Jenner & Block

“Keystone Program: Oral Advocacy Boot Camp,” University of Chicago Law School Law Women’s Caucus

Partner Michael T. Brody was a keynote speaker at the University of Chicago Law School’s Oral Advocacy Training held at the firm’s Chicago office on October 15, 2014.  Sponsored by the law school’s Law Women’s Caucus, this intensive boot camp gave 17 students an opportunity to prepare for the law school’s Hinton Moot Court Competition by presenting two oral arguments and obtaining feedback from attorneys and alumni.  Students argued in pairs (one student vs. one student) and were given feedback by an attorney serving as a judge, after each argument.  The first argument served primarily for students to receive feedback on their oratory style.  The second argument was a legal argument that students prepared based on materials provided in advance of the training.  Associates Laura E.B. Hulce, Michele L. Slachetka and Leah K. Williams served as judges.  This was the third year that the firm has participated.  Students who attended the training the previous two years have gone on to win the Moot Court Competition (one of the two winners in 2012, both winners in 2013).  The training is part of the law school’s Keystone Professionalism & Leadership Program, designed to help students prepare for their legal careers.

Mike is co-chair of the firm’s Class Action Practice, advising clients on class action matters related to securities, antitrust, torts, contract claims, consumer fraud, fiduciary duties and other statutory and regulatory claims.

Laura is an associate in the Litigation Department.  She represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial disputes involving a variety of substantive legal areas including breach of contract, unjust enrichment and other business torts.

Michele is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department.  She has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation and class action litigation.

Leah is an associate in the Litigation Department.  She has experience with complex civil litigation, compliance review and insurance disputes.