Monday, May 19, 2008

Chief Justice of the llinois Supreme Court Thomas Fitzgerald - Leo Class of 1959! Fact Non Verba, Chief Justice

Congratulations to Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald of the Illinois Supreme Court!

Chief Justice Fitzgerald is a Class of 1959 Alumnus of Leo High School and a member of the Leo High School Hall of Fame.

Here's more from the Illinois Supreme Court Website:

Thomas R. Fitzgerald attended Loyola University before enlisting in the United States Navy. Following his tour of duty in the Navy, he graduated with honors from The John Marshall Law School, where he was a founder of the school’s current law review and served as the law review’s associate editor.

The son of a circuit court judge, Justice Fitzgerald began his own career in the law as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. When first elected to the bench in 1976, he was the youngest Cook County Judge. He served as a trial judge in the Criminal Court from 1976 to 1987 when he was assigned Supervising Judge of Traffic Court. In 1989 he returned to the Criminal Division as Presiding Judge. He was also appointed to serve as presiding judge of Illinois’ first statewide Grand Jury. He was elected to the Supreme Court of Illinois for the First District in 2000.

Justice Fitzgerald has been awarded the Outstanding Judicial Performance Award by the Chicago Crime Commission and honored as Celtic Man of the Year by the Celtic Legal Society. He received the Herman Kogan Media Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. The Lawyers’ Assistance Program honored him in 2000 with the Hon. John Powers Crowley Award. He is the 2001 recipient of The John Marshall Law School Freedom Award. In 2003, Justice Fitzgerald was awarded the Joel Flaum Award by the Chicago Inn of Court and the Chicago-Kent College of Law Professional Achievement Award. In 2005, Justice Fitzgerald was named Catholic Lawyer of the Year by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago. He is a member of the Leo High School Hall of Fame.

As a law professor, Justice Fitzgerald has taught at The John Marshall Law School and Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was assistant coordinator of the trial advocacy program from 1986 to 1996. He also has taught at the Einstein Institute for Science, Health and the Courts.

Justice Fitzgerald has served as president of the Illinois Judges’ Association, chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Special Committee on Capital Cases, member of the Governor’s Task Force on Crime and Corrections, chairman of several committees of the Illinois Judicial Conference, member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Board of Managers and past chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s committees on constitutional law and long-range planning.

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