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1917 ABA Journal Illinois articles.

Ex-judge agrees to disbarment after she is accused of stealing money from former Tuskegee Airman

A retired judge in Cook County, Illinois, has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to remove her from the attorney rolls after an ethics complaint accused her of stealing more than $246,000 from a Tuskegee Airman who had been married to her aunt.

Lawyer referred for possible discipline after suing judge who also referred her for discipline

Updated: A Chicago lawyer who attacked a judge’s rulings and her opponent’s opening statement in a complaint seeking 27 separate declaratory judgments—including a declaratory judgment that the issues weren’t frivolous—has been referred to a federal court’s executive committee for potential discipline.

Judge recuses after he is accused of declaring that Middle Eastern men are abusive

Updated: A judge in Cook County, Illinois, has agreed to step down from a case after a lawyer alleged he made statements that are “violent, discriminatory, racist and antagonistic” during an in-chambers discussion.

Former Quinn Emanuel partner becomes traffic court judge and ‘Zoom master’

A former top partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has left the lucrative practice of law to become a judge in Cook County, Illinois, making a little more than $215,000 per year.

Illinois uses grant money to encourage libraries not to ban books; law touted as first of its kind

Democrat Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation that uses grant money to encourage public libraries to refrain from banning books because of “partisan or doctrinal disapproval.”

Food labeling lawyer’s ‘warehouse of complaints’ are ‘not fit for public consumption,’ judge says

A federal judge in Illinois who has a knack for criticizing lawyers with biting prose has turned his attention to a lawyer who battles food companies over their labeling.

Rights Work: UChicago constitutional law course brings together incarcerated youths, law students

The eight-week class is designed to give incarcerated youths an opportunity to consider their rights while exposing the law students to the younger students’ worldview through in-class discussions on topics that include freedom of speech, due process and reproductive freedom, along with weekly mentoring sessions.

Nearly 2,000 children were sexually abused by members of Catholic clergy and religious orders, Illinois AG’s investigation finds

At least 1,997 children were sexually abused by 451 Catholic clerics and religious brothers in Illinois between 1950 and 2019, according to a report released Tuesday by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.

Chicago’s refusal to allow ‘Hail Satan’ city council invocation violates First Amendment, suit says

Chicago has rebuffed requests by the Satanic Temple to deliver city council invocations for more than three years, violating the First Amendment in two ways, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month.

Supreme Court allows enforcement of laws banning sales of assault-style weapons

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an emergency request to block bans on sales of assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines while legal challenges continue in lower courts.

Federal judge warns law firm that ‘judge shopping ain’t a thing here’

Plaintiffs can’t go looking for “greener judicial pasture” by dropping 213 of 218 defendants from a lawsuit and then filing a new suit against the same 213 defendants, according to a federal judge in Chicago.

Weekly Briefs: Murder cases move slowly in Chicago; Neuriva decision could limit attorney fees

Justice is slow in Chicago

Most murder cases in the county that includes Chicago take four years or longer to resolve, according to a series of investigative stories by the…

Northwestern law prof’s federal case is ‘the definition of vexatious and wasteful,’ judge says in ordering sanction

A federal judge in Colorado has ordered a professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law to pay attorney fees as a sanction for a federal action that is “the definition of vexatious and wasteful.”

Lawyer who created fake documents to lower capital contribution should be suspended, review board says

An Illinois lawyer who created phony documents to lower his capital contribution to his law firm should be suspended for five months, an Illinois review board has found.

Many young people arrested for Chicago carjackings have been exposed to violence daily, lawyer and pastor says

As rises in Chicago carjackings continue to increase fear among many residents, Cliff Nellis, an attorney and pastor who founded the Lawndale Christian Legal Center, says his nonprofit group represents a fair amount of young people charged with the crime.

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