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Daniel P. Ward

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice


Daniel P. Ward was born in Chicago on August 30, 1918. He attended parochial schools in Chicago and Oak Park and received his secondary education at Marmion Military Academy in Aurora, Illinois. He attended St. Viator College and graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 1941 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar the same year. Before his service with the United States Army in World War II, he served as Assistant Professor of Law at Southeastern University, Washington, D.C. and later was engaged in the private practice of law. He was assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. Justice Ward was Dean and Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law from 1955 until 1960, when he was elected State’s Attorney for Cook County. He served as State’s Attorney until 1966 when he became a member of the Illinois Supreme Court. He served as Chief Justice of the Court from 1976 to 1979. His memberships included the Chicago, Illinois, Federal, and American Bar Associations. He served as a member of the American Bar Association Committee on Free Trial – Free Press at its formation following the issuance of the Warren Report. He died April 23, 1995.