250 litigators gathered on November 5th at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel for the Annual Symposium With The Judges. Hosted by Law Bulletin Seminars, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Co., this MCLE event provided sitting judges from Cook County’s Law Division a forum to share their wisdom and advice with the lawyers who appear before them. As panelists, the judges fielded questions, offered candid comments, provided valuable advocacy tips, and discussed policies and procedures that are unique to their courtrooms.
The Symposium was kicked off by Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans. Four panel discussions featuring thirteen judges from Cook County’s Law Division followed. Top trial attorneys Kathleen McDonough, Bob Clifford, and Pat Salvi led three of the four panels, and Hon. Thomas Mulroy filled in for Manny Sanchez, who was called out of the country on a client matter. Several critical topics were covered throughout the afternoon, including mediation, pre-trial conferences, efficient case management, communicating with the court, procedural pitfalls, and the court’s handling of voir dire and juror questions.
Settlement is an Art
Advice from the bench for mediation and pre-trial conferences
Hon. Eileen Brewer
Hon. Elizabeth Budzinski
Hon. Lynn Egan
Moderator: Patrick Salvi, Founder & Managing Equity Partner, Salvi Schostok & Pritchard, PC
Meeting Judicial Expectations
The judges offer tips on scheduling, efficiency and communicating with the court
Hon. John Griffin
Hon. Marcia Maras
Hon. Clare McWilliams
Moderator: Manuel Sanchez, Founder & Managing Partner, Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP
Guidance from the bench on privilege, production and privacy
Hon. John Callahan, Jr.
Hon. John Ehrlich
Hon. James O’Hara
Moderator: Kathleen McDonough, Managing Shareholder, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.
What is the role of the court in voir dire and when jurors ask questions during testimony or deliberation?
Hon. James Flannery, Jr., Presiding Judge
Hon. Thomas Lyons
Hon. Donald Suriano
Moderator: Robert Clifford, Founder & Senior Partner, Clifford Law Offices