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Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment - August 2017

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal, and Evidence Rules have published proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.

The proposed amendments, rules committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and instructions on how to submit comments are posted on  The public comment period ends February 15, 2018.

If your practice involves civil or criminal white collar matters, the Bar Association presents these helpful summaries and practice pointers for key Court opinions. 

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The Appellate Lawyers Association
and the
7th Circuit Bar Association
Cordially Invite You

to Attend an
October Luncheon Program:

Seventh Circuit
Court of Appeals:

Major Cases in Review

  Date:  Friday, October 20, 2017 
Time:  12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Union League Club of Chicago,
65 West Jackson  Blvd, Chicago, Il. 

$40 for public-sector members
of either association;
$50 for private- sector members
of either association;
$55 for public-sector nonmembers;
and $65 for private-sector nonmembers.

Please join us for a fascinating new program featuring 
District Judge Gary Feinerman
 of the United States District
for the Northern District of Illinois, Illinois Solicitor General David L. Franklin, and Michael A. Scodro, a partner at
Mayer Brown LLP and former Illinois Solicitor General, who
will discuss significant cases recently decided by the
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Their insights and analysis will focus on civil, commercial, and criminal developments and cover the Court’s recent en banc cases and Seventh Circuit decisions to be decided this
term by the United States Supreme Court.

MCLE:  Participants will earn one hour of MCLE credit from the ALA.  The ALA is an approved MCLE provider.


    Lunch is included.

Registrations processed on-site will be charged
an additional $5 administrative fee. 

The Union League Club enforces a dress code,
which can be accessed



October 25,2017

Part II of a FREE Multi-Part CLE series o
n Voting Rights

Earmuffs, Snakes, and
Hatchet-Wielding Poodles:
The Thorny Issues & Improbable Results of
Racial & Partisan Gerrymandering

Illinois CLE credit :
1.5 Hrs Prof. Resp. credit anticipated
(diversity / inclusion )

With legislative districting at the top of the news,
the 7th Circuit Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is pleased to offer a free CLE on partisan and racial gerrymandering.  Four noted Supreme Court advocates will present a lively panel discussion of current districting issues facing the Court and the emerging role of social science in the analysis.

Dirksen Federal Courthouse, Chicago
219 S. Dearborn, Courtroom 2525
October 25, 2017, 3:00-4:30

Please click HERE for the flyer and for more information.

Registration is NOW OPEN, and space is limited.  RSVP to


October 13, 2017 - "What to do about Gun Violence"

Watch slide show below for a preview of topics and presenters!

On Friday, October 13, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation
will sponsor a day-long symposium, “What To Do About Gun Violence,” featuring experts from around the country.  The symposium will be held at the University Club
of Chicago, 76 East Monroe Street, Chicago, and lunch will be supplied.  The symposium should be of interest to lawyers and non-lawyers.  CLE credit is available from Illinois (6.5 hours), Indiana (6.5 hours) and Wisconsin (7.5 hours).




66th Annual Meeting

Pro Bono Awards

Past President Award

American Inns of Court Award

Thanks to all for making the

66th Annual Meeting 
of the
Seventh Circuit Bar Association
and the
Seventh Circuit Judicial Conference

a huge success !

Elena Kagan
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States


Eva Mozes Kor is a survivor of the Holocaust who, with her twin sister Miriam, was subjected to human experimentation under Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. Both of her parents and two older sisters were killed at the camp; only she and Miriam survived.

In 1984, Kor founded the organization CANDLES (an acronym for "Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors"), through which she located 122 other living Mengele twins, as the experiment survivors came to be known.

Kor founded CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in 1995to educate the public about eugenics, the Holocaust, and the power of forgiveness. Kor received international attention when she publicly forgave
the Nazis for what had been done to her. This story was later explored in the documentary Forgiving Dr. Mengele.

Click here for Video of Keynote Address


Featured in this issue of the Circuit Rider"

  • Editorial Note, By Jeffrey Cole – Editor-in-Chief

  • Statement of Professor Lawrence B. Solum, Hearings on the Nomination of the Hon. Neil M. Gorsuch to
    be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, By Professor Lawrence B. Solum

  • Constitutional Originalism and History, By Professor Jonathan Gienapp

  • My Life’s Rules – Ten Commandments For Being a Better Person and a Better Lawyer,
    By Hon. Lawrence J. Vilardo, United States District Judge for the Western District of New York

  • Modernize Litigation by Ending Discovery, By Mark Neubauer

  • The Devil is in the Details: Complying With Local Rule Requirements for Motions for Summary
    Judgment, By Tiffany Fordyce and Elizabeth Ralph

  • “Trendy” Psychology for Attorneys and Judges, By Alexandra L. Newman

  • Opening the Question: On the Question You Ask Depends the Answer You Get, By Laura McNally

  • Is It Time to Re-think the Local Patent Rules?, By Justin Weiner

  • Revisiting the Seventh Circuit’s Decision in PepsiCo: Inevitable Disclosure Injunctions in the Wake
    of the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, By Kenneth J. Vanko

  • Avoiding Missteps Over the Scope of the Bankruptcy Court’s Authority to Issue Final Orders,
    By David Christian

  • Link and Reference Rot in Judicial Internet Case Citations and the Seventh Circuit Library
    Solution, By Barbara Fritschel and John Klaus

  • Book Review, By Jeffrey Cole, RICHARD POSNER, by William Domnarski

 Seventh Circuit Bar Association Video Library


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Videos of

Past Annual Meeting



 E Pluribus Unum: the Immigration Conundrum  
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