Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Westin Chicago River North

3 MCLE Credits

Law Bulletin Seminars hosted its 9th Annual Symposium with the Judges on November 14, 2018, at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel.  Following opening remarks from Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, the audience of 175 trial attorneys heard from twelve judges in four unique panel discussions throughout the afternoon.  Each session was led by a noted trial attorney who elicited judicial guidance and candid commentary on topics that are critical for success at the trial level: case management, settlement conferences, voir dire, jury questionnaires, opening statements, jury instruction conferences, closing arguments and juror questions. Illinois attorneys earned three MCLE credits, and attendees enjoyed the cocktail reception that followed the program.


From the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division:

  • Hon. Larry G. Axelrood
    Trial Section
  • Hon. Jerry A. Esrig
    Commercial Calendar Section
  • Hon. Kathy M. Flanagan
    Supervising Judge, Motion Section
  • Hon. James P. Flannery, Jr.
    Presiding Judge, Law Division
  • Hon. Kay M. Hanlon
    Trial Section
  • Hon. Edward S. Harmening
    Trial Section
  • Hon. Christopher E. Lawler
    Motion Section
  • Hon. Thomas J. Lipscomb
    Trial Section
  • Hon. Clare Elizabeth McWilliams
    Trial Section
  • Hon. Mary R. Minella
    Trial Section
  • Hon. Marguerite A. Quinn
    Trial Section
  • Hon. Robert E. Senechalle, Jr.
    Trial Section

Discussion Leaders:

  • Kathryn L. Conway
    Power Rogers & Smith, LLP
  • Sarah F. King
    Clifford Law Offices, PC
  • Antonio M. Romanucci
    Romanucci & Blandin, LLC
  • Timothy S. Tomasik
    Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC


Opening Remarks
Hon. Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County

Session 1 – Case Management
Achieving efficiency and expedited discovery

Hon. James P. Flannery, Jr., Presiding Judge, Law Division
Hon. Kathy M. Flanagan, Supervising Judge, Motion Section
Hon. Christopher E. Lawler, Motion Section
Discussion Leader: Sarah F. King, Associate, Clifford Law Offices, PC

Session – 2 Pre-Trial Conferences
Judicial advice for settling prior to jury selection

Hon. Larry G. Axelrood, Trial Section
Hon. Jerry A. Esrig, Commercial Calendar Section
Hon. Edward S. Harmening, Trial Section
Discussion Leader: Timothy S. Tomasik, Founding Partner, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC

Session 3 – Jury Selection & Communication
The judges help you with voir dire and weigh the cost-benefit of juror questions

Hon. Kay M. Hanlon, Trial Section
Hon. Thomas J. Lipscomb, Trial Section
Hon. Marguerite A. Quinn, Trial Section
Discussion Leader: Kathryn L. Conway, Associate, Power Rogers & Smith, LLP

Session 4 – Trial Presentation
Tips for success through effective opening statements and better closing arguments

Hon. Clare Elizabeth McWilliams, Trial Section
Hon. Mary R. Minella, Trial Section
Hon. Robert E. Senechalle, Jr., Trial Section
Discussion Leader: Antonio M. Romanucci, Founding Partner, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC


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