Professor Thomas F. Geraghty (JD ’69) received the 2013 Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award for his professional accomplishments and dedication to justice. The IACDL honored Geraghty at the association’s annual dinner on November 15.
Geraghty, associate dean for clinical education and director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, has been a member of the Northwestern Law community for more than 40 years. He maintains teaching, fundraising, and administrative responsibilities at the Law School and has an active caseload at the Bluhm Legal Clinic, concentrating primarily in criminal and juvenile defense, death penalty appeals, child-centered projects dealing with the representation of children and juvenile court reform.
In recent years, Geraghty has also worked in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam, on research projects with law students involving juvenile justice, the legal problems of street children, the status of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, women in the legal profession, and freedom of the press.
The IACDL is a not-for profit organization dedicated to defending the rights of all persons as guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Awarded at the organization’s anniversary celebration, the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes one member for their longstanding commitment to justice, which embodies the IACDL’s ideals and mission.