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67th Annual Meeting of the 7th Circuit Bar Association & Judicial Conference of the Seventh Circuit

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65th Annual Meeting of the
Seventh Circuit Bar Association
Judicial Conference of the Seventh Circuit


Sunday, May 3

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


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6:00 p.m.

Opening Program

Marquette University Law School

Monday, May 4



7:30 a.m.


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7:45 a.m.

Bankruptcy Judges’ Breakfast



Magistrate Judges’ Breakfast


9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks and Introductions



Honorable G Michael Halfenger, President, Seventh Circuit Bar Association,
Eastern District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Court



? Hon. Diane P. Wood, Chief Judge,
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


9:25 a.m.

Report of the Clerk of Court
Gino J. Agnello, Clerk of Court,
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit



9:45 a.m.

Program I:

Intuitive vs. Deliberative Decision Making:

Professor Jeffrey Rachlinski
Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Wistrich (CD Cal.)
Prof. ChadOldfather

10:35 a.m.
Morning Break
10.50 - 12:10 p.m.

Program II

Decision Making Panel

10:00 a.m.

Spouses’ Event:




12:30 p.m.

Annual Luncheon

Report on the State of the Circuit, Hon. Diane Wood, Chief Judge
Speaker: Senator Evan Bayh, Indiana


2:15 p.m.

Program III

Statutory interpretation: an empirical study




Bankruptcy: Attorney Misconduct and Other Ethical Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy Matters

Panelists: Hon. Bruce Black, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, N.D.Ill.; Hon. Pamela Pepper, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, E.D. Wis.; Michael E. Kepler, Partner, Kepler & Peyton, Madison, WI; Debra L. Miller, Chapter 13 Trustee, South Bend, IN; M. Gretchen Silver, U.S. Trustee, N.D. Ill.

Description: Is attorney misconduct in consumer bankruptcy cases on the rise or are we just seeing more active prosecutions? This panel will discuss several cases that have occurred recently in our circuit including the cases of Timothy Liou in Illinois, Emory H. Booker in Wisconsin and several recent cases in Indiana. The panel will also discuss the various ways in which our courts are attempting to address these situations, including the establishment of local rules, mentoring programs, continuing education, fines, bars and other mechanisms.

3:30 p.m.
Statutory Interpretation Panel








5:30 p.m.

Annual Reception/Cocktail Party


6:30 p.m.

Annual Dinner



Hon. Elena Kagan, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court




Joan Biskopic


9:00 p.m.

President’s Reception


Tuesday, May 5



7:30 a.m.



7:45 a.m.

Newer Lawyers’ Mentoring Breakfast with the Judges

All lawyers and judges will be invited to attend.Judge Wood will make remarks.Questions will be provided at the tables to spur discussion.

9:00 a.m.

Newer Lawyers’ CLE program: Frank Advice from the Bench for Newer Attorneys

Hon. John Tinder (7th Cir.), Hon. Rebecca Pallmeyer, (N.D.Ill.), Hon. Sharon Johnson Coleman (N.D.Ill.), Hon. William Conley (W.D. Wis.)

9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session

10:30 a.m.

Morning Break

10:00 a.m.
Civil Breakout
Criminal Breakout
Bankruptcy Breakout


District Breakouts


Northern District of Illinois Judicial Panel


Central and Southern Districts of Illinois Judicial Panel


Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana Judicial Panel


Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin Judicial Panel

12:00 p.m.

Annual Business Luncheon for Federal Judges and Clerks of Court



Annual Meeting and Business Luncheon of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association

All members of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association are invited to attend this luncheon and annual business meeting, at which new officers and members of the board of governor will be elected.


1:00 p.m.

Executive Session for Members of the Federal Judiciary


3:00 p.m.

Judicial Council Meeting


4:00 p.m.




A Symposium Sponsored by:
Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation
and Co-Sponsored by:
Northwestern University School of Law and
The Harvard Club of Chicago
February 20-21, 2014
Thorne Auditorium
Northwestern University School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60611

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  • Making Oral Argument Productive: Judges’ Edition, By Brian J. Paul
  • Social Media and the Law, By Kenneth P. Nolan
  • Electronic Discovery Vendors 101, By Justin Weiner and Gajan Sivakumaran\
  • Sorry” is Not Enough: Strengthening the Brady Duty to Disclose in the Seventh Circuit,
    By Michael G. Babbitt
  • Conservatives on the Cutting Edge: How the Supreme Court’s Three Most Conservative Justices Reached the
    More Innovation-Friendly — and Correct — Conclusion in their Aereo Dissent
    , By Zachary Willenbrink
  • Landmark Supreme Court Cases from 1964, By Jane Dall Wilson
  • Keep Your Hands off My State’s Seat: Court of Appeals Nominations and the Home State Norm,
    By Jeff Bowen
  • Amendments to Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, By Jeffrey Cole
  • Judge Manish Shah, By Stephen Hackney
  • Judge James D. Peterson, By David E. Jones
  • Judge Stanley Roszkowski, By Michael Mahoney