James Palmer J.D.
Lecturer in Political Science and Criminal Justice
- 1800 College Avenue
North Campus B140
- 217-223-3444 x206
Partner, Scholz, Loos, Palmer, Siebers & Duesterhaus LLP (affiliated with firm since 1974). Past Senior Law Clerk (full-time) to Honorable James C. Craven, Justice, Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth Judicial District, 1973-1974. Past Law Clerk (part-time) to Honorable John T. Reardon, Justice, Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth Judicial District, 1975-1976. Past Public Defender, Adams County (part-time) 1976-1978. Past Assistant State's Attorney, Adams County (part-time), 1980-1984. Past Corporation Counsel, City of Quincy (part-time), 1985. Currently adjunct faculty member with Quincy University, serving on faculty since September, 1979 as lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Graduated with high honors from Quincy College, now Quincy University, with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science in 1970. Graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1973.
Licensure: Admitted to Practice Before the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois, the United States District Court, Central District of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, the United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Professional Service: Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission - Member of Inquiry Board, 1976-1984 and Member of Hearing Board, 1984-2003 (by appointment of the Supreme Court of Illinois). United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois - Member of Rules Committee, 1984-1987. Fourth Appellate Judicial District, Supreme Court of Illinois - Capital Litigation Trial Bar Screening Committee, 2001-present (by appointment of the Supreme Court of Illinois).
Honors: Phi Alpha Theta - National Honor History Society, 1969. National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Graduate, National Session, 1979. Rotary International Exchange Team to Europe - Belgium, Luxembourg, France, 1982. Outstanding Young Men of America, 1982. Illinois State Bar Association, Liberty Bell Award, 1991. Attended Harvard Law School, Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Summer Session 1989.
Article Published: "Fair Compensation for Representation of Indigent Defendants," 68 Illinois Bar Journal, 458 (1980)
Associations and Societies: American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Missouri State Bar Association, Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice (Associate Member), Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, American Health Lawyers Association, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Leading Lawyers Network - General Defense Counsel Section, Adams County Bar Association, President and Director, 1993-1994, Adams County Bar Association, Vice President, 1992-1993, Adams County Bar Association, Chairman of Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1989-1995, Adams County Bar Association, Chairman of People's Law School, 1991, Adams County Bar Association, Chairman, Civil Procedure Committee, 1995-present.