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Law Day with Cook County Judge John White

Posted by Joseph M. Fagan | May 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

Do y'all remember Judge John White? He was the judge who made it a point to remind us all that our courts function to protect our constitutional rights.

I'll share another memory of Judge White.

It was a beautiful morning, early spring, a misdemeanor criminal court call in a Cook County suburb of Chicago. In the courtroom are 50 or 60 defendants, their companions, some witnesses, cops, 2 or 3 prosecutors, a public defender and several private lawyers.

Court is called to order, and Judge White takes the bench, making his usual remarks. It's showtime, and the call is about to begin. But not on this day. Not just yet.

Judge White holds forth:

Ladies and Gentlmen, today is May 1. For much of history, May Day was a celebration of springtime. In the communist world, particularly behind the Iron Curtain, May Day was chosen to be “International Worker's Day”, a day not in celebration of the season, but a day to recall the Soviet revolution which resulted in the enslavement of millions under a totalitarian regime where law was a weapon to be used at the whim of the government. Here in the United States, May 1 is officially recognized as Law Day, a day to honor the rule of law as the foundation of our society and the freedom and rights we all enjoy. I see that we have several lawyers present in the court this morning, and I'm sure that they have reflected on this Law Day and its significance. I'm also sure that they would like to share their thoughts on the occasion. Mr. Fagan, let's start with you!

Um.....thanks, your honor, Thanks indeed.

About the Author

Joseph M. Fagan

Joseph M. Fagan attended the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, and obtained his Juris Doctor from DePaul University Law School in Chicago.  Joseph was Admitted to practice in Illinois in 1969; Florida in 1975; admitted before the Federal Court in the Northern District of Illinois in 1969, and Central District in 1995; and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1980. He served as a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney for 7 years. Joseph is married to Iris Fagan and father to four sons, including attorneys Steven Fagan and Jeffery Fagan, and grandfather to three children. He has been an attorney for over 40 years. Joseph M. Fagan has defended thousands of misdemeanor and felony criminal and DUI matters, and is one of the most widely respected names in criminal and DUI defense in the Chicago area.

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