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On November 10, 2009, Jenner & Block Attorney Andrew W. Vail was appointed by Thomas R. Fitzgerald, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, to serve for a one-year term on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases. The Committee studies and recommends new pattern jury instructions for criminal cases or modifications to existing instructions.
Mr. Vail appointment to the Committee continues a tradition of Jenner & Block attorneys serving as Committee members, as Name Partner Albert E. Jenner Jr., Chairman Emeritus Jerold S. Solovy, and Partners Thomas P. Sullivan and Jeffrey D. Colman have previously served on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases. Robert T. Markowski served as counsel to the committee and Of Counsel Benjamin K. Miller also served as the Court's liaison to the Committee.
Mr. Vail is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department and Pro Bono Committee. He has undertaken a wide range of pro bono legal work focusing on Illinois and federal criminal law reform and cases at the trial and post-conviction stages. Mr. Vail was awarded the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation’s 2009 Exceptional Young Lawyer Award. Jenner & Block presented him the 2008 Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award in recognition of his contributions to the profession, community, and those in need.