2008 NAWJ Mid West Regional Conference

2008 NAWJ Mid West Regional Conference

chicago.jpgInterContinental Chicago

Chicago, IL • August 27 - 29, 2008


NAWJ held the most well-attended regional conference in its history - the Midwest Leadership Conference in Chicago August 27-29. Regional Conference co-chairs, Judges Cheryl Cesario, Jane Craney and Sophia Hall, put on an incredible event, with three outstanding educational panels presented to record crowds. Two of these programs were co-sponsored by our frequent partner, the American Judicature Society (AJS), one of which (“Ethics Jeopardy”) was moderated by American Judicature Association President Gordon L. Doerfer. Thoughtful and perceptive remarks by Scott Turow were also a highlight of the conference. The riveting focus of the event, of course, was the Keynote Speech by our great friend Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivered at a luncheon attended by over 370 people, thanks in large part to the extraordinary work of the Chicago Friends Committee, co-chaired by Leslie Davis, Linda Listrom, Kathy Roach and Lisa Tchen. Scholarship Committee co-chairs, Jackie Lustig and Judge Nina Puglia, presented the first-ever Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Award to DePaul University law student, Allegra Cira. The two receptions could not have been more spectacular - one for the food and the views in the building where Judge Susan Fox Gillis makes her home, and the other for Justice Ginsburg's attendance with her family and her wonderful offer to engage in a wide-ranging “conversation” with me and the assembled judges.


Tradition on Trial, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Luncheon and Female Attrition Events
More photos from the Thursday August 28 Panels and Luncheon
Ethics Jeopardy: Judicial Ethics for the 21st Century

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We would like to thank the Planning Committee of the Midwest Regional Conference.





Hon. Cheryl D. Cesario, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois

Hon. Jane Spencer Craney, Morgan Superior Court 3, Indiana

Hon. Sophia H. Hall, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois



Hon. Ann Breen-Greco, Illinois State Board of Education

Hon. Jacqueline P. Cox, US Bankruptcy Court Northern Illinois District

Debra Lynch Dubovich, Esq., Levy & Dubovich

Hon. Susan Fox Gillis, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois

Hon. Renee G. Goldfarb, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois

Hon. Susan Ruscitti Grussel, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois

Jacqueline Stanley Lustig, Esq., City of Chicago, Administrative Law Officer

Hon. Christina Miller (Retired) Lucas Holcomb and Medrea

Hon. Sheila Murphy (Retired) Rothchild, Barry & Meyers, Of Counsel

Hon. Nina Puglia, U.S. Merit Systems Protection

Hon. Patricia Riley, Indiana Court of Appeals

Hon. Margaret Robb, Indiana Court of Appeals

Hon. Diane P. Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit

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We would like to thank the Friends Committee of the Midwest Regional Conference.





Leslie Davis
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP

Linda Listrom
Jenner & Block LLP

Kathy Roach
Sidley Austin LLP

Guy Rounsaville, Jr.

Tina Tchen
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP



Julie Bauer
Winston & Strawn LLP

Laurel Bellows
Bellows & Bellows P.C.

Jennifer Bluestein
Baker & McKenzie

Fay Clayton
Robinson Curley & Clayton, P.C.

Jeffrey Cummings
Miner, Barnhill & Galland

Lynn Ellenberger
Shefsky & Froelich, Ltd

Tiffany M. Ferguson
Pugh, Jones, Johnson & Quandt, P.C.

Charla Hausler
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Carol Hogan
Jones Day

Patricia Brown Holmes
Schiff Hardin LLP

John Kennedy
Shefsky & Froelich, Ltd

Eileen Letts
Greene and Letts

Jane McFetridge
Jackson Lewis

Bruce Meckler
Meckler Bulger and Tilson LLP

Leslie Minier
Katten, Muchin Rosenman LLP

Janice Mitrius
Banner & Witcoff

Emily Nicklin
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Jennifer Nijman
Nijman Franzetti LLP

Jane DiRenzo Pigott
R3 Group LLC

Jean Prendergast
Crisham & Kubes

Audrey H. Rubin
Wildman Harrold

Carol Sabransky
Huron Consulting Group

Manuel Sanchez
Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman

Stephanie Scharf
Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Scharf

Evan Sue Schouten
Vice President, CRA International

Judith L. Schuch
DLA Piper

Z. Scott
Mayer Brown

Steven Stender
Much Shelist

Jacqueline Vidmar
Seyfarth Shaw LLC

Steven Weiss
Schopf & Weiss

Jia Zhao
Baker & McKenzie

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We would like to thank the sponsors of the Midwest Regional Conference.







Guy Rounsaville
Jenner & Block LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Schiff Hardin LLP



Baker & McKenzie LLP
Clifford Law Offices
Freeborn & Peters LLP
Huron Consulting Group
Schopf & Weiss LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP



Corboy & Demetrio, P.C.
DLA Piper
Figliulo & Silverman
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Mayer Brown LLP
Northern Trust Company
Novack and Macey LLP
Shefsky & Froelich, Ltd
Ungaretti & Harris LLP



Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
Chicago - Kent College of Law
CRA International
Crisham & Kubes, Ltd.
The Decalogue Society of Lawyers
DePaul University College of Law
Greene and Letts
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Jones Day
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C
Much Shelist
Peck Bloom, LLC
Pugh, Jones, Johnson & Quandt, P.C.
R3 Group LLC
Robinson Curley & Clayton, P.C
Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman LLP
Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Scharf
Gerald A. Spector
Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP
Williams Montgomery & John Ltd.

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