brice.

A number of current jurists (not up for retention) also came out to support their brothers and sisters seeking retention.

Pictured here is newly selected Associate Judge
Mohammed Ghouse with retention candidates
Judges Clare Elizabeth McWilliams and Kay M. Hanlon.

Shown above here are newly selected Associate Judge Mary Catherine Marubio, Judge Kristal Rivers, and Judge William B. Raines.

Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown was at last night's event as well. She is pictured below, at lower left, with (clockwise) Travis Richardson, Tom McGuire, and retention Judge Bonita Coleman.

Twelfth Subcircuit candidate ("A" vacancy) James E. Hanlon also made the rounds last evening. He is shown below, at right, with (from left) retired Judge (and author) Sam Amirante and attorney Steve Daday.

Hanlon was not the only other candidate in a contested judicial race working the room. I'm sure I didn't see all, but I did have a chance to chat briefly with David Studenroth (one of the candidates for the Tristano vacancy in 12th Subcircuit). There was also a camera crew from Channel 2 in the room. I did not get to see whether any footage made the 10:00 News, but I'm certain some reader will know one way or the other.


Anonymous said...

Well, well, first all a few, just a few of the judges do not deserve to be retained. But we know that all will get to keep their jobs. But I'm more struck by the purpose driven series of 'diversity' pictures that were taken. Yes, blacks and whites or whites and other persons of color strategically placed to posing together. Voters beware. A picture is not always worth a thousand words, particularly when there's an event supporting the good, the bad and the ugly.

Jack Leyhane said...

"Purpose driven?" "Strategically placed?"

That's waaaaaaay too Machiavellian for an amateur like me. Much closer to the truth would be that I got pictures of those willing to stand still and not cover their faces or run away at my approach... and holding still was vitally important because the camera was pretty good but the photographer was pretty shaky.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous sounds like he/she has some issues with bias. Furthermore, actually sounds chagrined that the pics show diversity, whether intended or not. I find that troubling.

LIberal Anonymous

Anonymous said...

Yes, very cynical comment by the first poster, and it just goes to show you how two people can view the same thing and see different things. Given the open bar, I just assumed the judges of color were propping up the Irish judges in the photographs.

All kidding aside, the bench is enriched when people with varying life experiences work together.

Less walls, more bridges.

Peace and love, peace and love.