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Ms. Joy V. Cunningham

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  • Juris Doctor degree
    John Marshall Law School
  • Bachelor of Science degree
    City University of New York
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Fleming's Hosts Benefit for Supreme Court ..., 26 July 2013 [cached]
Fleming's Hosts Benefit for Supreme Court candidate Joy Cunningham
This evening, Wednesday, February 8, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (25 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611; 312-329-9463) is hosting a benefit for Illinois Supreme Court candidate Joy Virginia Cunningham from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature some of Fleming's fine wines paired with their incredible appetizers and small plates. Several business, philanthropic and community leaders will also be in attendance, and Cunningham will be making a special appearance. Guests will have the opportunity to speak with Cunningham and hear about her experiences and qualifications to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court. Combined with the sophisticated social atmosphere of Fleming's and their delicious food and wine offerings, the evening is sure to be enjoyable.
With more than 35 years of professional experience, Joy Cunningham is an experienced and passionate public servant whose life is dedicated to the welfare and security of her fellow Americans. Her professional life is focused on two of the most important issues of our time-health care and justice. A former critical care nurse and a graduate of John Marshall Law School, Cunningham has enjoyed a long and successful career in the business world. She has served as a Cook County Court Associate Judge, on the Illinois Appellate Court's First District, Second District and the Appellate Court's Executive Committee, and was the first African-American woman to be elected president of the Chicago Bar Association, the largest municipal bar association in the United States.
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Labels:Chicago benefits, Chicago restaurant PR, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Illinois Supreme Court, Joy Cunningham for justice, Joy Virginia Cunningham, Kurman Communications
Joy V. Cunningham to Be Installed as First African-American Woman President of The Chicago Bar Association, 7 June 2004 [cached]
Joy V. Cunningham to Be Installed as First African-American Woman President of The Chicago Bar Association Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Northwestern Memorial Hospital Embraces New Role as 131st President of Largest Metropolitan Bar Association
CHICAGO, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Joy V. Cunningham, senior vice president and general counsel for Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, will be installed as the first African-American female president of The Chicago Bar Association (CBA) on June 24, 2004.Cunningham has had a distinguished and varied career, including service as a Circuit Court Judge.During her one-year term, Cunningham -- also the first corporate counsel to be president -- will focus her energy on several projects, including advocating for mandatory continuing legal education for Illinois lawyers and sponsoring a judicial seminar for state and federal court judges in an effort to improve the Administration of Justice.She is also committed to serving the public by expanding public service and consumer education programs; creating a program called "Computers for Clergy," which will solicit law firms to donate working computers to Chicago-area clergy; and the implementation of regular programming at the William C. Goudy Elementary School, adopted by the CBA in 2003.Cunningham currently brings her experience from the bench to Northwestern Memorial, where she's committed to developing proactive strategies to avoid hospital risk while continuously underscoring the importance of quality initiatives."Joy demonstrates exceptional leadership ability and a propensity for forward thinking," said Gary Mecklenburg, president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.
"Joy is making history by becoming the Chicago Bar Association's first African-American woman president.More importantly, she has been making a difference in people's lives for a long time, and I know she will continue to do so."African-American lawyers were not admitted to the CBA until November 1945 and minority numbers in bar associations didn't start growing substantially until the mid-1980s and 1990s.That's part of why Cunningham feels a moral obligation to serve as president of CBA."As the legal profession becomes more diverse, I believe it's important the leadership reflects that," said Cunningham."I have a responsibility to do the very best I can in this position, because young black lawyers need to recognize that they can be included in the infrastructure of the legal system and have the power to bring about change."Cunningham grew up in New York and worked as a nurse before going to law school in the early 1980s."Ms.Cunningham has proven credentials in the legal and medical communities and her selection as president of the Chicago Bar Association is well-deserved.
Before joining Northwestern, Cunningham most recently served as a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, where she had a diverse assignment including jury trials.She also has served as associate general counsel for Loyola University and Loyola University Health System and was the first African- American woman to serve as an attorney with the law firm of French, Rogers, Kezelis & Kominiarek.She has also served as Assistant Attorney General and as a judicial clerk to Illinois Appellate Justice Glenn Johnson.Cunningham has served on the CBA Board of Managers almost continually since 1995, as a member (95-97), secretary (97-99), treasurer (01-02), second vice president (02-03) and first vice president (03-04).She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Bar Foundation and worked for many years with The CBA Judicial Evaluation Committee.She has authored professional publications and is a member of a number of professional associations, including the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.She has been recognized for her volunteer service to several community organizations including the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, The Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children.She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Network and is a board member of the Center for Conflict Resolution.Cunningham earned her Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and her Bachelor of Science degree from the City University of New York.She is admitted to practice law before the Illinois, New York, Federal and the Federal Trial Bars.Cunningham and her husband, Vance du Rivage, have a son, Jeremy Keith.
Cunningham will be installed as CBA President at The CBA Annual Meeting, Thursday, June 24, 2004, at the Standard Club.
He is unique," said Joy ..., 28 Feb 2014 [cached]
He is unique," said Joy V. Cunningham, senior vice president and general counsel at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Cunningham recommended Mecklenburg for the award and other top female executives at the hospital have backed her nomination.
Gary made this possible," said Cunningham.
CCR - About CCR - Administration, 26 Nov 2012 [cached]
Hon. Joy V. Cunningham First District Appellate Court
KnoxNews: National [cached]
"In many respects this is more sobering and more frightening because there are many more people like this man who could have a similar grudge against a judge," said Chicago Bar Association President Joy Cunningham, a former judge."Many litigants come to court with expectations the system is not able to deliver."
Ross' gripes began in the mid-1990s, after he had been treated for mouth cancer at the University of Illinois at Chicago hospital.Disfigured by the treatment, which left him cancer-free, according to the hospital, he became convinced that he had been the victim of malpractice.
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