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EDWBA July 2018 Newsletter
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Spotlight On: Past President Julie Wilson
By Elizabeth K. Miles

As the EDWBA starts a new year, its members have many reasons to thank last year’s President, Julie Wilson.  The EDWBA ended its fiscal year with a near-record number of members – 584!  The year’s robust membership is a testament to Julie’s commitment to continuing the hard work of past EDWBA Presidents to provide members with valuable programming and social opportunities. 
 
For example, the EDWBA’s annual meeting in April 2018 saw the second highest attendance for a plenary session ever (despite a massive snow storm that morning), and all programs garnered rave reviews.  Also, the EDWBA partnered with the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s fair housing marches with an insightful event at the federal courthouse.  The event was well attended by the legal community and the public.  EDWBA members also enjoyed an exclusive brown bag lunch series at the federal courthouse.  Finally, the EDWBA ended the year strong with a program on federal practice designed for paralegals.
 
Julie spearheaded negotiations of the EDWBA’s new Memorandum of Understanding with the Milwaukee Bar Association (“MBA”), which simplified payments to the MBA while allowing the EDWBA continued use of MBA resources.  Julie also continued past Presidents’ efforts to involve Marquette University Law School students in the EDWBA and the Eastern District’s Green Bay division.
 
In looking back on her term, Julie is appreciative of the comradery and commitment of the EDWBA’s members and the support of the court.  The EDWBA stands out as an organization that fosters involvement from its members.  Opportunities exist not just to attend great programming, but to take a lead role in its development.
 
From all of us in the EDWBA, thanks for a great year, Julie!
The New Face of the Seventh Circuit
By Donald J. Wall

For the first time since January of 2010, when Judge Terry Evans took senior status, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is at full strength. With the administration of the oath of office to Judge Amy St. Eve on May 23, all eleven positions on the court have been filled. And, as of June 1, each of the court’s new judges will have sat for oral argument.

The face of the court has changed dramatically over the course of a year’s time. Gone are Judges Richard Posner (who retired in September of 2017) and Ann Claire Williams (who retired in January of 2018). Within the past six months, the court welcomed four new judges --- Amy Coney Barrett, Michael Brennan, Michael Scudder, and Amy St. Eve. Each of these new judges bring to the court a vast array of legal experience.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett comes to the court from the University of Notre Dame Law School where she taught for fifteen years and continues to teach. She is a graduate of Rhodes College and the University of Notre Dame Law School. Following clerkships with Judge Lawrence Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, she practiced law at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin in Washington, D.C. Judge Barrett joined the court in November of 2017, filling the seat vacated when Judge John Daniel Tinder retired in 2015.

Judge Michael Brennan joined the court in May of 2018, filling the long vacant seat of Judge Evans. He is a graduate of Notre Dame University and Northwestern University School of Law and is well known to most Wisconsin lawyers. He was a law clerk to  United States District Judge Robert Warren of the Eastern District of Wisconsin and Judge Daniel Manion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Between clerkships, Judge Brennan practiced law with Foley & Lardner. He also served as an assistant district attorney and later was appointed and then elected a state court trial judge, both in Milwaukee County. He eventually returned to private practice and became a partner at the Milwaukee law firm of Gass Weber Mullins.

Before Judge Michael Scudder joined the court in May of 2018, he had been a partner at the Chicago law firm of Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom. He graduated from St. Joseph’s College and went to work as an auditor for Ernst and Young before attending Northwestern University School of Law. Following law school, Judge Scudder clerked for Judge Paul Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. He then practiced law for a few years at Jones Day in Cleveland before becoming an assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. His public service also included stints as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General in the Justice Department, General Counsel to the National Security Council and Senior Associate Counsel to the President before he returned to private practice with Skadden, Arps. Judge Scudder fills the vacancy created by Judge Posner’s retirement.

Judge Amy St. Eve twice has been nominated and confirmed by the Senate for federal judicial positions. Before joining the court in May of 2018, Judge St. Eve had been serving as a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois since 2002. She received both her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Cornell University. After graduation, she entered private practice at Davis Polk & Wardell in New York City and a few years later she accepted an invitation to join the independent counsel team investigating the Whitewater scandal. Judge St. Eve joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois two years later where she served for fifteen years until leaving to become Senior Counsel for Abbott Laboratories. She assumes the position on the Seventh Circuit previously held by Judge Williams.

There you have it. The Seventh Circuit has four new judges to complete its roster of eleven judges. So now, the court has three Michaels, including Circuit Judge Michael Kanne, and two Amys, in addition to two Dianes --- Chief Judge Diane Wood and Judge Diane Sykes --- among its eleven active judges.
Hon. Charles N. Clevert Jr. Summer Internship Program Another Success

The following remarks were delivered by Hulyana Hernandez, rising 11th grader, Carmen High School of Science & Technology and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren intern.
 

Before I begin I would like to thank the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, our hosts, Judge Joseph, and Katy Borowski, for the internship because right at this moment you all could be sleeping, but here you all today making it possible for each and every one of us to be successful in life. I also want to thank all the families and friends here today for their continuous support. I want to thank my mother who has guided me, given me hope, and made this experience possible. Of course I want to thank my teacher Mr. McHugh for believing in me and having a lasting impact in my life.
 
Growing up has always been a challenge for me. I grew up watching my dad being violent towards my mom. I grew up with my dad being deported. I grew up struggling with my mom. I grew up being a role model for my younger brothers. I am not telling you this today to make you feel sorry for me. I am telling you this because I know for a fact that that 10-year-old girl would be proud of the person I’ve become today. I am only sixteen years old and being an intern at a law firm has been one of the biggest accomplishments I have had so far and I can only thank all of you for making it possible. Because it’s our stories that inspire others to do the same. Not growing up in a perfect home and not having the perfect life hasn’t stopped me from becoming a better person. Attending this program has been a factor that will help me in my path forward to success in the future. I know for a fact that this is one out of many future accomplishments, but without this opportunity, I wouldn’t have had the chance to say this.
 
If you take a look at our community you notice a pattern of hard work, courage, and perseverance. Like any other city, Milwaukee has a lot of things to offer, but it also has its many flaws - flaws that can be fixed if we work together to make it a better place. I hope to one day help improve this community and be able to help others. They asked me today to answer “What this experience means to you” and this experience to me means hope and a whole room of opportunities.
 
Before I close this I want to let all the interns know that you shouldn’t let anyone put you in a box and constrain you with their expectations. Always remember who you are working for and why. Believe it or not this internship has made you a better student, a better citizen, and most importantly a better person. I hope that after this experience you use what you learn to help others, because today we become accountable to the world and to the future.
The EDWBA thanks the following firms for sponsoring student interns this summer:
Davis & Kuelthau, s.c.
Foley & Lardner LLP
Gass Weber Mullins LLC
Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP
Godfrey & Kahn S.C.
Kerkman Wagner & Dunn
Kravit, Hovel & Krawczyk sc
Laffey, Leitner & Goode LLC
Mastantuono & Coffee SC
Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Northwestern Mutual (Nicholas Walls)
Quarles & Brady LLP
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
von Briesen & Roper s.c.
The EDWBA thanks the following firms, offices and chambers for hosting student interns:
Chambers of Judge Pamela Pepper
Chambers of Magistrate Judge William Duffin
Chambers of Magistrate Judge David Jones
Chambers of Magistrate Judge Nancy Joseph
Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc.
Foley & Lardner LLP
Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP
Godfrey & Kahn S.C.
Laffey, Leitner & Goode LLC
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Office
U.S. District Court Clerk’s Office
U.S. Probation Office
2nd Annual Trivia Contest a Success

The Trivia Contest was back again and just as competitive (and fun) as last year. Teams gathered at the Jackalope Lounj for four rounds of trivia. Questions covered a variety of categories from a variety of decades, and started out easy, but quickly became more challenging. While the team scores were close, Michael Cohen’s New Lawyers (Mastantuono & Coffee and friends) emerged victorious. They earned bragging rights for a year and the honor of keeping the traveling trophy until a new winner is declared in 2019.
2018-2019 EDWBA Membership Renewal

Check your mailbox for your membership renewal invoice! When completing your membership renewal form, please consider joining a committee or volunteering for one of several pro bono opportunities. And, let’s keep the EDWBA growing – recruit a new member!
Upcoming EDWBA Events

July 24: Criminal Policies and Practices in the Eastern District of Wisconsin

September 20: Civil Rights Series featuring Judge Adelman

September 20: Evening at the Courthouse

September 22: Doors Open Milwaukee
2018 Annual Meeting in Pictures
For questions please contact Katy Borowski
at 414-276-5933 or
kborowski@milwbar.org.
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