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  - Agenda -

Seventh Circuit Bar Association Annual Meeting

Updated 3/26/17


Sunday, April 30, 2017 


3:00 – 7:00 PM     REGISTRATION at the JW Marriott Hotel (Second floor at the top of the escalators.)

at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

·      Making the Movie:  Federal Justice In Indiana.  This presentation will discuss the making of a bicentennial documentary on the history of Indiana's federal courts, featuring three key cases - Ex parte MiIligan; U.S. v Ryan et al; and U.S. v Board of School Commissioners of the City of Indianapolis et al. Speakers: Doria Lynch, Court Historian, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana; and filmmakers Alan Backler, Larry Laswell, and David Gudaitis of Gudaitis Production.


Monday, May 1, 2017

7 AM – 6 PM         REGISTRATION (JW Marriott Conference Center)


7:30 – 8:45 AM     BANKRUPTCY JUDGES’ BREAKFAST (JW Marriott - White River A)



7:30 – 8:45 AM     MAGISTRATE JUDGES’ BREAKFAST (JW Marriott- White River B)



9:00 - 9:30 AM      President’s Welcome  (White River E)

                                    Brian W. Welch, President, Seventh Circuit Bar Association;

                                    Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP


                               Chief Judge’s Welcome and Introduction

                                   Hon. Diane P. Wood, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


                               Clerk of Court’s Presentation

                                    Gino J. Agnello, Clerk of Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


                               United States Marshals Service INTRODUCTION



9:30 - 10:45 AM    Plenary Session (White River E)


·         The Future of Law School


o   With law school applications and legal jobs on the decline, and with student loans on the rise,
      this session would explore whether the traditional law school model needs to change.

§  Panelists:

·         Hon. Justice Randall T. Shepard, Retired, Indiana Supreme Court, former Chair of the
          ABA’s  Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
          and the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education

·          William D. Henderson, Professor of Law Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Alli Gerkman, Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System


10:45 - 11:00 AM  BREAK

10:50 - 2:00 PM Spouses Event

                            Attendees will enjoy a formal tea/lunch at the historic L.S. Ayres Tea Room within the Indiana State Museum,
                            followed by a trip to the Indianapolis Zoo for a visit to the orangutan exhibit and a demonstration with the orangutan keeper.


11:00 - 12:15 PM  PLENARY SESSION (White River E)


·         President Trump and the Future of the U.S. Supreme Court


o   This session will explore the nomination process, the background of the newest justice, likely future retirements
      and appointments, and the ideological makeup of the court and its likely consequences going forward.

§  Panelists:

·         Dawn Johnsen, Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

·         Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network,
           former law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas

·         Timothy S. Bishop, Mayer Brown, U.S. Supreme Court litigator

·         Roman Martinez, Latham & Watkins LLP, Supreme Court & Appellate Practice

§  Moderator:

·         Brian J. Paul, Faegre Baker Daniels



12:30 - 2:00 PM    ANNUAL LUNCHEON (White River A/B/C/D)


·            Hon. Diane P. Wood, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


·            Hon. Joe Hogsett, Mayor, City of Indianapolis; former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana



2:15 – 3:15 PM     PLENARY SESSION (White River E)


·         The Impact of Digital/Data Breach


o   This session will discuss the vulnerability of the business community to data breach, liabilities,
      and recent decisions on class actions and standing.

§  Panelists:

·         John F. McCauley, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

·         Stephen Reynolds, Ice Miller LLP

·         Raymond Manna, Kroll Security


3:15 – 3:30 PM     BREAK



3:30 - 4:30 PM      BREAKOUT SESSIONS


·         Civil - The Fun and Fear of Arguing in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (White River A-C)


o   This session will include video clips from actual arguments and will explore how to prepare for
     and argue a case in the Seventh Circuit.

§  Speakers:

·         Brian J. Paul, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

·         Thomas M. Fisher, Indiana Solicitor General


·         Criminal Breakout (Room 103/104)


o   This session will discuss the Department of Justice enforcement priorities of the new Administration,
     and how changes may impact the nature of the caseload at the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the defense bar. 

§  Panelists:

·         Rod Rosenstein, current United States Attorney for the District of Maryland,
          and nominee to serve as Deputy Attorney General

·         Josh Minkler, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana

·         J.P. Hanlon, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

§  Moderator:

·         Hon. John Tinder, Retired,  Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals;
           U.S. District Judge, Southern District of Indiana; and former United States Attorney


·         Bankruptcy Breakout (Room 101/102)


o   This session will focus on two cases pending before the United States Supreme Court – Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp and Midland Funding LLC v. Johnson, and others that appear worthy of Supreme Court review

§  Panelists:

·         Bruce Markell, Professor, Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Northwestern University School of Law

·         Pamela Foohey, Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

·         Hon. James M. Carr, U.S.  Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of Indiana

·         Hon. Deborah L. Thorne, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Illinois



5:30 – 6:30 PM           COCKTAIL RECEPTION (JW Ballroom East Foyer)

6:30 – 9:00 PM     ANNUAL DINNER (JW Ballroom)



·         Past President Award

·         Pro Bono and Public Service Awards

·         American Inns of Court Award

·         Program:
                 Hon. Elena Kagan, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

                         Eva Mozes Kor, Survivor of the Holocaust, forgiveness advocate,
                         and founder of CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center


Tuesday, May 2, 2017




7:30 – 8:45 AM     CLERKS OF COURT BREAKFAST (LePeep, 301 N. Illinois Street)


9:00 – 9:15 AM     MEMORIALS (White River E)

  • The Hon.Rudolph T. Randa, Chief Judge, Eastern District of Wisconsin
          Presented by Hon. Diane S. Sykes, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • Hon. John W. Darrah, District Judge, Northern District of Illinois
          Presented by Hon. William J. Bauer, Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


9:15 – 10:15 AM   Plenary Session (White River E)


·         College Sports and the Law


o   This session will discuss the “professionalizing” of college sports to include unionization efforts,
      anti-trust issues involving scholarship terms, player images etc.

§  Panelists:

·         Scott Bearby, Deputy General Counsel, NCAA

·         Matt Mitten, Executive Director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University

·         Kendall Spencer, former Division I SAAC chair, first student-athlete as voting member
           of NCAA Division I Board of Directors, frequent speaker on student-athlete issues

§  Moderator:

·         Jayma Meyer, Counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Visiting Clinical Professor –  Sports Law and
          Public Policy, Indiana University
School of Public and Environmental Affairs;
           former attorney in the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission


10:15 – 10:30 AM BREAK


10:30-11:30 AM    Plenary Session (White River E)


·         Class Action Settlements and Fairness

o   This session will discuss the recent pushback the Courts have given to class action settlements.

§  Panelists:

           Hon. Robert M. Dow, U.S> District Judge, Northern District of Illinois,
           Chairman of the Rule 23 Subcommittee for the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure

           Ted Frank, Founder and Director, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington,  DC

           Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff + Cabraser

                                                    ·                Richard Godfrey, Kirkland & Ellis LLP 

                                          Moderator:    Thomas Wiegand, MoloLamken LLP



11:45 – 12:30 PM Northern District of Illinois (Room 101)


11:45 – 12:30 PM Central and Southern Districts of Illinois (Room 103)


11:45 – 12:30 PM Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana (White River G/H)


11:45 – 12:30 PM Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin (Room 102)




12:30 – 1:30 pm   Annual Meeting and Business Luncheon of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association
(White River I/J)


12:30 – 1:30 pm   Annual Business Luncheon for Federal Judges and Clerks of Court Only (White River A/B)





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