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Appellate Advocacy Program concludes with discussion of legal case Lincoln argued


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From left:  Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, Dean Cynthia Fountaine, Clerk of Court (5th District Appellate Court) Jack Flood, Appellate Judge Richard P. Goldenhersh, and Appellate Judge Melissa A. Chapman


We were very pleased to host a CLE program yesterday, Practical Skills for Appellate Advocacy, which  was organized by the Appellate Lawyers Association.  It was great to see so many attorneys who were able to attend.  Thank you to T.J. Hunter who helped organize the program, along with program speakers Brad Elward (SIU Law Class of 1989) Vice-President of the Appellate Lawyers Association, SIU Law Professor Keith Beyler, Michael Dahlen, Feirich, Mager, Green & Ryan and the members of the Judicial Panel: Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, and members of the 5th District Appellate Court - Judge Melissa Chapman, Judge Richard Goldenhersh, Judge Bruce Stewart (SIU Law Class of 1976), and Clerk of Court Jack Flood (SIU Law Class of 1978). 

Following the CLE program, we hosted a reception for attorneys and law students which featured a special presentation by Jack Flood, who serves as the unofficial appellate court historian, about the State of Illinois v. Illinois Central Railroad, the case Abraham Lincoln handled before the Illinois Supreme Court in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, in 1859. That courthouse now serves as the Appellate Courthouse for the 5th District. 

It was nice to be able to include this local, legal history with our continuing programming for this fall’s exhibit, Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War.