On behalf of the Board of Governors of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, I write to ask for your firm’s support as a table sponsor for the Annual Dinner at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association and Judicial Conference of the Seventh Circuit. This event will be held on the evening of Monday, May 2, 2016, in the Grand Ballroom of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 211 N. Columbus, in Chicago.
Our dinner speaker will be Justice John Paul Stevens. Justice Stevens has attended many of our conferences – as a Chicago lawyer, as a member of the Seventh Circuit, and for many years as our Circuit Justice. We are honored that he has agreed to join us. As is customary, we will be also joined again this year by our Circuit Justice, the Honorable Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. It will be a memorable evening.
Table sponsorships are $2,250 and provide vital support for our annual meeting. Your firm’s sponsorship entitles you to eight seats at a table set for ten. We expect that a federal judge (and his or her guest) will join you in the other two seats at your firm’s table. We encourage you to purchase table sponsorships by visiting www.7thcircuitbar.org. You can pay by credit card on the website, or we can bill you. Checks should be made payable to the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Debbie Groboski (312-692-2636).
In addition to sponsoring a table (or two), we hope that you and your colleagues will register and participate in all the Annual Meeting’s events and programs. The meeting begins with our opening reception in the Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center on Sunday, May 1. Our lunch speaker on Monday will be Michael Strautmanis, Vice President of Civic Engagement for the Obama Foundation. He will discuss plans for the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago. This year’s programs will include sessions on implicit bias and its impact on the judicial system, the use of internet research in the judicial process, municipal bankruptcies, updates on Seventh Circuit working groups, effective mediation, understanding the impact of deference in precedents, disparities in criminal and bankruptcy practices, and other topics of interest to federal practitioners. Conference registration will be open on the bar association’s website in early March. We also will soon send details for hotel reservations at the Radisson Blu.
We appreciate your support of the Association and look forward to seeing you and your colleagues at this year’s Annual Meeting.
Michael T. Brody
President, Seventh Circuit Bar Association