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Michele M. Jochner

Partner

"I have experience in all types of appeals, and in virtually every substantive area of law.  This, combined with the ability to communicate complex legal issues in ways that will resonate, ensures that our clients present the strongest possible arguments in their quest for a favorable decision."

Effective appellate advocacy requires specialized skills to analyze the pertinent legal issues and see the case the way appellate justices do, ensuring that the law and applicable procedure were followed in the trial court.  An effective appellate lawyer must be well-versed in pertinent case law and applicable procedural rules, with the ability to identify those issues and arguments which are likely to be most successful.   Ms. Jochner is such a lawyer.

Ms. Jochner served for 15 years as a judicial law clerk to two Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court: the late Hon. Mary Ann G. McMorrow and the Hon. Charles E. Freeman.   During her tenure  with our State's highest tribunal, she has worked on numerous high-profile matters involving cutting-edge issues of first impression, providing her with a unique breadth and depth of experience in all areas of substantive law combined with a keen understanding of the mechanics of our courts of review.   Her first-hand experience and crucial insights into the State appellate court system provide her with the basis to craft and communicate compelling appellate strategy and arguments.

A recognized legal scholar, expert writer and educator to law students and attorneys, Ms. Jochner has authored more than 150 articles on a wide array of legal topics appearing in publications nationwide, and her two columns, “Law From a Different Perspective” and "On Appeal," appear regularly in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  In addition, she is listed in several “Who’s Who” publications, and was previously recognized as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  She also regularly speaks on legal issues to various groups across the State, including seminars on effective legal writing and appellate advocacy.   In addition, for the last decade, she has appeared as part of the “Illinois Law” television broadcasts as a panelist for that series’ annual review of United States Supreme Court decisions.  She has also served as an adjunct professor at both DePaul University College of Law and The John Marshall Law School.  In testament to her career-long commitment to legal education, The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Ms. Jochner to serve on its Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Board.

As a well-known leader in the Chicago legal community, she is active with many organizations, including the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), where she serves as a member of both the Executive Committee of the CBA’s Alliance for Women and of the Editorial Board of the CBA Record, and chairs the CBA's Committee on Public Affairs.   She is similarly active with the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), where she is a past member of the Board of Governors and the Editorial Board of the Illinois Bar Journal.  Currently, she is a co-editor of both the Bench & Bar Newsletter and Trial Briefs, serves as a member of the Family Law Section Council, and is an elected member of the ISBA Assembly. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), as well as on two panels at her alma mater, DePaul University College of Law: the Dean’s Council and the Advisory Board for the Center for Public Interest Law.  She also holds several leadership positions within the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and serves on the Leader Council for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

Recognizing the importance of ensuring that the future of the legal profession is in good hands, Ms. Jochner also actively mentors numerous law students at DePaul, as well as through Phi Alpha Delta.  Her mentoring efforts were recently recognized by The Chicago Lawyer Magazine in naming her one of 2013's "Women Making an Impact."

Awards and Honors

Illinois Leading Lawyer - Recognized in the area of Family Law (2014)

Recognized as one of 2013's "Women Making an Impact," Chicago Lawyer magazine (2013)

2013 DePaul University College of Law Outstanding Service to the Profession Award

“40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch”, Law Bulletin Publishing Co. (2004)

Illinois State Bar Association, Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest, (Record-Holding Seven-Time Recipient – 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)

Illinois State Bar Association, Recipient of Board of Governors Award for exemplary service to the profession and the Association (2009)

Illinois State Bar Association, Recipient of Presidential Commendation for “Indispensable Service to the ISBA and the Profession Through Many Leadership Roles” (2007)

Illinois State Bar Association, Newsletter Editor Service Award (2006 - 5 years service, 2011 - 10 years service)

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, Recipient of the Chicago Alumni Chapter’s Hon. Mary Ann G. McMorrow Service to the Profession Award (2012)

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, Recipient of the Chicago Alumni Chapter's Centennial Award (2012)

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, Honored as the International Fraternity’s Outstanding Alumni Chapter Justice (2010)

Listed in Who’s Who in the World - 16th and 18th Ed.

Listed in Who’s Who in America - 51st thru 58th, and 62nd thru 63rd Ed.

Listed in Who’s Who in American Law - 9th thru 15th Ed.

Listed in Who’s Who of American Women - 27th Ed.

Lectures

“Transitioning from Mentee to Supervisor: Partner Responsibilities Under the Rules of Professional Conduct," presented by the American Bar Association New Partner Conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 2014.

Welcoming Remarks and Panel Moderator, Lessons in Leadership: A Conversation with Female Bar Presidents, Women’s Leadership Institute of the Alliance for Women of the Chicago Bar Association, November 2013.

Testified before the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee on behalf of the 32,000 member Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) on the Supreme Court’s proposed amendments to Supreme Court Rule 138, September 2013.

Featured Speaker at the 2013 Annual Conference of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary on Guidelines for Writing Effective Decisions, September 2013.

Welcoming Speaker and Moderator, Annual CBA Public Relations Orientation Luncheon for Chairs and Co-Chairs, September 2013.

Panel Moderator, “A View From the Bench,” for a CLE seminar titled “Ethics in the Electronic Age,” presented by the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, June 2013.

Featured Speaker, Recent Changes to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules, 2013 Ethics Seminar sponsored by the North Suburban Bar Association, April 2013.

Featured Speaker, A History of Women in the Law, DePaul University College of Law, March 2013.

Remarks in Tribute to the late Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Hon. Mary Ann G. McMorrow, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon, March 2013.

Featured Speaker, Update on New Illinois Supreme Court Rules, for a CLE seminar titled, “General Practice Update” sponsored by the ISBA, Quincy, IL., March 2013.

Welcoming Remarks, CBA Public Affairs Committee Luncheon: “Maximize CBA Committee Visibility and Impact.” February 2013.

“A History of Women in the Law,” for a special event marking the creation of the new 23rd Illinois Judicial Circuit, Sandwich, Illinois, November 2012.

 

"Effective Writing for Administrative Law Judges," presented by the Chicago Bar Association in conjunction with the State of Illinois Administrative Hearings Review Committee, Chicago, Illinois, October 2012.

 

"Women in the Illinois Judiciary," for a special event presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Mt. Vernon, Illinois, April 2012.

 

“The Complete Appeal: A Practical Civil Appellate Skills Seminar,” presented by Pincus Professional Education, Chicago, Illinois, April 2012.

 

Welcoming Speaker and Moderator for the Twelfth Annual Appellate Court Educational Seminar, presented by the Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, Chicago, Illinois, April 2012.

 

Welcoming Speaker and Moderator for a panel discussion titled, "Learning to Lead: Lessons From Winners of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession's Margaret Brent Award," presented by the Women's Leadership Institute of the Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women, Chicago, Illinois, March 2012.

 

"Recent Amendments to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules," for a continuing legal education seminar titled "General Practice Update 2012," presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Quincy, Illinois, March 2012.

 

Welcoming speaker for a continuing legal education seminar titled "Collaborative Law: The Nuts and Bolts," presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, October 2011.

 

"Update on Illinois Supreme Court Rules," for a continuing legal education seminar titled "General Practice Update," presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Galesburg, October 2011.

 

“Legal Writing for Illinois Attorneys,” a continuing legal education seminar presented by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Chicago, June 2011.

 

“Fourth Amendment Update: What’s New in Search & Seizure Law,” a continuing legal education seminar presented by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Chicago, April 2011.

 

“Local Courts,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled, “New Lawyer Tool Kit: Basic Skills Course for New Admittees,” presented by the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, October 2010.

 

“The Anatomy of a Well-Written Decision,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Illinois Administrative Law Conference,” presented by the State of Illinois - Office of the General Counsel, and the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, May 2010.

 

“What’s Hot in Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence: Search Incident to Arrest,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled, “Illinois Public Defender Association 2010 Spring Seminar,” presented by the Illinois Public Defender Association, Springfield, Illinois, May 2010.

 

Moderator, “Newly-Revised Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct: A View From the Bench”, for the 3rd Annual Prof. Vincent Vitullo Ethics and Professionalism Seminar, presented by the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity - Chicago Alumni Chapter, Chicago, Illinois, January 2010.

 

“Local Courts,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Bridge the Gap for Newly-Admitted Attorneys,” presented by the Practising Law Institute (PLI), Chicago, Illinois, November 2009.

 

Welcoming Speaker, “Explore the Possibilities: Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Placements,” a program co-presented by the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity - Chicago Alumni Chapter, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) and the Chicago Law School Consortium, Chicago, Illinois, October 2009.

 

“Effective Legal Writing” for a program presented by the Story Student Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, De Paul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, September 2009.

 

“An Insider’s View on Effective Appellate Advocacy,” for a continuing legal education seminar presented by the DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, September 2009.

 

Facilitator, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism Orientation Session for New Law Students, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, August 2009.

 

“Local Court Rules - Cook County Practice,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled, “Basic Skills for New Attorneys,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, May 2009.

 

“An Overview of Illinois Supreme Court Practice,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled, “Appellate Practice Seminar,” presented by the Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, April 2009.

 

“Guidelines for Writing Effective Opinions,” for a continuing legal education seminar presented by the Administrative Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, March 2009.

 

“Local Courts,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Bridge the Gap for Newly-Admitted Attorneys,” presented by the Practising Law Institute (PLI), Chicago, Illinois, October 2008.

 

“Persuasive Appellate Brief Writing,” for a continuing legal education seminar presented by Pincus Professional Education, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, October 2008.

 

“Appellate Practice Boot Camp Conference: Judicial Clerks Teach the Do’s and Dont’s,” a continuing legal education seminar presented by Pincus Professional Education, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, June 2008.

 

“The Rule of Law,” keynote speaker for the Law Day 2008 Luncheon, presented by the Logan County Bar Association, Lincoln, Illinois, April 2008.

 

Moderator, “Civility Initiatives for Civil Litigation,” 2008 Allerton House Conference, presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Starved Rock State Park, Utica, Illinois, April 2008.

 

“Update on Healthcare and Malpractice Law,” for a continuing legal education series titled, “Civil Litigation Update Teleconference Series,” presented by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Chicago, March 2008.

 

Moderator, “Diversity Training Workshop,” a continuing legal education program presented by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Chicago, Illinois, March 2008.

 

“Effective Opinion Writing,” for a continuing legal education seminar presented by the Committee on Energy and Communications Law of the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, February 2008.

 

Welcoming Speaker and Moderator, “Networking for Personal and Professional Advancement,” a seminar included as part of the “Leadership Training Series,” co-presented by the Illinois State Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, January 2008.

 

“Effective Opinion Writing,” for a continuing legal education seminar presented by the Committee for Administrative Law Judges of the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, December 2007.

 

“Local Courts and Jurisdiction,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled, “Basic Skills for New Attorneys,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, December 2007.

 

“Local Courts,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Bridge the Gap for Newly-Admitted Attorneys,” presented by the Practising Law Institute (PLI), Chicago, Illinois, November 2007.

 

“Local Courts and Jurisdiction,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled, “Basic Skills for New Attorneys,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Springfield, Illinois, November 2007.

 

“Navigating the Sea Change in Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure Cases,” 3rd Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, St. Charles, Illinois, September 2007.

 

“Trial Workshop: Presenting an Effective Case from Start to Finish - Preserving Your Client’s Rights on Appeal,” 3rd Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, St. Charles, Illinois, September 2007.

 

“The Expectations of the Supreme Court of Illinois,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled, “Professionalism and Civility Among Illinois Lawyers,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, September 2007.

 

“Local Courts,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Bridge the Gap for Newly-Admitted Attorneys,” presented by the Practising Law Institute (PLI), Chicago, Illinois, June 2007.

 

“Practice in the Illinois Supreme Court,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Appellate Court Practice,” presented by the Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, May 2007.

 

“Local Courts,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Bridge the Gap for Newly-Admitted Attorneys,” presented by the Practising Law Institute (PLI), Chicago, Illinois, December 2006.

 

“The New MCLE Requirements,” 4th Annual Student-Alumni Career Conference, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, March, 2006.

 

“Effective Legal Research and Writing,” Bridge the Gap Seminar for New Attorneys, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, January, 2006.

 

“Clear and Understandable Writing,” Annual Meeting of the National Association of Administrative Law Judges, Chicago, November, 2005.

 

Welcoming Speaker, for a continuing legal education seminar titled “What’s New in Adoptions, Child Custody, Child Support and Maintenance,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, March 2004.

 

Welcoming Speaker, for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Technology and the Law,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, March 2004

 

“An Overview of Recent Illinois Supreme Court Rule Amendments,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Professional Responsibility: New Rules and Current Issues,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, November 2003.

 

“Effective Decision Writing for the Administrative Law Judge,” a session held during the National Association of Administrative Law Judges/American Bar Association National Conference of Administrative Law Judges Education Program, Chicago, Illinois, May 2003.

 

“Managed Care Liability: Case Law Update,” Chicago-Kent College of Law Health Law Society Spring Conference 2003, Chicago, April 2003.

 

“Legal Writing: Essential Skills for the Administrative Law Judge,” a session held during the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Association of Administrative Law Judges, Chicago, Illinois, June 2002.

 

“Civil Practice Update,” a session held during a continuing legal education seminar titled “General Practice Update,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, December 2001.

 

Welcoming Speaker and Moderator, for a continuing legal education program titled “Federal Law, Permanency Reviews, and Administrative Hearings in Child Welfare,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, March 2001.

Community Involvement

Mercy Home For Boys and Girls, Leader Council, 2007 to Present
Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, Board of Directors, 2004 to Present
Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, Co-Chair, Appellate Court Educational Seminar, 2003 to Present
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, Board of Directors, 2005 to 2010
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, Secretary, 2006 to 2009
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, Annual Benefit Planning Committee, 2004 to 2011
Sun-Times Judge Marovitz Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program, Leader for Lend-A-Hand, 2007 to 2009

Leadership Roles

Illinois Supreme Court, Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Board, 2014

Illinois State Bar Association, Elected ISBA Secretary, 2006 - 2007

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Elected to the Board of Governors, 2002 to 2008

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Editorial Board, Illinois Bar Journal, 2008 to Present

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Co-Editor, Bench & Bar Newsletter, 2001 to Present

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Co-Editor, Trial Briefs Newsletter, 2011 to Present

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Committee on Cable Television Productions, 2012 to Present

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Past Chair of several sections and committees, including: Solo and Small Firm Conference Planning Committee, 2004 to 2006

 

ISBA/CBA/IJA Joint Committee on the “Bench Raising the Bar” (Co-Chair with Justice Susan Hutchinson), 2005 to 2006

 

Illinois State Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council, 2003 to 2004

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Board of Governors' Committee on Scope and Correlation, 2003 to 2008

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Allerton House Conference Planning Committee, 2007 to 2008

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Committee on Budget and Audit, 2006 to 2008

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Committee on Judicial Evaluations, 2002 to 2009

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Steering Committee - ISBA Judicial Independence Conference, 2007

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Steering Committee on Strategic Planning, 2004 to 2005

 

Illinois Institute For Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Board of Directors, 2011 to Present

 

Illinois Institute For Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Member, Strategic Planning Committee, 2011 to Present

 

Chicago Bar Association, Member, Executive Committee, CBA Alliance For Women, 2005 to Present

 

Chicago Bar Association, Co-Chair, 20th Anniversary Committee, 2012 to present

 

Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women, Co-Chair, Women's Leadership Institute, 2011 to 2012, 2013-Present

 

Chicago Bar Association, Co-Editor, Alliance News, 2010 to 2011

 

Chicago Bar Association, Chair, Advocacy Committee, 2008 to 2009

 

Chicago Bar Association, Co-Chair, Cross-Career Networking Committee, 2006 to 2008

 

Chicago Bar Association, Chair, Public Affairs Committee, 2012 to 2013, 2013 to 2014, 2014-2015

 

Chicago Bar Association, Member, CBA Record Editorial Board, 2008 to Present

 

Chicago Bar Association, Member, Herman Kogan Media Awards Committee, 2008 to Present

 

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Elected WBAI Recording Secretary, 2007 to 2009

 

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Board of Directors, 2005 to 2009

 

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Co-Editor, WBAI Newsletter, 2007 to 2009

 

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Chair and Creator, “Leadership Training Series” Programs, 2007 to 2008

 

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Co-Chair, Joint Professional Dinner, 2006

 

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Co-Chair, Reception Honoring the Career of Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow, 2006

 

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Elected by membership to the Nominating Committee, 2006

 

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Co-Chair, Women With Vision Awards Committee, 2005

 

DePaul University College of Law Dean’s Council, Board of Directors, 2008 to Present

 

DePaul University College of Law Center for Public Interest Law, Advisory Board, 2011 to Present

 

DePaul University College of Law Alumni Board, Board of Directors, 2005 to 2008

 

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, Assistant District XI Justice, 2011 to Present

 

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, Chicago Alumni Chapter, Chair, Executive Board, 2011 to Present

 

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, Chicago Alumni Chapter, Justice (President), 2009 to 2011

 

Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois, Member, 2006 to Present

 

Government Bar Association of Illinois, Recording Secretary, 2007-2008

 

Lawyer’s Club of Chicago, Member, 2006 to 2009

 

American Bar Association, Member, Illinois Committee for Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, 2004

 

United States Supreme Court Historical Society, Member, 2000 to Present

 

Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Mentor Network - DePaul University, ASK Mentor, 2006 to Present

 

Teaching

DePaul University College of Law, Adjunct Professor, August 1998 to December 1998. Instructed students in Remedies. 
The John Marshall Law School, Adjunct Professor, August 1994 to December 1996. Instructed students in the Lawyering Skills Program.

Television Appearances

Creator and panel member on the annual broadcast, “Recent United States Supreme Court Decisions,” part of the Illinois State Bar Association’s “Illinois Law” Series, televised by the Chicago Access Cable Television Network. 2003 – present.

Authorships

The Buck Stops Here In More Ways Than One, tyl - The Young Lawyer Magazine (July 2014).

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Changes: The Year So Far, 99 Ill. B. J. 520 (October 2011).

Women in Law Firms: Is Progress Being Made?, The CBA Alliance News, Vol. 15, No. 1, at 4 (Fall 2010).

Alliance for Women Honors Two Who Follow Motto: We Must Lift As We Climb, 24 CBA Record 22 (June-July 2010).

The Illinois Supreme Court Defines the Phrase “Arising Out of Patient Care” and Clarifies the Tolling Provisions Found in the Medical Malpractice Statute of Repose in Section 13-212 of the Code of Civil Procedure, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 38, No. 6 (May 2008).

The Illinois Supreme Court Sheds Light on the “Gray Areas” of the Relation-Back Doctrine in Porter v. Decatur Memorial Hospital, Trial Briefs (ISBA Civil Practice Newsletter), Vol. 53, No. 8 (March 2008); reprinted in, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 38, No. 5 (March 2008); reprinted in, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 36, No. 6 (April 2008); reprinted in NWSBA Newsbriefs (The Newsletter of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association), April 2008; reprinted in, The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois), Spring 2008.

Recent Amendments to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 38, No. 1 (August 2007); reprinted in, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 36, No. 2 (November 2007); reprinted in The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois), Fall 2007; reprinted in NWSBA Newsbriefs (The Newsletter of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association), October and November 2007; reprinted in Trial Briefs (ISBA Civil Practice Newsletter), Vol. 53, No. 6 (January 2008).

Excellence and Strength Through Diversity: The Positive Impact on the Future of Our Profession, ISBA Diversity Matters Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 1 (June 2007).

Survey of Illinois Law: Search & Seizure Cases, 30 S. Ill. U. L. J. 785 (Summer 2006).

What’s The Measure of Judicial Excellence?, 90 Ill. B. J. 516 (Oct. 2002) (co-author and editor).

Limiting the Limits on Campaign Speech, 90 Ill. B. J. 520 (Oct. 2002).

Privacy Versus Cyber-Age Police Investigation - The Fourth Amendment in Flux, 90 Ill. B. J. 70 (Feb. 2002).

The Expanding Scope of HMO Liability in Illinois, 89 Ill. B. J. 64 (Feb. 2001).

Punitive Damages: The United States Supreme Court’s Meandering Path, 83 Ill. B. J. 576 (Nov. 1995), reprinted in, The Advocate - the Magazine of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, June 1996, at 17.

Lincoln Rides the Circuit in Early Career, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 7, 2012, at 4.

Everyone Must Work to Protect the Courts, Justice and Freedom, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 28, 2012, at 5 (54th Annual Law Day Edition); reprinted in, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 42, No. 5 (May 2012).

Lincoln's Path to Becoming a Lawyer Continues to Inspire, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 29, 2012, at 5.

We Must Remember and Celebrate Lincoln the Lawyer, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 15, 2012, at 5.

Douglass Leaves Behind Legacy of Inspiration and Heroism, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 29, 2012, at 5.

Lincoln's Speech Still Remains a Gift to History, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, November 21, 2011, at 5.

People Need to 'Get Involved and Use Our Voices', The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 17, 2011, at 5.

Looking Back on King's 'Dream' Speech, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 30, 2011, at 5.

The Hard Road to Women's Suffrage, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 28, 2011, at 5.

Do Not Discount the Importance of the 14th Amendment, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 15, 2011, at 5; reprinted in, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 42, No. 3 (January 2012).

Forging a New, Independent Nation, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 1, 2011, at 5.

Discussing the Courageous Who Protect the Law, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 23, 2011, at 2 (53rd Annual Law day Edition).

King Shows It's Within Our Power to Create Solutions, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 7, 2011, at 5.

A Single Courageous Act Sets Change in Motion, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Dec. 8, 2010, at 6.

What Effect Will Three Female Justices Have?, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Nov. 2, 2010; reprinted in ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 41, No. 2, at 7 (Nov. 2010); reprinted in The Catalyst (Newsletter of the ISBA's Standing Committee of Women in the Law), Vol. 16, No. 4, at 7 (April 2011).

Abraham Lincoln’s Power Can Be Found in His Words, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 25, 2009 at 13 (51st Annual Law Day Edition).

 

Articles and Publications

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Remedies Available to Illinois Victims

How to compile a record on appeal

Filing a Notice of Appeal and Docketing Statement for the Court

The Federal Government Recognizes the Validity of Utah Same-Sex Marriages

Interview: The Effects of Mentoring on the Duty to Supervise

The United States Supreme Court Grants Utah’s Application for Stay, Thereby Halting Same-Sex Marriages in that State

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman and Chief Justice Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit: Women of Vast Experience and Professional Accomplishments

Utah Petitions the United States Supreme Court to Stay Gay Marriages After a Federal Court Strikes Down its Ban as Unconstitutional

Options to Consider to Help Obtain Child Support Payments

North Dakota Attorney General Issues Legal Opinion That a Man in a Same-Sex Marriage May Marry a Woman

“Egg Agents” Create a New and Booming Industry

Olympic Skier’s Cross-Country Custody Battle Has Potential to Create Nationwide Precedent

Interlocutory appeals before the Illinois Appellate Court

Giving Thanks for Family Caregivers

Recent Report Reveals that Billions in Child Support Go Unpaid

The Illinois Supreme Court Resolves a Split in the Appellate Court Regarding Visitation After a Determination of Parentage

Appeals to the Illinois Appellate Court

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon Encourages Help for Domestic Violence Survivors

The Supreme Court Clarifies Rules on Disgorgement for Interim Attorney Fees and Rejects the Use of Advance Payment Retainers in Dissolution Actions

Stone blazed path for women's equality, drew others to cause

How to challenge a judgment before the Illinois Supreme Court

Disposition of Frozen Embryos is Governed by Contract

Special Considerations When Marrying a Non-U.S. Resident

King ’s speech at March on Washington still resonates today

New Illinois Domestic Violence Laws

Two Major Same-Sex Marriage Rulings Highlight High Court’s Term

The Nation’s Highest Court Speaks on the Issue of Marriage Equality

The Gray Divorce Revolution

Three Women Who Found Courage in the Face of Hurdles

The Legacy of Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow

The U. S. Supreme Court Hears Marriage Equality Cases

High Court Reviews Two Same-Sex Marriage Cases this Week

The Illinois Supreme Court Allows Guardians to File Petitions for Dissolution of Marriage on Behalf of Wards in Karbin v. Karbin

Illinois Enacts “Erin’s Law”

U.S. Supreme Court Convened for First Time 223 Years Ago this Month

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