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Jenner & Block Partner Michael A. Scodro was inducted as the 48th president of the Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA) on June 11, 2015. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan administered the oath of office to Mr. Scodro at a luncheon that was attended by more than 130 guests, including federal and state judges and Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court.
The ALA, which was formed in 1968, is an association of lawyers who practice in the courts of review and the judges who serve on those courts. Its mission is to improve standards of quality and competence in appellate advocacy; review legislation and rules affecting appellate jurisdiction and procedure; and help facilitate effective liaisons between appellate lawyers, the appellate bench and the legislature. The association has more than 400 active members throughout Illinois, with approximately three-fourths of them located in the Chicago area. Honorary members include sitting judges from all reviewing courts in Illinois. Mr. Scodro has long been actively involved in the ALA, joining its board of directors in 2009, and then serving as its treasurer, secretary and, most recently, vice president.
Before joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Scodro served as the solicitor general of the State of Illinois from 2007 to 2014. In that role, he oversaw both the civil and criminal appeals divisions of the Illinois Attorney General’s office, supervising more than 40 attorneys in appeals in which the state was a party. He has argued cases before the United States Supreme Court, Illinois Supreme Court, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and all five districts of the Illinois Appellate Court.