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Employment Law Seminar

Thursday, January 23, 2014
1:00 pm
- 5:00 pm

Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres to follow 

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Become a new FBA member between November 12, 2013 and January 21, 2014
and attend the seminar for free. Email us for registration

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 21
Walk-ins will be accepted only if space allows.

3.75 Illinois MCLE credit hours*

Do not miss this opportunity to hear from employment law experts on the ever-changing landscape of federal and state laws and regulations. These experts will cover recent developments in employment discrimination law, procedural developments in individual and class litigation, settlement and mediation, EEOC investigations and litigation, among other topics. 

Join us on Thursday, January 23, 2014, as panelists from all levels of the judiciary, academia, government and private practice converge to discuss topics of utmost importance to employment law attorneys, employers and employees.


Program and Faculty

1:00-2:00 pm
Magistrate Judge Panel: Settlement, Mediation & Discovery

Honorable Susan E. Cox, Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Illinois
Honorable Young B. Kim, Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Illinois
Honorable Sheila M. Finnegan, Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Illinois
Moderator: Alan S. King, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

2:00-2:45 pm
EEOC Enforcement and Litigation Priorities and Trends

Julianne Bowman, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Deputy Director
Diane Smason, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Supervisory Trial Attorney
Alejandro Caffarelli, Caffarelli & Siegel, Ltd.
Moderator: Barry A. Hartstein, Littler Mendelson PC

3:00-4:00 pm
Pros and Cons of Litigating Employment Cases in Federal v. Circuit Court

Honorable Sanjay Tailor, Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
Randall D. Schmidt, Professor, Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, University of Chicago Law School
Michael Leonard, Leonard Law Offices
Moderator: Noelle Brennan, Brennan & Brown, Ltd.

4:00-5:00 pm
Judges Update: Summary Judgment, Burden Shifting, Causation,
Class Certification, Wage and Hour Litigation

Honorable Diane P. Wood, Chief Judge, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly, Judge, Northern District of Illinois
Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, Judge, Northern District of Illinois
Honorable John Z. Lee, Judge, Northern District of Illinois

* FBA Chicago will be applying for accreditation for 3.75 Illinois MCLE credit hours. Continuing legal education credits for other states must be handled by individual attendees.


Program Co-Chairs


Noelle Brennan
Brennan & Brown, Ltd.

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Mark Furlane
Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP

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Hon. Young B. Kim
Magistrate Judge
Northern District of Illinois

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
191 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 3700
Chicago, IL 60606 US
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Illinois CLE Credit
3.75 PR
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