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Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder participated in the 2013 Illinois State Bar Association Allerton House Conference held April 11-13 at the Starved Rock State Park in Utica, according to a Third Circuit press release.
The subject of the conference was “Adaptations of New Technologies to Civil Case Processes.”
Crowder was a speaker during the session on “Privacy Limits on Information Gathering.” The panel discussed ethics rules and sanctions protecting individual rights of privacy.
Other presenters on that topic with Crowder were ARDC attorney James Grogan and James Harkness of Momkus McCluskey LLC in Lisle.
Speakers at the conference included Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court covering e-filing, e-discovery and other initiatives in civil cases authorized by the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court justices Ann Burke and Mary Jane Theis spoke along with Fifth District Appellate Court Justice Richard Goldenhersh.
Topics included lawyers' and jurors' use of social media, the rules for admitting internet information into evidence and the use of technology in the courtroom to improve the presentation of evidence.
The Allerton conference is a long standing tradition of the Illinois State Bar Association that allows judges, attorneys and law professors to discuss civil litigation issues.
Crowder is a member of the ISBA Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, which sponsors the Allerton conference. She is also on the board of directors of the Illinois Judges Association and a member of the Special Supreme Court Committee on Child Custody issues. She speaks frequently on continuing education programs and has written articles on civil litigation for ISBA publications.