Former MLB Manager Joe Torre to Speak at ABA Section of Litigation Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 22, 2013 — Former Major League Baseball player and manager Joe Torre will be one of the featured speakers at the _’s Section of Litigation Annual Conference April 24-26 at the JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams St., in Chicago. With more than 1,000 attendees preregistered, a record crowd is expected.

Torre, along with other panelists, will discuss the recommendations of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence and how lawyers can help victims (11 a.m. – 12:10 p.m., Friday, April 26).

Former presidential adviser David Axelrod will speak at a session (3 – 4 p.m., Friday, April 26) that includes Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton and other special guests. The panelists will give their insights into the national, state and local political landscape.

Judge Ann Williams of the Seventh Circuit will moderate a dynamic panel with some of the country’s top litigators in cases that have made a difference across the legal landscape and have affected social change in the “Litigators Making a Difference” plenary with Neal K. Katyal, former acting solicitor general, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 26. Don’t miss hearing from an energetic group of general counsel on how increased globalization and changing technology and law are triggering ethics issues, affecting risk management and reshaping the legal representation of corporations at our kickoff plenary session “General Counsel Forum,” from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 25.

Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court, Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans of the Circuit Court of Cook County will address the opening reception honoring the judiciary (5 – 7 p.m., Wednesday). Kilbride will also be the keynote speaker at the John Minor Wisdom and Diversity Leadership Awards Luncheon (12:15 – 1:45 p.m., Thursday, April 25)

Conference highlights of the more than 70 CLE programs, which can be found online, include:

“The Seventh Circuit: A Tradition of Legal Innovation and Excellence”

Renowned judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and expert practitioners will demonstrate outstanding oral advocacy techniques as well as examine the unique contributions of this court to American jurisprudence.

Thursday, April 25, 3:20 – 4:30 pm

“Twelve Sure Ways to Lose a Trial”

This program involves a panel of federal judges, moderated by U.S. District Court Judge Ruben Castillo, discussing effective trial techniques.

Thursday, April 25, 2 – 3:10 p.m.

“Cameras in the Courts, Now What? Ethical Issues for Lawyers”

A judge, a First Amendment lawyer, a television pundit and a lawyer behind the cameras in the courts will discuss the ethical responsibilities of lawyers in publicized cases, what lawyers can do to avoid mistrials and the use of cameras in the courts through subscription service, the federal courts and commercial television.

Friday, April 26, 1:40 – 2:50 p.m.

The Annual Conference is free and open to members of the press. For media registration, please contact Al Leeds at or at -1037.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

The Section of Litigation, the ABA’s largest practice specialty section with more than 61,000 members, is dedicated to helping litigators become more effective advocates for their clients.

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