Former U.S. Attorney, University of Chicago Law Professor and Four Others Join ACLU of Illinois Board of Directors

CHICAGO - Scott Lassar, the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and University of Chicago Law Professor Adam Cox lead a group of six new members joining the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois Board of Directors for 2009. The forty-four member Board oversees and assists in fundraising for state's largest and most effective civil rights and civil liberties organization.

Along with Mr. Lassar and Professor Cox, other new members of the Board include: civil rights lawyer Brian J. Barrido, Access Living Board Chair Henry Chandler, Jr., Ruth E. Krugly, a partner in the Chicago Office of Schiff Hardin, and, Richard Gleiner, a lawyer in private practice.

"We are so pleased to that these experienced, outstanding individuals joined our Board," said Jill Metz, a lawyer in private practice and President of the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Illinois. "At a time when this organization - and the American people - is committed to working to build an America that we can be proud of again, this incredible group of new Board members will inject new enthusiasm and energy into our work."

Scott Lassar served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1997 until 2001. During that time, he directed a staff of more than 250, and led some of the most noteworthy prosecutions of the time, including investigations into corruption, corporate price-fixing and drug-trafficking. He currently is a partner in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin. Adam Cox is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School. A former clerk on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 2004. His teaching and research interests include voting rights, election law, immigration law and federal jurisdiction and procedure.

"This is truly an impressive class of new Board members," said Colleen K. Connell, Executive Director of the ACLU of Illinois. "We appreciate their willingness to commit their good names, their time and their expertise to our work - work that is vital at this moment in our history."