Friday, October 13, 2017

The Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Week is October 23 through October 27

The Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Foundation will once again celebrate their Pro Bono Week from October 23 through October 27. Over the course of the week, there will be several complimentary events, including one titled “Justice: An Evening of Stories and Community” focusing on five-minute stories of justice from members of the crowd. That event will take place on Tuesday, October 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Revolution Brewing.

Another highlight of the week will be the 24th Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair, which will be presented by the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. The fair provides the opportunity for attorneys and law students to meet with more than 40 different legal aid, pro bono, community service and mentoring organizations. The event will take place on Thursday, October 26 at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP (300 North State Street in Chicago) from 5 to 7 p.m.

To learn more about Pro Bono Week and to register, please visit here.

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ALA Co-Sponsoring Relief Fundraiser for Mexico and Puerto Rico on October 23

On October 23, the ALA will co-sponsor with the Diversity Scholarship Foundation and the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago a fundraiser to support relief in Mexico and Puerto Rico after both have suffered tremendous damage from natural disasters. All profits raised from the event will be given in equal amounts to the Mexican Consul and the Puerto Rican Agenda.

The event will take place at Latinicity, 108 North State Street (Third Floor) in Chicago, beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m.

Guests at the event will include Illinois Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez and Carlos Martin Jimenez Macias, the Mexican General Consul in Chicago.

For more information about the event and to buy tickets, please click here.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Don’t Miss Out on the ALA’s October Event -- Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals: Major Cases in Review Panel Discussion

On October 20, 2017, the Appellate Lawyers Association and the 7th Circuit Bar Association will present a panel discussion on significant cases recently decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The discussion will focus on civil, commercial, and criminal developments. It will also cover the Court’s recent en banc cases and Seventh Circuit decisions that will be decided this term by the United States Supreme Court. The event will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois.

Our distinguished panelists will be 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 and former Illinois Solicitor General. Scodro is also a past president of the Appellate Lawyers Association.

The Appellate Lawyers Association is excited to present this panel discussion with the 7th Circuit Bar Association. Attendees to the event will receive one hour of MCLE credit. Further details and instructions on how to register are available here.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Former ALA President Michael A. Scodro Discusses "Blockbuster" Term for the United States Supreme Court on Chicago Tonight

Former ALA President and Illinois Solicitor General Michael A. Scodro, now a partner at Mayer Brown, appeared on Chicago Tonight last night to discuss the "blockbuster" term for the United States Supreme Court.

The discussion included Gill v. Whitford, a case involving the constitutionality of gerrymandering in Wisconsin, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case involving a baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and his right to free speech, and Janus v. AFSCME, a case involving union fair-share fees.



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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, Enters Order Requesting Courtesy Copies of Electronically Filed Briefs

On September 28, 2017, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, entered an administrative order on the filing of briefs. According to the order, electronically filed briefs will be considered the official original brief filed in the appellate court. However, the parties must file five duplicate paper copies of all briefs. The paper copies must bear the electronic file stamp and be filed within five days of the electronically filed copy. Lastly, the paper copies must comply with all applicable Supreme Court rules, including the color cover requirement as detailed in Supreme Court Rule 341.

Below is a copy of the order.



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Friday, September 29, 2017

Benefit for Higher Education in Haiti - An Event Co-Sponsored by the ALA

On November 8, 2017, the Appellate Lawyers Association will be co-sponsoring an event titled “Benefit for Higher Education in Haiti” with the Haitian American Lawyers Association of Illinois, along with several other bar associations.

The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago (151 East Wacker Drive). The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a program at 6:30 p.m.  All proceeds will benefit the United Council for Higher Education in Haiti, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization created by the legal community for the construction of a center for higher education in Haiti.

To learn more about the event, please visit the link. Tickets are $150 per person with various sponsorships at higher levels. There will be a silent auction at the event, for which the organizers are seeking donations. In addition, they are seeking volunteers to serve on their Planning Committee. Please email Mail@UCHEH.org for more information or to volunteer.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Amended Illinois Supreme Court Rules Concerning Word Limits of Appellate Documents To Be Effective November 1

By Josh Wolff
Law Clerk to Hon. Eileen O'Neill Burke, Illinois Appellate Court, First District


On September 15, 2017, the Illinois Supreme Court entered an order, amending several Supreme Court rules, all to be effective on November 1, 2017. The amendments, in large part, concerned word limits of several appellate documents. Here is a brief summary of the amendments:

Rule 303A

Under Rule 303A, involving expedited and confidential proceedings under the Parental Notification of Abortion Act, a petitioner who appeals the circuit court’s denial of a judicial waiver under the Act may file a brief statement of facts and memorandum of law in support of her petition. Together, those documents may not exceed 15 pages or now, alternatively, 4,500 words.

Rule 306

Under Rule 306, involving permissive interlocutory appeals, specifically, interlocutory orders affecting the care and custody of, or the allocation of parental responsibilities for unemancipated minors, or the relocation of unemancipated minors, a petition must be filed in the appellate court. In conjunction with the petition, the petitioner may file a memorandum of law, which may not exceed 15 pages or now, alternatively, 4,500 words. Similarly, a memorandum of law by the respondent may not exceed 15 pages or now, alternatively, 4,500 words.