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What To Do About Gun Violence



Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment - August 2017

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal, and Evidence Rules have published proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.

The proposed amendments, rules committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and instructions on how to submit comments are posted on  The public comment period ends February 15, 2018.

If your practice involves civil or criminal white collar matters, the Bar Association presents these helpful summaries and practice pointers for key Court opinions. 

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    On Friday, October 13, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation will day-long symposium, “What to Do about Gun Violence”  featuring experts from around the country.  The symposium will be held at the University Club of Chicago, 76 East Monroe Street, Chicago, and lunch will be supplied.  The symposium should be of interest to lawyers and non-lawyers. Application will be made for CLE credit from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

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October 20, 2017

The Appellate Lawyers Association
and the
7th Circuit Bar Association
Cordially Invite You
to Attend an
October Luncheon Program:

Seventh Circuit
Court of Appeals:

Major Cases in Review




        Please join us for a fascinating new program featuring 
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 LLP and former Illinois Solicitor General, who will discuss significant cases recently decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Their insights and analysis will focus on civil, commercial, and criminal developments and cover the Court’s recent en banc cases and Seventh Circuit decisions to be decided this term by the
United States Supreme Court.

Date:  Friday, October 20, 2017  Time:  12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location:  Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson                              Boulevard,  Chicago, Illinois. 

MCLE:  Participants will earn one hour of MCLE credit from                      the ALA.  The ALA is an approved MCLE provider.

Cost:  $40 for public-sector members of either association; $50 for private- sector members of either association; $55 for public-sector nonmembers; and $65 for private-sector nonmembers.

    Lunch is included.

Registrations processed on-site will be charged
an additional $5 administrative fee. 
The Union League Club enforces a dress code,
which can be accessed

Materials for Voting Rights Act Seminar
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66th Annual Meeting

Pro Bono Awards

Past President Award

American Inns of Court Award

Thanks to all for making the

66th Annual Meeting 
of the
Seventh Circuit Bar Association
and the
Seventh Circuit Judicial Conference

a huge success !

Elena Kagan
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States


Eva Mozes Kor is a survivor of the Holocaust who, with her twin sister Miriam, was subjected to human experimentation under Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. Both of her parents and two older sisters were killed at the camp; only she and Miriam survived.

In 1984, Kor founded the organization CANDLES (an acronym for "Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors"), through which she located 122 other living Mengele twins, as the experiment survivors came to be known.

Kor founded CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in 1995to educate the public about eugenics, the Holocaust, and the power of forgiveness. Kor received international attention when she publicly forgave
the Nazis for what had been done to her. This story was later explored in the documentary Forgiving Dr. Mengele.

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Featured in this issue of the Circuit Rider"

  • Editorial Note, By Jeffrey Cole – Editor-in-Chief

  • Statement of Professor Lawrence B. Solum, Hearings on the Nomination of the Hon. Neil M. Gorsuch to
    be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, By Professor Lawrence B. Solum

  • Constitutional Originalism and History, By Professor Jonathan Gienapp

  • My Life’s Rules – Ten Commandments For Being a Better Person and a Better Lawyer,
    By Hon. Lawrence J. Vilardo, United States District Judge for the Western District of New York

  • Modernize Litigation by Ending Discovery, By Mark Neubauer

  • The Devil is in the Details: Complying With Local Rule Requirements for Motions for Summary
    Judgment, By Tiffany Fordyce and Elizabeth Ralph

  • “Trendy” Psychology for Attorneys and Judges, By Alexandra L. Newman

  • Opening the Question: On the Question You Ask Depends the Answer You Get, By Laura McNally

  • Is It Time to Re-think the Local Patent Rules?, By Justin Weiner

  • Revisiting the Seventh Circuit’s Decision in PepsiCo: Inevitable Disclosure Injunctions in the Wake
    of the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, By Kenneth J. Vanko

  • Avoiding Missteps Over the Scope of the Bankruptcy Court’s Authority to Issue Final Orders,
    By David Christian

  • Link and Reference Rot in Judicial Internet Case Citations and the Seventh Circuit Library
    Solution, By Barbara Fritschel and John Klaus

  • Book Review, By Jeffrey Cole, RICHARD POSNER, by William Domnarski

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Videos of

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 E Pluribus Unum: the Immigration Conundrum  
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