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2024 Northern District Practice for New Lawyers and Lawyers-To-Be

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
3:00 pm
- 5:00 pm

2024 Northern District Practice for New Lawyers and Lawyers-To-Be federal bar association chicago chapter featured

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
3:00PM – 5:00PM

Dirksen U.S. Courthouse
219 South Dearborn Street
Ceremonial Courtroom
Chicago, IL 60604

New lawyers, summer associates, interns, and law students are invited to attend this award-winning, free in-person CLE seminar! This is a must-attend program for any new lawyer practicing in federal court or those looking to develop skills in written and oral advocacy.

The seminar will feature Judge Matthew Kennelly presiding over oral arguments of two dispositive motions from two separate pending cases. Judge Kennelly may rule from the bench during the program, providing real-time insights into the judicial decision-making process.

Attendees will benefit from the expertise of esteemed panelists, including District Judge John Kness, District Judge Lindsay Jenkins, and Magistrate Judge Heather McShain. The judges will discuss best practices in written and oral advocacy, sharing invaluable advice tailored to newer lawyers and law students.


  • Oral Arguments: Judge Matthew Kennelly will preside over two dispositive motions.
  • Judicial Insights: Judges Kness, Jenkins, and McShain will offer their perspectives on effective advocacy.
  • Interactive Q&A: Opportunity to engage with the judges and ask questions.

CLE Credits: 2 hours of CLE (pending approval).

Reception: Following the seminar, join us for a reception hosted by the Younger Lawyers Division. Network with peers and esteemed members of the judiciary while enjoying refreshments.


  • District Judge John Kness
  • District Judge Lindsay Jenkins
  • Magistrate Judge Heather McShain
  • District Judge Matthew Kennelly

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your legal skills and network with experienced federal judges and fellow legal professionals. Mark your calendar and register today!

Please Register on Eventbrite


Dirksen United States Courthouse
219 South Dearborn Street, Room 1852
Chicago, IL 60604 United States
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