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United States District Court
Northern District of Illinois

Judge John F. Grady

Chambers:(312) 435 - 5848

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

DATE OF APPOINTMENT
November 21, 1975

ENTERED ON DUTY
January 5, 1976

CHIEF JUDGE
July 1, 1986 - June 30, 1990

  • Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Illinois, 1956-61 (Chief, Criminal Division, 1960-61);

  • Private practice, Waukegan, Illinois, 1961-1976; single practitioner specializing in trial work 1963-1976;

 

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS / PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Member, Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, since November 1992.

Member, United States Judicial Conference Committee on Criminal Law (1982-87);

Member, United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules (1984-90, chairman 1987-90).

Member, National State-Federal Judicial Council (1990-92).

Member, Federal Judicial Center Bench Book Committee (1988-93)

Member and Chairman of Grievance Committee, Illinois State Bar Association (1961-73);

Chairman, Illinois State Bar Association Committee on Revision of Grievance Procedures (1970-72);

Member, United States Attorney General's Committee on Poverty and Administration of Criminal Justice (1961-63);

Co-Chairman, Illinois State Bar Association-Chicago Bar Association Joint Committee on Grievance Procedures and Financing (1971-73);

Member, Illinois State Bar Association Committee on Code of Professional Responsibility (1970-75);

Member, Illinois State Bar Association Assembly (1972-76);

Member, Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions (Civil)(1957-72);

Member, Illinois Supreme Court Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (1973-76);

Member, Lake County, Illinois, Bar Association Board of Governors (1963-76);

Member, Committee on Punitive Damages, Litigation Section, American Bar Association (1983-86);

Publications

"Discovery in Criminal Cases," University of Illinois Law Forum, Winter 1959;

"Poverty and the Administration of Federal Criminal Justice," Michigan State Bar Journal, July 1963;

"Some Ethical Questions About Percentage Fees," 2 Litigation, No. 4, p. 20 (Summer 1976);

"Trial Lawyers, Litigators and Clients' Costs," 4 Litigation, No. 3, p. 5 (Spring 1978);

"A Few Suggestions for Better Communication With the Jury," 6 Litigation, No. 1, p. 5 (Fall, 1979);

"Finding Our Way Through the Discovery Jungle," 21 Judges Journal, No. 4 (1982);

"The Unsteady Triumvirate," 63 Notre Dame Law Rev. 830 (1988).

"Reasonable Fees: A Suggested Value-Based Analysis for Judges," 184 F.R.D. 131 (1999).

EDUCATION

  • B.S., Northwestern University School of Liberal Arts, 1952.

  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1954

PERSONAL:

Born:
Chicago, Illinois, on May 23, 1929