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Electronic Filing!

 On November 13, 2017, the Supreme Court’s electronic filing system will begin operation.  While paper will remain the official form of filing as under existing practice, parties represented by counsel will also be required to submit most documents through the new electronic filing system.  Attorneys who expect to file documents electronically will need to register in advance for the system.
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Proposed Amendments Published for
Public Comment -

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.


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Amendments Approved by the Judicial Conference

Rules (effective December 1, 2018)

  • Appellate Rules 8, 11, 25, 26, 28.1, 29, 31, 39, and 41, and Forms 4 and 7;
  • Bankruptcy Rules 3002.1, 5005, 7004, 7062, 8002, 8006, 8007, 8010, 8011, 8013, 8015, 8016, 8017, 8021, 8022, 9025, new Rule 8018.1, and new Part VIII Appendix;
  • Civil Rules 5, 23, 62, and 65.1; and
  • Criminal Rules 12.4, 45, and 49.

Bankruptcy Forms

  • Official Forms 417A and 417C (to become effective December 1, 2018).

 Circuit Rider November 2017 (Volume 23)

Featured In This  Issue:

  • Milton Shadur: The Consummate Judge, By Hon. Robert Gettleman
  • Mandatory Initial Discovery: Just, Speedy, and Inexpensive or Nasty, Brutish, and Short?, By Daniel R. Fine
  • Operation Greylord: Corruption in the Cook County Courts, By Terrence Hake
  • Who, Me, Unreasonable? Establishing “Reasonableness” of Defense Counsel Fees in Insurance Coverage Litigation in the 7th Circuit, By Jesse Bair
  • Supreme Court Limits Use of Settlements to Skip Priority Creditors in Bankruptcy, By David Christian
  • When Unpopular Opinions Meet Politics: Three Milwaukee Federal Judges Who Faced Impeachment Investigations, By Barbara Fritschel
  • Book Review, By Joseph Ferguson, PUBLIC CORRUPTION AND THE LAW: Cases and Materials, by David H. Hoffman and Juliet S. Sorensen

    Judge John W. Darrah, By Jim Dvorak
    Judge Larry J. McKinney, By Hon. Tim A. Baker
    Judge Denise K. LaRue, By Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt

On October 13, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation sponsored  the
  “What To Do About Gun Violence” symposium, featuring experts from around the country.

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


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

(see video below)

   Four noted Supreme Court advocates presented a lively panel discussion of current districting issues facing the Court and the emerging role of social science in the analysis. 
Materials For Part II
Voting Rights series

The History of the Voting Rights Act in the Seventh Circuit

A historical discussion of the Voting Rights Act,
with a focus on litigation in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

(see video below)

 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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