Dear Community Leaders:

The Illinois Judicial Council (“IJC”), founded in 1983, is an organization comprised primarily, but not exclusively of African American judges and hearing officers. It has dedicated itself to bridging the gap between the judiciary and the community through educational dialogues regarding the legal system.

Since 1999, the Illinois Judicial Council Foundation (“IJCF”), our not-for profit entity, has funded numerous scholarships, totaling in excess of $100,000.00, to minority and other deserving law school students throughout Illinois and beyond. The IJC Scholarship Committee has the task of selecting worthy recipients. The IJC Scholarship Committee uses the following criteria for awarding multiple $4000 scholarships and one (1) $5000 scholarship: (1) proven ability to overcome obstacles; (2) financial need; (3) community involvement; (4) application materials; (5) academic achievement; and (6) a personal interview.

The IJC would greatly appreciate your assistance in identifying minority law students deserving of these scholarships. An electronic copy of the application packet may be obtained at or by sending an email request to

We request that you duplicate it as necessary and make it available to your constituents. The deadline for the application is June 7, 2019. Interviews will be tentatively held between June 17, 2019, and June 28, 2019.

Thank you in advance for your help in this matter. Please feel free to contact Justice Shelvin Louise Marie Hall at or 312-793-5438 if you have any questions.

Very truly yours,

Justice Shelvin Louise Marie Hall
Chair, IJC Scholarship Committee

cc: Justice Cynthia Y. Cobbs
IJC Chair