Leighton Fellowship Focuses on Prisoners’ Rights

Extending their congratulations to United States District Court Judge George Leighton (ret.)

Extending their congratulations to United States District Court Judge George Leighton (ret.) (third from left) at the June 10 dinner in his honor were (from left), Circuit Court of Cook County Judges Joan Aquino Pucillo (ret.) (JD ’68); Gerald Bender (JD ’68) and Arnette Hubbard (JD ’69).

The John Marshall Law School is establishing the inaugural George N. Leighton Fellowship in the Study of Prisoners’ Rights in 2011, honoring retired United States District Court Judge George N. Leighton for his years of life-long devotion

 

to protecting the rights of clients and citizens, regardless of their station, as well as his many years as an adjunct professor at John Marshall teaching Prisoners’ Rights Law.

The fellowship will be awarded to a recent law school graduate who has a strong interest in constitutional law, research and advocacy. The fellow will explore issues relating to prisoners’ rights and improvements to the criminal justice system. At the end of each year, the fellow will submit an article for publication. The fellow appointment is for two years and begins August 2011.

The fellow will receive a $40,000 stipend for expenses related to research and scholarship. The endowment of the Leighton Fellowship is made possible by generous gifts from Judge Leighton’s many friends and admirers, and alumni and friends of The John Marshall Law School. Donations to the endowment can be made to The John Marshall Law School Foundation. For details contact the foundation at 312.360.2663.

Retired United States District Court Judge George N. Leighton

Retired United States District Court Judge George N. Leighton (second from left) is honored by The John Marshall Law School with the inaugural George N. Leighton Equal Justice Award during ceremonies June 10. The law school also established the George N. Leighton Fellowship for the Study of Prisoners’ Rights in his honor. Joining him are (from left) Jerold Solovy, chairman emeritus of Jenner & Block LLP; Peter Faraci (JD ’96) of Faraci & Faraci; Dean John Corkery; John Lee, president of The John Marshall Law School Foundation.

United States District Court Judge George N. Leighton (ret.) at the celebratory dinner in his honor.

Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans (JD ’69) (left) and John Marshall Law School Associate Dean Rory Smith (center) extend their congratulations to United States District Court Judge George N. Leighton (ret.) at the celebratory dinner in his honor.

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