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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 […]

Spreading the Word on Juvenile Justice Developments

Yesterday, I was honored to discuss juvenile justice developments on WVON radio with host Cliff Kelley and University of Chicago Professor Randolph Stone. We discussed President Barack Obama’s Op Ed piece in the Washington Post,, where he announced the ban on solitary confinement of juveniles in federal custody. We also discussed the United States […]

New Illinois Law Provides Different Criteria for Sentencing Those Under 18 Years of Age

The new year brought changes in mandatory considerations in the imposition of sentences of individuals who commit offenses when they are under the age of 18. The new law, 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-105 mandates judges to consider new additional factors in mitigation in determining the appropriate sentence. These factors take into account the differences between persons […]

Lori G. Levin Named as Illinois Super Lawyer Once Again

I am humbled and honored to have been selected again as an Illinois Super Lawyer in the field of Criminal Defense. I am grateful that I have received this accolade from my peers. The listing may be found at It will also be available in print and as an insert in Chicago magazine. Lori […]

Yet Another Happy Client

It thrills me when my clients value my services. I work hard for them and it is always great to be appreciated. Here is another 5 star review that a client posted today: “Having a lawyer can really be a double-edged sword – chances are, the circumstances requiring you to retain a lawyer aren’t awesome. […]

Client receives relief in DCFS Administrative Appeal

Today, I received a decision that another of my clients won his administrative appeal challenging the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ finding of neglect. In this case, the administrative law judge found that the evidence did not support a finding that he had medically neglected his child.  He will be removed from DCFS’ […]

Changes in the Illinois Juvenile Court Act

January 1, 2016 will bring significant changes to how juveniles charged with crimes are handled under Illinois law. Public Act 99-0258,, raises the age of juveniles from 15 to 16 who are automatically prosecuted as adults for the offenses of first degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, or aggravated battery with a firearm where […]

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