It is with deep sorrow that the Cook County Bar Association informs you of the passing of our beloved Past President Ronald Samuels who served as CCBA President from 1981-1982.
Visitation: Monday December 19, 2011
4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
... Commonwealth Church
81st and LaSalle, Chicago
Funeral: Tuesday, December 20, 2011
WAKE: 10:00 a.m.
Services: 11:30 a.m.
Mount Hebron Baptist Church
3445 West Douglas Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60623
Ronald S. Samuels was a graduate of Chicago State University and John Marshall Law School. In 1969, he was admitted to practice law in Illinois and engaged in private practice for a number of years. Mr. Samuels was formerly a partner in the law firm of Washington Kennon Hunter and Samuels which became a renown African American law firm throughout the country.
Mr. Samuels' legal career includes his service as Chief Trial Attorney for the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities in Chicago and he was the first African American to serve as Chief, Fraud and Complaint Unit of the Cook County State's Attorney Office.
Mr. Samuels served as Vice-President of the National Bar Association, and as chair of the 1985 National Bar Convention held in Chicago, Illinois. He was a board member of the Legal Services Corporation, and a founding member of the Cook County Bar Legal Assistance Project.
Mr. Samuels served as campaign manager for Cook County Commissioner Bobbie Steele, and for Appellate Court Justice William Cousins. He was co-chair of the Lawyers Committtee to Elect Harold Washington Mayor.
Mr. Samuels served as counsel for PUSH, the NAACP, the Morgan Park Local School Council, the Progressive and National Baptist Conventions, the Church of God in Christ, the United Methodist Church, and the Black Methodists for Church Renewal.
He leaves to mourn his wife, Melva Samuels, children, grandchildren, siblings, and many other relatives, professional colleagues, and the fraternity brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc