James Doherty Papers (Coll. 37)
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The James Doherty Papers reflect Doherty's career as a legal professional, especially as assistant Public Defender (1956-1972/1986-1997) and as Public Defender (1972 -1986) of Cook County, Illinois. The collection includes Doherty's files for cases where he was defense attorney, as well administrative records of the Cook County Public Defender's Office. Doherty wrote extensively during his lifetime, and manuscripts and working papers for several books are included, two relating to cases where he was defense attorney. The Papers also reflect Doherty's work as a lecturer on trial practice and procedure. Doherty taught courses and lectured at law schools in and around Chicago, and he was a Fellow of the National College of Criminal Defense Lawyers. His papers document these "extra professional" activities, and also included are the working papers for Ready For Trial Your Honor, a manual or handbook for trial lawyers. A copy of the published book is contained in the collection. Doherty collected newspaper clippings, scholarly articles, legal decisions, etc., all pertaining to various legal issues and case precedents. These are scattered throughout the collection, and most form part of the series on professional activities (see below). Outside of his professional life, Doherty was a chaplain of the American Legion. The Papers include eulogies and other information pertaining to that aspect of his life. There are also segments of short stories authored by Doherty, and jokes and witticisms. Finally, the collection documents Doherty's personal life including correspondence, articles about health issues, and information about his family and home life.
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