Belleville at­tor­ney to head Illi­nois crim­i­nal de­fense as­so­ci­a­tion

Belleville News-Democrat (Sunday) - - Insight - BY BETH HUNDSDORFER bhunds­dor­[email protected]

The mo­ments in his ca­reer that Belleville at­tor­ney Justin Kuehn re­mem­bers with pride are the qui­etest.

He re­mem­bered sav­ing the driv­ing priv­i­leges of a sin­gle mother ac­cused of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, say­ing the wo­man needed to get to work to sup­port her chil­dren.

“I still have a let­ter from her in my drawer,” Kuehn said.

Kuehn, 43, re­ceived an­other mo­ment of ca­reer pride. He was elected pres­i­dent of the Illi­nois As­so­ci­a­tion of Crim­i­nal De­fense

Lawyers.

“It’s cer­tainly some­thing I am proud of,” he said.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion mon­i­tors leg­is­la­tion and of­fers con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion classes to de­fense lawyers around the state. One of his goals as pres­i­dent is to of­fer con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion classes on the In­ter­net, Kuehn said.

Kuehn is a 2001 grad­u­ate of South­ern Illi­nois Univer­sity School of Law. He clerked for U.S. District Judges Michael Rea­gan and for­mer Chief Judge G. Patrick Mur­phy. He worked in for de­fense lawyers Jim Gom­ric and now-St. Clair County Cir­cuit Judge John O’Gara, who is also a for­mer pres­i­dent of the IACDL.

He went into prac­tice on his own be­fore be­ing joined by his father, for­mer 5th Ap­pel­late Court Jus­tice Clyde Kuehn.

“I’m am very happy that Justin got in­volved with the IACDL and quickly be­came a leader,” O’Gara said.

“He is an out­stand­ing choice for pres­i­dent and in this role he will con­tinue to be a great ad­vo­cate for the ex­cel­lent rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the ac­cused.”

Justin Kuehn

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