Program Schedule



  Thursday, October 24


5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Registration


5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Opening Reception


7:30 pm

Dine Around (Optional)
Join other AAAL fellows and guests for dinner at excellent restaurants in Chicago. Sign up will be available soon.



  Friday, October 25


7:30 am–3:00 pm

Registration


7:30 am–9:00 am

Continental Breakfast


7:45 am–8:45 am

New Fellow Orientation


8:50 am–9:00 am

Welcome Remarks and Announcements

Matt Lembke, AAAL President
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Birmingham, Alabama


9:00 am–10:15 am

Story-Telling in Appellate Briefs

All good appellate lawyers tell the truth in their statement of facts, but that doesn’t mean we can’t also tell a good story. Two successful and well-known novelists—one a Chicago trial lawyer and the other an Illinois appellate judge—will discuss presenting a compelling narrative to an appellate court while remaining true to the record on appeal.

Panelists

The Hon. David W. Ellis
Justice, Illinois Appellate Court, First District
Springfield, Illinois

Ronald H. Balson
Author
Chicago, Illinois

Moderator

Joel D. Bertocchi, AAAL Fellow
Akerman LLP
Chicago, Illinois


10:15 am–10:30 am

Break


10:30 am–11:45 am

Judicial Panel on Legal Writing

Judge Aldisert emphasizes that similar facts should result in similar outcomes. Another renowned Chicago storyteller, Saul Bellow, wrote that “a fact is a wire through which one sends a current.” How are facts most effectively deployed by advocates and managed by courts? Is it becoming more common for each side to write primarily its own facts? What expectations do courts have of factual treatments in briefs? How do electronic records impact the work of courts? These highly respected appellate justices will address these and related questions.

Panelists

The Hon. Robert L. Carter
Justice, Illinois Appellate Court, Third District
Ottawa, Illinois

The Hon. Ann B. Jorgensen
Justice, Illinois Appellate Court, Second District
Elgin, Illinois

The Hon. James A. Knecht
Justice, Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District
Springfield, Illinois

Moderator

Mike T. Reagan, AAAL Fellow
Law Offices of Michael T. Reagan
Ottawa, Illinois


11:45 am–1:15 pm

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Luncheon—Abraham Lincoln as an Appellate Lawyer
Although Abraham Lincoln is widely known as a trial lawyer and a circuit rider, his most notable achievements as an attorney came at the appellate level. Lincoln had a reputation as a lawyer's lawyer and appeared in approximately 300 cases in the Supreme Court of Illinois alone. Learn how Lincoln became such a successful appellate advocate and hear descriptions of appellate cases that impacted Lincoln’s legal career and the development of Illinois law.

Speaker

John Lupton
Executive Director, Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission
Chicago, Illinois


1:30 pm–3:00 pm

Federal and State Appellate Judicial Panel

Lively dialogue and an exchange of advice and ideas from four prominent reviewing-court jurists—two from the Seventh Circuit and two from the Illinois Supreme and Appellate Courts. The panelists will explore topics ranging from practical, nuts-and-bolts advice (e.g., drawing attention to your case when seeking discretionary review) to broader issues surrounding the courts as an institution (e.g., the role of the judiciary in our modern political context).

Panelists

The Hon. Diane P. Wood
Chief Judge, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Chicago, Illinois

The Hon. Amy Coney Barrett
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Robert K. Rodibaugh United States Courthouse
South Bend, Indiana

The Hon. Mary Jane Theis
Justice, Illinois Supreme Court
Chicago, Illinois

The Hon. Lisa Holder White
Justice, Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District
Springfield, Illinois

Moderators

Karen Kies DeGrand, AAAL Fellow
Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth
Chicago, Illinois

Mike A. Scodro, AAAL Fellow
Mayer Brown LLP
Chicago, Illinois


3:00 pm–3:15 pm

Break


3:15 pm–4:15 pm

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The Academy’s New Nationwide Training Initiative: How to Be a Better Appellate Advocate at Oral Argument

An Academy task force has been developing a model training module on improving appellate oral advocacy. The goal is to develop materials that can be used by fellows for presentations around the country. To move this project forward, the model training module will be presented by the fellows involved in developing it. The presentation will be followed by a discussion among fellows with suggestions for refining the materials.

Speaker

Mark Fleming, AAAL Fellow
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Boston, Massachusetts


4:15 pm–6:00 pm

Free Time


6:00 pm–6:30 pm

New Fellow Induction Ceremony


6:30 pm–7:30 pm

Cocktail Reception


7:30 pm

Dinner



  Saturday, October 26


8:00 am–Noon

Registration


8:00 am–9:00 am

Continental Breakfast


9:00 am–10:15 am

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Artificial Intelligence, Law Practice, and Legal Systems

How will artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics impact law practice and legal systems? How will they impact legal reasoning and dispute resolution? What’s already here and what’s on the horizon? Can we proactively adopt AI and data analytics to increase access to legal information and services, improve justice, and promote the rule of law? These are just some of the topics that our speaker will address.

Speaker

Daniel Linna Jr.
Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
Chicago, Illinois


10:15 am–10:30 am

AAAL Annual Business Meeting

Matt Lembke, AAAL President
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Birmingham, Alabama


10:30 am–10:45 am

Break


10:45 am–Noon

Appellate Ethics

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An interactive discussion among the fellows about how to approach ethical dilemmas raised by hypothetical scenarios that arise in appellate practice. Two noted specialists on appellate ethics in their respective states will raise questions, stimulate discussion, and comment on emerging answers.

Panelists

Kevin H. Dubose, AAAL Fellow
Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP
Houston, Texas

Marcy G. Glenn, AAAL Fellow
Holland & Hart
Denver, Colorado


2:15 pm–3:15 pm

Art Institute of Chicago Highlights Tour (Optional Event)

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