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James A. Dooley

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice

James A. Dooley was born in Chicago, August 7, 1914. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1937. He was educated at Loyola University, AB cum laude, 1935; Loyola University, JD, 1937; Clarke College, LL.D. (honorary), 1951. He was Chairman, Board of Trustees, Clarke College, beginning in 1955; member, Board of Trustees, Clark College, beginning in 1964; admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, U.S. District Court (Illinois). He was elected to the Supreme Court of Illinois in December 1976, succeeding Justice Walter V. Schaefer, where he served until his death on March 5, 1978. Justice Thomas E. Kluczynski was appointed to fill his vacancy upon his death, until the next general election, at which time he was succeeded by Justice Seymour Simon. Justice Dooley was a member of the American and Illinois State Bar Associations (delegate of Illinois State Bar Association to International Congress of Comparative Law, Paris, France, 1954); Chicago Bar Association (member, Board of Managers, 1957-58); Association of Trial Lawyers (Fellow, Director, 1954, President, 1960); Association of Trial Lawyers of America (President, 1953-54); Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1951-55); Law Science Academy (President, 1959-60); editor, Trial Magazine, 1973-74; Society of Trial Lawyers, 1960; and the International Academy of Law and Science, 1958. He was affiliated with the Democratic party. Justice Dooley was awarded the Medal of Excellence in 1967 by Loyola Law School Alumni. He was recipient of the Gold Medal Award of Law Science Academy of America, 1970; and Founders Day Award, Loyola University, 1975. He was a former annual lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, Northwestern University School of Law, Loyola University Law School and DePaul University Law School and was a frequent contributor to various law reviews and legal publications.