Get to Know Attorney JOHN THOMAS MORAN, JR.

Attorney John Thomas Moran, Jr. worked in law school for a US Congressman and gained both friends and insight into Washington politics. He was an investigator for the National Comm'n on the Causes and Prevention of Violence studying the causes and consequences of the events of the Democratic National Convention in 1968. For approximately 6 months in 1975, John was Acting Director of the Defender Division of the National Legal Aid & Defender Ass'n.

He has always strived to see fairness and simple justice in our legal system and it is a constant battle. Much of John's practice is currently labor and employment law and in January of 2008, he was granted the right and privilege to be counsel to L. 743, Teamsters. John has left that position but enjoyed it greatly. He has worked with members of the IFOP to establish basic rights for members that presently exist only for those covered by federal laws such as First Amendment speech rights and the right to be free from retaliation. John has an important case pending in the 7th Circuit on this very issue.

Published Legal Writing

  • Briefing And Arguing Criminal Appeals: A Manual, Office of the Public Defender of Cook County
  • "Gideon Revisited," American Bar Association (1983)
  • "The Admission of Hypnotically "Refreshed" Identification Testimony Should Be Barred in Criminal Trials," 24 ISBA Criminal Justice, No. 3 (Nov. 1980).
  • Contributor: J. Purver & L. Taylor, Handling Criminal Appeals (Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, 1980)

Legal Lectures

  • Lecturer, Post Conviction Remedies
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, (with Prof. L. Foshio)
  • Organizer/Moderator - IL State Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section's Mid-Year Program
  • Panelist, "Plea Bargaining Reexamined" - a seminar (with eight well-known panelists, including Herbert Miller and Albert Alschuler)
  • Lecturer, Sexual Harassment
  • Illinois State Bar Association (2017)
  • Organizer NLADA Appellate Defender Training Conference
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (1981)
  • Organizer NLADA Annual Conference program on "Hypnosis and Witness Recall"
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico (1979)
  • Instructor, Professor James Haddad's Appellate Advocacy Seminar
  • Northwestern University Law School (1973-78)

AWARDS (In Alphabetical Order)

  • Ford Foundation Grantee - the International Common Law Colloquium (1976)
  • Illinois Ad Hoc Committee on Criminal Justice Standards, chaired by Judge Stephen Schiller
  • Illinois State Bar Association Criminal Justice Council (1977-1984)
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Rating (1993-Present)
  • NLADA Delegate to the Kutak - ABA Ethics Conference (1980)
  • Who's Who in American Law, 3rd & 6th Editions (1994-1995)
  • Who's Who Worldwide (1991)


  • ALRUC (1974-1979)
  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of International Law
  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Cook County Criminal Defense Consortium
  • Board of Directors (1974-76)
  • Criminal Justice Council (1977-1983)
  • Criminal Justice Section
  • Criminal Appeals Subsection (1983)
  • District Court Reform Task Force (2003-11)
  • Federal Defender Panel
  • Member (1981-Present)
  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Illinois Defender Project
  • Board of Directors (1973-76)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (1973-Present)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association - Illinois
  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association (1972-2010)
  • Founder-Member of Its Appellate Council; Member of Its Defender Committee (1982-88)
    Colorado, 1976
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 1973
  • Illinois, 1969
  • 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeal
  • Federal District Courts
  • Central District of Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Southern Districts of Illinois
  • Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois


  • Jurisprudence - Harvard Law School, 1977
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grantee
  • J.D. - Georgetown University Law Center, 1968
  • A.B. Cum Laude - University of Notre Dame, 1965
  • Ford Foundation Grantee - the International Common Law Colloquium (1976)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Criminal Justice Council (1977-1984)
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Rating (1993-Present)
  • NLADA Delegate to the Kutak - ABA Ethics Conference (1980)
  • Who's Who in American Law, 3rd & 6th Editions (1994-1995)

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