Monthly Archives: April 2009

Megan Tomlinson Named 22nd Recipient of Jack Carey Scholarship

Megan Tomlinson, a second year law student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law was selected as the winner of the Summer 2009 Jack Carey Memorial Scholarship.  She is the 22nd winner of the scholarship which was increased to $2500 earlier this year.  Three scholarships are given out by the committee each year and the […]

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Local Elections to be held on May 5, 2009

Dear Members: Please note the following information regarding the upcoming Local Election to be held on 5/5/09. Nominations for local union executive board positions were held on April 2nd.  The following members, upon receiving the only nomination for the position, were automatically elected to that position: President (2-year term) – Bob Galhotra Vice President (2-year […]

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Search Incident Rule for Vehicles “Narrowed”

Today, 4/21/09, The United States Supreme Court severely narrowed the common reading of New York v. Belton, 433 U.S. 454 (1981) allowing officers to search the vehicle and its contents of an arrestee as a search incident to a lawful arrest. As the story goes, Rodney Joseph Gant was arrested on a tip for driving with a suspended license. […]

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Union Wins Salary Dispute Arbitration

On April 14, 2009, an arbitrator ruled that “The Public Defender Salary Schedule shall be modified to provide an additional 1% increase for Public Defenders at Step 3 or above effective June 1, 2008…” In the last contract negotiations, AFSCME proposed an additional step and a 2% increase for all assistant public defenders at Step […]

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Case Load Limits in New York

This New York Times article from April 6, 2009, discusses the steps New York is taking to deal with unreasonable public defender case loads Click here: Public Defenders’ Caseloads to Be Capped in New York City – NYTimes.com

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Changing of the Guard

On April 1, 2009, retired Judge Abishi C. Cunningham, was sworn in by the Presiding Judge of the Sixth Municipal District, Marjorie Laws, as the Public Defender of Cook County.   Judge Cunningham brings with him a commitment to uphold the Bill of Rights for the indigent citizenry of Cook County.  A brief biography is available […]

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