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Illinois Judges Association

47th Annual Convention

December 6 and 7, 2018

 PALMER HOUSE HILTON  

17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 

Luncheon Speaker:
Patrick Fitzgerald
Trial lawyer and experienced investigator whose practice focuses on internal investigations, government enforcement matters and civil litigation.

Patrick J. Fitzgerald served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Appointed in 2001 by President George W. Bush, he was the longest-serving U.S. Attorney ever in Chicago. In this capacity, he led numerous high-profile investigations and prosecutions, including the convictions on corruption charges of two successive governors of Illinois, George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich. As a United States special counsel, Mr. Fitzgerald lead the investigation of leaks in the Valerie Plame matter and tried the case of United States v. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. During his tenure, the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted significant fraud, civil rights, organized crime, narcotics and national security cases. Mr. Fitzgerald also was involved in a number of nationwide initiatives, including the President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force and the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. Mr. Fitzgerald is partner of the law firm Skadden & Arps, in Chicago, Illinois.  


Thursday, December 6, 2018

4:30 RECEPTION Sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association

Friday, December 7, 2018

8:00 a.m Luncheon Registration - 4th Floor

9:00 - 10:00 a.m

IMPERFECT IMPARTIALITY - IMPLICIT BIAS IN DECISION MAKING AND MEDIATION

Joint Program of the IJA and ISBA                                                                        1.00 Hours MCLE credit, including 1.00* hours PMCLE credit                              Register online at https://www.isba.org/jointmeeting

Implicit biases are the subconscious acts that unintentionally guide our behavior and decisions. Everyone has implicit biases – even well-intentioned people and those who purposely strive for impartiality. This presentation examines how implicit biases affect our attitudes and actions towards other individuals because of their race, ethnicity, age, or gender, how implicit bias impacts neutrality and decision-making, and the techniques you can learn to debias. 

Program Coordinators: Hon. Alfred Swanson (ret.), Hoogendoorn & Talbot, River Forest and Hon. Alison Conlon, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

Program Speaker: Laura A. Josephson-Bernat, Josephson Bernat Mediation, Vernon Hills

*MCLE/PMCLE: 1.0 hour MCLE credit, including 1.0* hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit in the following category: Professionalism, Civility, or Legal Ethics MCLE credit
*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval


 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. 

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE: STEERING THE PARTIES THROUGH MEDIATION

Joint Program of the IJA and ISBA                                                                        1.50 Hours MCLE credit, including 1.50* hours PMCLE credit                              Register online at https://www.isba.org/jointmeeting

Get the knowledge you need to resolve disputes through mediation with this informative seminar that's presented by a panel of experienced lawyer mediators. Topics include:

  • The different types of mediation;
  • The legal and ethical framework for mediation;
  • At what point in a case is mediation most effective;
  • How to select and schedule a mediator;
  • Who should be present during the mediation;
  • The role of mediator and attorneys;
  • What to expect throughout the mediation process; and
  • How to deal with impasse

Program Coordinators: Hon. Alfred Swanson (ret.), Hoogendoorn & Talbot, River Forest and Hon. Alison Conlon, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

Program Speakers: Sandra Crawford, Law Crawford P.C., Chicago, Hon. Nancy J. Katz (ret.), JAMS, Chicago, Hon. Michael R. Panter (ret.), ADR Systems, Chicago, and Hon. Ronald D. Spears (ret.), Spears Dispute Resolution, Taylorville

 *MCLE/PMCLE: 1.50 hours MCLE credit, including 1.50* hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit in the following category: Professionalism, Civility, or Legal Ethics MCLE credit.


IJA thanks the Educational Programming and Annual Convention Committee          for its work


12:00 Noon LUNCHEON, Red Lacquer Room, 4th Floor 

1:45 p.m. BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING


CONVENTION LUNCHEON REGISTRATION

Friday, December 7, 2018 12 O'Clock Noon, Red Lacquer Room, 4th Floor             

Featuring Patrick Fitzgerald

Luncheon Tickets: $85.00

REGISTER NOW or send your check payable to the Illinois Judges Association: 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604

JUDGE: ____________________________________________

EMAIL: ____________________________________________

NAME OF GUEST (FOR BADGE) _____________________

Tickets will be held at the IJA registration table on the 4th floor

Hotel Rate: $179.00 plus applicable taxes                                                                Hotel reservations must be made by November 3, 2018                                    Reservations at the Palmer House Hilton may be made by calling 877-865-5321 and be sure to identify yourself as an ISBA convention attendee

James E. Snyder, President

For further information, contact the IJA at [email protected] or 312/431-1283 

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