Schedule: 2015 Joint Meeting/Midyear Meeting

ISBA/IJA Joint Meeting 2015ISBA Midyear Meeting
(Joint meeting with the Illinois Judges Association)
December 10-12, 2015
The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
301 East North Water Street, Chicago, Illinois

Thursday, December 10th

Joint Meeting Opening Reception
4:30 – 6:30 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 11th

IBF Fellows Breakfast
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Join the Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation for breakfast on Friday, December 11, 2015 as they honor Paula Hudson Holderman, Winston & Strawn, with the Distinguished Service Award for Law and Society, and Jennifer Rosato Perea, Dean, DePaul University College of Law, with the Honorary Fellows Award.

$40.00 per ticket

Exhibits – Member Benefits and Services
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Attendees have the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from each of the following exhibitors and have their questions answered.

IJA/ISBA Joint Program
Media Talk: How and Why Judges and Lawyers Should Speak on Legal Topics
Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Judges' Association
9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Don't miss this opportunity to discuss why lawyers and judges should address the public in mass media formats to promote respect for the law, the legal system, and the profession, as well as how this can be done. This entertaining presentation begins with a simulated "live radio broadcast" in a talk radio format and includes "call-in" questions from the audience. Additional topics include: how to choose material that interests the public and the ethical strictures placed upon lawyers and judges.

Karen Conti, Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP; Hon. Michael P. McCuskey, 10th Judicial Circuit; Hon. Raymond McKoski, 19th Judicial Circuit; Hon. Robert Steigmann, Illinois Appellate Court; James Turpin, Host of "Penny For Your Thoughts" on Champaign's radio station WDWS

1.25 hours MCLE credit, including 1.25 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval)

Complimentary for Midyear Meeting Attendees who Pre-register for the program

IJA/ISBA Joint Program
Poetry and the Law: Remembering to be Inspired
Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Judges' Association
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Literature and Law has found its way into the continuing education curricula for lawyers and judges in Illinois. This program is facilitated by the co-chairs of the IJA Literature and Law Committee, Judge Thomas Donnelly and Judge Charles Reynard. Listen as several poems about the legal world are read aloud and then join the interactive discussion that follows in which each reading is examined from the perspective of your own experience in the legal profession – particularly the personal impact of the intense demands of the profession. You will also have an opportunity to write and share your own writings, if you so choose.   

Hon. Thomas M. Donnelly, Circuit Court of Cook County; Hon. Charles G. Reynard, 11th Judicial Circuit

1.25 hours MCLE credit, including 1.25 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval)

Complimentary for Midyear Meeting Attendees who Pre-register for the program

 Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney GeneralIJA/ISBA Joint Meeting Luncheon
12:00 p.m.

Join us as for lunch with featured speaker, Attorney General Lisa Madigan who was elected to a fourth term as Illinois Attorney General in November 2014. She is the senior most female Attorney General in the country and the longest serving Attorney General in Illinois history.

$85.00 per ticket

CLE Master Series Program
An American Prosecutor's Story: The Holocaust and the Dachau War Crimes Trial
1:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Join us as author Joshua Greene takes us on a journey through the largest (yet least known) war crimes trial in history that took place after the Holocaust. Learn how Col. William Denson, the chief prosecutor, achieved judgments against Nazi murderers, which was later overturned in 1948, and how Col. Denson is now recognized as a pioneer of universal human rights. This emotional presentation includes film footage of scenes inside the Dachau courtroom, archival photos, charts, a brief audio reenactment of closing arguments, and drawings made by former inmates of the concentration camps. An optional Q&A period follows the seminar for those wishing to further discuss this topic with the speaker.

Joshua M. Greene, author of Justice at Dachau and retired Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Hofstra University

2.0 hours MCLE credit

Separate registration is required. For additional details and to register (

Hosted Receptions
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Diversity Leadership Reception
ISBA Diversity Leadership Council presents - "Count Me In" A premier networking reception celebrating diversity within the profession.

Law School Alumni Receptions
Alumni and friends of the hosting law schools are welcome to attend.

Complimentary to registered attendees

Justice Anne M. BurkeReception and Dinner in Honor of the Supreme Court of Illinois
Reception 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.

Please join Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court at this special evening. Events include a cocktail reception hosted by the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, presentation by the featured speaker Justice Anne Burke, dinner, and musical entertainment by TBD. All seating (table of 10) is assigned in advance. Special seating requests should be sent to and will be honored if received by the registration deadline. Black tie optional.

Reception hosted by the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company. Dinner sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Association, presided over by ISBA President Umberto S. Davi and CBA President Hon. Patricia Brown Holmes.

$125.00 per ticket

Saturday, December 12th

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.

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