Illinois

In 2008, the Board of Commissioners of Cook County was threatening to (and ultimately did) fire the chief Public Defender for the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, which provides indigent defense services in Chicago and Cook County, Illinois.  Because it was perceived that the Public Defender was threatened with firing due to his efforts to comply with national standards for indigent defense systems and services, this Resolution was issued. 

Author/Organization: American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD)
Publication Date: 05/02/2008

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Tim Jon Semmerling, PhD, JD

Speaker's Last Name: 
Semmerling
Organization: 
The Mercury Endeavor, LLC
Address
Street: 
711 W. Grand Avenue, Suite 303
City: 
Chicago
State: 
Illinois
Zip Code: 
60654
Phone: 
Office: 312-929-3859; Cell: 817-707-8071
Fax: 
312-929-3136
Email: 
tjs@themercuryendeavor.com
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Areas of Practice:

Capital and Non-Capital Cases; Sex Offender Cases; Foreign Nationals

Jurisdictions:

State and Federal Courts; Military

Years in Practice:

Two (5 Capital Cases; 1 Habeas Case; 2 Non-Capital Cases)

Luli Buxton

Speaker's Last Name: 
Buxton
Organization: 
Private Practice
Address
Street: 
2132 W. Iowa St.
City: 
Chicago
State: 
Illinois
Zip Code: 
60622
Phone: 
Office: 773-383-3826
Email: 
lbuxton43@hotmail.com
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Areas of Practice:  

Capital and Non-Capital Cases

Jurisdictions:

Federal and State Courts; Military

Years in Practice:

Seven (20 Capital Cases; 5 Non-Capital Cases)

Specialties:

Trial Media; Sentencing Videos; Community Analysis; Recipient of the 2002/2003 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award

James Tibensky

Speaker's Last Name: 
Tibensky
Organization: 
Federal Defender Program
Address
Street: 
55 E. Monroe, Suite 2880
City: 
Chicago
State: 
Illinois
Zip Code: 
60603
Phone: 
Office: 312-621-2020
Photo: 

Areas of Practice:

Non-Capital Cases

Jurisdictions:

Northern District of Illinois

Years in Practice:

Twelve (400 Non-Capital Cases)

Specialties:

Experienced Conference Speaker; Recipient of the NASAMS President's Award; Addictions Counselor; Notary Public; Sea Kayak Instructor; Wilderness First Responder 

Betsy Wilson

Speaker's Last Name: 
Wilson
Organization: 
Sentencing Advocacy Group of Evanston
Address
Street: 
1603 Orrington, Suite 800
City: 
Evanston
State: 
Illinois
Zip Code: 
60201
Phone: 
Office: 917-837-2867
Email: 
betsy@sagemitigation.com
Photo: 

Areas of Practice:

Capital and Non-Capital Cases; Sex Offender Cases; Foreign Nationals

Jurisdictions:

Federal and State Courts

Years in Practice:

Twelve (30 Capital Cases; 5 Non-Capital Cases)

Gideon Alert: Illinois reneges on promise to pay county chief public defender salaries

BY David Carroll on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Although there are right to counsel systems that are systemically deficient below the Mason-Dixon line (chiefly Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi), the region of the country most consistently failing to provide constitutionally adequate indigent defense represention is the Rust Belt (starting in upstate New York and continuing through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michig

Edwin A. Burnette

Speaker's Last Name: 
Burnette
Title: 
Vice President, Defender Legal Services
Organization: 
National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Address
Street: 
1140 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 900
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip Code: 
20036
Phone: 
202-452-0620 x221
Fax: 
202-872-1031
Email: 
e.burnette@nlada.org
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Edwin A.