The Court hears motions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. The Court will normally set status calls on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
All motions must be filed no later than three business days before the day the motion is to be heard (e.g., for a motion to be heard on Thursday, it must be filed no later than Monday of that week). The body of any motion must state if the motion is joint, or if the other parties have authorized the movant to state that the parties either agree to the motion or have no objection to it. Absent leave of Court, all memoranda of law must comply with the 15-page limitation set forth in Local Rule 7.1.
In those instances where a motion exceeds 20 pages and a paper courtesy copy must be filed, the Court requires compliance with Local Rule 5.2, which requires that “[a] judge’s paper copy shall be bound on the left side and shall include protruding tabs for exhibits. A list of exhibits must be provided for each document that contains more than one exhibit.”
Moving counsel may call chambers (312) 435-5609 or the courtroom deputy (312) 435-7573 after 4:00 p.m. on the day immediately before the motion is scheduled to be heard to find out if an appearance will be required. Unless the Court has told a party it need not appear, counsel for all parties are expected to be present irrespective of whether the motion is agreed. If no appearance is required, moving counsel must so notify other counsel in the case; failure to do so may result in the award of fees incurred by other counsel who have appeared unnecessarily.
Parties shall jointly contact chambers or the courtroom deputy in order to reschedule any hearing date.