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Edward Bernard Toles was American judge. Bar: Illinois bar 1936. Recipient United States War Department award for services as war correspondent, 1947, Illinois Judicial Council award, 1988; named Senior Counsellor, Illinois State Bar Association, 1986.


Toles, Edward Bernard was born on September 17, 1909 in Columbus, Georgia, United States. Son of Alex and Virginia Frances (Luke) Toles.


Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Illinois, 1932;postgraduate, Law School, 1932-1934;Juris Doctor, Loyola University, Chicago, 1936.


Practiced in, Chicago, 1936-1969. Assistant attorney United States Housing Authority, 1939-1940. Assistant general counsel, war correspondent European Theatre of Operations.

Chicago Defender, 1943-1945. United States bankruptcy judge Northern District Illinois, Chicago, 1969-1987.


  • Bar: Illinois bar 1936.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Chicago Negro Judges, 1959, Negro Federal Judges, 1960, Negro Lawyer in Crisis, 1966, Black Lawyers and Judges in the United States, 1971, also articles. Editor: Cook County Bar News, 1961-1963. Columnist: Bench and Bar, National Bar Association Bull, 1968-1975.


Member American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, National Bar Association (Barrister of Year award 1960, C.F. Stradford award, columnist Bench and Bar Bulletin, historian judicial county since 1985), Chicago Bar Association (board of managers 1969-1970), Cook County Bar Association (Edward H. Wright award, 1962, president 1960-1962), 7th Circuit Bar Association (World Peace Through Law Bar Association), American Judicature Society, National Conference Bankruptcy Judges, Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi (Ode to Excellence award 1963).


Married Susan Evelyn Echols, January 24, 1944 (deceased October 1996). 1 son, Edward Bernard.

Alex Toles

Virginia Frances (Luke) Toles

Susan Evelyn Echols