Brothers and Sisters, do you know a hard working law student who would be interested in winning a $2000 scholarship? If you do, please direct them to our website and the Scholarship tab on the left hand side. There, they can find information about the scholarship available to law students who clerk in our office. The application is online and can be sent via email. The deadline for the summer scholarship is April 1, 2008.
And don’t forget to mark 9/3/08 in your calenders for the next fundraiser for the scholarship – a Cubs night game with special pre-party!
The Jack Carey Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the next fundraiser. Cubs v. Houston, September 3, 2008, Wrigley Field. More information on tickets and exclusive pre-game festivities when they become available. Mark your calenders!
As a reminder, it is reversible error in a DNA case for the judge to permit the prosecution, over the objection of the defense, to introduce any evidence that the defendant’s DNA profile was in a DNA database. People v. Jackson, 865 N.E.2d 195 (1st Dist. 2007). This situation comes up mostly in cold-hit cases, where the prosecution seeks to inform the jury that a database hit to the defendant’s profile occurred. According to the First District Appellate Court, it is error to admit reference to the database.
Recently, we posted the seniority list as known by AFSCME Council 31 in Springfield. Many of you reviewed it and then sent correspondence indicating any errors you noticed. Management responded by saying that they have their own list and we have now uploaded it for your review. Please take a look at it and as we said before, send a memo to personnel if there is a mistake. Then we will send the corrections to Springfield and hopefully arrive at a more accurate list.
Click Management’s Seniority List 022508 to see a pdf version of this list.
As the Local did for members with last names from A-M in September of 2007, it will host a two hour cocktail reception following the second day of the mandatory MCLE at McCormick Place for members with last names N-Z.
All members at the seminar will receive two drink tickets which can be redeemed for the drink of their choice: beer, wine, pop , water and mixed drinks. The bartenders will also accept cash if you run out of tickets.
* Room E450 (one floor up from where the main seminar room.)
* March 7, 2008 5pm-7pm
Please drink responsibly.
The local has uploaded a new seniority list that it received from Council 31 in Springfield last month. Please take a look at it. If you believe there is an error, please send an explanatory memo to Nik-ki Whitingham, who is now the personnel director, and don’t forget to forward a copy to the union.
The following attorneys recently began employment with our office as assistant public defenders. Each has signed a card to become a full member of the union. Please give them a warm welcome. They are:
CHRISTOPHER J. NOLAN
JENNY E.M. NILSSON
WALTER JOSEPH PAZERA
JENNIFER LYN VAUGHN
JONATHAN SINGH BEDI
Here is the latest talk on the county budget as reported in the Tribune.
There is still no clear answer on whether revenue increases or budget cuts will win out. So we continue to press the Public Defender message with elected officials and others. The Union has spoken with key County Commissioners and others in an attempt to get our message out that any further cuts to this Office cannot be absorbed.