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United States District Court
Northern District of Illinois

Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier

Chambers: (312) 435-5628

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

DATE OF APPOINTMENT
March 30, 1998

ENTERED ON DUTY
October 30, 1998

  • JENNER & BLOCK: Partner, January 1986 through October 29, 1998; Associate, July 14, 1981 through December 31, 1985; Summer Law Clerk, June through August 1979. During his 17 years in private practice, Judge Schenkier specialized in a wide variety of complex civil litigation at both the trial and appellate level.

  • UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW SCHOOL: Bigelow Teaching Fellow, September 1980 through June 1981. As a teaching fellow, Judge Schenkier instructed first year law students in written and oral advocacy.

  • UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT: Law Clerk for the Honorable Marvin E. Aspen, Northern District of Illinois, September 1979 through August 1980.

Teaching Experience:

  • NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW: Adjunct Professor in Clinical Trial Advocacy Program, September 1986 through present.

  • NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TRIAL ADVOCACY: Served as Instructor in Regional Program (1990), Program for Teaching NITA Instructors (1991), Expert Witness Program (1992), and National Program (1993).

Admitted to Practice:

  • UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT: 1990

  • UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS (7TH CIR.): 1981

  • UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS (5th CIR.): 1982

  • UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS (9th CIR.): 1990

  • UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT (N.D. ILL.):

    • GENERAL BAR: 1979

    • TRIAL BAR: 1986

  • ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT: 1979

Committee Appointments / Professional Organizations

  • AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION: Member since 1980.

  • CHICAGO COUNCIL OF LAWYERS: Member since 1980; Board Member between 1991 and 1995.

  • CIVIL JUSTICE REFORM ACT ADVISORY GROUP FOR THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS: Member between June 1995 and October 1997.

  • ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON RULES AND PRACTICE TO THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS: Member between February 1996 and October 1998.

EDUCATION

  • NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY: Bachelor=s of Science in Journalism, 1976, Awarded with Distinction.

  • NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW: Juris Doctor, 1979, Awarded Magna Cum Laude, Elected to Order of the Coif.