The Honorable William O’Brien ’81 will speak at this year’s Constitution Day celebration, which will be held on Monday, September 19, at noon in the Jardine Room. Constitution Day recognizes the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, by the Founding Fathers of this nation, establishing one of the most important and influential events in American history.
Judge O’Brien is a Circuit Court Judge for Cook County in the State of Illinois and was a prosecutor for 18 years. He has been an Illinois judge since his election in 2002. He primarily deals with felony cases and the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments. He will speak about the rights accorded by these Amendments in the context of a case he prosecuted, “The Girl X.”
O’Brien’s wife, Mary Carol, is also a member of the Class of 1981, and their two sons continue the John Carroll tradition: Tim ’10, and William ’13.
O’Brien is the winner of both an American Legion Award of Excellence and a Crane Gargoyle Award for Unique Achievement in Disability Advocacy.