Annual Pope & John Lecture Series Brings Stephen Patton to Northwestern Law

September 15, 2015

Northwestern University School of Law’s annual Pope & John lecture series is bringing Stephen Patton, Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago to campus for a lecture on Tuesday, September 29 titled “Chicago’s Legal Risk: Managing the City’s Toughest Issues from Stop-and-Frisk to Homelessness.”

The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.

Stephen Patton
Stephen Patton

Stephen Patton was appointed to the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel in May 2011 when Mayor Rahm Emanuel first took office. He serves as the mayor’s senior legal advisor, presiding over a 450-person department, with expertise in business and anti-trust litigation.

Prior to working for the City of Chicago, Patton was the senior litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis for 33 years leading high profile cases, including representing Chicago against two lawsuits from the state of Illinois for closing Meigs Field in 2003. A graduate of Indiana University with a JD from Georgetown University, Patton has deep civic ties to the city including serving as president of the Chicago Bar Foundation.

The Pope & John Lecture Series on Professionalism, established in 1991 by the Chicago firm of Pope & John Ltd. has brought dozens of legal professionals, including former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and former federal judge Nancy Gertner to campus. The series focuses on the many dimensions of a lawyer's professional responsibility, including legal ethics, public service, professional civility, pro bono representation, and standards of conduct.

Pre-registration for this event is encouraged. This lecture is approved for 1.0 professionalism CLE credit in the state of Illinois. To receive credit, attendees must sign-in onsite during the event.