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Michele M. Jochner

Partner

"Every client's story is unique, and it is my job to tell that story so that it resonates with the court. My experience in handling complex and cutting-edge matters, combined with the ability to persuasively communicate winning arguments, ensures that my clients present the strongest possible position in their quest for a favorable decision."

Effective and winning advocacy requires specialized skills to analyze the pertinent legal issues and see the case the way trial court judges and appellate justices do. An effective 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, and to convey them persuasively. In addition, the ability to think "outside the box" and envision novel approaches is required. But, most of all, the lawyer must put the client first, listen closely and be the strong voice which tells his or her story. 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 and procedural law combined with a keen understanding of the mechanics of our trial and appellate courts. Her first-hand experience and crucial insights into the State court system provide her with the basis to craft and communicate compelling legal strategy and arguments.

A recognized legal scholar, expert writer and educator to law students and attorneys, Ms. Jochner has been honored by her peers in "Best Lawyers in America," as a "Leading Lawyer" who ranks in the top 100 Women Consumer Lawyers in Illinois and as the recipient of the 2015 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award by the Women's Bar Association of Illinois. She also has authored nearly 200 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. Ms. Jochner regularly speaks on legal issues to various groups across the State, including seminars on effective legal writing, appellate advocacy, and family law. 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 Super Lawyer (2016)

2015 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award, Women's Bar Association of Illinois

Best Lawyers in America - Recognized in the area of Family Law (2015-2016)

Ranked in the Top 100 Women Consumer Lawyers in Illinois, Leading Lawyers Magazine, (2015)

Illinois Leading Lawyer - Recognized in the area of Family Law (2014-2015)

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

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

“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 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Joseph L. Story Chapter at DePaul University College of Law (2014).

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.

Media

Interviewed - Court Requires Divorce Lawyers to Give Earned Fees to Opposing Counsel, Illinois Bar Journal, January 2016

Panelist - Examining How We Deal With Grief and Loss, WGN Radio, August 2014

Host - Establishing Paternity in Illinois, Illinois State Bar Association, March 2014

Host - Child Support Modification in Illinois, Illinois State Bar Association, March 2014

Host - Applying for Child Support Services in Illinois, Illinois State Bar Association, March 2014

Host - Establishing Child Support in Illinois, Illinois State Bar Association, March 2014

Host - Child Support Enforcement Remedies, Illinois State Bar Association, March 2014

Lectures

Panelist, Litigation Practice 101, DePaul University College of Law, August 2015.

Moderator, "One Size Never Fits All"- A Conversation with Dr. Arin Reeves, Coalition for Women's Initiatives in The Law, May 2015.

Featured Speaker, A History of Women in the Law, DePaul University College of Law, April 2015.

Featured Speaker, The Finer Points of Legal Writing, for a continuing legal education seminar titled, "General Practice Update - 2015 Regional Event," presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Quincy, IL, March 2015.

Panelist, “The Nuts and Bolts of Appellate Practice,” presented by the Domestic Relations Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, February 2015.

Panelist, “Marketing Your Practice Through Authorships and Publications,” presented by the Young Lawyers’ Committee of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association , Chicago, Illinois, October 2014.

Featured Speaker, “A History of Women in the Law,” presented by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce Professional Women’s Council, Arlington Heights, IL, March 2014.

Panelist, “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.

June 2012, Welcoming Speaker, for the Ceremonial Proceedings for the Dedication of the Honorable George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building, Chicago, Illinois.

 

"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.

February 2012, Welcoming Speaker and Moderator, for a continuing legal education seminar titled, "Navigating the Foreclosure Maze," presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois.

 

"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.

September 2011, Featured Speaker and Mistress of Ceremonies, "The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network Presents a Woman of Influence: Lilly Ledbetter," Chicago, Illinois.

June 2011, Faculty Presenter, "The Anatomy of a Well-Written Decision," for a continuing legal education program titled, "Second Annual Administrative Law Conference," presented by the Chicago Bar Association in conjunction with the State of Illinois Office of the General Counsel's Administrative Hearings Review Committee, Chicago, Illinois.

 

“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.

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

January 2011, Faculty Presenter, "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.

January 2011, Welcoming Speaker and Mistress of Ceremonies, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity - Chicago Alumni Chapter Centennial Celebration, Chicago, Illinois.

 

“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.

March 2010, Featured Speaker, Lawyers United to Help Haiti Rebuild: A Call to Action, Chicago, Illinois.

March 2010, Welcoming Speaker and Mistress of Ceremonies, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity - Chicago Alumni Chapter Annual St. PADdy’s Day Luncheon Honoring Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow (Ret.), Chicago, Illinois.

March 2010, Panelist, “Advice From Chicago Area Lawyers,” a program presented by the Webster Student Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, Loyola University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois.

 

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.

October 2009, Featured Speaker, 2009 Unity Award Dinner and Seventh-Annual Swearing-In of Chicago-Area Bar Association Presidents, Chicago, Illinois.

October 2009, Keynote Speaker and Mistress of Ceremonies, Honorary Initiation of Hon. George N. Leighton (Ret. - U.S. Dist. Court, No. Dist. of IL), Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, Chicago, Illinois.

 

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.

May 2009, Featured Speaker, “What’s Hot in Fourth Amendment Law,” for a continuing legal education seminar presented by the Criminal Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois.

“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.

May 2009, Welcoming Speaker and Moderator, Tenth Annual Appellate Court Educational Seminar, presented by the Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, Chicago, Illinois.

April 2009, Welcoming Speaker, “15 Years of Democracy in South Africa,” a symposium presented by the Illinois Judicial Council, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity - Chicago Alumni Chapter, and Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois.

 

“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.

March 2009, Welcoming Speaker, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity - Chicago Alumni Chapter Annual St. PADdy’s Day Luncheon, Chicago, Illinois.

 

“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.

February 2009, Keynote Speaker and Mistress of Ceremonies, Honorary Initiation of Illinois Attorney General Lisa M. Madigan, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, Chicago, Illinois.

November 2008, Welcoming Speaker, 2008 Unity Award Dinner and Sixth-Annual Swearing-In of Chicago-Area Bar Association Presidents, Chicago, Illinois.

 

“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.

July 2008, Featured Speaker, “Being a Leader for the Sun-Times Judge Marovitz Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program,” Fifth Annual My Hero Awards Luncheon - Sun-Times Judge Marovitz Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program, Chicago, Illinois.

June 2008, Faculty Presenter, “Hot Topics in Criminal Law,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled, “Annual Meeting CLE Fest,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, St. Louis, Missouri.

June 2008, Faculty Presenter, “Appellate Practice Boot Camp Conference: Judicial Clerks Teach the Do’s and Don’t’s,” a continuing legal education seminar presented by Pincus Professional Education, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.

 

“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.

April 2008, Faculty Presenter and Moderator, “Hot Topics in Criminal and Traffic Law,” for a continuing legal education program titled, “Hot Topics for the General Practitioner - 2008,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Rock Island, Illinois.

March 2008, Faculty Presenter and Moderator, “Criminal and Traffic Law Update,” for a continuing legal education program entitled, “General Practice Update - 2008,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Quincy, Illinois.

March 2008, Welcoming Speaker and Moderator, “Women Lawyers’ Lives in Balance: Ideas for Managing Personal Lives and Professional Careers,” 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.

March 2008, Welcoming Speaker, Annual Installation and St. Patrick’s Day Awards Luncheon, presented by the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity - Chicago Alumni Chapter, Chicago, Illinois.

 

“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.

February 2008, Faculty Presenter and Moderator, “Hot Topics in Criminal and Traffic Law,” for a continuing legal education seminar entitled, “Hot Topics for the General Practitioner - 2008,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Decatur, Illinois.

February 2008, Welcoming Speaker and Moderator, “A Path to the Corner Office - 10 Strategies for Success,” 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.

 

“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.

January 2008, Welcoming Speaker, Moderator, and Panelist, “Getting Organized in 2008: Best Practices In-House and in Private Practice,” presented by the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women, Chicago, Illinois.

 

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.

January 2008, Welcoming Speaker and Moderator, for the Professor Vincent Vitullo Professionalism and Ethics Seminar, presented by Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity - Chicago Alumni Chapter, Chicago, Illinois.

December 2007, Welcoming Speaker and Moderator, “’Too Stupid,’ ‘Too Emotional,’ and ‘Too Uncommitted’: How to Overcome Stereotypes of Professional Women and Dance on Top of the Glass Ceiling Instead of Gazing Through It!” 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.

 

“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.

November 2007, Welcoming Speaker, 2007 Unity Award Dinner and Fifth-Annual Swearing-In of Chicago-Area Bar Association Presidents, Chicago, Illinois.

 

“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.

November 2007, Faculty Presenter, “Fourth Amendment Update,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Defending Death Penalty Cases in 2007,” presented by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, (IICLE), Fairview Heights, Illinois.

November 2007, Panelist, “Changing the Face of the Illinois State Bar Association - Running for ISBA Office,” a seminar presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois.

October 2007, Panelist, “Life After Law School - Choosing Career Paths,” for a seminar presented by Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Chicago, Illinois.

 

“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.

September 2007, Moderator, Substantive Law Track, 3rd Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, St. Charles, Illinois.

 

“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.

July 2007, Welcoming Speaker, 4th Annual My Hero Awards Luncheon, Sun-Times Judge Marovitz Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program, Chicago, Illinois.

 

“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.

May 2007, Welcoming Speaker and Moderator, Eighth Annual Appellate Court Educational Seminar, presented by the Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, Chicago, Illinois.

March 2007, Faculty Presenter, “Hot Topics in Criminal and Traffic Law,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled, “Hot Topics for the General Practitioner,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Quincy, Illinois.

March 2007, Faculty Presenter, “Fourth Amendment Update,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Defending Death Penalty Cases in 2007,” presented by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, (IICLE), Chicago, Illinois.

March 2007, Welcoming Speaker and Introduction of Keynote Speaker, for a workshop seminar titled “How to Cultivate and Expand Your Network for Personal and Professional Gain,” presented by the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women – Women’s Leadership Institute, Chicago, Illinois.

January 2007, Welcoming Speaker, for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Human Trafficking,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois.

December 2006, Faculty Presenter, “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 2006, Faculty Presenter, "Fourth Amendment Update," for a continuing legal education seminar titled "Defending Illinois Death Penalty Cases in 2006," presented by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Springfield, Illinois.

September 2006, Panelist, “Alternative Law Careers,” for the Law Student Forum, presented by the Asian American Bar Association and the IIT Chicago Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois.

September 2006, Faculty Presenter, “Criminal Law,” for the 2nd Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, St. Charles, Illinois.

September 2006, Welcoming Speaker, Introduction of Keynote Speakers, and Mistress of Ceremonies, 2nd Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, St. Charles, Illinois.

June 2006, Faculty Presenter, “Top 10 Criminal Law Developments in 2006,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Hot Topics in Legal Developments for the General Practitioner,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

May 2006, Welcoming Speaker and Moderator, Seventh Annual Appellate Court Educational Seminar for the Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, Chicago, Illinois.

March 2006, Faculty Presenter, “The Fourth Amendment,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Death Penalty Certification Program,” presented by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Chicago, Illinois.

 

“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.

December 2005, Faculty Presenter, “Criminal Law Update,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “General Practice Update,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois.

November 2005, Welcoming Speaker, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois’ Women With Vision Awards Presentation, 2005 Joint Professional Dinner, Chicago, Illinois.

 

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

October 2005, Faculty Presenter, “Sorting Through the Thorny Maze of Search and Seizure Cases: What’s Hot and What’s Not in Fourth Amendment Law,” a continuing legal education seminar presented during the Illinois State Bar Association’s First Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, St. Charles, Illinois.

October 2005, Welcoming Speaker, Introduction of Keynote Speakers, and Mistress of Ceremonies, First Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, St. Charles, Illinois.

June 2005, Moderator, “Update on Legal Developments for the General Practitioner,” a continuing legal education seminar presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

May 2005, Welcoming Speaker and Moderator, Sixth Annual Appellate Court Educational Seminar for the Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, Chicago, Illinois.

January 2005, Moderator, Third Annual Student-Alumni Career Conference, sponsored by DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois.

January 2005, Faculty Presenter, “Effective Legal Research and Writing,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Bridge the Gap,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois.

December 2004, Faculty Presenter, “Criminal Law Update,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Update on Legal Developments for the General Practitioner,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois.

May 2004, Welcoming Speaker, for a continuing education seminar titled “Clearing Your Way to Closing: An Introduction For General Practitioners For Troubleshooting Issues in Residential and Commercial Real Estate Transactions,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois.

April 2004, Welcoming Speaker, for a continuing legal education seminar titled “A General Practitioner’s Guide to Forming an Illinois Business Entity,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois.

April 2004, Panelist, “What’s Your Size? Career Choices,” presented by DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois.

 

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.

January 2004, Moderator and Panelist, ISBA Section and Committee Officers Meeting, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois.

December 2003, Welcoming Speaker, for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Hanging Out Your Shingle Without Hanging Yourself,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois.

 

“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.

September 2003, Welcoming Speaker, for a continuing legal educational seminar titled, “Administrative Agencies and Discrimination Claims: Causes of Action - Labor and Employment for the General Practitioner,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois.

June 2003, Faculty Presenter, “Criminal Law Update,” for a continuing legal educational seminar titled “Hot Topics for the General Practitioner,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

May 2003, Welcoming Speaker and Moderator, Fourth Annual Appellate Court Educational Seminar for the Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, Chicago, Illinois.

 

“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.

November 2001, Keynote Speaker, “A Day in the Life of a Supreme Court Clerk,” DePaul University Business School, Chicago, Illinois.

July 2001, Keynote Speaker, “A Day in the Life of a Supreme Court Clerk,” DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois.

June 2001, Faculty Presenter, “The Expanding Scope of HMO Liability in Illinois,” during a continuing legal education seminar titled, “Hot Topics for the General Practitioner,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

May 2001, Faculty Presenter, “HMO Liability Update,” during a continuing legal education seminar titled, “General Practice Update,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Collinsville, Illinois.

 

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.

June 2000, Faculty Presenter, “Hot Topics in Criminal, Traffic and Juvenile Justice Law,” for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Hot Topics for the General Practitioner,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

May 2000, Faculty Presenter, “Juvenile Case Law Update,” for a continuing legal education program titled “Juvenile Law Practice Update,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois.

December 1999, Faculty Presenter, “Criminal Law Update,” for a continuing legal education program titled, “General Practice Update,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois.

June 1999, Faculty Presenter, “Criminal Law Update,” for a continuing legal education program titled, “General Practice Update,” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

February 1996, Faculty Speaker and Panelist, “The National Tort Reform Trend and Punitive Damages,” a session held during the National Symposium on the Legal and Business Issues of Tort Reform, presented by DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois.

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 2013

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

Member, Advisory Board, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, DePaul University College of Law

Illinois Supreme Court, Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Board, 2014-Present, Secretary, 2015 – Present, Vice-Chair (2016-2017)

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, Family Law Section Council, 2013-Present

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Standing Committee on Women in The Law, 2015-Present

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Editorial Board, Illinois Bar Journal, 2008 to 2013

 

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

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Co-Editor, Trial Briefs Newsletter, 2011 to 2014

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Committee on Cable Television Productions, 2002 to 2013

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Chair, 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, Chair, 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 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 Present

 

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

 

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

 

Chicago Lincoln American Inn of Court, 2015-Present

 

Women's Bar Association of Illinois, Co-Chair, Committee on Elder Law and Senior Outreach, 2015-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 2013

 

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

 

Appellate Lawyers' Association of Illinois, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, 2015

 

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 – 2013.

Authorships

Book Publications

“The Right Place at the Right Time,” a chapter in Reaching the Bar: Stories of Women at All Stages of Their Law Careers, Robin Sax, ed. Kaplan Publishing Co., 2009.

Law Review and Legal Journal Publications

Contributor - Family Law Quarterly, Family Law in the 50 States (Illinois), Vol. 48, No. 4 (Winter 2015). (American Bar Association).

Contributor - Family Law Quarterly, Family Law in the 50 States (Illinois), Vol. 47, No. 4 (Winter 2014). (American Bar Association).

The Buck Stops Here In More Ways Than One, tyl - The Young Lawyer Magazine of The American Bar Association (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).

“Stop and Frisk”in Illinois: Recent Supreme Court Terry-Doctrine Decisions, 91 Ill. B. J. 616 (December 2003).

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).

Recent United States Supreme Court Fourth Amendment Rulings Expand Police Discretion, 88 Ill. B. J. 579 (Oct. 2000).

An Overview of the Juvenile Justice Reform Provisions of 1998, 87 Ill. B. J. 152 (March 1999).

The United States Supreme Court Expands Excessive Fines Clause Protection in Austin and Bajakajian, 87 Ill. B. J. 78 (Feb. 1999).

Acquitted of the Crime, But Still Doing Time?, 13 ABA Crim. Just. 18 (Spring 1998).

The Supreme Court Turns Back the Clock on Civil Forfeiture in Bennis, 85 Ill. B. J. 314 (July 1997).


Ethical Considerations for the Illinois Judge Preparing a Public Statement, ILLINOIS JUDGE'S HANDBOOK, Illinois Judge's Association (1997)(co-authored with Hon. Francis A. Gembala).

The Unjustified Expansion of the Double Jeopardy Doctrine to Civil Asset Forfeiture Proceedings, 84 Ill. B. J. 70 (Feb. 1996), reprinted in, The Nevada Public Lawyer, Fall 1996.

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.

The Petrillo Doctrine: A Review and Update, 83 Ill. B. J. 16 (Jan. 1995)(co-authored with Hon. Lester A. Bonaguro).

From Fiction to Fact: The Supreme Court’s Reevaluation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws, 82 Ill. B. J. 560 (Oct. 1994).

'Til Habeas Do Us Part: Recent Supreme Court Habeas Corpus Rulings, 81 Ill. B. J. 250 (May 1993).

When the Taxman Cometh: Challenging an IRS Summons, 80 Ill. B. J. 360 (July 1992).

The Detrimental Effects of Hostile Takeovers, Leveraged Buyouts and Excessive Debt on the Airline Industry, 19 TRANSP. L. J. 219 (1990).

Newsletter/Newspaper Publications

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.

Meet CBA President Robert A. Clifford: A Passion for Justice, a Reputation for Excellence and a Commitment to Giving Back, 25 CBA Record 5, at 34 (June/July 2011).

2011 Vanguard Awards, 25 CBA Record 5, at 16 (June/July 2011).

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.

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

Douglas Holds the Record on the Supreme Court, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Nov. 16, 2010; reprinted in ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 41, No. 4, at 6 (March 2011); reprinted in The Catalyst (Newsletter of the ISBA's Standing Committee of Women in the Law), Vol. 16, No. 4, at 7 (April 2011).

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).

Putting Your House in Order, reprinted in Alliance News, Vol. 15, No. 2, at 3 (Winter 2011).

2010 Herman Kogan Media Awards Luncheon: Kurtis and Jacobsen Deliver Perspectives on the State of the News Business, 24 CBA Record 20 (June-July 2010).

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

The Unity Dinner and Annual Bar President's Swearing-In Ceremony Unites the Legal Community in a Celebration of Diversity, ISBA Diversity Matters Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 1 at 9 (June 2010).

Illinois Legal Community Unites to Raise Over $100,000 for Haiti Rebuilding Efforts, ISBA Diversity Matters Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 1 at 16 (June 2010).

Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges, The Chicago Daily Bulletin, April 24, 2010 at 12 (52nd Annual Law Day Edition).

What is Your Personal Brand? 24 CBA Record 21 (April 2010).

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).

Lincoln’s Life Lessons, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 39, No. 6 (April 2009).

Lincoln Lives On In His Wisdom and Words, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 12, 2009, at 5.

Communicating Credibility, 23 CBA Record 18 (January 2009).

Celebrating Unity and Diversity, The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois), Winter 2008-09, at 18.

Looking Back: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 16, 2008, at 5.

WBAI’s 94th Annual Installation Dinner - A Special Event to Remember, The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois), Fall 2008, at 1.

Lessons Learned from the WBAI Leadership Training Series, The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois), Fall 2008, at 15.

A License to Practice, a Legacy to Remember, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September 9, 2008, at 5; reprinted in, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 37, No. 4 (March 2009); reprinted in ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 39, No. 3 (October 2008).

One Week, Two Historic Civil Rights Anniversaries, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 29, 2008, at 5; reprinted in, The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois), Fall 2008.

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).

Co-Editor’s Column, The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois), Spring 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.

Making a Positive Difference in Your Profession, Your Community, and Your Life - Volunteer to Serve and Give Back, Women in the Law 2007, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (Winter 2007).

Co-Editor’s Column, The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois), Fall 2007.

Mark Your Calendars for the Most Electrifying Series of Programs This Bar Year!, The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois), Fall 2007.

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).

WBAI’s Joint Professional Dinner Honors Women With Vision,The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois), Spring 2007.

Karen M.Enright - 93rd President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois), Spring 2007.

More Than 350 Lawyers Shined Up Their Shingles at the ISBA’s Second Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, Making it a Resounding Success!, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 35, No. 5 (February 2007).

Former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Seymour Simon, 1915-2006, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 37, No. 3 (October 2006).

WBAI Honors the Distinguished Career of Our Past President, Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow, The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois), Fall 2006.

Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow - the First Female Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court - Announces Her Retirement, The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois), Spring 2006

The New MCLE Rules - An Overview, The Catalyst (Newsletter of the ISBA Standing Committee on Women in the Law), Vol. 11, No. 2 (January 2006); reprinted in, The Alliance News (Newsletter of the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women),Winter/Spring 2006; reprinted in, The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois), Spring 2006; reprinted in, The YLD News (Newsletter of the Young Lawyers Division of the ISBA), Spring 2006; reprinted in, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 36, No. 4 (April 2006).

Don’t Just Survive - Thrive! Mark Your Calendar for the ISBA’s First Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, October 7-9, 2005, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 33, No. 7 (May 2005).

Inspiring Women - The Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project Marks Six Years of Service to Women and Children in Need, The Challenge (Newsletter of the ISBA Standing Committee on Minority & Women Participation), Vol. 15, No. 3 (May 2005) (Co-author); reprinted in, The WBAI News (Newsletter of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois)(June 2005).

Results of DNA Testing Cannot Be Used To Rescind A Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 33, No. 2 (November, 2004)

Chairperson’s Corner, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 32, No. 5 (November, 2003)

Limited Liability Legal Practice Comes to Illinois: An Overview of the Changes to Supreme Court Rule 721 and New Supreme Court Rule 722, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 32, No. 4 (October 2003); reprinted in, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 34, No. 2 (November, 2003).

Chairperson’s Corner, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 32, No. 4 (October 2003).

Chairperson’s Corner, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 32, No. 3 (September 2003).

Chairperson’s Corner, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 32, No. 2 (August 2003).

Chairperson’s Corner, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 32, No. 1 (July 2003).

Women Everywhere Project Proves Volunteers Can Make a Difference, 17 CBA Record 34 (June/July 2003) (Co-author).

Illinois Supreme Court Amends Rule 307 to Allow Early Appeals in Class Action Lawsuits, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 31, No. 3 (December 2002); reprinted in, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 33, No. 5 (March 2003).

New Supreme Court Rule Amendments and Court Orders, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 31, No. 2 (Nov. 2002); reprinted in, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Jan. 2003).

Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow Becomes the First Female Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, The Challenge (Newsletter of the ISBA Standing Committee on Minority and Women Participation), Vol. 13, No. 2 (Nov. 2002); reprinted in, The Catalyst (Newsletter of the ISBA Standing Committee on Women in the Law), Vol. 8, No. 2 (March 2003).

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Moses W. Harrison Announces His Retirement from the Bench in September; Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow Set to Become the High Court’s First Female Chief Justice, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 31, No.1 (Aug. 2002).

Chief Justice Moses W. Harrison To Retire In September, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 33, No. 1 (July 2002).

Recent Amendments to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 30, No. 9 (June 2002).

Remembering Hon. Michael A. Bilandic: Former Chief Justice, Alderman, and Mayor of Chicago, ISBA Bench and Bar Newsletter, Vol. 32, No. 4 (May 2002).

Supreme Court Amends Rules, ISBA Bench and Bar Newsletter, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Jan. 2002).

The Illinois Supreme Court Holds That the Operation of an Uninsured Motor Vehicle Is an Absolute Liability Offense, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 30, No. 4 (Dec. 2001).

Criminal Law Legislative Update: Intoxication Defense Significantly Limited, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Nov. 2001).

Hon. William G. Clark, Former Chief Justice, Former Attorney General, Former Legislator Dies on August 17, 2001, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, Vol. 32, No. 2 (Oct. 2001).

Recent Legislative Developments, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 29, No. 6 (March 2001).

Recent Illinois Supreme Court Cases Involving Termination of Parental Rights, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 29, No. 3 (Nov. 2000).

Recent Criminal Law Cases Decided By the Illinois Supreme Court, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 29, No. 2 (Sept. 2000).

The U.S. Supreme Court Rules That “Bare-Bones” Anonymous Tips Are Insufficient To Justify a Terry Stop and Frisk, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 6 (May 2000).

Recent Legislative Developments, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Oct. 1999).

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Issues Concerning Automobile Searches - Knowles v. Iowa and Wyoming v. Houghton, ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Aug. 1999).

The Seventh Circuit Issues a “Warning to Lawyers” Concerning Service Time Limits in Troxell v. Fedders of North America, Inc., ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 27, No. 6 (Feb. 1999).

The Long and Winding Road: The Seventh Circuit Attempts to Find Its Way in Jansen v. Packaging Corp. of America, ISBA General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Newsletter, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Jan. 1998).

Articles and Publications

Honing a Brief to Knife-Like Sharpness

In a Divorce, Illinois Courts Have No Authority to Order Pet “Visitation”

Newsletter Vol. 8, No. 4 - Fall

Lessons from One Size Never Fits All: Business Development Strategies Tailored for Women (and Most Men)

Writing Your Statement of Facts

"Enforcement" of a Party's Obligation to Pay Secondary Education Expenses is Not Subject to Petersen's Limitation on Retroactive Reimbursement

Getting to the Meat of Appellate Briefs

A Road Map to Successful Appellate Briefs

How to Write Appellate Court Briefs That Are, In Fact, Brief

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules that the “Equitable Adoption” and “Functional Parent” Theories Cannot be Raised By a Nonparent Seeking Custody of a Child

Appellate Briefs and the Different Standards of Review

Private Conversations Protected Under New Illinois Eavesdropping Law

Chicago Works to Improve Response to Domestic Violence Cases

Suffragist Susan B. Anthony's Stand on Voting Sets Stage for Today

A Guardian’s Standing to Request Authorization to File a Petition for Dissolution on Behalf of a Ward is Codified by the Illinois General Assembly

After The Appellate Court Rules, What's Next?

Remembering Civil Rights Pioneers on the Anniversary of Their Passing

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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