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Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers honors lawyers Nov 17

November 17 @ 6:00 pm

Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers honors lawyers Nov 17

IACDL on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the University Club in Chicago for our Annual Dinner and celebration of the Criminal Defense Community in Illinois.

This year we will be Honoring Robert Gevirtz of Chicago, IL with our Lifetime Achievement Award.

We will also present Flint Taylor with our 2017 Promotion of Social Justice Award.

Please come out and celebrate the profession … reconnect with old friends, make new … share war stories and honor some of the best minds in Criminal Defense …

Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Angela Ramage-Wolf, Executive Director

Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Robert “Bob” Gevirtz

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

A lifetime achievement award honors one who is not only an excellent lawyer who has integrity and dedication to our system of criminal justice, but one who has put clients before money or glory or relative comfort ..

Robert “Bob” Gevirtz

                          … is just such a person

He served as a public defender in Cook County for 17 years fighting for the constitutional rights for those who could not pay. He was one of the original members of the famed Homicide Task Force. He fought well, gaining acquittals and lesser sentences at a greater rate than many. He comes into court prepared, respected and with a dedication to what is right and what is fair.

Bob Gevirtz has been a mentor to countless attorneys. This skill propelled him to the position of Second Assistant Public Defender. He continued this path educating young lawyers in the art of Trial Advocacy at law schools around Chicago including Loyola Law School and Chicago-Kent College of Law. He serves as an instructor at the Misdemeanor Clinic at the DePaul College of Law. Gevirtz has participated as an author, instructor and moderator for Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and as a speaker at the Northwestern University Traffic Institute.
Bob Gevirtz is respected and admired by his peers and his contributions to the Criminal Defense Community cannot be measured. His counsel and guidance extends from his fellow attorneys, to young people moved to join the legal community and the numerous clients he has valiantly defended.
The legacy and path of his career is what IACDL’s Lifetime Achievement Award represents. We are proud to present him with this award.

G. Flint Taylor

2017 Promotion of Social Justice Award

G. Flint Taylor is a founding partner of the People’s Law Office in Chicago, an office who has been dedicated to litigating civil rights, police violence, government misconduct, and death penalty cases for 45 years. Among the landmark cases that Mr. Taylor has litigated are the Fred Hampton Black Panther case; the Greensboro, North Carolina case against the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis; the Ford Heights Four case in which four innocent men received a record $36 million settlement for their wrongful conviction and imprisonment; and a series of cases arising from a pattern and practice of police torture and cover-up by former Chicago police commander Jon Burge, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, former State’s Attorney Richard Devine, and numerous other police and government officials, five of which have been settled against the City of Chicago and Cook County for a total of approximately $26 million. He obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for a seven year old boy who was falsely accused by the Chicago Police of the murder of 11 year old Ryan Harris and has represented, and continues to represent, numerous other wrongfully convicted persons who have spent decades in prison and on death row, including Burge torture victims Michael Tillman, Darrell Cannon, Ronald Kitchen, Alonzo Smith, Anthony Holmes, Victor Safforld, Shawn Whirl, and Jackie Wilson, exonerees Randy Steidl, Paul Terry, Ronald Jones, Jerry Miller, Oscar Walden, Lewis Gardner, Paul Phillips, Terrill Swift, and Jonathan Barr, and the first woman jailhouse lawyer in Illinois, Maxine Smith.

        Taylor also played a major role in the George Jones “street files” case that uncovered the unlawful Chicago police practice of keeping one set of files to be produced to defense lawyers while maintaining another secret set of files that often contained exculpatory evidence. This case dramatically changed the criminal discovery process in Cook County and also led to the groundbreaking wrongful prosecution verdict in Jones v. City of Chicago. As a police brutality litigator, he has been instrumental in pioneering and litigating Monell pattern and practice claims against municipalities, particularly in the areas of repeater cops, police discipline, the police code of silence, and domestic violence by police officers. Taylor also played a key role in major litigation brought against the Marion Federal Penitentiary, Stateville and Pontiac prisons in the areas of unconstitutional segregation, cruel and unusual conditions of confinement, and behavior modification.
           Mr. Taylor is a longtime National Lawyers Guild member, a founding editor of the Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Reporter, has extensively written and lectured in the field of civil rights litigation, the FBI’s illegal COINTELPRO program, and police torture, and frequently appears on radio and television and at other public forums to discuss these topics. He has authored five law review articles on these subjects, and his articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, The Nation, In These Times, the Huffington Post, Truthout, and Portside.

Mr. Taylor’s accomplishments and dedication to the criminal justice system is beyond reproach. His successes are legendary and voluminous. Flint Taylor and The People’s Law Office are synonymous with the definition of Social Justice. It is with great pride that the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers honors G. Flint Taylor with our Promotion of Social Justice Award.

2017 Annual Dinner

University Club – 76 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603
Cocktails begin at 6 P.M.   Dinner begins at 7 P.M.


IACDL Members                                  $125.00
Non-Member Public Defenders
 & Judicial Rate                                     $135.00
Non-Member                                        $150.00
At the Door rate                                    $200.00
Member Table                                     $1,200.00
Non-Member Table                             $1,400.00 
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