In just a few days, we will embark on the 39th Annual Educational Conference. Over 600 of our colleagues will assemble at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. NCBC has created an excellent educational program for this conference. There are 34 breakout sessions, 19 exhibitors, and in our Information Sharing program, there are four hands-on labs. We are especially proud of our pilot LEAD Academy program which will take place on Monday, August 5. Congratulations to all who were accepted! As always, we are grateful to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and the Federal Judicial Center for their contributions and participation.
When the selection committee and I arrived in December 2016, we conducted our hotel site visit and were impressed with the magnificent skyline and fantastic attractions Chicago has to offer. We believe this is an excellent venue for a conference, and I hope those who attend feel the same way and have a wonderful time in Chicago.
The Northern District of Illinois Clerk of Court, Jeff Allsteadt, Chief Deputy, Sharon Zurowski, and the entire Illinois Northern Clerk’s Office staff have the enormous task of preparing the event and hotel for everyone, and their efforts show. Thank you all!
The educational program has been a year in planning, and I would like to recognize the Education Committee for their hard work and dedication. Those members are:
· Eileen Garrity - Chair (MAB)
· Sharon Zurowski - Co-Chair (ILNB)
· Barry Lander - MSU Liaison (CASB)
· Rich Marshall - FJC Liaison
· Autumn Porter (NYSB)
· Jan Zari (CACB)
· Jeffrey Peirce (NJB)
· Matt Brittain (NCMB)
· Patty Nelson (TXWB)
· Sheri Brolick (MIWB)
· Tommie Wills (AZB)
· Sandi Brask (CACB)
For those of you who will be attending, safe travels, and I look forward to seeing you!