Goldberg Kohn was among several firms publicly recognized and praised for our work on behalf of the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice at its recent annual fundraiser event. Chicago Appleseed, part of a network of 17 offices of National Appleseed, is a highly respected law reform organization associated with the Chicago Council of Lawyers. Goldberg Kohn has supported Chicago Appleseed for a number of years and has recently broadened our support to include pro bono legal work.
Goldberg Kohn completed research and analysis supporting Appleseed's petition to the Illinois Supreme Court to suspend the process of routinely shackling juveniles accused of crimes. If the Illinois Supreme Court acts favorably on this petition, a new rule will be adopted statewide after a comment period. In addition, Goldberg Kohn will soon begin a project with Appleseed investigating the use of Administrative Law Judges in Illinois, which appears to be out of step with the use of ALJs in many other jurisdictions.
As with typical Chicago Appleseed projects and initiatives, these are law reform projects aimed at making the court and related systems better, more fair and more efficient. Appleseed often receives support for its projects and initiatives from court leaders like Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans and the Illinois Supreme Court.
Others law firms honored for their active support of Appleseed were Kirkland & Ellis, DLA, Baker & McKenzie, and Loevy & Loevy.