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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 Illinois.

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 Justice

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, Chicago Chapter.

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 Illinois."

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 Directory.

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 University.

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 students.

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 Attorneys.

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 Illinois.

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 ( 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 Illinois.

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 Chicago.

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 Mulroy was

  • Special Counsel, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission
  • 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 Evidence
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 estate process.   

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 State.  

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 Property Committee.

He earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Loyola University.

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 School.  

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 Association.

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 employment matters.

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 Revenue.

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 Association.

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 consulting firm.

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 Executive Committee.

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

He earned his B.S. from Spring Hill College and his J.D. from DePaul University.


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 Industry’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.