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Federal Criminal Practice Program
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
1:00 pm - 5:15 pm
4 hours of Illinois CLE (pending approval)
Registration extended until April 11 at 5:00 pm
Join us for four hours of CLE, pending approval, as we (1) discuss current issues in technology and federal criminal practice; (2) explore programs in the Northern District of Illinois designed to promote restorative justice, community reentry, and alternatives to incarceration; (3) test your knowledge of recent developments in evidence in a game show back by popular demand but with a new format and new judges; and (4) tackle sentencing issues with a panel of trial lawyers and judges.
With discounted pricing for federal attorneys and a reception to follow, this program is not to be missed!
Unlock This: Current Issues in Technology and Criminal Practice
[toggle title=”Magistrate Judge Sheila Finnegan, U.S. District Court for the N.D. of Illinois”]
Sheila Finnegan is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Judge Finnegan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Milton Shadur. She then worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted federal criminal cases for a dozen years, and was appointed Chief of the Criminal Division. In 2000, she joined Mayer Brown, LLP as a litigation partner and served as co-chair of the White Collar practice and later as co-chair of the Chicago Litigation practice. Judge Finnegan is an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Northwestern Law School and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She wrote “The First 72 Hours of a Government Investigation: A Guide to Identifying Issues and Avoiding Mistakes” (published by the National Legal Center for the Public Interest February 2006 with updates in 2007 and 2009).[/toggle] [toggle title=”David Glockner, Director, SEC Chicago Regional Office”]
David Glockner joined the SEC as Regional Director for its Chicago office in December 2013. Previously, he was the managing director in charge of the Chicago office of a global digital risk management and investigations firm. From 1987 to June 2012, he served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, including 11 years as chief of the office’s criminal division. During his career as a federal prosecutor he played an active role in significant investigations and prosecutions involving public corruption, intellectual property crime, cybercrime, national security, securities and commodities fraud, and customs and export enforcement. He was one of the office’s computer crime coordinators for more than 20 years and wrote the Justice Department’s principal reference manual on banking crimes. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he teaches a course on cybersecurity and the legal system.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Lisa Noller, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP”]
Lisa Noller is a trial lawyer and investigator with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she is national chair of the Government Enforcement, Compliance & White Collar Defense Practice. She has spent over 20 years investigating, litigating and trying complex criminal and civil cases, responding to government investigations, and conducting corporate internal investigations. Before Foley, Ms. Noller served ten years with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the office, including as a Deputy Chief in the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section. As a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Ms. Noller has been recognized for her trial success in over 30 civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts. She represents companies and individuals in parallel civil and criminal proceedings initiated by government agencies for alleged wrongdoing, and proactively counsels clients in enforcement and other litigation matters. Ms. Noller is a member of the firm’s national management committee, the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practices, and its Health Care, Medical Devices, Life Sciences, and Food & Beverage Industry Teams.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”William Ridgway, Deputy Chief, National Security & Cybercrimes Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office, N.D. of Illinois”] William Ridgway is an Assistant United States Attorney, where he serves as Deputy Chief of the National Security and Cybercrimes Section. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Ridgway has investigated and prosecuted cases involving terrorism, cybercrime, intellectual property theft, and fraud. As part of his duties, Mr. Ridgway serves as the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Coordinator and the National Security Cyber Specialist for the Office. Mr. Ridgway is also a member of the Local Executive Board for the Chicago Regional Computer Forensics Lab and a Lecturer of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches a course on cybercrime. Mr. Ridgway clerked for the Honorable Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and for the Honorable Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Moderator: J. Gregory Deis, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP”]
Greg Deis is a partner at Mayer Brown LLP, where his practice focuses on internal investigations, white-collar defense and complex commercial litigation. Previously, Greg served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, an adjunct professor of criminal procedure and trial advocacy at DePaul University College of Law and as a law clerk for the Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
A New Paradigm: Programs in Restorative Justice, Community Reentry, and Alternatives to Incarceration
[toggle title=”District Judge Sara Ellis, U.S. District Court for the N.D. of Illinois”]
The Honorable Sara L. Ellis is a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. She was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by President Barack Obama in October 2013. Judge Ellis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 from Indiana University and a law degree in 1994 from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Judge Ellis worked as a staff attorney at the Federal Defender Program in Chicago from 1994 to 1999. From 2000 to 2004 and 2008 through 2013, she worked in private practice in civil litigation and white collar criminal defense. From 2004 to 2008, she served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Department of Law, handling claims for injunctive relief and civil rights lawsuits. She is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she teaches federal criminal practice.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”District Judge Joan Gottschall, U.S. District Court for the N.D. of Illinois “]
Judge Joan B. Gottschall was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in 1947. She received her B.A. degree cum laude from Smith College in 1969 and her law degree from Stanford University in 1973.
Upon graduation from law school in 1973, Judge Gottschall became associated with the law firm of Jenner & Block, specializing in civil and criminal litigation. In 1976, she took a leave of absence from Jenner & Block to join the Federal Defender Program. She returned to Jenner & Block in 1978 and in 1981 became a partner. In 1982 she joined the legal office of the University of Chicago. In 1984, she was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge and was reappointed to a second term as a Magistrate Judge in 1992. In September 1996, she was appointed a United States District Judge.
Judge Gottschall was involved in establishing a reentry program, the James B. Moran Second Chance Program, for the Northern District of Illinois. With Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier, she was one of two co-judicial leaders of the program for its first two years (2010-11).
Judge Gottschall is a past chair and a life member of the Visiting Committee to the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is a member of the Bankruptcy Administration Committee of the United States Judicial Conference. In 2012, she was a recipient of the Chicago Bar Association’s Justice John Paul Stevens Award.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Honorable Martha Mills (Ret.), In-Circle Solutions LLC/DePaul University College of Law”]
Mills was appointed in 1995 by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. She served for two years, primarily in the Juvenile Justice, Child Protection Division. She was recalled in 2007, and was Supervising Judge of the Parentage and Child Support Court until December of 2012. Under her guidance, the court started a highly successful pilot restorative justice program with the help of Elizabeth J. Vastine and Peter Newman. Since her retirement she and Vastine and Newman are equal partners in In-Circle Solutions LLC. Restorative Practices which offers services in community building, conflict resolution, leadership development and strategic planning. She also teaches Restorative Practices in Law and in Life at the DePaul University College of Law.
After law school, Mills was the first woman lawyer with White & Case in NYC. She then joined the staff of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Mississippi where she tried many cases, civil and criminal, getting the first jury verdict in Mississippi since Reconstruction for over a million dollars on behalf of the estate of an African American man murdered by the Klan. She was Chief Counsel of the Lawyers’ Committee Office in Cairo, IL prior to moving back to Chicago. She has practiced law in Illinois since 1969, both as a trial and appellate attorney. The American Bar Association recently published her book: Lawyer, Activist, Judge: Fighting for Civil and Voting Rights in Mississippi and Illinois.
Judge Mills was a trial lawyer for more than forty years. She is licensed to practice in the states of Illinois, New York and Mississippi, and in numerous federal courts. She has argued cases in the Mississippi, Illinois and U.S. Supreme Courts. She has not only arbitrated, mediated and facilitated many cases and conflicts, but also taught others to do so. As founder and Executive Director of Transforming Communities, a not-for-profit corporation, she engaged consulting, practice, education and training in restorative justice from 1996-2007, as well as work in violence prevention and intervention.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Yusef Dale, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, N.D. of Illinois”] [/toggle] [toggle title=”Christina Farley Jackson, Staff Attorney, Federal Defender Program, N.D. of Illinois”]
Christina Farley Jackson has been a Staff Attorney with the Federal Defender Program in the Northern District of Illinois since 2002. In this position, she has advocated for, and defended hundreds of, individuals in the district court and on appeal. In addition, she enjoys volunteering and mentoring and has served in various leadership roles in connection with these efforts.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Moderator: Robert Seeder, Chief Trial Attorney, Federal Defender Program, N.D. of Illinois”]
Robert Seeder is the Chief Trial Attorney for the Federal Defender Program where he has worked as an attorney for 28 years. After graduating from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1984, he worked in the Supreme Court Unit of the Office of the State Appellate Defender representing death row inmates on direct appeal before the Illinois Supreme Court. Bob is also a member of the Northern District of Illinois’ Second Chance Reentry Program assisting high risk defendants on supervised release in their re-integration into the community following service of their term of incarceration.
Evidence! A Game Show for Trial Attorneys
[toggle title=”District Judge John Darrah, U.S. District Court for the N.D. of Illinois”]
Judge John W. Darrah is a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. He was appointed in 2000 by Former President Clinton. He was elected a Circuit Court Judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage, County, Illinois, and served from 1986 to 2000, in the Chancery Division, and was Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division from June of 1992 to May of 1994. Prior to his election, he practiced law with Jim Ryan (former Illinois Attorney General and former DuPage County State’s Attorney) as the Law Firm of Ryan & Darrah, concentrating in criminal defense work. He was the Special General Counsel of the DuPage County Board of Election Commission from 1976 to 1978 and, in 1985-86, was appointed by the Governor of Illinois as DuPage County Public Administrator and also as DuPage County Public Guardian. He was a DuPage County Deputy Public Defender and a DuPage County Assistant State’s Attorney and supervisor of the criminal division. He was a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois and an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission. Judge Darrah received his JD from Loyola University School of Law and was a recipient of the Loyola Law School Alumni Scholarship Award. He was admitted to the practice of law, State and Federal Bar, in 1969 and was admitted to the Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois, in 1983. Judge Darrah has been an adjunct professor of law at Northern Illinois University College of Law from 1976 to 2006, teaching the following subjects: Criminal Law, Property, Trial Advocacy, Agency/Partnership, Future Interests, Illinois Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Real Estate Transactions, Evidence, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Unfair Trade Practice, as well as coaching the NIU National Moot Court Competition, and has also received the NIU Professor of the Year Award in 1992 and 1995. He is currently teaching Accelerated Trial Advocacy and Trial Lawyer-Evidence at the John Marshall Law School. He is a member of the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is the founder and former Co-Chairman of the DuPage County Bar Association Trial Advocacy Workshop and a recipient of the DuPage County Bar Association Board of Directors Award. He is a member of the American Judicature Society, Federal Judges Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Past Member of the Assembly of the Illinois State Bar Association, Past President of the DuPage County Bar Association, Past President of the DuPage American Inns of Court, and Past President of the DuPage County Legal Aid Society. Judge Darrah has been and continues to be a regular speaker and panelist at numerous federal and state law seminars and conferences, including the Illinois Judicial Conference and the American Bar Association National Institute on Class Actions. He has judged several law school and bar association mock trial and moot court competitions, including the final round of the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”District Judge Thomas Durkin, U.S. District Court for the N.D. of Illinois”]
Thomas M. Durkin became a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois on January 14, 2013, having been nominated by President Barack Obama on May 21, 2012. Judge Durkin received a JD degree with honors from DePaul University College of Law in 1978 and a BS degree in accounting with honors from the University of Illinois in 1975. Following graduation from DePaul University, Judge Durkin served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stanley J. Roszkowski of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois from 1978 to 1980. After his clerkship, Judge Durkin served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago from 1980 to 1993, where he held positions as First Assistant US Attorney, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division, Chief of the Criminal Receiving and Appellate Division, and Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division. While an Assistant United States Attorney he tried over 50 jury trials. Before taking the bench, Judge Durkin was a partner in the law firm of Mayer Brown LLP from 1993 to 2013, specializing in complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and internal investigations. He has been a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2000. He was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts in 2015 to the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”District Judge Manish Shah, U.S. District Court for the N.D. of Illinois”]
Manish S. Shah is a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. Before his appointment to the court in 2014, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois for over 12 years, and served as the Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for two years. Judge Shah started his career as an associate at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe in San Francisco, CA, and then served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel. J.D., University of Chicago Law School. B.A., Stanford University.
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[toggle title=”David Weisman, Partner, Miller Shakman & Beem LLC”]
David Weisman is a partner at Miller Shakman & Beem LLP. Mr. Weisman has significant trial and litigation experience in both the criminal and civil spheres. He has served as counsel in more than 100 federal criminal matters, and has tried approximately 16 cases to juries, including public corruption matters, fraud, and other federal criminal violations. He has handled all stages of the federal criminal process, including pretrial investigation, trial, sentencing, and appeals. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Mr. Weisman held various supervisory positions including Deputy Chief of General Crimes Section, and Senior Litigation Counsel. In addition, as part of his private practice, Mr. Weisman has represented individual clients, including court-appointed clients, in connection with federal prosecutions, and grand jury investigations. Additionally, Mr. Weisman has represented corporate clients and individuals in civil disputes as well, and has tried several civil matters to federal juries. Mr. Weisman received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, Staff Attorney, Federal Defender Program, N.D. of Illinois”]
Candace Jackson-Akiwumi has been an attorney with the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois since 2010. At the Federal Defender Program, she represents indigent defendants in federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Previously, Ms. Jackson-Akiwumi worked as a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Chicago. She began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge David H. Coar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and to Judge Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Ms. Jackson-Akiwumi received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her A.B., with honors, from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is a board member of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, a former board member and current committee chair for the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, and a director of the Princeton Club of Chicago.
Sentencing Workshop: Trial Judges and Lawyers Tackle the Issues
[toggle title=”District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman, U.S. District Court for the N.D. of Illinois”]
Judge Coleman was sworn in as a district court judge in September 2010 after being nominated by President Barack Obama. Prior to her federal appointment, she served as a trial judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County and as an appellate justice in the state courts. As an attorney, Judge Coleman’s entire career was in the public sector as an Assistant State’s Attorney, Deputy State’s Attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorney handling criminal prosecution as well as civil affirmative and defensive litigation. She received her Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, U.S. District Court for the N.D. of Illinois”]
Rebecca R. Pallmeyer graduated from Valparaiso University and earned her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Following a one-year clerkship with Justice Rosalie Wahl of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Judge Pallmeyer practiced in the area of commercial litigation for several years with the Chicago law firm of Hopkins and Sutter.
From 1985 until 1991, Ms. Pallmeyer was an Administrative Law Judge with the Illinois Human Rights Commission, a quasi-judicial agency responsible for enforcement of the state’s anti-discrimination laws. On October 1, 1991, Ms. Pallmeyer was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. She served as Presiding Magistrate Judge from 1996 until 1998. On July 31, 1997, President Clinton nominated her for a seat in the U.S. District Court in Chicago. The Senate confirmed her nomination on October 21, 1998. In March 2002 and April 2003, Judge Pallmeyer traveled to Romania to consult with Romanian court officials on judicial administration and court reform.
Judge Pallmeyer has presided over dozens of civil and criminal trials, including the prosecution for public corruption of the former governor of the State of Illinois, George Ryan. She speaks frequently on practice and procedure in federal court and on substantive legal issues including, in particular, employment law matters.
Judge Pallmeyer serves as a member on the Committee on Court Administration and Case Management of the United States Judicial Conference. She is an honorary fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the ALI-CLE Employment and Labor Law Advisory Panel. Since 2006, Judge
Pallmeyer has served on the faculty for the annual ALI-CLE program, Current Developments in Employment Law, held in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Judge Pallmeyer is past President of the Lawyers Club of Chicago, Judicial Counselor of the Richard Linn American Inn of Courts, and an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Womens’ Bar Association of Illinois, and the American Bar Association.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Molly Armour, Principal, Law Office of Molly Armour”]
Molly Armour is a criminal defense attorney and proud CJA panel member. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where she teaches in the Prosecution and Defense Clinic. She has also taught criminal procedure at DePaul University College of Law. Molly is a member of the Seventh Circuit’s Electronic Discovery Pilot Program Committee (Criminal Subcommittee), and gently reminds federal criminal defense attorneys to request electronic discovery in the form of “multi-page, searchable PDFs, with document breaks.” She promises it will make their lives easier. Prior to opening her law office, Molly clerked for the Honorable M. Teresa Sarmina, in the homicide division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. She graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief for Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review. In her spare time, Molly provides legal support for those advocating for social justice.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Lindsay Jenkins, Deputy Chief, Public Corruption & Organized Crime Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office, N.D. Illinois”]
Lindsay Jenkins is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Following her graduation from law school, Lindsay served as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Following her clerkship, Lindsay was a litigation associate with Jones Day. Since joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Lindsay has first-chaired jury trials on a wide variety of matters including corruption, excessive force and fraud cases, and has argued numerous appeals before the Seventh Circuit. She has also handled a broad range of investigations including healthcare grant fraud, theft of trade secrets, computer intrusion, civil rights violations, investment fraud, money laundering, narcotics conspiracies and criminal street gangs. Currently, Lindsay is the Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption and Organized Crime section.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”John Murphy, Deputy Director, Federal Defender Program, N.D. of Illinois”] John Murphy has spent his entire career representing the accused indigent in criminal court. He has been an attorney with the Federal Defender Program in Chicago for the past 27 years, serving as a staff attorney, Chief Trial Attorney, and, presently, as Deputy Director. Prior to the FDP, he worked with the Cook County Public Defender, the DuPage County Public Defender, and the Illinois State Appellate Defender. Mr. Murphy has handled a wide variety of federal criminal matters both at trial and on appeal in the Seventh Circuit. He received a J.D. in 1986 from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a B.A. in 1980 from the Catholic University of America.
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Moderator: District Judge Matthew Kennelly, U.S. District Court for the N.D. of Illinois”]
Judge Matthew F. Kennelly was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by President Bill Clinton in 1999. Before his appointment, Judge Kennelly worked as an attorney in private practice with a seven-lawyer firm in Chicago, Illinois. His law practice involved representing individuals and corporations in complex civil cases and in criminal cases in trial and appellate courts. In 1996, he was a recipient of the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico award, a Public Interest Law Initiative citation for distinguished public service and the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Community / Public Service award. In 1993, the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association awarded him its Walter J. Cummings Award for excellence in advocacy.
Since his appointment to the court, Judge Kennelly has lectured extensively on a variety of subjects, including civil and criminal procedure, patent and trademark law and practice, employment law, and ERISA law. From 2005 through 2012, he served as the Seventh Circuit’s representative on the Information Technology Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He is currently a member of the Information Technology Advisory Committee of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Judge Kennelly has been conducting IT training for other judges, both in his home district and nationally, since 2007.
Judge Kennelly also serves as the Vice Chair of the Seventh Circuit Criminal Jury Instruction Committee and as a member of the Seventh Circuit Civil Jury Instruction Committee, on which he has chaired subcommittees responsible for drafting pattern jury instructions for patent, trademark, and copyright cases, as well as civil rights cases under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Judge Kennelly also chaired a committee of district judges and lawyers that drafted local rules for patent infringement cases in the Northern District of Illinois, and he chairs the standing committee responsible for reviewing and proposing changes to those rules.
Judge Kennelly received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from Harvard Law School.
Reception, Courtesy of Mayer Brown LLP
Yasmin Best, Assistant U.S. Attorney, N.D. Illinois Carol Brook, Executive Director, Federal Defender Program, N.D. Illinois Gregory Deis, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, Staff Attorney, Federal Defender Program, N.D. Illinois Honorable Matthew Kennelly, U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois David Weisman, Partner, Miller Shakman & Beem LLP