April 01, 2013

Partners Jeffrey D. Colman and Thomas P. Sullivan will participate in a panel examining the issue of modern habeas corpus.  Titled “Personal Liberty from Joseph Smith to Guantanamo,” the roundtable is the first in a year-long series of events exploring “whether the role of the Court is to be the safeguard for community values and whether someone from a polarizing political community can obtain a fair trial.”  Jeff and Tom will join panelists discussing the issue through the lens of the continued incarceration of Guantanamo Bay prisoners.  Another panel will focus on the state of Missouri’s attempts to extradite Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet, from Illinois in the 1840s.  Sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, the event starts at 2:30 p.m. on April 4 in Room 212 of the Illinois State Capitol Building, 401 S. Second St., Springfield, IL.  

Jeff is a litigator and co-chairs the Professional Responsibility Practice..  He has represented Guantanamo Bay prisoners and has litigated death penalty cases in Georgia and Illinois, represented minorities in voting rights litigation and housing discrimination cases, and represented more than 100 indigent defendants in criminal trials and appeals.  In 2012, he received the Justice John Paul Stevens Award, presented to attorneys who have demonstrated extraordinary integrity and service to the community.

Tom is a litigator who has handled civil and criminal trial and appellate litigation for more than 55 years. He has represented many indigent persons in civil and criminal litigation, including Guantanamo Bay prisoners.  He  co-chaired Illinois Governor George Ryan’s Commission on Capital Punishment and the Illinois General Assembly’s Capital Punishment Reform Study Committee, whose reports and recommendations ultimately led to the state’s abolition of the death penalty.

Please click here to learn more about the series.