Endorsements

"I'm proud of these endorsements. Not just because of who they are as individuals, but because of the story they tell. These aren't party bosses. These are people in courtrooms, classrooms, and churches. They're the ones who do the work and experience firsthand the need to reform the Illinois Supreme Court Rules."
~ Daniel


Run For Something
Daniel Epstein is an award winning attorney who represented clients in complex pro bono cases in the Supreme Court of the United States and courts across the country. But it was when he returned to serve clients in Illinois that he experienced the systemic problems that he’s now campaigning to fix. Daniel saw the State using faulty DNA machines and pseudoscience to convict people; a system giving financial rewards to forensic labs and courts for finding guilt; and a system vulnerable to judicial corruption. And, most importantly, he saw what we can do to fix it.
Rizoma Collective
Rizoma Collective believes in thoroughly vetting candidates before an endorsement. Today as our first endorsement we would like to proudly endorse Daniel Epstein. We believe he has one of the strongest platforms for restoring justice into the justice system. Thank you Daniel for what you do we are excited to stand for justice next to you!
Southwest Suburban Activists
We are thrilled that our members voted to endorse Daniel Epstein for Supreme Court. He has a Fantastic vision for how the Illinois Supreme Court could positively impact and reform our justice system. We can't wait to see his ideas implemented.
These people are endorsing in their individual capacities (and not on behalf of the organizations with which they're associated):
Alexander Polikoff
Counsel at BPI, Lead counsel in the landmark Gautreaux litigation to desegregate public housing in Chicago
Reforming oppressive systems requires intelligence, dedication, and independence. I see those qualities in Daniel Epstein, and believe that his election to the Supreme Court will lead to significant improvement in Illinois' justice system.
Devon Reid
Evanston City Clerk
The person we elect to the Supreme Court will have to carry Illinois' justice system to the year 2030. Daniel has the bold vision and qualifications to lead us there. He's a reformer who wants to rid our courts of bias, bad incentives, and ethical loopholes; and I'm inspired to mobilize people across Cook County to help him do just that.
Kara Ingelhart
civil rights attorney advocating for LGBTQ rights and the rights of people living with HIV
Daniel thinks about systems from a human perspective and his first concern is always: how does this system work for the most marginalized? Our community benefits from that kind of perspective.
Ameya Pawar
former alderman of Chicago's 47th Ward
Daniel is all backbone and brains. He's principled. He's innovative. He's courageous. He does the work. When you think of the kind of person you want as your public servant, it's Daniel Epstein.
Chris Fabricant
litigator renowned for battling wrongful convictions, misapplication of forensic sciences, and false confessions
I worked with Daniel Epstein on two major pro bono projects during his time as an associate at Jenner & Block. Daniel's commitment to putting his prodigious legal talent to work in service of the greater good was as obvious to me as the work was extraordinary. Many lawyers talk the talk of public service while working in the private sector, but I can say without reservation that Daniel Epstein walked the walk, and will make an exemplary Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.
Annie Williams
Co-Lead Indivisible Oak Park Area, Co-Founder Illinois Handmaids
Daniel understands that being a judge is more than just ruling on cases. He has a vision to transform the justice system into one that is a model of equity, justice and fairness for everyone.
Cliff Nellis
executive director of the Lawndale Christian Legal Center
Daniel Epstein is a respected leader and skilled attorney with a moral compass that bends toward equity, justice, and opportunity for everyone. Daniel cares about our community. Daniel walks the walk.
Jon Loevy
renowned civil rights attorney at Loevy & Loevy
Daniel Epstein is a voice we don't have on the Supreme Court. And it's a voice we need. I'm excited by Daniel's vision and I support him.
Ugo Okere
Former 40th Ward aldermanic candidate and Policy Director at Raise the Floor Alliance
Illinois' Criminal Justice system disproportionately jails and subjugates those who are black, brown and working class. It's clear from his bold platform of reforms that Daniel is the only candidate who can bring justice and fairness to the highest court in the state.
Tony Casey
professor of law at the University of Chicago
Daniel Epstein is running to reform the legal system in Illinois. If anyone has the passion and intelligence to that, it is Daniel. He is one of the brightest young minds in law today and he understands legal institutions and how to fix them.
Rev. Jackie Newsome
public defender & clergyperson
Daniel Epstein is a co-conspirator for justice. His commitment isn't temporary but rather sustained. I have no doubt he'll do what must be done to bring justice to Illinois. Brilliance, courage, and vision, that's what the court needs and that is what Daniel has.
Diana Strassmann
founding editor of the Feminist Economics journal and visiting professor at the University of Chicago
Daniel is someone who works for others, not for credit or acclaim, but because it's important to him. That's the kind of person you can trust.
Marko Duric
president of the Serbian Bar Association of America & civil rights attorney
Daniel has the fresh perspective and the will necessary to confront the systemic problems in our justice system, and has risen above idle talk with concrete ideas and actions that will make a difference. His campaign is not only significant for having the courage to tackle these issues, but also in galvanizing those in our generation - lawyers or not - to follow his example.
Vincent Buccola
professor of legal studies & business ethics at The Wharton School
Daniel Epstein embodies the ideals of the legal profession: ingenuity, intelligence, and integrity. If you live in Illinois and care about how legal institutions function, helping Daniel get to the Supreme Court is the most effective way you can pitch in.
Kiros Tewolde Gabriel
leader in Chicago’s north side African community
Tom Murphy
Former general counsel of the Illinois State Bar Association and Evanston Township committeeman