Here is what appears on a plaque at the entrance to the Kane County Public Defender’s Office:
Bruce R. Steinberg
Assistant Public Defender
May Those Who Enter
Follow Not Only In His Footsteps
But In His Example
As a private attorney, Bruce Steinberg soon became the first criminal defense attorney to handle two jury trials in one day, a battery to a police officer and a DUI case—and he earned not guilties in each case. However, it’s important for you to review his history as an assistant public defender, because that is where his tenacity on behalf of his clients began.
It’s really something to have a library named after you while you’re still alive. That the Kane County Public Defender’s Office (covering Aurora, North Aurora, Elgin, South Elgin, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Elburn and every other town in Kane County) would place a plaque with the words centered above at the entrance to their law library remains one of the proudest moments of my career. I’m grateful for my years as an assistant public defender for Kane County, as well as proud of the people who worked there and those who work there now.
My motivation while I was an assistant public defender from 1987 to 1996 was to do all that I could for my appointed clients. This often took me personally to the alleged crime scene, as well as sending me to the law library for long hours, to research issues and the law, to educate myself further in order to place my clients in the best position possible, and to win their case outright. As an assistant public defender, my work led to several published opinions in the Appellate Courts as well as the Illinois Supreme Court, especially in the realm of Juvenile Court and drug arrest defense work.
If I am fortunate to have earned your case, I will work hard for you, applying to your case the stubborn dedication I gained while an assistant public defender, as well as my experiences in private practice since 1996.