Please join us to celebrate Law Day 2015!
The Liberty Bell award and Legal Assistance’s Pro Bono awards will be presented and will end with the keynote speaker Justice Anne Burke.
LeJardin at Cantigny Park in Wheaton
(entrance on Winfield & inform parking attendant you are attending DCBA event)
Pricing: $30 per Ticket
11:15am BUFFET LUNCH
11:45am - 1:00pm PROGRAM
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Justice Anne M. Burke
Throughout her long career in public service as a children’s advocate and legal professional,
Justice Anne M. Burke of the Illinois Supreme Court’s First Judicial District has endeavored to
provide a voice to society’s most fragile citizens. She was appointed to the Supreme Court on July 6, 2006 and was elected in 2008. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Justice Burke was appointed to the Appellate Court in 1995 and was elected the following year to the Appellate bench where she served until July 5, 2006. Her judicial career began earlier, in 1987, with an appointment to the Illinois Court of Claims by Governor Jim Thompson. As the first woman to serve in that court, she was later reappointed by Illinois Governor Jim Edgar.
Before her appointment to the judiciary, Justice Burke was a leading advocate on behalf of
Chicago’s most vulnerable of young people. As a physical education teacher with the Chicago Park District, she worked with children with disabilities. Out of that experience, she went on to co-found the Chicago Special Olympics in 1968. She later served as a director of that organization as it grew to become the International Special Olympics represented in more than 170 countries.
Upon graduating from Maria High School in 1962 Justice Burke received a college scholarship from the Chicago Park District which she used to enroll in a physical education program at George Williams College. As part of the scholarship, she worked part-time at the Chicago Park District. Upon learning that George Williams College would be moving, Burke put her college career on hold and began working full-time for the Park District where she volunteered for a new pilot program being funded by the Kennedy Foundation. She began teaching physical education to mentally and physically disabled children and young adults at West Pullman Park. In 1967 Justice Burke left the local park to work in the administrative office of the Chicago Park District. It was here that she developed the proposal to obtain funding for her idea of a city-wide Special Olympics competition.
Burke returned to college in 1973 at the DePaul University School for New Learning. Following her graduation from there in 1976, Burke received her Juris Doctor in 1983 from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Upon her admission to the bar, she began a neighborhood law practice that included representing the interests of children and families on matters of neglect, abuse, delinquency and parental custody. There, she developed a very diverse criminal and civil practice.
Justice Burke is married to Chicago Alderman Edward M. Burke and they have five children,
Edward Jr., Jennifer, the late Emmett, Sarah and Travis, and nine grandchildren.
Civic and Professional Involvement
Before serving on the Illinois Appellate Court, Justice Burke provided in-depth leadership in
reshaping and improving the Illinois juvenile justice system. Governor Jim Edgar appointed her Special Counsel for Child Welfare Services, and made her a member of his Legislative Committee on Juvenile Justice. As Special Counsel, Burke initiated significant reforms in the Cook County juvenile justice system which resulted in the enhancement of child protective services. This was brought about by establishing a more unified coordination and cooperation among the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, city and county law enforcement agencies, as well as other governmental bodies charged with the protection of children.
As a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Justice Burke serves on the Illinois Courts
Commission, the Special Commission on the Administration of Justice, and the Board of
Admissions to the Bar. She is also a frequent speaker and panelist before many civic and local Bar Associations. For more than two years, serving as Interim Chair, she directed the efforts of the National Review Board of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops investigating the causes and effects of the clerical sexual abuse scandal and helped to establish guidelines and policies for effectively responding to this scandal. She currently serves on the Executive Steering Committee of Kennedy Forum Illinois. She is a Dame of the Sovereign Order of Malta and a Dame Commander of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.