Schenkier; Sidney I.
Court: U.S. District Court
Division: Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division at Chicago
219 South Dearborn Street
Chicago IL 60604
Professional Experience: Schenkier was an instructor of legal writing and research
at the University of Chicago Law School from 1980-81. He has been
an adjunct professor of the Clinical Trial Advocacy Program at Northwestern
University School of Law since 1986 and has taught a Civil Discovery
seminar at Northwestern University School of Law since 2006.
Legal Experience: Schenkier was a law clerk to the Honorable Marvin
E. Aspen from 1979-80. He was an associate at Jenner & Block from
1981-86 and a partner from 1986-88, focusing on civil litigation.
Judicial Experience: In October 1998, Schenkier joined the Northern
District of Illinois as a magistrate judge, chosen by the active district
judges. He filled the vacancy created when Rebecca Pallmeyer was confirmed
by the Senate as a U.S. District Court judge. He is serving his second
eight-year term which will expire on October 30, 2014. Schenkier served
as the presiding magistrate judge from January 2008 to January 2012.
Publications: Co-author, ''Magistrate Judge Practice'' (IICLE)
(2000, and supplement Fall 2003); author, ''Deposing Corporations
and Other Fictive Persons: Some Thoughts on Rule 30(b)(6),'' Litigation,
Winter 2003 (Vol. 29, No. 2); author, ''The Limits of Privilege
in Communications with Experts,'' Litigation, Winter 2007 (Vol.
33, No. 2).
Speaker, ''2002 Update: Local Rules and Procedures-The
Role of the Magistrate Judges,'' ISBA/Federal Bar Association/U.S.
District Court for the Northern District of Illinois seminar; panelist, ''Getting
Ready to Settle,'' Settlement in the Federal Courts, ISBA Law
Ed seminar, 2009; speaker, ''New Lawyer Tool Kit: Basic Skills
Course for the New Attorney,'' CBA, 2009; panelist, Tips of the
Trade: A Federal Civil Practice Seminar, ISBA, 2012; speaker, Continuing
Legal Education seminar, 7th Circuit Bar Association's Pro Bono
and Public Service Committee, 2013. Schenkier has also spoken at numerous
conferences on electronic discovery and other civil practice matters.
Awards: Order of the Coif; 1980-81, Bigelow Fellow, Legal Research,
Writing and Argument, University of Chicago Law School.
Organizations: Federal Magistrate Judges Association (FMJA): board member
(2003-present), secretary (2009-10), treasurer (2010–11), vice
president (2011–12), president elect (2012–13), president
Born: April 27, 1955
Law School: Northwestern University
School of Law, 1979, J.D., magna cum laude
Undergraduate: Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism,
1976, B.J.S. with distinction
Hobbies: golf, baseball, traveling, cooking.
Admitted to Bar: 1979 IL