Past Events


Bicentennial Presentation  –  April 9, 2019                                        “Rivers of Commerce: The Illinois Federal Courts as the Umpires of Antebellum Union”

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the federal courts in Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Northern District of Illinois Court Historical Association presented on April 9, 2019, “Rivers of Commerce: The Illinois Federal Courts as the Umpires of Antebellum Union,” a talk by Professor Alison LaCroix about the role of the Illinois federal courts in the debates over the scope of federal power in the early nineteenth century.  

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200th Anniversary Celebration

March 3, 2019 marked the 200th anniversary of the federal court in Illinois. 

We in the Northern District will celebrate our birthday with a series of events, including speakers, a symposium law journal issues, a festive reception on Friday, March 1, 2019, and the release of a documentary video that explores the significant cases, events, and people that have shaped our history. History buffs who would enjoy a sneak preview are welcome to visit the Court History Museum, already open on the 21st floor of the Dirksen Courthouse. We welcome participation and suggestions from members of the public.

Bicentennial Presentation  –  February 27, 2019                                Reflections from the Court at the Heart of America – Judicial Oral History Project —  An Interview with Marvin E. Aspen: A Judge Who Shaped the Court, the City, & the Nation

In the Bicentennial Year of the Northern District of Illinois, the Court will host a Judicial Oral History Project to interview history-makers who have left an indelible mark on the legal system. The Project was launched with Judge Marvin E. Aspen, who served as the Chief Judge from 1995 to 2002 and is completing his fourth decade of service on the Court. The interview was moderated by three of his former law clerks, whom he now counts as colleagues: Judges Edmond E. Chang, Jeffrey T. Gilbert, and Sidney I. Schenkier.   

Click here to access a video recording of the event.