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Neutral Umpires and Honest Black Robes:  What Is, and Is Not, Said at Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

By January 25, 2018No Comments


The Appellate Lawyers Association
and the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago
Cordially Invite You to Attend Their February Luncheon Program

Neutral Umpires and Honest Black Robes:
 What Is, and Is Not, Said at Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Featuring Professor Carolyn Shapiro,
Former Illinois Solicitor General

Former Illinois Solicitor General Carolyn Shapiro, a professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law and the founder and co-director of its Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States, will discuss how Senators and nominees to the Court alike have generally described the role of the Court and its justices during confirmation hearings.  These descriptions often emphasize objectivity and neutrality, sometimes even suggesting little-to-no role for discretion, judgment, or judicial philosophy.  These discussions paint an inaccurate picture of what the Court actually does and can create unrealistic expectations among members of the public.

Date:  Friday, February 9, 2018

Time:  12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

MCLE:  Participants will earn one hour of MCLE credit.  The ALA is an approved MCLE provider.

Location:  Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois.  Please note the Union League Club enforces a dress code, which can be accessed here.

Cost:  $40 for public-sector members of either association; $50 for private-sector members of either association; $55 for public-sector nonmembers; and $65 for private-sector nonmembers.  Lunch is included.

PLEASE NOTE:  Registrations processed on-site will be charged an additional $5 administrative fee.

Questions?  Call (630) 416-1166, ext. 303


1.     Use our online registration system here to register for the event and also pay with a credit card.  Or, if you prefer, you can register online but send a check for payment.  Please note, credit card payments can only be accepted through the online registration process. 

2.     Mail your completed registration form along with a check payable to ALA to

Chris Teed
Appellate Lawyers Association
1717 North Naper Boulevard, Suite 102
Naperville, Illinois 60563

Cancellations/Refunds:  Cancellations must be received two business days prior to the event in order to receive a full refund.  No refunds will be processed after this time.  Cancellations must be in writing and may be submitted to or faxed to (630) 596-1418.  Additionally, payment is expected from no-shows.

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