Author Archives: lorilevin

Author Archives: lorilevin

Women’s History Month posts

Every year, I honor female trailblazers on my professional Facebook page. Won’t you join me in reading about those leaders, some historical and others contemporary? Check it out at Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 312-767-2356 [email protected]

Local Chef Cooks Up Detainee Re-Entry Program

Recently, along with friends from the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, I had the pleasure of dining at Tocco, 1266 N. Milwaukee, Chicago and meeting with its owner Bruno Abate. Chef Abate, not only runs a wonderful restaurant but also is the creator of a successful prisoner reentry program at the Cook County Department […]

Lori G. Levin Named Illinois Criminal Defense Super Lawyer

I am humbled and honored to be named once again as an Illinois Criminal Defense Super Lawyer. The 2017 designation is an honor that is publicized not only on the Super Lawyer site but will also be published in Chicago magazine. I am grateful to my fellow attorneys for nominating me. Lori G. Levin Attorney […]

Speaking engagement on mental health issues and guardianship proceedings

It was my pleasure to have spoken to the Mental Health and Disability Committee of the Chicago Bar Association regarding the relationship between mental health law cases and guardianship proceedings. Although for some Cook County respondents, these cases may be mutually exclusive, for others there is a clear nexus in proceedings in the County Division […]

New Illinois Plea Admonishments Outline Some Collateral Consequences of Pleading Guilty

Last week, Illinois’ Governor signed into law a change in how persons pleading guilty to criminal offenses are admonished. Public Act 82-553 amends 725 ILCS 5/113-4 to require that the court must admonish a defendant pleading guilty to many of the collateral consequences attendant to that plea. The new law states that “(i)f the defendant […]

New Illinois Sentencing Law Regarding Some Prison Sentences

As of January 1, Illinois judges will have to specifically justify sentencing an offender, who has never received probation or conditional discharge, to prison or periodic imprison for Class 3 or Class 4 felonies that statutorily allow for a sentence of probation or conditional discharge. Last week, Illinois’ governor signed Public Act 99-0861 into law […]

Lori G. Levin Moderates Panel on Cook County’s Mental Health Court

Yesterday, I moderated a continuing legal education program for the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois on Cook County’s Mental Health Court. The Honorable LeRoy K. Martin, Jr., Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division; The Honorable Lauren Edidin, Mental Health Court Judge, Second Municipal Division, and The Honorable Lawrence P. Fox (Ret.), Director of Specialty Courts, […]

2016 Leading Lawyer

I am honored and humbled to have been chosen once again an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the area of Criminal Defense: Felonies and Misdemeanors. This honor is one bestowed by my peers in the Illinois bar. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 [email protected]  

Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, I am once again posting re extraordinary women. Check out my “professional” Facebook page to see these posts at Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 [email protected]

Cook County Jail to Close Three Divisions

On Friday, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced building closures at the Cook County Department of Corrections. In a press release,, the Sheriff announced the closings of Divisions 3 and 17, which house primarily female offenders and the initiation of the closing of maximum security Division 1. The Sheriff’s Office indicated that the […]

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