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Chief Judge Evans names blue ribbon committee to help him select new director for juvenile detention center
Chief Judge plans to name new director by September 30, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Special to
by Chief Judge Timothy Evans

Press Release

For Immediate Release


Chief Judge Evans names blue ribbon committee to help him select

new director for juvenile detention center

Chief Judge plans to name new director by September 30, 2014

CHICAGO, IL September 10, 2014 – As part of his plans for the orderly transition of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center from a federal court appointed administrator to his office, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans has established the Circuit Court of Cook County Committee on the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The committee is charged with recommending to the Chief Judge a list of finalists from among 45 individuals who applied to the Office of the Chief Judge for the position of executive director of the JTDC.

“Our children deserve the best and the brightest individual as the next executive director of the JTDC so I have asked those who are among the best and the brightest in their respective fields to spearhead the selection process,” said Chief Judge Evans. He added, “Each member of the committee has a distinguished history as a progressive thinker committed to justice and reform. I have full confidence in the members’ abilities to provide guidance that will best serve the children and the mission of the juvenile court system.”

Evans added that he plans to name the new executive director by the end of September and that the transition of the JTDC from the federal court’s transitional administrator to his office is expected to begin shortly thereafter.

The Circuit Court of Cook County Committee on the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center is made up of the following individuals from the fields of juvenile justice, medical and mental health, law, education, labor and employment, and includes elected officials and the judiciary:

1.Carl C. Bell, M.D., Committee Co-Chair: staff psychiatrist at Jackson Park Hospital’s Outpatient Family Practice Clinic and the Psychosis Program of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine; renowned author; M.D., Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee.

2.Richard R. Boykin: partner, Barnes and Thornburg, LLP, specializing in government relations, appropriations, health care, education and municipal advocacy; running unopposed for Cook County Commissioner, First District, in the November 4, 2014, General Election; former chief of staff to U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis; J.D. University of Dayton Law School.

3.Beverly J. Butler, Ed.D.: special assistant to Chief Judge Evans in the transition of the JTDC to Office of the Chief Judge; former Chicago Public School teacher and administrator; Ed.D. from Northern Illinois University, M.A. in Education Administration and Supervision from DePaul University.

4.Frances G. Carroll, Ed.D.: retired Chicago Public School teacher and administrator; equal education activist; former trustee, Board of Trustees at the University of Illinois; Ed.D. from University of Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida; master’s degree in education from Chicago State University.

5.Eugene Griffin, J.D., Ph.D.: director of research for the ChildTrauma Academy and lead developer of the Mental Health Training Curriculum for Juvenile Justice for the MacArthur Foundation/Models for Change and the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice; retired, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University; J.D. from Northwestern University.

6.Edward Harrison: retired president and chief executive officer of the National Commission on Correction Health Care, a non-profit that is the recognized standards-setting body for correctional health care which provides independent accreditation of correctional health services; served on numerous national committees and expert panels of federal agencies and has spoken and written extensively on public health and correctional matters; master’s degree from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

7.Marisel A. Hernandez: partner, Jacobs Burns Orlove & Hernandez, specializing in labor and employment issues; Chicago Board of Elections Commissioner; former trial attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Chicago, Illinois,; former trial attorney, National Labor Relations Board, New York, New York, and Chicago, Illinois; J.D. from New York University School of Law; M.A. in Public Policy and Administration, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

8.Samuel V. Jones: professor, The John Marshall Law School, in contract, alternative dispute resolution, criminal law, employment law, and human trafficking: J.D. from Texas Southern University; LL.M. from Columbia Law School.

9.James D. Montgomery, Sr.: managing partner, James D. Montgomery & Associates, Ltd., specializing in criminal and civil rights cases; lead counsel onthe landmark civil rights case, Hampton v. Hanrahan; former assistant United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Chicago corporation counsel under Mayor Harold Washington; trustee, University of Illinois Board of Trustees; fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers; J.D. from the University of Illinois Law School.

10.Michael J. Rohan: retired director of Circuit Court of Cook County’s Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department; during his 20 year tenure, the department was recognized as a national leader in promoting systemic justice system reform; retired interim director of the Juvenile Court Clinic for Forensic Clinical Services, Circuit Court of Cook County; instructor/lecturer for Loyola University, Chicago Police Academy, University of Illinois at Chicago and the Annie E. Casey Foundation; M.S. in Industrial Relations, Loyola University; M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration, University of Illinois.

11.Sister Catherine M. Ryan, O.S.F.: executive director, Maryville Academy, City of Youth; former chief of the Cook County’s State’s Attorney Juvenile Justice Bureau; J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law; M.B.A. from DePaul University.

12.Bryan H. Samuels: executive director, Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, a nonprofit research and policy organization which focuses on improving the well-being of vulnerable children and youth, fam

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