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Patrick J. Fitzgerald to Keynote 58th Annual Fellows Award Reception and Banquet

January 27, 2014, Press releases


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Former U.S. Attorney will make keynote remarks on “Miranda Rights in the Age of Terror”

CHICAGO, January  27, 2014 – Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and current Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, will be the keynote speaker at The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation Annual Award Reception and Banquet on February 8, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The Murphy Chicago. Robert A. Clifford and Clifford Law Offices are the Presenting Sponsors of the 2014 banquet, one of several events being hosted by The Fellows during the Midyear Meeting of the American Bar Association. Receiving awards at the event will be Hon. Patricia M. Wald, for Outstanding Service, Professor Deborah L. Rhode for Outstanding Scholar, and Henry M. Coxe III and A. Joshua Markus for Outstanding Fellows State Chairs.

Fitzgerald will base his remarks on the landmark 1966 Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona in the context of the global struggle against terrorism. He will speak about issues surrounding civil liberties, national security interests, and the reality of prosecuting terrorists in a post-9/11 world.

Patrick Fitzgerald is a seasoned trial lawyer and experienced investigator whose practice focuses on internal investigations, government enforcement matters, and civil litigation. Prior to joining Skadden in 2012, Mr. Fitzgerald most recently served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Appointed in 2001 by President George W. Bush, he was the longest-serving U.S. Attorney ever in Chicago. In this capacity, he led numerous high-profile investigations and prosecutions.

From 1988 to 2001, Fitzgerald was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. He served as lead counsel in the investigation, prosecution and seven-month trial of United States v. Usama bin Laden, et al. He also handled numerous drug trafficking cases and organized crime cases, including the six-month trial of United States v. John Gambino.

In 2013, Fitzgerald became the inaugural Steven Feirson Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. Also in 2013, he was appointed to serve on the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force, an independent panel of leaders who will issue recommendations to reform the mass transit system in northeastern Illinois.

Fitzgerald has received numerous awards and recognition during his more than 20 years in public service, including the Justice John Paul Stevens Award from the Chicago Bar Association (2011); the Cox, Coleman, Richardson Award for Distinguished Public Service from Harvard Law School (2007); the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (2002); the Stimson Medal from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1997); and the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service (1996). He also was named one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” (2013) and “Lawyer of the Year” (2005) by The National Law Journal. Mr. Fitzgerald was selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 and The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

We are delighted that Patrick Fitzgerald will address The Fellows at the 2014 Awards Banquet in our home city of Chicago,” said Robert L. Nelson, Director of the American Bar Foundation. He added, “Fitzgerald is an extremely accomplished lawyer, and his remarks will be a fitting keynote to an evening that will celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees.

Program details:              

WHAT:  The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation Annual Award Reception and Banquet

WHEN:  Saturday, February 8, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

WHERE:                The Murphy Chicago

                                50 E. Erie St.

                                Chicago, IL 60611

This is a ticketed event. Please click here for registration information. For general event information, contact or call 800-292-5065.

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