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Judicial Reception

Join us May 30 for our Judicial Reception!

When: Thursday, May 30, 2019
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: The University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois  60611
United States
Contact: Sandra J. Wulf, CAE, IOM

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We are pleased to announce that the IDC is teaming up with the Advocates' Society and DRI to honor two Illinois judges. We will gather Thursday, May 30 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in Chicago to recognize Hon. Diane Larsen (Ret.), Circuit Court of Cook County and Hon. Ronald F. Bartkowicz, Circuit Court of Cook County.


After graduating from St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Parish School and Weber High School, Judge Ronald Bartkowicz enrolled at DePaul University. There, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. Subsequently, Judge Bartkowicz attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law and received his Juris Doctor in 1965. Upon successfully completing the Illinois Bar Exam, Judge Bartkowicz joined the legal staff at the Chicago Transit Authority. He remained as legal counsel of the CTA until 1985. His last position there was Deputy to the CTA’s General Attorney.

In 1985, he was appointed an Associate Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County. In 1994, after being elected Circuit Court Judge, he was transferred to the Law Division Jury Calendar and subsequently transferred to the Commercial Calendar serving as Supervising Judge for two years before transferring to the Law Division Jury Calendar. While assigned to the Law Division, Judge Bartkowicz has tried 140 cases to verdict. Presently, the Judge is assigned to Calendar J, where he presides over Civil Jury Trials at the Richard J. Daley Center in Cook County.

Hon. Diane Joan Larsen (Ret.) served for more than 20 years as a Judge of the Cook County Judicial Circuit Court,  including 14 years in the Law Division and another six years in Chancery. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Larsen was chief of policy litigation at the City of Chicago Law Department, where she specialized in civil rights policy challenges and class action matters in both state and federal courts. Judge Larsen has been an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy for nearly 30 years at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.



  • Registration is $85 for members of the Advocates Society, IDC, and DRI and $115 for non-members. Advocates Society and DRI members should enter promo code PARTNER when prompted during registration to receive the special pricing.
  • Members of the judiciary receive complimentary registration. Please enter promo code Judge during registration to have your fee waived.


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