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Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals

Welcome to the 7th Circuit Bar Association Web site. Our By-Laws set forth the Association’s purposes which are:


3.1  Vision

The Association advocates for the fair and effective administration of justice in the Courts of the Seventh Circuit

3.2 Mission

The Association promotes interaction and cooperation between lawyers and judges in improving the administration of justice.

3.3 Strategic Goals

3.3(a)  The Association will work with the Courts in planning and conducting the Annual Judicial Conference and the Annual Meeting of the 7th Circuit Bar Association

          (1) Maintain high quality programming at the conference

          (2) Increase the numbers and diversity of attendees at the conference

3.3(b)  Diversify and strengthen programs and participation across the Circuit

          (1) Plan programs in each of the 3 member states every year

          (2) Conduct activities with bench and bar in each of the 3 member states each year

          (3) Have at least one "Members Only" event or program each year

          (4) Provide educational opportunities for all areas of the profession, including small firms and solo practitioners

          (5) Partner with other legal organizations to promote the Association's goals

3.3(c)  The Association will promote and enhance the value of membership

          (1) Enable lawyers in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin to have a high quality member experience

          (2) Advance diversity of the 7th Circuit bench and bar, including age, gender, race, practice and geography

          (3) Communicate the mission and benefits of membership by increasing the Association's visibility through an    organizational communications plan

3.3(d)  Generate sufficient revenue to serve the Association's Mission

          (1) Maintain an affordable structure for dues and fees

          (2) Create additional revenue sources beyond Annual Meeting and membership dues

3.3(e)  The Association will clarify and update the Association's governance structure

          (1) Periodically re-examine the roles of officers and committees.

          (2) Maximize the effectiveness of the Association's governance.