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May 1, 2012

A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1990s

Dowaliby Case

In 1988, 7-year-old Jaclyn Dowaliby was taken from her home and murdered. Her parents, David and Cynthia Dowaliby, were charged and tried in 1990 represented by private counsel. The trial judge dismissed the case against Mrs. Dowaliby at the close of the State’s evidence, but allowed the jury to deliberate as to Mr. Dowaliby. The jury convicted and Mr. Dowaliby was sentenced to 45 years of imprisonment. Jenner & Block agreed to take over the representation of the family on appeal.  In addition, the firm represented Mr. Dowaliby in a week-long evidentiary post-trial hearing and in a separate week-long custody trial in which the State attempted – and failed – to take custody of the Dowalibys’ other two children. In 1992, the Illinois Appellate Court reversed Mr. Dowaliby’s conviction – finding that there was insufficient evidence to support a conviction – and he was released from prison. The Jenner & Block team included Partners Robert L. Byman, J. Kevin McCall and Terrence J. Truax.

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PEOPLE: Robert L. Byman, Terrence J. Truax, J. Kevin McCall

April 4, 2012

A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1980s

Leader of Court Reform in Illinois, Solovy Commission (1984-92)

Jerold S Solovy with Ruth Page Portrait

Partner Jerold S. Solovy was recognized as an enduring leader in the movement for court reform in Chicago and Illinois.  The “Solovy Commission” made approximately 200 reform proposals and, by 1988, it issued numerous reports on the judicial selection process and the financial interests of judges.  In 1992, Mr. Solovy served as chairman of the Illinois Supreme Court Special Commission on the Administration of Justice, now known as the “Solovy Commission II.”

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