For the second consecutive year, the Association co-sponsored an appellate practice seminar with Southern Illinois University School of Law. Held on October 23, 2013, the afternoon seminar followed a morning session of oral argument of the Illinois Appellate Court of Illinois, Fifth District, at the law school in Carbondale.
The seminar focused on "Professionalism and Appellate Practice." SIU School of Law Dean Cynthia Fountaine began the seminar with comments on the challenges faced by the profession. A panel discussion on ethics immediately followed. Past ALA president Bill Hardy, of Hinshaw & Culbertson, L.L.P., moderated a panel that gave perspectives from the appellate court, the circuit court, and the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Justice Richard P. Goldenhersh of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District; Judge Christy W. Solverson of the First Judicial Circuit Court; and Peter Rotskoff, Chief of Litigation & Professional Education for the ARDC, participated in the panel discussion.
Thereafter, past ALA President J. Timothy Eaton, who currently serves as president of the Chicago Bar Association, lectured on "Tips on Appellate Practice: From the Notice of Appeal to Petition for Rehearing." The seminar concluded with a judicial panel discussion on appellate practice. ALA President Brad Elward, of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., moderated the panel. Justices Judy Cates, Melissa A. Chapman, and Bruce D. Stewart of the Illinois Appellate Court of Illinois, Fifth District, served on the panel along with the Clerk of the Court John J. Flood.