Blindfolds Off: Judges on How They Decide

  • September 26, 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Union League Club, 65 West Jackson, Chicago, Illinois


The Appellate Lawyers Association
Cordially Invites You to Attend
Its September Luncheon Program

Blindfolds Off:  Judges on How They Decide

A Conversation with
Author and Advocate
Joel Cohen

Please join us for a fascinating examination of what judges think as they read our briefs, consider our oral arguments, and then make their final decisions.  Author and advocate Joel Cohen will share his insights into an unexpected human range of judicial philosophies, practicalities, and biases, a rare perspective he gleaned in researching and writing Blindfolds OffJudges on How They Decide, his acclaimed work on judging.  In that book, Mr. Cohen interviewed more than a dozen members of the federal bench, including judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  All of them provided candid, revealing, and personal assessments of their approaches to rulings and decisions in high-profile and complex cases.

A prolific author, Mr. Cohen has published several books, including Broken Scales:  Reflections on Injustice, as well as works of fiction and books on religion.  His articles regularly appear in Slate, New York Law Journal, Huffington Post, ABA Journal, and other publications.  A former federal prosecutor and currently an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, Mr. Cohen counsels individuals and corporations in criminal matters, ethical issues, and disciplinary proceedings.  In July 2017, he was part of the appellate team that convinced the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to reverse the conviction of the former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, a case headed to the United States Supreme Court.

Date:  Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time:  12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location:  Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois.  Please note that the Union League Club enforces a dress code, which can be accessed here.    

MCLE:  Participants will earn one hour of MCLE credit.  The ALA is an approved MCLE provider.

Cost:  $40 for public-sector ALA members; $50 for private-sector ALA members; $55 for public-sector nonmembers; and $65 for private-sector nonmembers.

PLEASE NOTE: Registrations processed on-site will be charged an additional $5.00 administrative fee.

Questions? Call (630) 416-1166, ext. 303


1.     Use our online registration system here to register for the event and also 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 only be accepted 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

Cancellations/Refunds: Cancellations must be received two business days prior to the event in order to receive a full refund. No refunds will be processed after this time. Cancellations must be in writing and may be submitted to or faxed to (630) 596-1418. Additionally, payment is expected from no-shows.