Continuing Legal Education

Settlement in the Federal Courts

May 8, 2013
11:55 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
4.00 MCLE hours, including 4.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Presented by Federal Civil Practice

Chicago
ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)


Join us for this unique opportunity to learn directly from
federal judges and mediators on all aspects of settlement!

Learn the tips of the trade as several panels of federal judges, retired federal judges, and mediators share everything you need to know about settlement in the federal courts. Attorneys with all level of experience practicing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals who attend this seminar will gain a better understanding of:

  • Meeting the judges’ expectations for pre-settlement preparations;
  • Preparing your client for settlement;
  • How to conduct the settlement conference, including conference procedures and techniques to help both parties come to a settlement agreement;
  • How to handle settlement compliance issues and the court’s ability to enforce the settlement agreements; and
  • The Seventh Circuit’s settlement program procedures.
Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.

 

Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Kathryn A. Kelly
, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

 

Agenda

11:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Welcome and Overview
Hon. James F. Holderman
, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Getting Ready to Settle
Learn how to meet the judge’s expectations for pre-settlement preparation, set the client’s expectations, and handle the client who does not want to discuss settlement. The segment concludes with a question and answer period.
Hon. Geraldine Soat Brown, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Arlander Keys, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Michael T. Mason, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Sidney I. Schenkier, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

  • Attorney Moderator – Regina W. Calabro, Ungaretti & Harris, Chicago

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.  Conducting the Settlement Conference
In this session, appropriate procedures for holding settlement conferences are discussed, while effective techniques for arriving at a settlement are examined. The speakers also discuss what judges wish attorneys knew about settlement, as well as innovative terms to settle federal lawsuits. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.
Hon. Wayne Andersen (ret.), Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Sheila Finnegan, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Jeffrey T. Gilbert, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Young B. Kim, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Daniel G. Martin, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

  • Attorney Moderator – Kathryn A. Kelly, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.  Enforcing Settlement Agreements in Federal Court
How do lawyers handle settlements that may involve time issues, such as installment payments or compliance issues? How can the courts retain jurisdiction to enforce the settlement agreements? This session examines each of these issues and more! Questions will be welcome at the end of this segment.
Hon. Jeffrey Cole, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Morton Denlow (ret.), Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Mary M. Rowland, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Maria G. Valdez, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

  • Attorney Moderator – William Niro, Niro, Haller & Niro, Chicago

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Settlements in the Seventh Circuit
The trial or summary judgment may be over, but the settlement discussions are not. In this session, our speaker panel explores the Seventh Circuit’s settlement program procedures, and provides tips of the trade from the settlement conference attorneys from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The session will conclude with a question and answer period.
Jillisa Brittan, Conference Attorney, U.S. Court of Appeals, Chicago
Joel N. Shapiro, Senior Conference Attorney, U.S. Court of Appeals, Chicago

  • Attorney Moderator – J. Timothy Eaton, Shefsky & Froelich Ltd., Chicago

 

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval