||President - Daniel Cotter, is Vice
President, General Counsel and Secretary for Fidelity Life Association,
A Legal Reserve Life Insurance Company. Prior to joining Fidelity Life
in April 2013, he was a founding partner of Korey Cotter Heather &
Richardson, LLC. Previously, he was Chair of the Corporate,
Transactional and Regulatory Group at Lindemann LLC, Downers Grove.
Other experience includes serving as Vice President and Deputy General
Counsel at Argo Group U.S., Inc. and Senior Counsel with Unitrin Inc. A
certified CPA, he has also worked as an accountant at the insurance
giant, C N A.
He is the 2nd Vice President of the John Marshall Law School Alumni
Association and serves on the Board of Trustees of Monmouth College, the
John Marshall Law School Board of Visitors, the Chicago Bar Foundation,
and the Advisory Council for Alliant Credit Union. He is an adjunct
professor at John Marshall School of Law.
Mr. Cotter's community service includes serving as Chair of the
Edgebrook School District for seven years and currently as vice chair, a
Boy Scouts Eagle Board of Review Chair, and fundraising annually for the
CBA's Lend A Hand-to-Youth program. He is a champion weight lifter in
his spare time and often uses his competitive events to raise money for
charitable causes, including Lend A-Hand-to-Youth. He is a magna cum
laude graduate of Monmouth College, where he earned his Bachelor's
degree in Accounting, and earned his law degree from The John Marshall
Law School, graduating first in his class. At John Marshall, he competed
in the John Marshall/ABA National Criminal Defense Lawyers National Mock
Trial Competition and was an Editor for the Law Review, while working
full-time at CNA as an accountant.
His awards include Monmouth's Distinguished Young Alumnus Award (2001)
and induction into the MClub (sports) Hall of Fame (2002).
||First Vice President - Patricia Brown Holmes is
a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP where she co-chairs the firm's Diversity
Committee. A trial attorney whose practice focuses on white-collar
criminal investigations, she is a former federal, state and local
prosecutor and state court judge.
Her criminal and civil litigation experience includes handling matters
involving financial and accounting fraud, mail and wire fraud, corporate
whistle-blower allegations and hot-line calls, contract disputes and
other complex commercial litigation. She has also lectured on and
completed internal investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt
Practices Act (FCPA).
Judge Holmes also has extensive experience conducting internal
investigations at public and private entities and has conducted many
highly sensitive and confidential investigations involving high-level
executives. She has represented special committees and boards of
directors in a variety of internal investigations.
During her career, she has often been tasked by government officials to
assist in investigating sensitive matters. She was appointed by Illinois
Governor Pat Quinn to chair the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief
Commission; the investigation of the City of Chicago's fire commissioner
for sexual harassment; the alleged cover up by the executive director of
the Office of Compliance; and the 2010 investigation of the Burr Oak
Cemetery scandal as chair of the governor's Cemetery Oversight Task
Force. That investigation led to new legislation regarding cemetery
oversight and the funeral industry. She is also a member of Senator Dick
Durbin's judicial commission to investigate backgrounds and select
federal judges and the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of
She is a frequent commentator and widely published legal writer and an
active member of several Bar Associations. She is an adjunct professor
of law at Northwestern University School of Law, Loyola Institute for
Paralegal Studies, and an instructor at the Attorney General's Advocacy
Institute Criminal Trial Advocacy Section of the U.S. Department of
Her many awards include the Visionary Award from the Black
Women Lawyers Association; the Illinois Judicial Council
Distinguished Service Award; the National Bar Association's
Judicial Council Special Chair Award; the University of
Illinois Seaberry Award for Service to the Legal Community and
the University's Outstanding Alumni Award for Public Service; a
peer review award from Illinois Leading Lawyers Network; and the
Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the U.S. District
Court for the Northern District of Illinois/Federal Bar Association,
She has also been named by several publications and organizations to
their lists of outstanding attorneys in the commercial litigation, white
collar and criminal defense practices. In 2011, the National Diversity
Council named her "One of the Most Powerful and Influential Women of
Judge Holmes earned her Bachelor's degree and her J. D. from the
University of Illinois.
||Second Vice President - Daniel M. Kotin is a
founding member of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC. He is an experienced
personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice attorney.
Within the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), he serves on the Association's
Finance Committee. Over the years, he has chaired multiple committees of
the CBA and served as a director of the Young Lawyers Section. He is
also involved in the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, where he is a
member of the Board of Managers and was previously the Chairman of the
Association's Seminar Planning Committee. In addition, he is currently
the President of The Society of Trial Lawyers.
He is on the faculty at Loyola University School of Law. He also is the
President of the Board of Governors for the law school and serves as a
Co-Chair of its Circle of Advocates. He is on the faculty at the
National Institute for Trial Advocacy where he teaches trial skills to
lawyers in an annual program. He has been appointed by the Supreme Court
of Illinois and serves on the Hearing Board of the Attorney Registration
and Disciplinary Commission.
In 2002, he was recognized and profiled by Chicago's Law Bulletin
Publishing Company as one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to
Watch". He was honored by the Lawdragon as one of "500 New Stars, New
World," in 2006. He is a member of The National Trial Lawyers, an
organization comprised of the top 100 trial lawyers from each state. He
is currently profiled as one of the Top 5% of Civil Trial Lawyers in
Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network, has been designated an
"Illinois Super Lawyer" and maintains an AV rating - the highest
possible rating for any attorney - from the Martindale-Hubbell Law
Secretary - Dan L. Boho is a senior partner at Hinshaw &
Culbertson LLP where he serves as a member of the firm's Executive
Committee and as Department Leader for the firm's national Defense
Litigation Department. He has a national trial and mediation practice
with verdicts in five states and appearances as pro hac vice counsel in
18 states. He handles high profile, media-intensive matters.
He is the State Chair for the American College of Trial Lawyers, Vice
Chair and General Counsel of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and
President of the Society of Trial Lawyers. Prior to serving as Secretary
of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), he was the three-term General
Counsel to the CBA and served on the Board of Managers of the CBA. He
has also served on the Board of Directors of the Public Interest Law
Initiative (PILI), National Client Advisory Board of LexisNexis
Martindale-Hubbell and a delegate to the General Assembly of the
Illinois State Bar Association.
He has been featured as one of Chicago's best lawyers by Crain's
Chicago Business in its, Chicago's Best, On the Record. He has been
featured as one of the top 100 business lawyers in Illinois by Leading
Lawyers. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Polish
American Association and as a member of the Board of Directors and Board
of Governors of the Japan America Society.
He earned his Bachelor's Degree and his J.D. from Loyola
||Treasurer - Steven M. Elrod is a partner at
Holland & Knight where he represents private and public sector
clients on land use, zoning and real estate matters. He is the chairman
of Holland's National Land Use and Government Team and is the Executive
Partner of the Chicago office. He also served two terms on the firm's
national Board of Directors.
He is the corporation counsel for the City of Highland Park, Ill., and
the village attorney for the Villages of Northbrook, Glencoe,
Lincolnwood and Carpentersville, Ill. He is also actively involved in
the general representation of his firm's more than two dozen Chicago
area local government clients.
He currently serves on the Board of the Chicago Bar Foundation and is
the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Constitutional Rights
Foundation Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing
law-related and civic education to elementary and high school
He is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law,
where he teaches State and Local Government Law. In 2013, he received
the Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award from Northwestern.
His many awards include the 2014 Lawyer of the Year in Chicago Land Use
& Zoning Law, from The Best Lawyers in America guide; being named in
Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate:
Zoning/Land Use, 2012-2014; ranked first in the Top Ten List of Leading
Land Use & Zoning Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Network,
2012; being named in The Best Lawyers in America guide, Land Use &
Zoning Law; Real Estate Law, 2005-2014; Government Relations Law,
2005-2010, 2012-2014; being named in The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate
& Construction: Land Use/Zoning, 2012. He has also received the Tree
of Life Award for Civic Service from the Jewish National Fund and the
Lecturer of Merit Award from the National College of District
He is a member of several community organizations including: Urban Land
Institute, Public/Private Partnership Council - Vice Chairman; Lambda
Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society; Jewish National
Fund, Board of Directors and The Economic Club of Chicago.
He earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, and his
B.A. magna cum laude from Tulane University.
CBA Board of Managers
||Immediate Past President - J. Timothy
Eaton is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP where
he practices commercial litigation, appeals and arbitration.
He is a past president of the Illinois State Bar Association and the
Appellate Lawyers Association. He also was the First-Editor-in-Chief of
the Appellate Law Review and chair of the Appellate Advocacy Committee
of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Section of the American Bar
Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the
Federal Bar Association, Board of Governors of the Seventh Circuit Bar
Association and the American Bar Association Standing Committee on
Amicus Curiae Briefs. He is a past president of the Illinois Lawyers
Trust Fund and past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Illinois
Coalition for Equal Justice. He is a member of the American Arbitration
Association Panel of Neutrals; a member of the IICPR Distinguished Panel
of Neutrals for Chicago; and recently became a member of the National
Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
He also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and is
the author of more than 50 articles on litigation, appellate law and
arbitration. He is co-author of the book Civil Appellate Practice:
State and Federal (IICLE).
He earned his BA from Miami University of Ohio in 1973, his JD from
Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1977, and his LLM from
Washington University School of Law in 1979. He was a law clerk for the
Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.
||E. Lynn Grayson is a partner at Jenner
& Block where she Co-Chairs the Environmental and Workplace Health
and Safety Law Practice. She is recognized as one of the country's
leading lawyers in environmental law. A member of the firm's Climate and
Clean Technology Law and Defense and Aerospace practices, she also
serves as Co-Chair of the Business Services and Transaction Executive
Committee, Chair of the firm's Ombuds Program and Chair (Emeritus) of
Jenner's Women's Forum.
Prior to joining Jenner & Block, she was the Chief Legal Counsel
for the Illinois Emergency Services and Disaster Agency and the State
Emergency Response Commission. She has prosecuted federal and state
environmental cases as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of
Her many honors include recognition in Chambers USA, The
Best Lawyers in America, Illinois Super Lawyers, and the
Leading Lawyers Network. She has served as a special liaison
from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Environmental
Law to the U.S. Department of Defense addressing regulatory reform. She
launched the firm's Corporate Environmental Lawyer Blog (http://environblog.jenner.com)
and its Twitter profile @JennerBlockEHS. In 2013, Jenner & Block
honored her with the Jerold S. Solovy Public Service Award for
exceptional service to the organized bar and to the community.
Her contributions to the importance of diversity in the legal
profession, including the advancement of women, led her to become the
first recipient of the Chicago Bar Association's Alta May Hulett Award
in 2000, the 2009 Women's Bar Association of Illinois, Women with Vision
Award and the 2012 Illinois State Bar Association's Diversity Leadership
Award. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the
Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms and a Past Chair of the
Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Women and the
Law, as well as the Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women.
Lynn Grayson earned her B.A. from Franklin College and her J.D. from
Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington.
Justin L. Heather is a former Chair of the
Young Lawyers Section and is associated with The Quinlan Law Firm LLC
("Quinlan"), where he focuses his practice on complex commercial
litigation. He represents clients in federal and state courts, as well
as before arbitral tribunals. He also represents clients in matters
involving a wide range of disputes, including: intellectual property,
mergers and acquisitions, international gas and energy issues, complex
commercial contracts, securities law, bankruptcy, franchise law,
consumer fraud, and Lanham Act issues. He devotes a substantial amount
of time to pro bono cases, including, among others, successfully
representing an inmate currently housed on death row in Mississippi in
federal habeas corpus proceedings. Justin previously worked in the
Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for
approximately 10 years.
Justin is the ex officio Chair of the Public Interest Law Initiative
Alumni Leadership Council and previously served on the Boards of The
Chicago Bar Foundation and the Young Professionals Board of the Legal
Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. He has also served the
YLS, the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association
in various capacities. Justin is the recipient of several awards for his
contributions to the legal community and his legal writing, including
the ABA Young Lawyers Division National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
and The Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award. He has published
a number of legal articles, including both practice-related pieces and
those directed at more substantive areas of law, that have appeared in,
among others, the CBA Record, the Illinois Bar Journal, the ABA
Litigation Ethics Newsletter and the Journal of Law & Politics
He earned his J.D., cum laude, in 2001 from Northwestern University
School of Law, and his A.B. in 1996 from Dartmouth College, where he was
a double-major in Government & History. He is admitted to the bars
of State of Illinois, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fifth and Sixth
Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Northern and Southern Districts of
||Erin E. Kelly is an Assistant United
States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago. In addition to
defending the United States against all varieties of civil claims, Erin
handles federal government investigations and litigation seeking to
recover penalties from companies and individuals who defraud federal
programs. Before she joined the U.S. Attorney's Office, Erin was a
partner in Sidley Austin LLP's general litigation practice group. At
Sidley, Erin litigated a wide array of matters, including class action
lawsuits alleging violations of ERISA, litigation filed under the
federal securities laws, patent disputes, and other commercial cases.
Erin has trial experience in federal court, Illinois state court, and
has participated in AAA arbitrations and administrative proceedings. She
is highly committed to public service and has handled over twenty
individual pro bono civil and criminal cases during her career.
Erin is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School and
teaches Pre-Trial Advocacy. In addition to serving on the Board of
Managers, Erin is the Co-Vice Chair of the CBA's Alliance for Women and
serves on the boards of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar
Association, the Center for Conflict Resolution, and the Lawyers Club of
Erin has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, U.S. Legal 500,
Chambers USA, and other legal publications. In 2011, the National
Diversity Council named her "One of the Most Powerful and Influential
Women of Illinois."
||Hon. Thomas R. Mulroy has been on the
bench since 2007 and sits in the Law Division, Commercial Section. Prior
to becoming a judge, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in
Chicago and then a partner at Jenner & Block. He was a commercial
trial lawyer with a national practice representing clients in complex
litigation in the state and federal courts. He has written and taught on
trial practice issues, including evidence, expert witnesses and
discovery. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a
member of the Board of Governors of Loyola University School of Law and
a Member Board of Managers, Chicago Bar Association. In addition, Judge
- Special Counsel, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary
- Chairman, ABA Civil Procedure & Evidence Committee
- Director, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
- Director and Life Member, Illinois Bar Foundation
- Chicago Bar Association: Committee on Evaluation of Judicial
Candidates; Committee to Evaluate Federal Judges
- Adjunct Professor of Law, trial practice: Loyola University,
Northwestern University and DePaul University
- Lecturer: Northwestern School of Law, Scientific
||John G. O'Brien is Vice President and
Counsel to the CEO of Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. He served as
President of The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) in 2009-2010 and
is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Illinois
Real Estate Lawyers Association(IRELA). IRELA is the leading
advocate for protecting the role of the attorney in the residential real
A frequent lecturer on real estate topics for the ISBA, the American
Bar Association (ABA), the Illinois Institute for Continuing Education
and Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund (where he serves as a member of the
Board of Directors) as well as numerous Bar Associations throughout the
O'Brien was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on The
Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board. He is also Chairman of the
Board of Directors of the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company. He was recently
elected to the board of PHI ALPHA DELTA Law Fraternity. He has also
served as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Law Committee of the ABA General
Practice, S0I0 and Small Firm Division. He is Chair of the CBA's Real
He earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from
||Hon. Joseph D. Panarese
In 2006 Judge Joe Panarese was appointed as a Judge in the Cook County
Circuit Court and became an Associate Judge in 2007 - in his present
assignment he hears both criminal and civil juries though out the 1st
Municipal District of Cook County.
Judge Panarese began his legal career at Panarese & Panarese in
Chicago. He then spent ten years as an Assistant Cook County State's
Attorney where he worked his way up to the Trial Division. He returned
to Panarese & Panarese in 2000 where he worked until becoming a
judge in 2006. He is a regular speaker and volunteer with various legal,
civic and educational groups throughout the county.
Jane S. Park is the Chief of Staff to Commonwealth
Edison President and CEO Anne R. Pramaggiore, and also serves as the
Assistant Corporate Secretary for ComEd. She assists the CEO on a wide
range of strategic and operational matters, and leads the staff of the
Office of the President & CEO on a day-to-day basis. She serves as a
liaison for the Office with affiliate organizations within Exelon
Corporation, the parent company of ComEd, as well as with external
stakeholders and organizations. Prior to joining ComEd as the CEO's
Chief of Staff, Jane was in-house counsel to Exelon Corporation, first
as Assistant General Counsel in Exelon's Litigation Group, and then as a
close advisor to ComEd's General Counsel, where she oversaw a wide range
of ComEd-specific legal matters. Prior to Exelon, Jane was a partner at
Kirkland & Ellis, LLP where she worked on complex commercial
matters, often in a class action context.
Jane has previously chaired the CBA's Corporate Law Department Committee
and serves on the board of the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing
(LCBH) and on the Board of Ambassadors for the YWCA. She earned her B.A.
from Harvard University and her J.D. from Harvard Law
||Devlin J. Schoop is a partner at Laner
Muchin, Ltd. where he practices labor and employment litigation with an
emphasis on health and safety-related litigation arising under the
Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), in addition to
non-compete/restrictive covenant litigation and employment
discrimination claims. He has significant experience handling appeals,
arbitrations, trials and mediations before federal and state tribunals
and private forums.
Devlin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for
Conflict Resolution and is a Certified Arbitrator with the Cook County
Mandatory Arbitration Panel. Since 2008, he has received successive
appointments from the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on the Hearing
Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC),
serving as a Panel Chair since 2011. He is the author of articles on
litigation and is a contributing author to Employment Discrimination,
2012 Ed. (Chapter 3, age discrimination) published by the Illinois
Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE).
Devlin is a life-long resident of Chicago and attended Whitney Young
High School. His most interesting pre-law employment was working as a
beer vendor at Comiskey Park and Wrigley Field, where he quickly learned
to keep his baseball allegiances to himself. He earned his B.A. from the
University of Illinois at Chicago and his J.D. from the University of
Illinois College of Law, where he served on the Law Review. He served as
a law clerk to United States District Judge Blanche M. Manning (ret.).
Devlin is a 2011 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono
Service presented by the United States District Court for the Northern
District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar
Karina Ayala Bermejo is currently the General
Counsel and Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Metropolitan
Family Services (MFS). MFS is the oldest and largest non-profit in
Illinois. As GC and EVP of HR, she is responsible for all legal matters
and aspects of human resources for MFS.
Prior to MFS, she worked for the City of Chicago in Mayor Daley's
administration as Acting Commissioner, First Deputy Commissioner and
Managing Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Human Resources.
Prior to working for the City of Chicago, she spent seven years as the
Director of Community Services for the Chicago Bar Association where she
encouraged attorneys to take on pro bono work and collaborated with the
bar and various divisions of the Circuit Court of Cook County on
initiatives to improve the justice system. She also served as the first
Executive Director of the Sun Times Judge Marovitz Lawyers Lend-A-Hand
to Youth Program, a foundation that mobilizes the legal profession
around mentoring youth. She was instrumental in securing a $2 million
dollar cy pres award, the largest in Cook County's history for Lawyers
Lend-A-Hand. Ms. Ayala-Bermejo legal career began as an attorney in the
Litigation Division of the Chicago Board of Education handling labor and
She was recently appointed Commissioner for the Cook County Human
Rights Commission, where she serves as its Vice-Chair. She was appointed
a Commissioner for the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and
Ethnic Diversity in the Profession; serves on the Board of Trustees for
the Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund; Dean's Advisory Council for the
DePaul University College of Law; Board of the Chicago Legal Clinic; and
Executive Board for Illinois Partners for Human Services.
She is the former President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of
Illinois where she founded its mentoring program, JD Mentors, now in its
11th year. She served in numerous positions for the Hispanic National
Bar Association (HNBA) including General Counsel; National Vice
President of Programs; National Vice President of Regions; and
Commissioner, Commission of the Status of Latinas in the Legal
Profession; and Regional President (Wis., Ill., Mich., Ind.).
She is an in-demand keynote speaker and over the years has served on
numerous boards and task forces, including serving three terms as a
member of the U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
Magistrate Judge Selection Committee; Board Director for the Jane Addams
Juvenile Court Foundation; Member of the Diversity Pipeline Subcommittee
of the ISBA Task Force on Diversity; Planning Committee of the Women
Everywhere Service Project; Founding Member of Illinois Legal Aid
Online; Coordinating Committee Member for The Equal Justice
Illinois Campaign; Advisory Board Member for Centro Comunitario Juan
Diego; Board Member for Southeast Chicago Development Commission; Board
Secretary for Our Children in the Courts Foundation; and Member of The
Illinois Task Force on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children.
Her many honors include the CBA Alliance for Women's Alta May Hewlett
Award; Seton Academy Alumni of Distinction Honoree; Chicago Commission
of Human Relations: Advisory Council on Latino Affairs Award; Cook
County State's Attorney Richard A. Devine, El Humanitario Award;
Mayor Daley Leadership 2000 Award; DePaul College of Law,
Latino Law Student Association Distinguished Alumnus Award; and DePaul
College of Law, Outstanding Service as a Young Alumnus Award.
Born in Jalisco, Mexico, she resides in Chicago with her husband
Frank, and three children (Liam 11, Elijah 9 and Abbey Rose 7). She is a
graduate of Loyola University-Chicago and her JD is from DePaul
University College of Law.
James R. FortCamp is a partner in the firm of
Seyfarth Shaw LLP where he concentrates on real estate taxation matters.
He has over 23 years of experience in handling real estate tax
assessment issues and appeals for industrial, commercial, multi-family
and residential properties in Cook County and the surrounding collar
counties. He handles matters with local Assessors, Boards of Review, in
the Circuit Court and before the State of Illinois Property Tax Appeal
Board. Additionally, he handles real estate tax exemption matters before
various Boards of Review and before the Illinois Department of
He has been an active member in the Chicago Bar Association for
approximately 27 years and has handled pro bono matters for the CBA for
approximately 23 years. He earned his BS in Finance from the
University of Illinois in 1984 and his JD degree from the University of
Illinois in 1987.
Paul J. Ochmanek, Jr. is the founder of the Paul
Ochmanek Legal Office. He practices exclusively in real estate,
specializing in advising condominium and homeowner associations on all
aspects of corporate law including but not limited to; turnover,
amendments to declarations and by-laws, rule adoption and enforcement,
adopting special assessments, assessment collection, foreclosures and
bankruptcy issues. His practice is focused on representing condominium
and homeowner associations and includes prosecuting unit owner
violations of the governing documents and ensuring unit owners pay
assessments/special assessments. Paul has extensive experience defending
condominium associations from actions involving building code violations
brought before the City of Chicago.
Over the years, he has served the Chicago Bar Association's Young
Lawyers Section in many capacities-- as a Special Project Coordinator, a
Director and an Officer. He is the current Chair of the YLS.
He earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University
and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
David J. Scriven-Young is a senior associate in the
Chicago office of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. and concentrates in the
areas of commercial litigation, construction law, and environmental law.
Before joining Peckar & Abramson, he was an associate at Jenner
& Block and at McDermott Will & Emery.
He has been very active in the Chicago Bar Association, having served
as a Director of the CBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS) and as co-chair of
the YLS Environmental Law Committee. He is the current Chair of
the CBA Environmental Law Committee.
During the 2014-2015 bar year, he will serve as the Assembly Speaker
of the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division
(YLD). In that capacity, he will be the YLD's Chief Legislative
Officer, chair the Resolutions Team and Elections Committee, and preside
over the Assembly, which is the 250-member policy-making body of the
YLD. He previously served the YLD as Assembly Clerk, Chair of the
Truth in Law School Education Task Force, Committee & Liaison
Director, liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law,
and Chair of the Law Practice Management Committee and the Environment,
Energy, and Resources Committee. He was recently appointed by the
incoming ABA President to serve as a member of the ABA Standing
Committee on Technology and Information Services. He has also
served as Vice President and Secretary of the Fenwick High School Bar
In addition to his bar association involvement, he maintains an
active pro bono practice and donates his time to various pro bono
causes. He is a Director of the Alumni Network Leadership Council
of the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), previously served as the
Council's Program Planning Team Leader, and was a PILI Fellow.
His awards include the David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding
Committee Service from the CBA YLS and the Star of the Quarter Award
from the ABA YLD. He was also named as an Illinois Super Lawyer,
an Illinois "Rising Star", and to the "14 Under 40" list of outstanding
alumni from DePaul University. He is listed in Who's Who in
America and Who's Who in American Law.
He is a frequent lecturer and author on legal topics. He graduated
magna cum laude from Marquette University with a B.A. in
history and political science, and summa cum laude and
Order of the Coif from DePaul University College of Law with a
J.D., where he was on Law Review.
Meredith Ritchie is Vice President, General Counsel
and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for Alliant Credit Union in
Chicago. Alliant, the largest credit union in Illinois, has more than $8
billion in assets. She oversees the Legal and Compliance Department, the
Ethics Program and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
A Chicago area native, she graduated from Hamilton College in
Clinton, NY and obtained her JD from DePaul College of Law in Chicago.
During college, she studied at La Sorbonne and L'institut d'etudes
Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. She has had a diverse legal
career in Chicago starting out in private practice where she litigated
tort actions. A large portion of her litigation included defending a
Fortune 100 petroleum company.
She then served as an Assistant State's Attorney for Cook County,
Illinois in both the civil and criminal divisions before taking her
experience to the State of Illinois where she contributed to the
Illinois Department of Public Aid and then served as Deputy General
Counsel to the Department of Central Management Services. She has served
as in-house counsel for Accenture, an international technology
She chaired the Standing Committee on Women and the Law of the
Illinois State Bar Association as well as the Young Lawyers Division.
She served on the Board of the Illinois Bar Foundation and Chicago
Volunteer Legal Services. Currently, she is Vice chair of the Operations
Sub-committee of the American Bar Association Credit Union Committee and
is on the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in
Law as well as the Alliant Credit Union Foundation.
Thomas F. Boleky is a partner with Beutel Hurst
Boleky LLC, and concentrates his practice in personal injury, wrongful
death and medical malpractice litigation. He has tried numerous cases to
a successful verdict throughout Illinois and had handled legal matters
in both state and federal court in a variety of jurisdictions throughout
the country. He has served on the Chicago Bar Association's Judicial
Evaluation Committee for the past 12 years, including chairing its
Investigation Division, its Hearing Division and as General Chair in
2012-2013. He also served as co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association's
Appellate Review Committee in 2011-2012. In May 2014, he was the
recipient of the William J. White Award of Excellence, which was given
to him by the Chicago Bar Association for his leadership and service on
the Judicial Evaluation Committee and his many years sitting on its
He has frequently served as a moderator and judge for the DePaul
College of Law's Moot Court Society and the American Association for
Justice's Student Trial Advocacy Competition. He is a frequent
contributor for many civic, community and legal organizations and has
planned, conducted, taught or served as moderator at over 40 different
legal seminars throughout his career. For the past two years, he has
served as a Mentor in Northern Illinois University - College of Law's 1L
Mentor Program. He also devotes a substantial amount of time to the Les
Turner ALS Foundation, where he is a member of its Board of Directors
and Chair of its Strategic Planning Implementation Committee.
He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, limited to
attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and
settlements, and has an AV rating - the highest level awarded for
professional excellence - by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He is
also recognized as a "Top Illinois Lawyer" by SuperLawyers.com.
He earned his B.S. from Spring Hill College and his J.D. from DePaul
Amy J. St. Eve was appointed as a United States
District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois in 2002. At
36, St. Eve was one of the youngest judges ever appointed in the
Northern District of Illinois. Since her appointment, St. Eve has
presided over a significant number of civil and criminal trials,
including high profile trials in United States v. Tony Rezko, United
States v. Conrad Black, et al., and United States v. Mohammed Salah, et
al. Judge St. Eve has also sat with the Seventh Circuit, Ninth Circuit
and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals as a visiting judge. In 2002, St.
Eve received Crain's Chicago Business' Top Forty Under Forty Award.
Judge St. Eve serves as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Law
School where she teaches trial advocacy. St. Eve is the co-author
of"More From the Jury Box: The Latest on Juries and Social Media," 12
Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 64 (2014); "The Forgotten Pleading," Fed. Cts.
L. Rev. 152 (2012); "Ensuring A Fair Trial in the Age of Social Media,"
11 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 1 (2012); and "The Fault Allocation
Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995" A
Roadmap for Litigants and Courts," 3 NYU. J. L. & Bus. 187 (Fall
2006). She is also a co-author of Federal Employment Litigation (The
Rutter Group Practice Guide).
Judge St. Eve serves as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee
on Rules of Practice and Procedure (2013-present), a member of the
Seventh Circuit Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions Committee, and a
member of the Northern District of Illinois Patent Local Rules
Committee. Judge St. Eve previously served as a member of the Judicial
Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management
(2006-13) and as the Seventh Circuit Representative to the Federal
Judges Association (2007-13). She is on the Board of Directors of the
Chicago branch of the Federal Bar Association, a member of the American
Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar
Association, and the Chicago Women's Bar Association. St. Eve is on the
Chicago Bar Association's Board of Managers. She also is the Chair of
the ABA's White Collar Crime's Subcommittee on Ethics and a Fellow of
the American Bar Foundation.
Judge St. Eve is a member of the Cornell Law School Advisory Council,
the Cornell College of Arts and Sciences' Advisory Council, the
President's Council of Cornell Women, and the Loyola Academy Board of
Trustees. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Chicago Posse and
is a member of the Museum of Science and Industryâ€™s
Youth Science Engagement Advisory Committee.
Judge St. Eve graduated from Cornell University in May 1987 with a
B.A. in history. During the summer of 1986, Judge St. Eve attended Oriel
College at Oxford University in England. In 1990, Judge St. Eve
graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Cornell Law School
where she had been first in her class. She was a member of the Cornell
Law Review and served as an Articles' Editor.
From 1990-1994, St. Eve worked as a litigation associate at Davis
Polk & Wardwell in New York, New York. St. Eve served as an
Associate Independent Counsel for the Whitewater Independent Counsel in
Little Rock, Arkansas from 1994-1996 where she second chaired the
successful prosecution of former Governor Jim Guy Tucker, Jim McDougal
and Susan McDougal for fraud. From August 1996 through April 2001, St.
Eve served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern
District of Illinois. In 2001, St. Eve became Senior Counsel in
Litigation at Abbott Laboratories.