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Appellate Practice Boot Camp Conference (3rd Annual): Judicial Law Clerks Teach the Do\'s and Don\'ts (IL) (2011)

This program focuses on CIVIL appeals in Illinois Appellate Courts

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"Two thumbs up!"

"More informative than I expected!- and good take home literature."

"Very helpful - I do mostly federal work and will soon have an appeal in the 1st District.  This was great and perfect timing!"

"Thorough review of all aspects of appellate work.  I also appreciated the written materials provided."  Matthew D. May, Esq.

"This provided a great overview of the appellate process."

"The literature is very thorough for the Illinois practitioner."

"Good topic and knowledgeable speakers."

"I\'m going to be participating in my first appeal, and this seminar truly helped clarify the appellate rules." - J. Fletchall, Levin & Brend, PC

"All speakers gave great insider tips! [They] explained complicated nuances very well." - B. Bresnahan, Dennis Noble & Associates, PC

"Excellent speakers and materials!"

"Excellent presentation. [The] speakers provided a clear understanding of appellate practice in the Supreme Court." - G. Anderson

"All of the speakers were excellent! It is great to hear this information from the other side, i.e. the court. Lots of great practical tips!"

Dates and Times

To Be Announced

Course Summary

A practical view of appellate practice in the Illinois Appellate Court, this course is a unique opportunity to learn appellate practice from those who know. Appellate law experts, including career Judicial Law Clerks from various Illinois Appellate Courts, discuss Illinois appellate practice, with an emphasis on the practical aspects. Main topics include: drafting effective briefs; presenting oral arguments; standards of review; how appeals are processed and resolved; rehearing petitions; and the top “do’s” and “don’ts” for effective appellate attorneys. The program focuses on improving attorneys\' practice, brief writing and oral argument as well as identifying common procedural mistakes.

After presenting this program for three years, we can proudly state that you will learn more in this program about practicing in the Appellate Courts than any other program you have attended on the topic.

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What You Will Learn if You Attend This Seminar

  • Getting Familiar with the Rules
  • Jurisdiction: Appealing the Right Order or Judgment
  • Drafting An Effective Brief
    • Presenting the Facts
    • Standards of Review
    • Arguments--Headings & Roadmaps
    • Tips For Effective Arguments and Strategies
  • Motion Practice
  • Oral Arguments--What to Expect and How to Improve
  • Decision Process--Summary Orders, Published Decisions
  • Post-Judgment Practice: Petitions for Rehearing and Appealing to the IL Supreme Court


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CLE Specialization Credit

Pincus Professional Education certifies that this seminar has been approved for 4.0 hours of Appellate Specialization Certification credit in California.

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MCLE Credit

Pincus Professional Education certifies that this seminar has been approved for 4.0 hours of Illinois MCLE credit.

Pincus Professional Education certifies that this seminar has been approved for 4.0 hours of California MCLE credit, including 0.5 hour of ethics credit.

Upon request, we will assist attorneys in asking for CLE credit in other states.  

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Mary Patricia Kerns, Esq.
Career Judicial Clerk
Illinois Appellate Court, 1st District

Mary Pat Kerns has been a judicial clerk for several different justices over eighteen years at the Illinois Appellate Court.  Ms. Kerns also spent six years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Appeals Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s office.  In that capacity, she represented numerous State agencies and employees on appeal and argued before the Illinois Supreme Court, courts in all Illinois Appellate Districts and before the 7th Circuit.  In the 1980’s Ms. Kerns practiced civil litigation in a private firm and as an Assistant Attorney General.  She received her law degree from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1982 and was a member of the Loyola Law Journal.

Hon. Dom J. Rizzi (Ret.)
Retired Justice / Of Counsel
Cafferty Faucher LLP

Dom J. Rizzi's career spans more than 40 years as a trial lawyer, state appellate judge and adjunct professor of law.

During 16 years as a litigator licensed to practice in Illinois, he tried at least 39 cases to jury verdict, and briefed and argued more than 100 appeals. In 1977, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him to the Circuit Court of Cook County. After a year on the circuit court bench, Judge Rizzi was elevated to the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, where he served from 1978 to 1996.

Judge Rizzi also teaches undergraduates and law school students. Since 1980, he has been an adjunct professor at the Loyola University School of Law, and for more than a decade he has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

He became of counsel at Cafferty Faucher in 1996, and his practice encompasses antitrust and investor and consumer protection class action litigation primarily involving the insurance, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and retailing industries.

In the area of antitrust, Judge Rizzi participated in the settlements of the multidistrict class actions involving the thyroid drug Synthroid and the Coumadin brand drug thinner, as well as the $64 million multistate settlement of a coordinated antitrust action against the major pharmaceutical manufacturers on behalf of consumers who bought brand name prescription drugs from retail pharmacies. He also was involved in the $230 million settlement of three antitrust lawsuits alleging price-fixing of cell phone service in California's major markets. In the securities area, he has worked on the Bank One and USN Communications securities fraud class actions on behalf of investors. Currently Judge Rizzi is involved in two class actions against a eight different insurance companies, on behalf of policyholders who paid for fraudulently marketed, non-existent or inadequate coverage. In addition, he is involved in litigation to recover an unconstitutional maintenance fee that the city of Chicago and other Illinois municipalities imposed on wireless and landline phone customers.

Following his graduation from DePaul University in 1957, Judge Rizzi received his J.D. degree from DePaul University School of Law in 1961, where he was a member of the DePaul University Law Review.

Hon. Patricia S. Spratt
Circuit Court of Cook County

Patricia S. Spratt was appointed by the Illlinois Supreme Court as a Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County as of September 8th, 2015.

Prior to her appointment, she had a successful litigation practice with a focus on appeals and commercial and business litigation. Prior to joining private practice, Ms. Spratt clerked for then Chief Judge William J. Bauer of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Spratt has also taught Appellate Advocacy at Loyola University, where she previously received her law degree and served as Editor for the Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal.

Nadine J. Wichern, Esq.

Office of the Illinois Attorney General

Nadine J. Wichern recently returned to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General in Chicago.  Previously, she was Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Appeals Division of the City of Chicago Department of Law.  In that capacity, Nadine represented the City, its officials, and its employees in cases before state and federal reviewing courts. Nadine previously served for five years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Appeals Division of the Illinois Attorney General's Office. 

In March 2005, Nadine completed a term as a United States Supreme Court Fellow through the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, D.C.  As a fellow, she participated in moot courts, attended oral arguments, and filed an amici curiae brief on behalf of twenty-one states regarding the dormant commerce clause in ATA v. Michigan Public Serv. Comm'n. 

Nadine has also taught appellate advocacy, a required course for second-year law students at Loyola University School of Law, for seven years, and has taught a legal writing course at DePaul University College of Law. 

Immediately after graduating from law school, Nadine served as a law clerk to the Honorable William J. Bauer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  During law school, Nadine also externed for Judge Bauer for two semesters, was awarded six CALI awards, was chosen for Order of the Coif, and was the Managing Editor of Notes and Comments for the DePaul Law Review.  Prior to attending law school, Nadine earned her bachelor's degree in both history and political science, with a minor in English.

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What attendees have said about this seminar:

"Great advice for brief writing [speaker] as a law student, I really appreciated the practical advice that I am not getting at school."

"Good practical advice based on years of experience [Hon. Dom Rizzi]."

"Topics were informative. Speakers very experienced and knowledgeable."

"[speaker] Useful comments on writing briefs."

"Good materials. These will be helpful."

"Great overview!"  Patrick Keating, Esq.

"Excellent speaking style - very confident and credible.  Helpful & practical tips!  Thank you!"

"Very interesting program and presentation.  [Speaker] provided very good materials."  Patricia Caracci, Esq.

"Exceptional speaker & grasp of materials."

"Very good program."  John L. Quinn, Esq.

"Very informative & helpful."  Andrew Rice, Esq.

"Great speaker.  Relates to audiences and personal experiences well."  Charles Hambrook, Esq.

"This is a fabulous primer for those with little appellate experience!"

"Very good explanations of process and motions."

"Dynamic speakers - great presentation!"

"Good information. [They] handled the many questions well, and provided concise answers."

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Terms & Policies

Seminar, Webinar, Webcast Registration and Attendance Terms & Policies

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Webinars, Tele-seminars and Webcast Cancellations: Once log-in codes and passwords are issued for a webinar, tele-seminars or webcasts, a refund is not possible. If for any reason you cannot attend the event after you have received the codes, we will automatically convert your registration to an instant streaming/instant download or CD format and provide you with the information you need to access the recording after the program concludes and the recording is available.

Return/Refund Policy for Downloads/Tapes/CDs/DVDs:

Downloads are non-returnable/non-refundable once purchased and received. Tapes, CDs and DVDs are returnable for a full refund or replacement if defective, within 90 days of purchase.

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