March 15, 2019

8:30 am - 6:00 pm, Central Time

ACS Chicago: Today’s Challenges to a Functional Congress: Revitalizing Article I

University Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Join us at the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation’s symposium on the current state of affairs in Congress.

There exists a growing perception that Congress is increasingly divided by partisanship, and that our elected representatives have lost the ability to bridge differences, forge compromises, and effectively perform their legislative function. As the stalemate intensifies, executive orders and judicial action have become the means to enact policy. Panelists will examine possible causes of, and solutions to, this problem in balanced presentations about numerous salient issues: money in politics, political advertising, traditional and social media, political redistricting, and the impact of internal legislative rules.

Click here to view the latest agenda, with a full list of speakers including:

  • Hon. Richard Durbin, U.S. Senator for Illinois
  • Hon. Russell Feingold, former U.S. Senator for Wisconsin
  • Hon. Dan Lipinski, U.S. Congressman for Illinois
  • Hon. Ray LaHood, former U.S. Congressman for Illinois and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
  • Hon. John Shadegg, former U.S. Congressman for Arizona
  • Hon. Diane P. Wood, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Click here to register. Both lawyers and non-lawyers are invited to attend. The cost of a ticket is $50 for those seeking CLE credit, and $30 for other attendees. You can also tune in online for $30 (CLE credit is not available for this option). Seventh Circuit Bar Association members not seeking CLE credit may attend in-person or online for free.

CLE credit in Illinois (6.75 hours), Indiana (6.8 hours), and Wisconsin (8.0 hours) has been approved.

If you have questions, please contact Debbie Groboski at