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Chicago Area

The second luncheon in a three-part luncheon series aimed at teaching law students and young attorneys practical steps in developing their legal career. Each luncheon will feature esteemed panelists discussing a variety of topics while also taking questions from the audience. This luncheon program will feature sitting judges offering tips to young lawyers on how to make a good impression in the courtroom.


  • The Honorable James F. Holderman, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • The Honorable Thomas R. Mulroy, Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division
  • The Honorable Laura C. Liu, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division


  • November 13, 2013, noon to 1 p.m.
  • ISBA Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark, Suite 900
  • Chicago, IL 60603


  • Jessica Durkin, Co-Chair of YLD's Professional Development Committee, Associate,  Miroballi Durkin & Rudin

Cost: $10 includes lunch. Cancellations will be accepted and refunded through Friday, November 8.  After November 8, no refunds will be given for cancellations.

No MCLE credit is available for this program.

Deadline to register is 4 pm, November 8.

Register now!

Christopher Durcan
Christopher Durcan
Experienced Chicago commercial litigator, Christopher Durcan, joins the Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm. Durcan will be Of Counsel with the Firm and will work with Carmen Caruso and the other members of the Firm on a variety of cases as he grows his commercial litigation practice.

Previously, Durcan practiced with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP and Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd, LLP where he defended corporate clients in nationwide class actions and gained favorable outcomes in complex litigation issues for small, mid-size and Fortune 500 companies. He also has a proven track record of specialized insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration focusing on contract disputes.

Durcan, an alumnus of University of Chicago Law School, has been practicing law for 10 years. Earlier in his career, he honed a strong understanding of business and gained consulting and project management skills at top tier consulting firms Ernst & Young and Hewitt Associates.

Durcan is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and the McHenry County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in Illinois.

Durcan resides in Crystal Lake with his wife Martha and their two children, Matilda and James.

Hon. Robert C. Scott
Hon. Robert C. Scott
The Hon. Robert Clement Scott, 90, of Fort Lauderdale, passed away on Oct. 2.

Born April 8, 1923, and raised in Chicago, he attended Mae McMillan School in Fort Lauderdale in 1937-38, and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Chicago and the University of Notre Dame.

Judge Scott was an infantry combat veteran of World War II who received the Bronze Star. After practicing law in Chicago, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1951, where he met his wife, the former Mary Louisa Smith.

He was an early president of the Notre Dame Club of Fort Lauderdale, a 60-year member of The Florida Bar, and three- term member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors, a Fellow in the American College of Probate Counsel, and from 1982 to 1993 a Circuit Judge for Broward County. But, most important, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Update your knowledge on the collection issues you don’t know about (but should!)  with this informative full-day seminar!

Don’t miss this opportunity to update your knowledge on the ins-and-out of the less common (but sometimes more complicated) issues that can arise when attempting to collect a commercial debt, whether it’s during a foreclosure, bankruptcy or post judgment proceeding. Attorneys with intermediate practice experience working in commercial litigation, banking, or collections and bankruptcy who attend this seminar in Chicago on November 15th will better understand: the important collection issues within a foreclosure; what happens to your judgment lien on real estate if the defendant passes away; how to break through a trust; how piercing the corporate veil or taking action against fraudulent conveyances can help you collect debts for your client; how the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act shields your servicemember client from adverse collection actions; otions for getting your client’s claim out of a defendant’s bankruptcy; how to handle your client’s lawsuit against a company that’s out of business; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy Section and qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit.

Click here for more information and to register.

Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride
Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride
The Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission hosted its second annual Conference on Oct. 23 that brought together more than 300 people from the legal and judicial fields to discuss the impact of pro bono work and evolving pro bono projects on the courts.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride opened the Conference and gave an overview of the Commission's work and accomplishments in the past year.

Bryan Stevenson, executive director at the Equal Justice Initiative based out of Alabama, served as the Conference's keynote speaker. A graduate of Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has represented capital defendants and death row prisoners in the Deep South since 1985 when he was a staff attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been recognized by several national publications and organizations as one of the nation’s top public interest lawyers.

Following Mr. Stevenson's address, there were three additional presentations about pro bono programs in Illinois and discussions on how to increase and improve on them.

Sean Patrick O'Brien
Sean Patrick O'Brien
Sean Patrick O’Brien, 37, of Morton Grove, passed away suddenly and tragically in a car accident on Sept. 22, 2013.  

Sean was very close to his family, extended family, and friends. He received his double Bachelor’s degree from  Illinois State University.  His master’s degree in Political Science from University of Illinois and then he went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton law school.  Shortly after law school Sean began a career working at the Illinois Department of Criminal Justice Information Authority where he is well respected amongst his peers. One of his main contributions was developing an organizational model of their system in which many states throughout the country have implemented.

He is survived by his beloved wife and soul mate  Lisa ( Weiland) O'Brien.  Beloved oldest son of John and Linda O’Brien.  Loving brother of Erin (Brent) Eggleston, Moreen (Jacob) Lusk and Kevin “Shorty” O’Brien.  Adored uncle of Isabelle and Matthew Eggleston, Ethan Lusk and Brandon and Jeremy Flores.  Dear son in law of Pam (and the late Steven) Weiland.  Fond brother in law of Karyn Weiland Flores.  Loved nephew of Richard and Colleen Atwood and Greg and Mary O'Brien. 

Charitable donations may be made in Sean's memory to the following organization:

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Illinois Chapter

Increasingly, drug cases are part of the criminal caseload throughout Illinois. As such, it is important for attorneys to educate themselves on the tools needed for handling these types of cases and to be prepared for the unique issues that drug cases often present. Join us in Springfield on November 14th or Chicago on November 22nd! Attorneys with basic to intermediate experience practicing in criminal courts throughout the state who attend this seminar will better understand: the recently passed legislation involving drug and criminal cases; the most common issues involving pre-trial motions in drug cases; search and seizure issues, including the use of dogs to find drugs in homes and vehicles; how to utilize the veteran’s courts to assist your clients; what to expect in drug and other specialty courts; and much more!

The seminar is presented by the ISBA Criminal Justice Section and qualifies for 5.25 hours MCLE credit.

Click here for more information on the Springfield program.

Click here for more information on the Chicago program.

Join us in Chicago on Nov. 14 to learn how to value your case for settlement purposes and resolve the complex double-count conundrum when determining maintenance and equitable asset division in family law cases! It is important for family law practitioners to understand what the “value” of a private company really means and how value and income from the same source can sometimes be “double-dipping” to the detriment of one of the parties. Attorneys attending this seminar with intermediate to advanced practice experience will better understand: the financial implications of the privately-held business value, professional corporations and earnings which, in many cases, may be the single largest asset and income source to the marital partnership; what “true” or “economic” income really is and how sometimes forensic accounting techniques must be used to determine income; the tax impact of proposed settlements; how valuation experts can be used in the divorce process to achieve successful settlements and, ultimately, how the expert persuasively presents their conclusions and opinions to the mediator/arbitrator or both lawyers as a “neutral” expert to achieve settlement; how to determine the value of your case so that settlement negotiations are meaningful and reach a fair and equitable resolution; and much more!

The program, which qualifies for 7.0 hours MCLE credit, is presented by the ISBA Family Law Section and the ISBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

Deane Brown
Deane Brown
Karen Enright
Karen Enright
The Illinois Bar Foundation has added two members to its Board of Directors.

Newly-elected members are Deane B. Brown, of Highland Park, a partner in the Chicago law firm of Beermann, Pritikin, Mirabelli, Swerdlove LLP; and Karen McNulty Enright, of Elmhurst, an attorney with McNabola Law Group, in Chicago.

The mission of the Illinois Bar Foundation is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. The Illinois Bar Foundation is located at 20 S. Clark St., Suite 910, Chicago, IL  60603, and the phone number is (312) 726-6072.


Learn how to successfully navigate the expert testimony process during a civil litigation proceeding with this informative full-day seminar in Chicago on Nov. 8! Expert witnesses are an integral part of the civil litigation process. Because of their training, education and experience, expert witnesses are allowed to testify about the facts, as well as give expert/professional opinions regarding those facts. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from some of Illinois’ top speakers on expert testimony, as well as from experts in specific fields, including OSHA construction safety and orthopedics.