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Illinois Judges Association

49th Annual

Joint Mid Year Meeting

December 10 and 11, 2020


Illinois State Bar Association & Illinois Judges Association





As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American.

Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives. 

Arne serves on the boards of: Ariel Capital Management, Aspen Institute, Communities in Schools, Lucas Museum, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Pluralsight, Revolution Foods, Thrive-Chicago and Catapult Learning, LLC. He also serves as Co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

ISBA Town Hall
4:00 p.m. 
ISBA President Dennis J. Orsey will lead a town hall meeting on issues relevant to the bench and bar. All ISBA members are invited to attend. Registration is required to attend the ISBA Town Hall.

Friday, December 11, 2020

IJA/ISBA Joint CLE Program: The Remote Courtroom in the Time of COVID
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
(includes a 15-minute break)

3.0 hours MCLE credit, including 3.0* hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit  in the following category: Professionalism, Civility, or Legal Ethics

Join us for this online presentation that explores how Illinois is handling the remote courtroom environment during these unprecedented times. Topics include:

  • The Illinois Supreme Court directives on remote activity;
  • The judicial perspective on remote hearings;
  • The Illinois Judges Association overview of Presidential Programming “Restoring Confidence in the Legal System”
  • The Illinois Judges Association overview of Presidential Programming;
  • The attorney perspective on conducting courtroom cases remotely;
  • The security perspectives to consider when using remote technology; and
  • The technical options at your disposal.

Program Coordinators:
Hon. Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. (ret.), Hoogendoorn & Talbot, Chicago
Hon. Patrice Ball-Reed, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

Program Moderator:
Hon. Freddrenna M. Lyle, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

Program Speakers:
Jim Cimarossa, Illinois Supreme Court Marshall, Springfield
Hon. Patricia Brown Holmes (Ret.), Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP, Chicago

Daniel C. Kay, Attorney at Law, Herrin
Ari J. Scharg, Edelson P.C., Chicago
Hon. James E. Snyder, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
Hon. Mary Jane W. Theis, Justice, Illinois Supreme Court, Chicago
Hon. Mark Vanderwielle, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, Rock Island
Hon. Milton S. Wharton, 5th District Appellate Court, Belleville
Hon. Lisa Holder White, 4th District Appellate Court, Springfield

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval


IJA thanks the Educational Programming and Annual Convention Committee for its work

12:30 p.m. LUNCHEON Via Zoom - REGISTER NOW 


Diane Shelley, IJA President

For further information, contact the IJA at [email protected] or 312/431-1283 

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