CHICAGO — The international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that Michael A. Pope, trial partner resident in the Firm’s Chicago office, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Judicial College (NJC) in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Pope will become only the second layman to chair the board of the prestigious NJC, which educates more than 2000 judges each year.
"Mike has continually shown a commitment to the judicial community, and his work with the NJC will be a significant asset to the Board of the Trustees," commented Hon. Marvin E. Aspen, Chief Judge, U.S. Federal District Court (N.D. IL). "With his courtroom experience and his dedication, Mike will continue to foster the NJC's tradition as Chairman of the Board."
Mr. Pope, who joined McDermott in 1995, is head of the Firm’s International Product Liability Practice Group. His practice includes the defense of large class action lawsuits and other types of litigation around the United States. He also is experienced in professional liability matters and in the interpretation of reinsurance treaties and excess insurance policies.
Mr. Pope currently serves as president of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, which makes financial grants to the providers of legal assistance to the poor throughout Illinois. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves on its special committee on the Administration of Justice. He is also a fellow of the International Society of Barristers and of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, where he serves on the Board of Directors. Mr. Pope has previously served as president of the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Lawyers for Civil Justice, and he is the co-chair of the Task Force on Mass Torts for the Defense Research Institute.
The NJC, located on the campus of the University of Nevada, is the leading judicial education and training institution in the United States. Founded in 1963, the College has awarded more than 60,000 certificates of course completion to judges from all 50 states and 150 foreign countries. In accordance with its goal to provide the judiciary with real-world solutions to everyday situations, the NJC employs a faculty of experienced judges and professors to provide the most effective judicial educational training available anywhere. For additional information on the NJC, please www.judges.org.