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Richard Dvorak is the owner of Dvorak Law Offices, LLC, in Willowbrook and Chicago, where he concentrates in criminal defense and appeals and civil rights litigation involving police misconduct. He is member of the Advisory Board for First Defense Legal Aid. He authored Cracking the Code: “De-Coding” Colorblind Slurs During the Congressional Crack Cocaine Debates, published in the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. Mr. Dvorak received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Jeffery Facklam is the Chief of the Felony Division of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, in Waukegan, where he focuses on criminal law. He is a member of the Lake County Bar Association and a board member of the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County. Mr. Facklam received his B.S. from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Aaron Goldstein is the Chief of the Civil Division of the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, in Chicago, and concentrates on criminal defense and child welfare law. He is lead counsel for the Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar, a member of the Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel, and one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Mr. Goldstein received his B.A. with distinction from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Iowa.
Keith Grant is the Senior Supervisor for the Lake County Public Defender’s Office in Waukegan, where he concentrates his practice on criminal defense and is responsible for the coordination and litigation of Public Defender complex cases and all training conducted for all employees (legal and otherwise) in the Office. Mr. Grant also coordinates the Public Defender’s Conflict Unit. Previously, he served as the Public Defender’s Office Felony Division Chief and, before that, as the Misdemeanor Division Chief. Before becoming an administrator, Mr. Grant was a line-assistant in the Public Defender’s Office for nearly ten years. He is the President of the Illinois Public Defender Association (2012 – present) and a Past President of the Lake County Bar Association (2014 – 2015) and the Jefferson Inn of Court (2010 – 2011). Mr. Grant received his B.A. from Ripon College and his J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law.
Rachel J. Hess is a sole practitioner in St. Charles, where she concentrates in criminal defense and appeals and has been Conflict Counsel for Kane County since 2004. In addition, she represents clients before the Secretary of State and other administrative agencies. Ms. Hess received her B.S. from Illinois State University, her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law, and her L.L.M. in Information Technology from The John Marshall Law School.
Joshua B. Kutnick, of Kutnick Law, in Chicago, has owned his practice since 2001. He focuses his work on criminal defense, civil rights, and federal criminal defense. He is a member of the Decalogue Society and authored “Defeating the Illinois Eavesdropping Act” (2013). In 2020, Mr. Kutnick presented on the topic of Defending Sex Crimes at the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ annual continuing legal education conference. He received B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Sharmila Manak is the First Assistant, Chief Deputy of the Criminal Division of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, in Waukegan, where she focuses her practice on criminal law. She is a member of the Lake County Bar Association and the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County. She is a licensedBarrister and Solicitor and member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Law Society of British Columbia. Ms. Manak received her undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University and her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Ashleigh M. McKeigue is an assistant public defender at the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, in Markham. She has been with the office for over ten years in various positions and frequently presents to her colleagues on issues involving search and seizure. Ms. McKeigue received her B.S. cum laude from Illinois State University and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, where she was a Georgetown National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Competition championship team member.
Kathleen M. Pantle is a retired Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. She is a former member of the Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions (Criminal) Committee. She is an Alternate Chair of the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission and has served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Commercial Litigation Committee. Judge Pantle received her B.S. from Loyola University Chicago and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Carly R. Patzke is an assistant public defender at the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on criminal defense. She is a member of the West Suburban Bar Association. Ms. Patzke received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Stephen L. Richards is an attorney at the Law Office of Stephen L. Richards, in Chicago. He has been a member of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Screening Committee for the Capital Litigation Trial Bar and is former President of the Illinois Public Defender Association. He has lectured and written extensively on criminal law and the death penalty. Mr. Richards graduated from the University of Chicago and from Brooklyn Law School.
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