R. Eugene Pincham

R. Eugene Pincham (28 June 1925 – 3 April 2008) was a pioneering African American civil rights attorney, judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, justice of the Appellate Court of Illinois, and ardent critic of the U.S. criminal justice system (also see Race Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System). Known for his enrapturing oratory which drew on his own personal struggles and those of African Americans, and his tireless advocacy on behalf of those who could less speak for themselves, he was regarded by many in Illinois and particularly the African American community, as a political and legal icon, and held as a role model by both blacks and whites who came behind him.

A member of the American Civil Liberties Union and a lifetime member of the NAACP, the semi-retired Pincham lectured and instructed in trial and appellate techniques and advocacy. He received numerous awards for his professional and community service and activism.

R. Eugene died of complications from lung and brain cancer.

The funeral was held in private at the South Side church, and culminated in remarks by Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.