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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.”

TAGS: A History of Pro Bono and Public Service, J Solovy

March 15, 2012

A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1980s

Leader of “Greylord” Investigation in Chicago

Tom Sullivan at his Desk

As U.S. attorney from 1977-1981, Thomas P. Sullivan conceived and implemented the “Operation Greylord” investigation of the Cook County court system in Illinois.  The operation, which became public in 1984, uncovered widespread corruption and eventually resulted in numerous indictments and convictions of public officials.

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PEOPLE: Thomas P. Sullivan

March 1, 2012

A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1980s

First Female Chair of ABA Section of Litigation

Joan Hall at the US Supreme Court

In 1982, Partner Joan M. Hall became the first female chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation.  That same year, she was the fourth woman elected as a Fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers.  From 1985 to1991, she served on the ABA’s Federal Judiciary Committee.  After retiring from the practice of law, she went on to be the founder and president of the Board of Directors of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago.  The only all-girls charter public school in the city, the school opened in 2000.

TAGS: A History of Pro Bono and Public Service, ABA, J Hall

January 1, 2012

A History of Pro Bono and Public Service: 1970s

Illinois State Board of Elections v. Socialist Workers Party

In 1978, Associate Jeffrey D. Colman argued this case in the U.S. Supreme Court.  The case arose out of the need for a special mayoral election in Chicago following the death of Mayor Richard J. Daley. At issue was a disparity in signature requirements for independent candidates running for statewide versus local office. The Supreme Court unanimously (albeit in five opinions) adopted our argument that the signature requirement disparity violated equal protection guarantees.

TAGS: A History of Pro Bono and Public Service, US Supreme Court

PEOPLE: Jeffrey D. Colman

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