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  - Agenda -

Seventh Circuit Bar Association Annual Meeting

Updated 3/22/17


Sunday, April 30, 2017 


3:00 – 7:00 PM     REGISTRATION at the JW Marriott Hotel (Second floor at the top of the escalators.)

at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

·      Making the Movie:  Federal Justice In Indiana.  This presentation will discuss the making of a bicentennial documentary on the history of Indiana's federal courts, featuring three key cases - Ex parte MiIligan; U.S. v Ryan et al; and U.S. v Board of School Commissioners of the City of Indianapolis et al. Speakers: Doria Lynch, Court Historian, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana; and filmmakers Alan Backler, Larry Laswell, and David Gudaitis of Gudaitis Production.


Monday, May 1, 2017

7 AM – 6 PM         REGISTRATION (JW Marriott Conference Center)


7:30 – 8:45 AM     BANKRUPTCY JUDGES’ BREAKFAST (JW Marriott - White River A)



7:30 – 8:45 AM     MAGISTRATE JUDGES’ BREAKFAST (JW Marriott- White River B)



9:00 - 9:30 AM      President’s Welcome  (White River E)

                                    Brian W. Welch, President, Seventh Circuit Bar Association;

                                    Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP


                              Chief Judge’s Welcome and Introduction

                                   Chief Judge Diane P. Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


                              Clerk of Court’s Presentation

                                    Gino J. Agnello, Clerk of Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


                              United States Marshals Service INTRODUCTION



9:30 - 10:45 AM    Plenary Session (White River E)


·         The Future of Law School


o   With law school applications and legal jobs on the decline, and with student loans on the rise, this session would explore whether the traditional law school model needs to change.

§  Panelists:

·         The Hon. Justice Shepard, Retired, Has served as Chair of the ABA’s Council of
           the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar as well as the
           ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education

·          William D. Henderson, Professor of Law Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Alli Gerkman, Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System


10:45 - 11:00 AM  BREAK


11:00 - 12:15 PM  PLENARY SESSION (White River E)


·         President Trump and the Future of the U.S. Supreme Court


o   This session will explore the nomination process, the background of the newest justice, likely future retirements and appointments, and the ideological makeup of the court and its likely consequences going forward.

§  Panelists:

·         Dawn Johnsen, Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

·         Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network,
           former law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas

·         Timothy S. Bishop, Mayer Brown, U.S. Supreme Court litigator

·         Roman Martinez, Latham & Watkins LLP, Supreme Court & Appellate Practice

§  Moderator:

·         Brian J. Paul, Faegre Baker Daniels



12:30 - 2:00 PM    ANNUAL LUNCHEON (White River A/B/C/D)


·         Chief Judge Diane P. Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


·         Mayor Joe Hogsett, Mayor, City of Indianapolis; former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana



2:15 – 3:15 PM     PLENARY SESSION (White River E)


·         The Impact of Digital/Data Breach


o   This session will discuss the vulnerability of the business community to data breach, liabilities, and recent decisions on class actions and standing.

§  Panelists:

·         John F. McCauley, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

·         Steve Reynolds, Ice Miller LLP

·         Raymond Manna, Kroll Security


3:15 – 3:30 PM     BREAK



3:30 - 4:30 PM      BREAKOUT SESSIONS


·         Civil - The Fun and Fear of Arguing in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (White River A-C)


o   This session will explore how to prepare for and argue a case in the Seventh Circuit.

§  Speakers:

·         Brian J. Paul, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

·         Thomas Fisher, Indiana Solicitor General


·         Criminal Breakout (Room 103/104)


o   This session will discuss the Department of Justice enforcement priorities of the new Administration, and how changes may impact the nature of the caseload at the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the defense bar. 

§  Panelists:

·         Rod Rosenstein, current United States Attorney for the District of Maryland,
          and nominee to serve as Deputy Attorney General

·         Josh Minkler, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana

·         J.P. Hanlon, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

§  Moderator:

·         Honorable John Tinder, former United States Attorney and judge for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
           and United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


·         Bankruptcy Breakout (Room 101/102)


o   This session will focus on two cases pending before the United States Supreme Court – Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp and Midland Funding LLC v. Johnson, and others that appear worthy of Supreme Court review

§  Panelists:

·         Bruce Markell, Professor, Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Northwestern University School of Law

·         Pamela Foohey, Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

·         James M. Carr, Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of Indiana

·         Deborah L. Thorne, Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Illinois



5:30 – 6:30 PM           COCKTAIL RECEPTION (JW Ballroom East Foyer)

6:30 – 9:00 PM     ANNUAL DINNER (JW Ballroom)



·         Past President Award

·         Pro Bono and Public Service Awards

·         American Inns of Court Award

·         Program

                  §         Honorable Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States


Tuesday, May 2, 2017




7:30 – 8:45 AM     CLERKS OF COURT BREAKFAST (LePeep, 301 N. Illinois Street)


9:00 – 9:15 AM     MEMORIALS (White River E)

  • The Honorable Rudolph T. Randa, Chief Judge, Eastern District of Wisconsin


9:15 – 10:15 AM   Plenary Session (White River E)


·         College Sports and the Law


o   This session will discuss the “professionalizing” of college sports to include unionization efforts, anti-trust issues involving scholarship terms, player images etc.

§  Panelists:

·         Scott Bearby, Deputy General Counsel, NCAA

·         Matt Mitten, Executive Director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette

·         Kendall Spencer, former Division I SAAC chair, first student-athlete as voting member
           of NCAA Division I Board of Directors, frequent speaker on student-athlete issues

§  Moderator:

·         Jayma Meyer, Simpson Thacher, Visiting Clinical Professor – Sports Law and Public Policy,
           Indiana University
School of Public and Environmental Affairs; former attorney in
           the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission


10:15 – 10:30 AM BREAK


10:30-11:30 AM    Plenary Session (White River E)


·         Class Action Settlements and Fairness

o   This session will discuss the recent pushback the Courts have given to class action settlements.

§  Panelists:

           Judge Robert Dow, N.D. Ill., Chairman of the Rule 23 Subcommittee
             for the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure

           Ted Frank, Founder and Director, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington,  DC

           Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff + Cabraser

                                                    ·                Richard Godfrey, Kirkland & Ellis LLP 

                                          Moderator:    Thomas Wiegand, MoloLamken LLP



11:45 – 12:30 PM Northern District of Illinois (Room 101)


11:45 – 12:30 PM Central and Southern Districts of Illinois (Room 103)


11:45 – 12:30 PM Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana (White River G/H)


11:45 – 12:30 PM Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin (Room 102)




12:30 – 1:30 pm   Annual Meeting and Business Luncheon of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association
(White River I/J)


12:30 – 1:30 pm   Annual Business Luncheon for Federal Judges and Clerks of Court Only (White River A/B)





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