Author Archives: lorilevin

Author Archives: lorilevin

Lori G. Levin honored as a 2017 Laureate Award Winner

Recently, Lori G. Levin was inducted as a member of the Illinois Academy of Lawyers Class of 2017 Laureate Award winners. The Academy honors lawyers who have established and maintained the highest principles of the profession. To learn more about the Laureate Award, please see https://www.isba.org/awards/laureates. For more about Lori G. Levin and the other […]

Lori G. Levin to Join 2017 Class of Laureate Award Winners

I am humbled and honored to have been chosen as a member of the Academy of Illinois Lawyers’ Class of Laureates for 2017. I am very  grateful to have been nominated and selected to join an incredible group of outstanding attorneys. This is the information that is listed on the Illinois State Bar Association’s announcement […]

United State Supreme Court Allows Attack of Jury Verdict Where Juror Demonstrated Racial Bias

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a jury verdict can be attacked by a showing that one or more jurors exhibited overt racial bias casting serious doubt on the fairness and impartiality of the jury’s deliberations. In Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado (No. 15-606), https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/15-606_886b.pdf, the Court ruled that the case intersected the Court’s decisions […]

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 www.facebook.com/chicagodefense. 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, […]

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