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June 29, 2012

Chicago Mayor and Judicial, Legislative, and Legal Leaders Kick Off ABA Section of Litigation Conference

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former ABA Section of Litigation Chair Robert Clifford

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former ABA Section of Litigation Chair Robert Clifford

The _ Section of Litigation held a kick-off reception at Winston & Strawn to involve the Chicago legal community in the planning for the 2013 Section Annual Conference, which will be held April 24-26 in Chicago.

Speakers included Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court; Chief Judge James F. Holderman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and chair of the ABA Commission on the American Jury Project; Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans of the Circuit Court of Cook County; Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton; Chicago Bar Association immediate past president and former ABA Section of Litigation Chair Robert A. Clifford; and Winston & Strawn’s Paula H. Holderman, president-elect of the Illinois State Bar Association.

“This reception demonstrated the depth and breadth of support for the 2013 Section Annual Conference by the Chicago legal community,” said Bill Bay, chair-elect of the Section of Litigation and partner at Thompson Coburn in St. Louis.  “We are looking forward to an exciting conference with over 1,000 attendees and substantive programs with high-profile speakers from Chicago and across the country.”

The upcoming Section of Litigation Annual Conference will be held in Chicago for the first time in 20 years.  It will feature some 60 programs, over 200 speakers, more than 30 committee business meetings and a variety of networking events.  The conference will afford the opportunity to showcase Chicago’s vibrant and diverse legal community and many of its well-known and excellent litigators and judges.  The opening event at the conference will be a judicial reception honoring the judiciary in the Chicago area.

The Section of Litigation, the ABA’s largest practice specialty section with 60,000 members, is dedicated to helping litigators become more effective advocates for their clients.

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