CCBA Statement on Public Response to LaQuan McDonald Video

Yesterday Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy held a press conference announcing the release of the video showing Jason Van Dyke fatally shoot Laquan McDonald 16 times. The video was made public immediately after the press conference. Mayor Emanuel recognized the desire to protest but asked that the people not resort to violence in Laquan’s name. Overnight, protestors marched peacefully through the streets of Chicago. Few arrests were made, and mostly for blocking traffic. As of ...

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CCBA Congratulates Judge Leroy K. Martin Jr.

CCBA CONGRATULATES JUDGE LEROY K. MARTIN, JR.

The Cook County Bar Association congratulates Judge LeRoy K. Martin, Jr. on his appointment to serve as Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Judge Martin is the first African-American to serve as Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division. Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced the appointment Wednesday, saying Judge Martin had “acquired a reputation for great legal knowledge, unquestioned integrity and a strong worth ethic.” Martin, a ...

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CCBA STATEMENT ON CHICAGO GUN VIOLENCE

The citizens, leaders, institutions, and friends of the City of Chicago are saddened, bewildered, and angered by the violence that claimed an 11-month old child as a victim in a shooting, along with two others who survived, and saw the child’s pregnant mother and grandmother killed. We can hardly absorb the depth of that tragedy when, in the first two days of a week that saw a family lose a grandmother, mother, and child, a total of six people were ...

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CCBA Reponds to Governor Bruce Rauner’s Criticism Regarding the Judiciary with Letters to the Editors of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times

Dear Editor:

 

The Cook County Bar Association, the oldest bar association of African-American judges and lawyers in the nation, was distressed, as were many in the legal community, by Governor Bruce Rauner’s comments regarding the judiciary. Now, despite claiming that he does not “criticize individual judges or a particular court,” the Governor said again that “our judicial system is full of conflicts of interests,” the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports. The Governor was wrong to suggest that the Illinois Supreme Court, ...

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CCBA Statement on Loretta Lynch Confirmation

The Cook County Bar Association, the oldest bar association of African-American judges and lawyers in the nation, joins in the national bipartisan call for the United States Senate to vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General and the first African-American woman to hold that post. The Senate is delaying the vote to confirm Lynch for purely political reasons.

Even in the face of support for Lynch by Republican and law enforcement leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

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