Events


Upcoming events

    • 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

    Register:

    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 cteed@wmrhq.com or faxed to (630) 596-1418. Additionally, payment is expected from no-shows.

    • October 20, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 West Jackson, Chicago, Illinois

    The Appellate Lawyers Association
    and the 7th Circuit Bar Association
    Cordially Invite You to Attend an October Luncheon Program

    Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals:
    Major Cases in Review

    Please join us for a fascinating new program featuring Judge Gary Feinerman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Illinois Solicitor General David L. Franklin, and Michael A. Scodro, a partner at Mayer Brown LLP and former Illinois Solicitor General, who will discuss significant cases recently decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Their insights and analysis will focus on civil, commercial, and criminal developments and cover the Court’s recent en banc cases and Seventh Circuit decisions to be decided this term by the United States Supreme Court.

    Date:  Friday, October 20, 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 from the ALA.  The ALA is an approved MCLE provider.

    Cost:  $40 for public-sector members of either association; $50 for private-sector members of either association; $55 for public-sector nonmembers; and $65 for private-sector nonmembers.  Lunch is included.

    PLEASE NOTE: Registrations processed on-site will be charged an additional $5 administrative fee.

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

    Register:

    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, Illinois 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 cteed@wmrhq.com or faxed to (630) 596-1418.  Additionally, payment is expected from no-shows.

    • November 01, 2017
    • March 17, 2020
    • Chicago, IL

    New for Our Members: 
    On-Demand Video CLE

    Ethics for Appellate Lawyers

    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 CLE program featuring a lively discussion of ethical issues for appellate lawyers.

    Learn about recent ethical developments and pitfalls from our distinguished panelists: Jim Grogan, Deputy Administrator and Chief Counsel of the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, and Mary Foster, former Review Board counsel at the ARDC and current lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law. 

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

    OR,

    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 cteed@wmrhq.com


    • November 01, 2017
    • 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. 

    OR,

    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 cteed@wmrhq.com


    • November 01, 2017
    • May 24, 2020
    • Chicago, IL

    New for Our Members:
    On-Demand Video CLE

    The Roberts Court at Ten: A Reporter’s Reflections

    Adam Liptak, New York Times
    Supreme Court Correspondent

    As part of our continuing efforts to bring premium programming to our members, the Appellate Lawyers Association is pleased to announce and offer an informative and engaging CLE program recorded live at the Union League Club of Chicago, featuring Adam Liptak of the New York Times

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

    Among the most widely recognized and respected voices in national legal journalism, Mr. Liptak graduated from Yale Law School and worked at a New York law firm before joining The New York Times Company’s legal department in 1992. He has covered the Supreme Court since 2008. His front-page stories and regular “Sidebar” column have come to play a critical role in our national dialogue on the law and our judicial system. Mr. Liptak’s work also has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Business Week, and the American Lawyer. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2009, and he received the Scripps Howard Award in 2010 for a series of pieces on the Roberts Court.

    At this event, Mr. Liptak offered his reflections on the Supreme Court’s last decade, discussed the challenges and rewards he faces as a national legal reporter, and shared stories from the front lines covering our nation’s highest court.

    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. 

    OR,

    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 about the program, please contact Chris Teed at(630) 416-1166, ext. 303, or cteed@wmrhq.com


    • November 01, 2017
    • June 04, 2020
    • Chicago, IL

    New for Our Members:
    On-Demand Video CLE

    A Review of the U.S. Supreme Court: Its Docket, Where It Is Now, and Where It Is Likely to Go

    A program featuring Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law*

    As part of our continuing efforts to bring premium programming to our members, the Appellate Lawyers Association is pleased to announce and offer an informative and engaging CLE program featuring Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, which was recorded at a CLE luncheon at The Standard Club in Chicago on April 21, 2017. 

    Dean Chemerinsky discusses five topics relating to the U.S. Supreme Court: the possible outcomes of a 4-4 split on the Court; the pivotal role of Justice Anthony Kennedy; the centrality of issues relating to race in many of the Court’s cases; the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch; and the long-term picture for the Court. 

    Dean Chemerinsky is an expert on constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights, civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of ten books and more than 200 law review articles. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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

    (*In May 2017, Dean Chemerinsky was named Dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law and will assume that position in July 2017.)

    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. 

    OR,

    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 about the program, please contact Chris Teed at(630) 416-1166, ext. 303, or cteed@wmrhq.com