The Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA) is sponsoring a"Roundtable" luncheon next month honoring the Justices of the Fifth District Appellate Court, as well as offering an appellate practice training.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 9 at the Schweinfurth House, 1200 North 27th Street in Mt. Vernon.

At the luncheon, retired Justice James Wexstten will be recognized for his 30 years of judicial service on the circuit and appellate courts, with remarks from retired Circuit Judge Thomas Sullivan and Justice Bruce Stewart.

In addition, a donation to "Prevent Child Abuse Illinois" will be presented by the ALA in honor of Wexstten.

There also will be appellate practice training held from 1:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 Richview Road in Mt. Vernon.

The training features an Illinois Supreme Court Justice, four Justices of the Fifth District Appellate Court, the Clerk of the Appellate Court, three appellate attorneys, and the ARDC chief of Litigation & Professional Education.

Training topics include judicial panel, appellate procedure, appellate attorney panel and appellate legal ethics.

One hour of continuing legal education (CLE) credit is available for the luncheon, and 3.25 hours of CLE credit are available for the training, including one hour of ethics CLE credit.

Attorneys can register for the luncheon and/or training at www.applawyers.org. The cost for the luncheon only is $20 for ALA members, $30 for non-members, and $25 for public sector attorneys.

The cost for the training only is $30 for ALA Members, $60 for non-members, and $45 for public sector attorneys. The cost for both the luncheon and training is $50 for ALA ,embers, $90 for non-members, and $70 for public sector attorneys.

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