Judge Irwin N. Cohen papers
MSCohe68

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Cohen, Irwin N.
Title
Judge Irwin N. Cohen papers
ID
MSCohe68
Date [inclusive]
1954-1968
Extent
3.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Judge Irwin N. Cohen served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and as Chief Counsel for the City Council Emergency Crime Committee before sitting on the bench in the Cook County Circuit Court. His papers include hearings and abstracts of proceedings from the Chicago City Council Emergency Crime Committee, materials for professional judicial conferences, legal opinions of the Appellate Court Justices of the First District of Illinois, a legal brief, and a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings.

Preferred Citation

Judge Irwin N. Cohen papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Irwin N. Cohen graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1930 and later earned a degree from the Northwestern University School of Commerce. Cohen worked as a capital stock assessor in the legal department of the Illinois Tax Commission from 1936 to 1941 when he returned to private practice. He then served as Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1949 to 1954, briefly holding the position of U.S. Attorney for two months in 1954 before being appointed Chief Counsel to the City Council Emergency Crime Committee or "Big Nine." The Emergency Crime Committee was charged with investigating political corruption in Chicago, especially alleged links between organized crime and the police. Cohen became Commissioner of the Chicago Dept. of Investigation in 1955 and served as a Judge in the Cook County Circuit Court toward the end of his professional legal career.

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Scope and Contents

The Judge Irwin N. Cohen papers include hearings and abstracts of proceedings from the Chicago City Council Emergency Crime Committee, materials for professional judicial conferences, legal opinions of the Appellate Court Justices of the First District of Illinois, a legal brief, and a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings. The clippings are mostly about Irwin N. Cohen's work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief Counsel for the Emergency Crime Committee. The legal brief, No. 65 L 24317, concerns the unconstitutionality of an arbitrary financial limit imposed (by contemporary Illinois State law) on the death benefit for the survivors of Clarence N. Sayen, longtime president of the Airline Pilots Association. Sayen had died while flying as a passenger on a United Air Lines 727 jetliner that crashed into Lake Michigan on August 16, 1965. Materials are arranged in chronological order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives November 2004

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  07/15/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

Acquisition Information

Judge Irwin N. Cohen donated these materials to the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1968.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chicago (Ill.). City Council. Emergency Committee on Crime.

Personal Name(s)

  • Cohen, Irwin N. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Judges -- Illinois.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Judge Irwin Cohen Papers 

Box Folder

Emergency Crime Committee - Examination of witness, Captain Redmond P. Gibbons, 8 November 1954 

1 1

Emergency Crime Committee - Hearing, 29 January 1955 

1 2

Emergency Crime Committee - Hearing, 9 February 1955 

1 3

Emergency Crime Committee - Abstract of Proceedings, 15 - 23 September 1955 

1 4

Emergency Crime Committee - Hearing, 15 September 1955 

1 5

Emergency Crime Committee - Hearing, 16 September 1955 

1 6

Emergency Crime Committee - Hearing, 20 September 1955 

2 7

Emergency Crime Committee - Hearing, 21 September 1955 

2 8

Emergency Crime Committee - Hearing, 22 September 1955 

2 9

Emergency Crime Committee - Hearing, 23 September 1955 

2 10

Judicial Seminar for Illinois Circuit Court Judges - Contents of binder, 1964 

2 11

Judicial Conference - Criminal case procedures, pre-trial, contents of binder, 1965 

2 12

Illinois Judicial Conference - Contents of binder, 1966 

2 13

Illinois Judicial Conference - Agenda of the 1966 Magistrate Seminar, 1966 

3 14

Justices of the Appellate Court, First District of Illinois - Opinions, dockets, 1967 

3 15

Illinois Judicial Conference reading material, 1967 

3 16

Legal brief, No. 65 L 24317, ca. 1968 

3 17

Scrapbook - Newspaper clippings, 1954-1956 

4 Oversize 18

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