How Judges Judge: Text, Context, and Pretext

  • January 01, 2018
  • March 27, 2020
  • Chicago, IL



New for Our Members:
On-Demand Video CLE

How Judges Judge: Text, Context, and Pretext

A conversation featuring 
Judges Diane Sykes and David Hamilton of the United States Court of Appeals
for the Seventh Circuit

As part of our continuing efforts to bring premium programming to our members, the Appellate Lawyers Association is pleased to offer an informative and engaging video CLE program featuring Judges Diane Sykes and David Hamilton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which was recorded at the Union League Club of Chicago.

          The program focuses on how judges judge. Originalism? Textualism? Pragmatism? Judges Sykes and Hamilton discuss their judicial philosophies and provide an in-depth look at the differing ways that judges approach statutory and constitutional interpretation. 

          Judge Sykes was appointed to the Seventh Circuit in 2004. She was a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1999 to 2004 and before that served as a trial court judge in Milwaukee County for seven years.

          Judge Hamilton has served on the Seventh Circuit since 2009. From 1994 to 2009, he was a judge and the chief judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

For only $25, you can view the program on any device with Internet access (including computer, smart phone, tablet, or TV) anywhere in the world, at your convenience. And you will receive one hour of CLE credit.

 To purchase:

1.     Use our online system here to pay with a credit card. Or, if you prefer, you can register online but send a check for payment. Please note, credit card payments can be accepted only through the online registration process. 


2.     Mail your completed registration form along with a check payable to ALA to

Chris Teed 
Appellate Lawyers Association 
1717 North Naper Boulevard, Suite 102 
Naperville, IL 60563

If you have questions, please contact Chris Teed at (630) 416-1166, ext. 303, or