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Federal Practice - Back to Basics




Approved for CLE credit in: AK,AZ,CA,ME,MO,ND,NY

This two hour and thirty-four minute streaming audio seminar is provided by the Illinois State Bar Association.

Join a panel of Illinois District Court Justices for a comprehensive discussion on the basics of federal practice. This informative program touches on major legal skills and procedures including motion and discovery, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), tactics for settlement and the machinations of trial proceedings.

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Topics discussed in this program include:

  • Motion practice and discovery disputes.
  • Rule 16 conferences.
  • Alternative dispute resolution.
  • Settlement conferences.
  • Trial practice.

CLE Credit Information

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This program is has been approved for credit in AK,AZ,CA,ME,MO,ND,NY

Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)

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Panelist Biographies


US District Court Magistrate Judge
Central District Of Illinois

Jeanne E. Scott

US District Court Judge
Central District of Illinois

Michael Mihm

US District Court Judge
Central District of Illinois

Michael M. Mihm was nominated by Ronald Reagan on July 27, 1982, to a seat vacated by Robert D. Morgan. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 5, 1982, and received commission on August 6, 1982. He subsequently served as chief judge from 1991-1998.

Professional Career:

  • Louis County, Missouri, 1967-1968.
  • Assistant state's attorney, Peoria County, Illinois, 1968-1969.
  • Assistant corporation counsel, City of Peoria, Illinois, 1969-1972.
  • State's attorney, Peoria County, Illinois, 1972-1980.
  • Private practice, Peoria, Illinois, 1980-1982.


  • Loras College, B.A., 1964.
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1967.

    Joe BillyMcDade

    United States District Court Judge

    Judge Joe Billy McDade has been a United States District Court judge for the Central District since 1991 and chief judge since 1998. Before his service as a federal judge, he was a circuit judge in the Tenth Judicial Circuit for nine years.

    Judge McDade graduated with Honors from Bradley University with a B.S. in Economics in 1959 and a M.S. in Psychology in 1960. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1963.

    He began the practice of law as an attorney with the antitrust division of the United States Department of Justice. Two years later, he accepted a position with the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Peoria. In 1965, he was selected to be the executive director of the Greater Peoria Legal Society where he worked until 1968 when he entered into a partnership, Hafele & McDade, P.C. Judge McDade was in a solo practice, Joe Billy McDade, P.C., from 1977 until his election as associate circuit judge in 1982.

    Judge McDade served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Judges Association, a member the Board of Directors and Civil Legal Aid Committee for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and a member and past president of the American Inn of Court, Abraham Lincoln of Peoria. He is member of the Illinois State Bar Association and past member of the ISBA General Assembly and Finance Committees. He has been a member of the Peoria County Bar Association since 1965 where he has served on the Board of Directors and as chair of the Grievance Committee. He was a member of the Associate Judge Seminar Coordinating Committee and the Traffic Law Topical Committee.

    McDade was voted on the All-NIT Basketball Team in 1957 and 1959 as a member of the Bradley University NIT Championship team. He is in the Bradley University Hall of Fame and was awarded the Bradley Honorary Coach Award, the Bradley University Centurion, and the 1990 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Judge McDade had been recognized with other awards that include the National Legal Aid & Defender Association Outstanding Service Award, the Court Counselor Program, Inc. Founder's Award, the United Usher Board Award of Merit, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Citizen of the Year Award, a Recognition Award from the African-American Hall of Fame Museum, Inc., a Certificate of Appreciation from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and an Award of Recognition from the Houston Area Urban League, Inc.


    United States District Court Judge
    Central District of Illinois

    After graduating from ISU in 1970 with a major in Political Science, Mike taught history and coached baseball for two years at Ottawa High School. He then went on to earn his law degree from the St. Louis University in 1975.

    After working in a general practice law firm in Lacon and serving as Public Defender in Marshall County, Mike was elected to a Circuit Judge position in the 10th Judicial Circuit of Illinois in 1988. He sat in Felony Court in Peoria County before he was elected to the 3rd District Appellate Court in 1990. President Clinton appointed him to the federal bench as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of Illinois. He was sworn in on May 4, 1998 and sits in the U.S. Courthouse in Urbana.

    While he chose to come to ISU to play college baseball, Judge McCuskey notes that the classes he took at ISU were excellent preparation for law school and his legal career. He was in the first Political Science graduating class in 1970 and believes that his political science major and history minor provided him with the necessary background to excel in law school.

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