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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 Principal Assistant Public Defender in the Felony Trial Division of the Lake County Public Defender’s Office in Waukegan. He is a member of the Lake County Bar Association. Mr. Facklam received his B.S. in marketing from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Aaron Goldstein is the Attorney Supervisor for the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender in Chicago. He was listed as one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers. Mr. Goldstein received his J.D. with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Keith Grant is the Chief of Special Defense & Professional Development for the Lake County Public Defender’s Office in Waukegan. He is the President of the Illinois Public Defender Association and a Past President of the Lake County Bar Association and the Jefferson Inn of Court. 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 is the owner of Joshua B. Kutnick, Attorney at Law, in Chicago where he focuses on criminal defense. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the CJA Panel – Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Kutnick received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Sharmila Manak is the Chief of the Felony Trial Division of the Lake County Public Defender’s Office in Waukegan. She is a member of the Lake County and South Asian Bar Associations and the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County. She is a licensedBarrister and Solicitor of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Law Society of British Columbia. Ms. Manak received her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Ashleigh M. McKeigue is an assistant public defender with Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender in Markham. She is a member of the South Suburban Bar Association and a volunteer for the Chicago Bar Association’s Wills for Heroes program. Ms. McKeigue received her B.S. cum laude in politics and government 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 Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County and is presently assigned to the Chancery Division, where she has been presiding over cases since January 2007. She is a member of the Illinois Judges Association. 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 with Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender in Chicago. Ms. Patzke received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her law degree from The John Marshall Law School.
Stephen L. Richards is currently in private practice. He has been a member of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Screening Committee for the Capital Litigation Trial Bar. He has also been the 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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