Category Archives: Member Of The Month

Galhotra Bids Adieu

Dear Sisters and Brothers: By now you have probably heard that I will be taking on a supervisor position in the Homicide Task Force.  And also, that our Secretary, Amy Thompson, is leaving to supervise in Multiple Defendant Division. Therefore, in the next few days I will resign as President of the Local and you […]

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Local Honors Former President, Martha Marie Fitzsimmons

Brothers and Sisters: As some of you may know, our sister, Martha Fitzsimmons left the office after her battle with lung cancer took a turn for the worse.  The Executive Board, voted to honor Martha and her service to our clients and this union by making a donation in her honor to a cause she […]

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In Memoriam: Portor L. Meriwether (1940-2009)

It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of our brother, Assistant Public Defender, Porter Louis Merriwether.  Portor was an attorney at 26th Street and had been a public defender since April 16, 1984.  He passed away on November 13, 2009.  Anyone that knew him truly appreciated his charm, wit and […]

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Pamela Leeming Appointed to Full Circuit Judgeship

The good news just keeps on coming!  Only a few days after we were celebrating Bernie Sarley’s rise to the bench did we find out that the Illinois Supreme Court is appointing our sister, Pamela Leeming (LRD) to fill the vacancy of Judge Carol Pearce McCarthy starting on December 1, 2009.  Please join me in […]

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Bernard Sarley Elected Associate Judge

On behalf of the members of AFSCME Local 3315, the Cook County Public Defenders Association, I want to congratulate one of our own, Assistant Public Defender Bernard Sarley (HTF) on being elected Associate Judge by the Judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County.  Bernie, as we call him, has had over three decades of […]

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George Grzeca – Retiree of the Month

Here he is, by popular demand, George Grzeca, the Local’s Member of the Month.  An Assistant Public Defender in Cook County since 12/16/78 and veteran of the Homicide Task Force, he retired at the end of last year.  He remains, unofficially, “of counsel” and a holdover tenant as well.

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