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The 2024

Judicial Division Annual Meeting Guide

July 31 - August 5, 2024 in Chicago, IL

Registration is open.

The Judicial Division Schedule is available.

JD meetings and events will be at the Swissotel.


CLE Panels

ABA Showcase: Safeguarding Public Officials: Protecting Judges, Civil Servants, and the Rule of Law
Joint program with JD and Government and Public Sector Lawyers
Friday, August 2, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Ethics, Uses and Abuses of Generative AI (GAI) for Attorneys and Judges: An Interactive Session 
Friday, August 2, 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

ABA Showcase: Not Just Abortion Rights: Rediscovering State Constitutional Protections in the Post-Dobbs Era
Saturday, August 3, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Cosponsored Program: The Roberts Court 2023-2024: Chevron Deference, the Abortion Pill, and Presidential Juris-Politics
Saturday, August 3, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Non-CLE Panels

The State Trial Judges Townhall
Thursday, August 1, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Agenda Books

Agenda books and other business meeting materials will be available in July.

Book Drive

The Judicial Division will be collecting new or gently-used children’s books for kids in the Chicago community.

Drop off books any time from Wednesday, July 31 to Sunday, August 5 at the JD staff table in Swissotel or the JD Council Meeting on Saturday

Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes and distributes free quality children’s books throughout Chicagoland to empower children to explore new ideas, gain knowledge, and strengthen reading skills through book ownership. Reading is the single most important skill a child needs. Yet many children lack access to books, especially books of their own. That’s why Bernie’s Book Bank works so hard to provide free quality books to children in our local areas to build personal libraries. They believe that books and book ownership create pathways to success. 

In order to accomplish all of this, Bernie’s source, process, and distribute eight books annually to children, ages birth through sixth grade. Bernie’s Book Bank focuses on under-resourced communities—where children are the least likely to have access to books of their own—and delivers the age-appropriate, high-interest, and culturally relevant books children deserve. 

Donation Guidelines:

  • New and / or gently used fiction / non-fiction from birth to 6th Grade.

Books we can’t use:

  • Textbooks
  • Dictionaries
  • Activity books
  • Coloring books
  • Reference material
  • Religious books
  • Foreign language books (dual language is OK)

Social Events

Wednesday, July 31

Opening Judicial Reception | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 1 

ABA Networking Reception | 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

National Conference of State Trial Judges Dinner | 6:30 p.m., Ticketed

Saturday, August 3

National Conference of Specialized Court Judges Awards Dinner | 8:00 p.m., Ticketed

Sunday, August 4

Past JD Chair’s Breakfast (Invitation Only) | 7:15 a.m

*For ticketed events, please log into your registration account using your email and confirmation number, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click "Modify Registration." You will need to click through the registration information until you reach the ticketed events page. 


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