As a practicing attorney, it has been
written – William Hooks can be your best
friend or worst enemy. It’s all a matter of time, place and the circumstances
of your encounter. On August 3, 2008, when the Illinois Supreme Court swore
in William H. Hooks as a Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County at Large, Hooks
ceased to operate in "Best Friend or Worst Enemy" mode.
Judge William H. Hooks, a retired Marine
Corps Lieutenant Colonel with experience that spans more than a quarter century
and includes work as an intelligence officer, law school adjunct professor,
prosecutor, judge advocate, civil litigator, Cook County Special State’s
Attorney, and Criminal Defense Counsel, has a reputation as one of Chicago’s
toughest lawyers. Hooks has defended persons and/or companies facing grand jury
investigations, felonies and misdemeanors in the state and federal courts
involving a myriad of charges ranging from street crimes, to a full array of
white collar, blue collar and no collar matters.
Hooks Law Offices successfully advocated on
behalf of lawyers, investment professionals, judges, athletes, civil rights
activists, business owners, corporations, medical professionals, and others. An
overwhelming number of Hooks’ clients were referred to him from other lawyers
and judges. His former courtroom adversaries often recommended Hooks for their
relatives, friends and even retained Hooks for themselves when trouble knocked.
Chicago Magazine featured him as one of Chicago’s “30
Tough Lawyers.” N’DIGOMagazine branded Hooks in its annual Dr.
King issue, in the article, “Attorney Bill Hooks: A Lawyer’s Lawyer with a Few
Things to Say.” One of his winning closing arguments is featured in ten
sections of the esteemed Steins Closing
Hooks was the first African-American
president of Chicago’s Federal Bar Association, and is a past president of the
Cook County Bar Association, the oldest African American Bar Association in
America. He is frequently a legal commentator for radio, television, bar groups,
community, and other audiences.
Judge Hooks has received a number of
awards and recognitions as both a lawyer and as a judge. As a judge some of his most recent honors
have included the Law Day USA, Liberty Bell Award (2011); the Phi Alpha Delta Honorable
Justice Mary McMorrow Distinguished Service to the Profession Award (2012); and
the United States Marine Corps, Recruiting Command Birthday Ball Guest of Honor
and Keynote Speaker Award (2012).
Judge Hooks is also a statutory member
of the Cook County Board’s Justice Advisory Council. In that appointment Hooks recently organized
and chaired the Steering Committee tasked with the renaming of the Cook County
Criminal Courts Building in honor of Judge George N. Leighton.
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Judge
Hooks to two other positions to assist the Court. He now serves on the Illinois
Courts Commission, where he hears matters as a member of the court of
last resort after actions against judges and justices have been heard by the
Illinois Judicial Board. He also sits as a member of the Courts' Illinois
Judicial Conference on its Criminal Law and Probation Committee.
With Hooks' advocate role
on a hanger and with his black judicial robe fully activated, he remains a
friend of social justice and equal protection under the law. He also
remains an enemy of injustice, bias and prejudice in our civil and criminal
justice systems. Judge Hooks is now assigned to the Criminal Division of the
Circuit Court of Cook County where he presides over felony matters.
The Honorable William Hooks is the guest speaker for the Muslim Bar Association of Chicago's December dinner meeting (12/20/12 @ 6pm | Downtown Islamic Center, 231 S. State Street, Chicago, IL).
Judge William H. Hooks sits as a judge assigned to the felony Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He has been licensed by the Illinois Supreme Court for nearly 30 years. After being appointed to a countywide vacancy in 2008, Hooks was elected to a six-year term in 2010. In July 2011, Hooks was appointed to a four-year term on the Cook County Judicial Advisory Council. He is a former president of the Cook County Bar Association and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He currently sits on the Executive Board of the Illinois Judicial Council. (click here for a more detailed biography of Judge William Hooks).
What: Muslim Bar Association Dinner Meeting
Topic: Muslim Americans, America's Newest Targets of Disrespect
When: Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 6PM
Where: Downtown Islamic Center (lower level), 231 S. State Street, Chicago, IL
Cost: $20/person | $12/per law student (law school ID required at event)
RSVP: Online Payment serves as RSVP
Our occasional dinner events are always a lot of fun! The December meeting featuring Judge Hooks will also be very thought-provoking as Judge Hooks discusses the challenge of American Muslims to assert our civil rights in America from his unique personal and professional perspective.
A Continuing Legal Education program designed to introduce important but often misunderstood areas of the law to beginning and mid-level attorneys.
Did you ever want to learn the essentials of corporate law or real estate transactions but were never exposed to them or had the opportunity?
Are you a general practitioner that wants to expand your client portfolio to include potential employers as clients?
Are you a seasoned attorney with a law firm and need a refresher course on employment issues or real estate ?
Do existing or potential clients ask you about the differences between immigrant and non-immigrant visas?
Do you need to satisfy some MCLE credits, including the ethics component?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this program is perfect for you.
The MBA’s inaugural CLE program will focus on practical aspects of real estate, employment, and corporate transactional practice that are often not taught in law school. There will also be a section on the salient features of immigration law. This program will be most beneficial to new and mid-level attorneys who are in solo or small firm practice settings. But it can also serve as a refresher course for seasoned attorneys in real estate, corporate, employment practice. The four topics to be covered have been chosen in order to provide attorneys to learn or review the basics of business transactional practice. There will also be a special section on ethics and professionalism, which is an MCLE requirement. The Program is listed below.
9:00 –9:45 Nuts and Bolts of Real Estate Transactions
R. Kymn Harp, Robbins, Saloman & Patt
10:00 – 10:45 Nuts and Bolts of Employment Practice
Jeremy Glenn, Meckler Bulger & Tilson
11:00 – 11:45 Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Transactions
R. Kymn Harp, Robbins, Saloman & Patt
Noon Lunch (on your own) & Dhuhr Salaat
1:30 to 2:15 Introduction to Immigration (Recent Developments)
Fazila Vaid, Masuda Funai
2:30 to 3:00 Ethics and Professionalism
Tracy L. Kepler, Illinois ARDC
There will be ample time for questions after each session.