By Gretchen Sperry
Associate, Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP
On March 26, 2014, the Appellate Lawyers Association hosted a special roundtable luncheon honoring the late Justice Patrick J. Quinn, who passed away earlier this year. As in years past, the event was very well attended, with more than 75 ALA members and guests present. Seventeen appellate court justices attended, including Past ALA President and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis. During lunch, the justices shared their unique insight on current issues in appellate law and practice with the attendees.
After lunch, Justice Theis delivered heartfelt remarks in remembrance of Justice Quinn, who was a friend and supporter of the ALA. Justice Theis regarded Justice Quinn as a great legal thinker and scholar who was just coming into his own. He loved to think about important ideas and share those ideas with others through passionate—and often provocative—conversation, as well as through teaching. He was a devoted member of the judiciary whose time came too soon.
The ALA thanks all of the justices for attending this year's luncheon, and we are particularly grateful to Justice Theis for sharing her thoughts and memories of Justice Quinn.
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