Schedule: 2019 Joint Midyear Meeting

Illinois State Bar Association | Illinois Judges Association

December 5 - 7, 2019
Westin O’Hare
6100 North River Road, Rosemont (map and directions)

Thursday, December 5

Illinois Bar Foundation Board Meeting

11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. Meeting

CLE Program
ISBA’s LAW ED FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Present Like a Pro in Your Next On-Camera CLE Presentation

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Transform your next CLE presentation for ISBA’s on-demand CLE catalog into an engaging and interactive program with practical tools and insights you’ll gain in this short training program. Because nearly 80 percent of ISBA CLE credit is delivered online to ISBA members, you need to be equipped with new techniques to reach this audience. David Mann, our master series speaker, will teach and demonstrate best on-camera practices via video. Interactive learning exercises will be interspersed throughout. For your next on-camera presentation, you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop and use effective interactive exercises
  • Maintain comfort and confidence on-camera

Program Speaker: David Mann, Minnesota

1.0 hour MCLE credit, including 1.0* hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit in the following category: Professionalism, Civility, or Legal Ethics MCLE credit

Separate registration is required.

Joint Midyear Meeting Opening Reception

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

All registered attendees are invited to this official opening event. Enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres while you meet and mingle with members of the bench and bar.
Sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association

Complimentary to registered attendees

Friday, December 6

Illinois Bar Foundation 2019 Fellows Breakfast

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Please join us as the 2019 Distinguished Service to Law & Society Awards is presented to Michael J. Rooney and Justice Mary Jane Theis in recognition of their contributions to the legal community and dedication to the mission of the Illinois Bar Foundation. In addition, the 2019 Honorary Fellow Award will be presented to Allen N. Schwartz in recognition of his distinctive professional career and furtherance of the ideals of the IBF. 

Separate registration is required


8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Visit our sponsors and exhibitors and explore products and services specifically geared to your profession. While you’re there, enter for chances to win great door prizes – gift cards, baskets of goodies, legal books from ISBA, and much more!

IJA/ISBA Joint CLE Program
How to Achieve Work-Life Balance

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Recent studies have confirmed that the overwhelming stress that is commonplace in our legal profession disproportionately results in judges and attorneys suffering higher levels of depression, anxiety, addiction, and other serious issues at rates much higher than those seen in the general population. Work-life balance is a concept that involves properly prioritizing between work and home; however, this is difficult to achieve given the changes that have evolved in the workplace and individual factors. Attorneys with all levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • Why judges and attorneys are a vulnerable population;
  • The common mental health and substance abuse issues faced by our colleagues; 
  • Why work-life balance is hard to achieve, including individual barriers; and
  • Strategies to help achieve a more balanced work-life and higher life satisfaction.

Program speakers: Hon. Mary K. O’Brien, Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, Diamond; Dr. Diana Uchiyama, Executive Director, Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program, Chicago

1.25 hours of MCLE credit, including 1.25 PMCLE

Presented by the Illinois Judges Association and the Illinois State Bar Association

Complimentary to registered attendees

IJA/ISBA Joint CLE Program
Diversity and Inclusion: Professionalism at Work in the Law

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Many find it difficult to engage in discussions about racial and ethnic differences. At the same time, the demographics of our country and our workplaces have shifted dramatically. The younger generations that are coming into our workplaces are more diverse in race, gender, and country of origin than any in American history. How can we encourage employees to recognize this diversity and incorporate different perspectives into their daily work lives? Join us for this in-depth look at how to discuss civility and diversity in the legal practice, how to implement strategies to challenge biases and stereotypes, and how to cultivate skills to defuse incivility.

Program coordinators: Hon. Alfred M. Swanson (ret.), Hoogendoorn & Talbot, River Forest; Hon. Patrice Ball-Reed, Cook County Circuit Court, Chicago

Program speakers: Mark Palmer, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Chicago; Hon. Diane M. Shelley, Cook County Circuit Court, Chicago; Hon. Debra B. Walker, Immediate Past Chair, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Chicago

1.25 hours MCLE credit, including 1.25 hours PMCLE

Presented by the Illinois Judges Association and the Illinois State Bar Association

Complimentary to registered attendees

IJA/ISBA Joint Midyear Meeting Luncheon

12:00 p.m.

Join us for lunch with featured speaker: To be determined

The Illinois Judges Association is awaiting final confirmation from the invited speaker prior to making an official announcement.

$85 per ticket

CLE Program
Chicago’s Red Summer - 100 Years Later: The History, Legacy, and Impact of the 1919 Race Riots

12:25 – 4:15 p.m.

The summer of 1919 saw race riots and increased racial and ethnic tensions in a number of American cities, including Chicago. Join us on the 100-year anniversary of America’s “Red Summer” as we discuss the actual events, including the social, legal, and political environment in which they occurred. Attorneys working in all practice areas who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • The historical events leading up to the race riots;
  • What happened during the riots and the justice (or lack thereof) that occurred afterward;
  • How the race riots of Chicago impacted the rest of America;
  • The legal and policy issues raised by the events, including ineffective control and non-prosecution; and
  • How the riots affected the law and policy in Chicago and the surrounding areas in the decades that followed.

Program coordinator: Khara A. Coleman, Office of the Cook County Sheriff, Oak Park

Program Moderator: Juan Thomas, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, Aurora

3.75 hours MCLE credit, including 1.25* hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit in the following category: Professionalism, Civility, or Legal Ethics MCLE credit

Presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law Co-sponsored by the ISBA Criminal Justice Section, ISBA Human Rights Section, and ISBA Standing Committee on Law Related Education for the Public

Separate registration is required.

Dinner in Honor of the Supreme Court of Illinois

Cocktail Reception 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.

Justice P. Scott Neville
Justice P. Scott Neville

Please join in honoring the justices of the Illinois Supreme Court. The black-tie optional evening includes a reception before dinner hosted by the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, address by the featured speaker Justice P. Scott Neville, and dinner.

All seating (tables of 10) is assigned in advance. Special seating requests should be sent to and will be accommodated if received by the registration deadline.

Cocktail Reception hosted by the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company. Dinner co-sponsored this year by Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Judges Association, The Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Bar Foundation, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, DuPage County Bar Association, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, and Southwest Bar Association. Dinner presided over by ISBA President David Sosin, Illinois Judges Association President Honorable Margaret Mullen, and Chicago Bar Association President Jesse Ruiz. Entertainment provided by New Standard Music.

Cocktail Reception $25 per ticket / Cocktail Reception & Dinner $125 per ticket

Saturday, December 7

ISBA Assembly Meeting

9:00 a.m.

The policy-making body of the Association meets to conduct the business of the Association. Open to members and the public.