Today I’d like to thank Chicago lawyer Jack Leyhane, who blogs at “For What It’s Worth,” for adding this blog to his blogroll. Leyhane’s blog features current, in-depth news and analysis on the process of becoming a judge in Illinois that, unfortunately, you won’t find much of in the mainstream media. In this election season, Leyhane’s timely posts on such breaking news as the contested election for chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, the appointment of Illinois appellate justice Mary Jane Theis to replace retiring Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald of the Illinois Supreme Court, and bar association ratings for judicial candidates deserve particular attention.
Leyhane and several others, including two federal district court judges and no fewer than four of the seven sitting justices of the Illinois Supreme Court, provided me with thoughtful, realistic, and specific commentary on how lawyers can best position themselves to become judges in this state for three articles, including the lead article, in the current (September 2010) issue of the Illinois Bar Journal. Leyhane, who has run twice for judge in Cook County, explained to me in detail what a lawyer has to do to prepare for a run for office. It’s time-consuming, tiring, unglamorous, and expensive–but the potential rewards are enormous. I loved hearing and writing about his and my other sources’ stories.
I have some more posts in the works thanking others who have linked to this blog and referenced my work. If you’ve linked to this site and/or included it on your own blogroll, or otherwise referenced my work, please let me know. And please tune in tomorrow for some more thoughts on recent judicial developments in Illinois and some great reading to supplement the MSM and Leyhane’s fine blog.