Settlement in Federal Court Cases

May 10, 2017
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
3.75 MCLE hours, including 3.75 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Presented by Federal Civil Practice
Co-sponsored by Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Chicago
ISBA 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!


Back by popular demand! 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;
  • What not to do during a settlement;
  • How to handle settlement compliance issues and the court’s ability to enforce the settlement agreements; and
  • The Seventh Circuit’s settlement program procedures.

 

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

 

NOTE: Beginning in 2017, your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nomial fee via the registration page.

 

Agenda

11:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Welcome and Overview
Kathryn A. Kelly
, U.S. Attorney’s Office, 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 (Ret.), Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Susan E. Cox, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

  • Attorney ModeratorKathryn Kelly, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

1:00 – 2:00 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. Sheila Finnegan, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Iain D. Johnston, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Rockford
Hon. Mary M. Rowland, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. David Weisman, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

  • Attorney ModeratorWilliam L. Niro, Niro Law Group LLC, Chicago

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by the Illinois Bar Foundation

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.  What Not to Do in Settlements*
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a Magistrate Judge as he tells you what not to do during a settlement.
Hon. Iain D. Johnston, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Rockford

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.  Enforcing Settlement Agreements in Federal Court*
Despite the Supreme Court’s decision in Kokkonen v. Guardian Life Insurance Co. Of America, the Seventh Circuit decisions have placed roadblocks for the district court to retain jurisdiction to enforce a settlement agreement. 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? How can parties settling out of court ensure expeditious enforcement? This session examines each of these issues and more! Questions will be welcome at the end of this segment.
Hon. Jeffrey T. Gilbert, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Rockford
Hon. Iain D. Johnston, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Rockford
Hon. Sidney I. Schenkier, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

  • Attorney Moderator Daniel R. Thies, Sidley Austin, LLP, Chicago

3:15 – 4:00 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 mediation procedures, and provides tips of the trade from the circuit mediators from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The session will conclude with a question and answer period.
Jillisa Brittan, Circuit Mediator, U.S. Court of Appeals, Chicago
Joel N. Shapiro, Chief Circuit Mediator, U.S. Court of Appeals, Chicago
Rocco Spagna, Circuit Mediator, U.S. Court of Appeals, Chicago

  • Attorney Moderator – J. Timothy Eaton, Taft Stettinius and Hollister LLP., Chicago

 

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval