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Illinois Solicitor General Michael Scodro will be the featured speaker at The Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association’s September 2008 lunch meeting. Scodro will talk about amicus briefs.

The meeting will be on September 26, 2008 at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, Illinois. Reception starts at noon. Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

Call the Association, 847-885-2410, or email, for a reservation.

At the November 2008 election, Illinois voters will get a once every 20 years chance to vote on whether they want to have a state constitutional convention. The question will be debated by pundit Bruno Behrend (proponent) and lawyer Al Salvi (opponent) on July 29,2008 at 6:00 p.m. Central Time. The debate will be broadcast live on WKRS 1220-AM. If you’re in the area, and you’d rather be there for it, the debate will be held at Austin’s Saloon & Eatery, 481 Peterson Rd., Libertyville, Illinois. The debate also will stream live at, and will be podcast later. Call-ins (847-336-1220) will be welcomed.

A most interesting appellate law blogger’s opinion piece that ran in the Chicago Daily Observer for why Illinois voters should vote in favor of a constitutional convention is available right here. And for historical perspective, listen to our podcast interview of Ann Lousin, a researcher at the 1968 constitutional convention, available here.

Earn continuing legal education hours and hear a terrific panel of speakers on appellate law and practice by attending “A Blue Ribbon Panel On Appellate Advocacy.” Sponsored by the DuPage County Bar Association, the seminar will take place at noon on March 31, 2008 at the Attorney Resource Center at the DuPage County, Illinois courthouse.

A most excellent panel will speak and take questions:

• Judge William J. Bauer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, speaking on, “Preserving the Record for Appeal”

Attend the DuPage County Bar Association Appellate Law and Practice Committee Luncheon Seminar on March 31, 2008, Noon to 2:00 p.m. (Full Disclosure: I chair this committee.) The luncheon will feature: A Blue Ribbon Panel On Illinois Appellate Advocacy.

There will be an excellent group of speakers:

• Judge William J. Bauer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, speaking on, “Preserving the Record for Appeal”

The Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association will present Brooks Davis speaking about Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. Here is the Association’s description of the event:

The lifelong rivalry between these Illinois lawyers extended from Mary Todd’s parlor to the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives, across the bench of the Illinois Supreme Court, to the campaigns for U.S. Senator and President. Yet Douglas held Lincoln’s hat at his Inauguration, and Lincoln wept when Douglas died. Come and hear fascinating insights into this complex relationship, with special emphasis on how Lincoln’s and Douglas’s legal training and skills shaped the face of the Nation.

Brooks Davis is a nationally acclaimed expert on both Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. He is past president of the Chicago Civil War Round Table and recipient of its prestigious Nevins Freeman Award for lifetime achievement in the field of Civil War studies, chairman of the Stephen A. Douglas Association, and member of the Advisory Committee of the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee.

The Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association has announced that its Annual Reception will be held on January 17, 2008, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will be at the Hotel Monaco, 225 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago. Recently retired Justice Mary Ann McMorrow will be honored.

Call the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, 847-885-2410, for a reservation.

The Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association will hold a luncheon featuring a forum for candidates running for election to the Illinois First District Appellate Court. Lunch at 12:00 p.m. on November 29, 2007. Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, Illinois. Cost: Members, $35.00; Non-Members, $40.00.

The Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association will present “The 10 Habits of Highly Effective Appellate Lawyers That Make Clerks Smile.” Speakers will be Steven Ravid, Robert Mangan, Gist Fleshman, and Louis Costa, respectively the Clerks of the Court for the First, Second, Third, and Fifth Districts in Illinois.

The luncheon event will be held on April 20, 2007 at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. Cocktails at noon; lunch at 12:30 p.m. Cost: $25 for members; $30 for non-members. CLE credit available. Phone 312-554-2090 for a reservation.

The Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association announces its annual roundtable luncheon honoring the justices of the Second District Illinois Appellate Court. Date: 3/6/07. Time: 11:30 a.m. reception; 12:15 lunch. Place: The Centre of Elgin (Heritage Ballroom), 100 Symphony Way, Elgin, Illinois. Cost: $25.00 members; $30.00 non-members. Call 312-554-2090 to make a reservation.

Donald Hubert will be honored posthumously by the Chicago Bar Association. Don will receive the CBA’s 2007 Earl Burrus Dickerson Award on February 21, 2007.

Don passed away recently. He was a past president of the Chicago Bar Association, an excellent lawyer, and among the finest people I’ve ever known.

The CBA is accepting individual memorial letters, which will be placed in a commemorative book for Don’s daughter, Jessica. Submit your original letter to Terrence Murphy, CBA Executive Director, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60604.

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