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Room Number 1941
Room Number 1946
Phone: (312) 435-7612
Judge Harry D. Leinenweber

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Judge Leinenweber requires a courtesy copy of all motions and pleadings, that are either paper filed or e-filed, to be placed in the drop box in front of the Courtroom Deputy Office, Room 1938 or delivered to the clerk's office.

The information on this and linked pages contains important information about my pretrial case management procedures. Please take the time to read it carefully.

These policies and rules have been designed to facilitate the prompt, efficient and equitable disposition of civil cases on my docket. The success of this court's trial procedures depends on your willingness to familiarize yourself with these materials and to act accordingly. Counsel will be expected to fully explain to the court any failure to comply with the court's pretrial procedures.


Court Schedule
Office Hours 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Midday Recess 12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Status Call Tuesday through Thursday @ 9:00 a.m.
Motion Call Tuesday through Thursday @ 9:30 a.m.
Sentencing, Change of Plea, Arraignments  Tuesday through Thursday @ 9:45 a.m.
Settlement Conferences Tuesday through Thursday @ 4:30 p.m.
Trial Call - Daily 10:00 - 12:30; 1:30 - 4:30
Courtroom Activity Concludes 4:30 p.m.
Initial Status Conference
The court will set cases for status within 60 days of the filing of the complaint. At the initial status conference the parties will: 1) inform the court of the nature and scope of the case, 2) identify settlement opportunities, 3) set the initial discovery parameters, and 4) schedule future conferences and, when necessary, motions.
Informal Exchange of Discovery
This court asks parties to exchange informally any relevant discovery materials which may facilitate the settlement process prior to the initial conference with the court. Formal discovery parameters will be fashioned as the case develops.
Scheduling and Settlement Conferences
After the initial status and scheduling conference, the court may hold scheduling and settlement conferences. Some of these may be held by telephone.
Motion Practice
Scheduling Motions
The court hears motions on Tuesday through Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

The Judge only grants motions in advance if the parties do not object to said motion. Otherwise, the parties need to appear .

If there is no objection to the scheduled motion, the parties may call chambers the morning the motion is scheduled between 8:15 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to see if the motion has been granted.

Motions must be filed with the central clerk's office at least two working days prior to the date of the hearing of the motion pursuant to Local Rule 78.1

Discovery Motions
Meeting Requirement

The court encourages the parties to work out discovery disputes and discourages the filing of discovery motions. Discovery disputes are normally resolved at a status call or a pretrial conference without briefing. If the matter is not resolved, then the court will set a briefing schedule.

With regard to the filing of motions for discovery and production of documents under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26-37, the court will not hear or consider any discovery motions unless the parties have complied with Local Rule 12(K)

In any motion for discovery or production of documents, the movant shall state when and how the movant complied with Local Rule 12(K). Failure to comply with these rules will result in the imposition of sanctions. Most often the court will rule on these motions after oral argument at the motion call and without briefing. The court will also consider these motions at a status call or a settlement conference.
Pretrial Orders
Judge Leinenweber's final pretrial order materially differs from that required by the local rules. His pretrial order requires a statement of the case, a statement of damages, witness lists, stipulations, trial exhibits, depositions and other discovery material to be used at trial, expert witness information and proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law or jury instructions. Copies of the pretrial order form are available upon request from Judge Leinenweber's chambers.
Trial Matters

ALL matters relating to scheduled trials, except for transcript arrangements, should be made with Judge Leinenweber’s Courtroom Deputy, Wanda Parker. She can be reached at 312-435-7613.

Consent to Proceed Before a Magistrate Judge
Too often litigants are unaware of the efficiencies to be gained by having their cases tried before United States Magistrate Judges. The court strongly encourages counsel to inform their clients of this option, and to discuss it with opposing counsel.   Magistrate Judge Consent Form
Bankruptcy Appeals
Briefs on appeal from the United States Bankruptcy Court must be filed within 15 days of the entry of judgment by the Bankruptcy Court. Any motions to extend time must be filed during the 15-day period. Briefs are limited to 15 pages each.
To order a transcript of proceedings held before Judge Harry D. Leinenweber, please e-mail his Official Court Reporter, Krista Burgeson, at Krista_Burgeson@ilnd.uscourts.gov, with the date of proceedings, the case name, and the case number. She will reply to your e-mail request as soon as possible via e-mail with the ordering instructions and the available delivery times and deposit amounts. All deposit checks must be accompanied by an executed Transcript Order Form A0435, which can be downloaded from this link.
Persons requesting transcription of a trial or other evidentiary hearing that is reasonably expected to last a full day or more should contact her at least five ( 5 ) days prior to the first day of such proceeding to set up the ordering and payment arrangements and provide her with needed information regarding the case. Judge Leinenweber's Official Court Reporter is Krista Burgeson, and she can be reached at Krista_Burgeson@ilnd.uscourts.gov or by calling her direct at 312-435-5567. Her office is Room 1944.
Submitting a Proposed Order, Agreed or Otherwise, for Electronic Entry by the Judge
Proposed Orders may be submitted to Judge Leinenweber attached to an e-mail sent to Proposed_Order_Leinenweber@ilnd.uscourts.gov  The subject of the e-mail must include the case number and name, the document number of the corresponding motion, if any, and the title of the Proposed Order. All such documents must be submitted to the Court in a format compatible with WordPerfect. In addition, Judge Leinenweber also requires that a courtesy copy of any such Proposed Order be delivered to either his Courtroom Deputy, Wanda Parker, or chambers. Such Proposed Orders should also be served on all parties.

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