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Walter V. Schaefer

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice


Walter V. Schaefer was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 10, 1904. He graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago and received his college and legal education at the University of Chicago. He was admitted to the Bar in 1928, engaged in the private practice of law in Chicago for a number of years, and served as Assistant Corporation Counsel of the City of Chicago from 1937 to 1940. From 1940 to 1951, he was a Professor of Law at Northwestern University. From 1949 to 1951, he served as Chairman of the Illinois Commission to Study State Government. In March 1951, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Illinois to fill the vacancy created by the death of the late Francis S. Wilson and was subsequently elected in June of 1951, re-elected in 1960 and retained in 1970. In 1969, he received the American Bar Association Medal for “conspicuous service to the cause of American jurisprudence.” Justice Schaefer died June 15, 1986.