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Justice Ann B. Jorgensen
Illinois Appellate Court – Second District
Impact of Law School Debt on the Delivery of Legal Services
Wednesday, June 18 (9:00 - 9:50 a.m.)

In a presentation on the state of the future of the law profession, Justice Jorgensen will discuss how law school debt affects the delivery of legal services including lack of public service careers, migration from rural to urban areas of the state, the state of the job market for new graduates, and the impact of debt on new grads. Additionally, she will discuss possible solutions for the issues.
 Gregg Herman
10 Commandments of Divorce Settlement Negotiations
Tuesday, June 17 - Family Law Track (8:00 - 9:00 a.m.)

Gregg Herman is a life-long resident of Milwaukee and attended UW-Madison both as an undergraduate (B.A. with honors, 1974) and law school (J.D., 1977). His first job after law school was as an Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee County (1977 - 1984), where he prosecuted cases ranging from disorderly conduct to white collar crime to first-degree murder.

Gregg joined the Milwaukee firm of Leonard L. Loeb in the practice of family law in 1984 and became a shareholder in 1991. He has been active in numerous professional organizations, legislative endeavors and activities designed to improve the practice of family law and to alleviate the effects of divorce on children.
 Sally Mulhern
Estate Planning to Die for: Five Real Estate Planning Success Stories
Tuesday, June 17 -
Plenary Track (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Sally Mulhern is a founding partner in the law firm of Mulhern & Scott PLLC, with an office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Sally concentrates in sophisticated estate planning techniques, and represents some of the nation’s most prominent families. She is a fellow of the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and has been selected by her peers as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers in America. She is also a member of Outstanding Lawyers of America and the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.

In 1997, Sally founded Estate Planning To Die For®, a national speaking agency. She speaks nationally to global financial institutions, universities, international charities, trust departments, financial advisors and professional organizations. Sally is regularly quoted in the regional and national press, and recently appeared on CBS MarketWatch and in the Wall Street Journal and in Dow Jones Newswire. She is the author of Estate Planning To Die For®: An Insider’s Guide For Financial Professionals, which has earned rave reviews from industry leaders, and is currently in its revised third edition.
 Maria Cognetti
What Judges & Litigants Should Demand in Child Custody
Tuesday, June 17 - Family Law Track (2:00 - 2:50 p.m.)

Maria Cognetti founded Cognetti & Associates in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania to provide high quality legal representation for Pennsylvania clients with family law matters. Maria limits her practice to divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, property division and property settlement agreements, pre-nuptial agreements, and all other types of family law related issues.

Maria is the current president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). She also chaired the Child Custody Evaluation Standards Committee and was a key player in an inaugural program presented jointly by the AAML and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). In 2011, her successful work on a wide range of national issues was recognized by the AAML with the Fellow of the Year Award. Throughout an esteemed 35 year legal career, Maria also had the honor of serving as president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the AAML from 2003-2004. The Pennsylvania Bar Association honored her with a Special Achievement Award for her work on the recently passed Pennsylvania Custody Act and she also received a Presidential Service Award by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Jay Shepherd
Quantum Leap: How You Will Practice Law in 2019
Wednesday, June 18 - Plenary Track (10:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Jay Shepherd works as a writer and speaker focused on simplifying business ideas. He’s a member of the growing breed of creatures known as "recovering lawyers,” who resemble regular lawyers except that they smile more. Before his recovery from lawyerhood, he enjoyed helping companies and managers stay out of trouble. This experience with businesses of all types and sizes helped him come to see things differently. He saw too many lawsuits and business disasters that could have been avoided with clearer communication and simpler approaches. This fueled his obsession with simplifying business ideas.

Simplifying is at the core of his new book, Firing at Will: A Manager’s Guide, an unlawyerly handbook for the riskiest thing you can do at work with your clothes on: firing employees. (It actually has a lot to do how to fix your workplace so that you don’t have to fire people.) His forthcoming book, The Cure for Work: Six Simple Remedies That Free Us to Do Our Best Work, promises to be even more upbeat. And more simple.
 Prof. Michael Green
Proximate Cause in Torts and Jury Cases
Thursday, June 19 - Plenary Track (10:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Michael Green is one of the country's most respected experts in the area of tort law. He served as Co-Reporter for the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Physical Harm, which has already had significant impact on tort law across the country since it was first published in 2010. He also served as a Co-Reporter for another important piece of the Restatement (Third) of Torts on Apportionment of Liability. Michael and his Co-Reporter, William Powers, Jr., of the University of Texas, were jointly awarded the John G. Fleming Memorial Prize for Torts Scholarship in 2012. He is a member of the European Group on Tort Law, which prepared and published Principles of European Tort Law in 2005. Michael is a founding member and Executive Committee member of the World Tort Law Society, an organization of torts scholars from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He is a co-author of a leading Torts casebook and of two advanced torts casebooks. He is also a co-author of the Reference Guide on Epidemiology, contained in the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, a joint publication of the National Academy of Sciences and the Federal Judicial Center. The Guide serves as a reference on scientific disciplines for federal and state court judges.