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LIVE - Operation Greylord Revisited: An Insider's Perspective CLE Program

Part of the “Judicial Independence: The Bulwark of our Democracy –
Celebrate Our Past, Defend It Today” IJA Morning Program
Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Judges Association
Complimentary Program

Illinois State Library
300 S. Second Street, Rooms 403/404, Springfield
Thursday, May 9, 2024
CLE Program: 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Complimentary Lunch: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

2.0 hours MCLE credit, including 2.0* hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit in the following category: Professionalism, Civility, Legal Ethics, or Sexual Harassment Prevention credit

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Terrence Hake as he describes how the FBI, IRS, U.S. Postal Service, Chicago Police Department, and Illinois State Police all worked together under “Operation Greylord” to root out judicial corruption in Cook County during the 1980s. An overview of pension fund solvency and retirement benefits is also provided by Judge VandeWiele.

Program Coordinators:
Hon. Donald D. Bernardi (ret.), Normal
Hon. John P. Coady (ret.), Taylorville

9:30 – 9:35 a.m. Welcome and Introductions (No MCLE credit)
Hon. David K. Overstreet, Illinois Supreme Court, President – Illinois Judges’ Association, Mt. Vernon

9:35 – 10:05 a.m. Retirement Benefits Updates (No MCLE credit)
Join us for an update on the pension fund and retirement benefits by Judge Mark VandeWiele prior to the CLE program.
Hon. Mark A. VandeWiele (ret.), Rock Island

10:05 – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Operation Greylord Revisited: An Insider’s Perspective*
(2.0 hours MCLE credit, including 2.0* hour Professionalism Responsibility MCLE credit)
Listen as Terrence Hake recounts how he worked undercover for the FBI during the 1980s by posing as a corrupt prosecutor accepting bribes from attorneys and, later, as an attorney in private practice making payoffs to Cook County judges and court personnel for the dismissal of cases. The investigation, known as “Operation Greylord,” resulted in bribery and tax charges being filed against 103 judges, lawyers, and other court personnel, and is one of the FBI’s most successful undercover investigations. Mr. Hake has lectured extensively to business professionals, attorneys, and law students across the country concerning the ethical lessons learned from Greylord. Join us for this interesting and historical program that examines:
  • The ethical lessons learned from Operation Greylord;
  • How one ethical dilemma was resolved; and
  • How attendees can use this information in the future when making ethical decisions.
Terrence Hake, Attorney at Law, Winnetka

12:15 – 1:15 – Lunch Provided for CLE Program Attendees
Illinois State Museum Atrium

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval

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Program Information

  • Please Note: MCLE credit is available to registrants only on the day of this live event – and you must attend the entire program to earn MCLE credit. All registrants will receive access to a recording of the event a few days after the program, but credit is NOT available for the recording.
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