Federal Bar Association

In late January, the Northern District’s six newest judges attended a Federal Bar Association* panel to offer insights into their practices and chambers. The recurring theme of the discussion was a call for civility: Civility in court. Civility in briefs. Civility in emails. Over the next several weeks, I will provide summaries of each judge’s comments and insights. This post (the sixth in the series) focuses upon Judge Coleman:
“Come prepared”
Do not argue when the Court is not expecting argument
Civility
Consent to magistrates
Often does not require argument of motions, but gives a ruling date
For arguments, she will often identify issues to be addressed
Arguments are 15-30 minutes, “tops.”

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In late January, the Northern District’s six newest judges attended a Federal Bar Association* panel to offer insights into their practices and chambers. The recurring theme of the discussion was a call for civility: Civility in court. Civility in briefs. Civility in emails. Over the next several weeks, I will provide summaries of each judge’s comments and insights. This post (the fifth in the series) focuses upon Magistrate Judge Kim:
Be civil in court and in your papers.
Do not include extraneous emails or exhibits to score points. They do not work.
Tell your story in your answer, do not just deny.
Rule 56.1 statements: short and concise facts.

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In late January, the Northern District’s six newest judges attended a Federal Bar Association* panel to offer insights into their practices and chambers. The recurring theme of the discussion was a call for civility: Civility in court. Civility in briefs. Civility in emails. Over the next several weeks, I will provide summaries of each judge’s comments and insights. This post (the third in the series) focuses upon Judge Fienerman:
Allege diversity jurisdiction properly (watch corporate entities)
Assume he has read the papers when arguing
Be prepared to argue motions when noticed
Answer the question the court asks: If it is a yes or no question, the answer should start with “yes”, “no” or “I cannot answer that because. . . .”
Jury trials: respect juries and use humor sparingly

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In late January, the Northern District’s six newest judges attended a Federal Bar Association* panel to offer insights into their practices and chambers. The recurring theme of the discussion was a call for civility: Civility in court. Civility in briefs. Civility in emails. Over the next several weeks, I will provide summaries of each judge’s comments and insights. This post (the third in the series) focuses upon Magistrate Judge Finnegan:
Discuss ways to streamline cases early
Plan early discovery to focus issues and settlement conferences
Will sometimes meet counsel without clients before a full settlement conference
Follow Seventh Circuit E-Discovery Program

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In late January, the Northern District’s six newest judges attended a Federal Bar Association panel to offer insights into their practices and chambers. The recurring theme of the discussion was a call for civility: Civility in court. Civility in briefs. Civility in emails. Over the next several weeks, I will provide summaries of each judge’s comments and insights. This post (the second nin the series) focuses upon Judge Chang (a University of Michigan aerospace engineer like me Go Blue!):
Send someone to hearings that knows the case and/or motions.
Civility: Do not casually suggest misconduct; avoid work like “fabricated,” “concocted” or “misleading”.
Rule 56 motions: omit unnecessary details and “use brevity.”

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The Northern District and the Federal Bar Association are seeking nominations for excellence in pro bono and public interest work. Nominations should be based upon work performed in civil cases before the Northern District which are no longer pending. Nominations should include: the name and address of the nominee; a brief resume; the complete case title; case number and judge for each case; the work done by the nominee on the cases; and the brief summary of the reasons you believe the nominees pro bono work has been outstanding.
Send nominations via email by next Wednesday, April 14 to ProBono2010_ILND@ilnd.uscourts.gov. Contact the Chambers of Chief Judge James F. Holderman with any questions.

Continue Reading Eleventh Annual Pro Bono and Public Interest Awards

The Northern District of Illinois and Chicago’s Federal Bar Association chapter are hosting their Ninth Annual Awards for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service awards program this Tuesday, May 13 beginning at 3:30 pm in the James Benton Parsons Memorial Courtroom (2525) of the Dirksen United States Courthouse at 219 South Dearborn Street. The program is open to everyone and is free of charge.
The keynote speaker will be William Neukom, the President of the ABA and partner in K&L Gates. Prior to his private practice, Neukom was executive vice president of Law and Corporate Affairs for
Microsoft, where he managed Microsoft’s legal, government affairs and philanthropic
activities.
Seven “Awards for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service” and one “Special
Recognition Award for Public Interest Service” will be presented to the following Chicago-area lawyers for their pro bono and public interest work before the Northern District:
Sara C. Arroyo and Rosa M. Tumialán, of Dykema Gossett PLLC (presented by the Judge Coar);
Anthony J. Masciopinto, of Kulwin, Masciopinto & Kulwin, LLP (presented by Judge Manning);
Myron Mackoff, of Richardson & Mackoff (presented by the Chief Judge Holderman and Magistrate Judge Valdez);
Joshua D. Lee and Amy M. Rubenstein, of Schiff Hardin LLP (presented by the
Judge Brown);
Catherine Caporusso and Margot Klein, of the Federal District Court’s Self-Help Assistance Program (presented by Judge Hibbler);
David A. Gordon, Michael B. Nadler, and Kristen R. Seeger, of Sidley Austin LLP (presented
by Magistrate Judge Schenkier);
Lisa R. Kane, of Lisa Kane & Associates, PC (presented by Chief Judge Holderman); and
Richard J. Gonzales, Clinical Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent (presented by Chief Judge Holderman).

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