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The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (in case citations, 7th Cir.) is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the courts in the following districts:


Central District of Illinois
Northern District of Illinois
Southern District of Illinois
Northern District of Indiana
Southern District of Indiana
Eastern District of Wisconsin
Western District of Wisconsin



The court is based at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago, Illinois. It is one of thirteen United States courts of appeals. It is composed of eleven appellate judges.


The court offers a relatively unique internet presence that includes wiki and RSS feeds of opinions and oral arguments. It is also notable for having one of the most prominent law and economics scholars, Judge Frank H. Easterbrook, on its court. Richard Posner, another prominent law and economics scholar, also served on this court until his retirement 2017.

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There are signs key portions of the corruption case against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock may be at risk of unraveling. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is currently considering a question on which the outcome of the Illinois Republican's case may rest. It's whether prosecutors based ...
He was initially sentenced to death, but a three-judge panel from the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that he was entitled to a new penalty phase of his trial, meaning the case would go back to Madison Circuit Court for sentencing. "Unnecessarily retrying even the penalty phase of a capital case ...

US Court Asked to Reinstate Death Sentence in Double Slaying. The Indiana attorney ... The filing asks the full U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to review a January decision from a three-judge panel that found Frederick Baer had ineffective legal counsel during his trial. The panel sent the case ...
And earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education confirmed that it will no longer investigate civil rights complaints from transgender students ... But Galanter — and other advocates — contend that courts have already made that determination, including a ruling last May by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of ...
Dassey's attorneys, Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin of the Center for Wrongful Convictions of Youth in Illinois, vowed in December to appeal the case to the Supreme Court after U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Dassey's conviction. The Supreme Court only accepts a small percentage of ...
Anka Miscevic had a history of mental illness. While her husband Zelkjo was sleeping, she stabbed him in the chest and hit him over the head with a baseball bat, killing him. An Illinois state court found Anka not guilty by reason of insanity. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the first federal ...

Two graduates and a professor from Pritzker School of Law have been nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, potentially joining three other Northwestern alumni serving on the court. The White House announced in a Monday news release the nominations of U.S. District ...
There's only one court higher that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals: the United States Supreme Court. Drizin says his team will be filing a brief "in a few days." He's assembled a team that includes experienced Supreme Court litigators. "The decision boils down to: Do we argue the case before the U.S. ...
A panel of three appeals court judges found Friday that while a group home operator and the U.S. Department of Justice sue the city of Springfield for allegedly ... By appealing the district court's injunction against the eviction, the city asked the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to weigh in on how the city ...
A three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled flawed jury instructions and ineffective counsel could have made a difference in the 2010 trial of Ladmarald Cates. He was subsequently fired from the police force. The Journal Sentinel says prosecutors must now decide whether to ask the full ...
On February 13, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued another case involving a releasing party trying to avoid a release it had signed. The reader of the opinion by Judge Miller is left to wonder how the releasing party could have expected a different result. (Engineered Abrasives, Inc. v. American Machine ...
For the first time since a 2012 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals elaborated on and applied the Supreme Court's four-factor analysis to determine whether a position is properly considered a ministerial role. In its recent decision in Grussgott v.
And earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education confirmed that it will no longer investigate civil rights complaints from transgender students ... But Galanter — and other advocates — contend that courts have already made that determination, including a ruling last May by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of ...
Dassey's attorneys, Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin of the Center for Wrongful Convictions of Youth in Illinois, vowed in December to appeal the case to the Supreme Court after U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Dassey's conviction. The Supreme Court only accepts a small percentage of ...
One of the more under-reported issues of 2017 was the numerous federal judicial nominees waiting for confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Included in that group is one of ... The Senate should confirm Michael Brennan to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals without hesitation. Matthew Fernholz practices civil ...
Craig Gilbert talks about Trump's decision to appoint Milwaukee attorney Michael Brennan to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. ... Trump's nominee for a spot on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has been scheduled to appear before the U.S. Senate's judiciary committee on Wednesday.
The lawsuit ended in the settlement when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that KUSD illegally singled Whitaker out for discrimination because he is transgender. KUSD appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court but agreed to withdraw its appeal as a condition of the $800,000 settlement on ...

Alonso, however, rejected the request for relief on the basis of rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court broadly interpreting federal prohibitions on sex discrimination to apply to sex stereotyping as well as a U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in favor of allowing a transgender kid in Kenosha School ...
U.S. Magistrate Judge William Duffin ruled in August 2016 in Dassey's favor, tossing out his confession and overturning his conviction. Prosecutors appealed, and eventually won a decision last month by the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, keeping his conviction intact. That order included ...
That decision was appealed to the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals where Foundation staff attorneys argued the case in May 2017. The Appeals Court ruled that even though these workers never consented to their money being taken for forced dues, their First Amendment Rights were not violated.
... including the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, noting that delays in access to public information can often amount to suppression of those records. Kennelly gave Brown's office 30 days to create a system under which the press can gain immediate access to newly e-filed lawsuits, just as it ...
Alonso, however, rejected the request for relief on the basis of rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court broadly interpreting federal prohibitions on sex discrimination to apply to sex stereotyping as well as a U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in favor of allowing a transgender kid in Kenosha School ...
Detroit Board of Education, which permitted public sector unions to require fees to subsidize monopoly bargaining, both the district court and later the Seventh Circuit Court of appeals ruled against Mr. Janus as expected. That allowed Foundation staff attorneys to file a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to ...
Last year (2017) saw two such cases from federal Courts of Appeal, including a May 2017 decision from the First Circuit Court of Appeals and a September 2017 decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. It should be noted that the US Supreme Court has yet to address this issue, despite the ...
Attorney General Lisa Madigan faces a series of unappetizing options to try to preserve the conviction, including asking for an en banc review of the case by the entire 7th Circuit Court of Appeals or asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. Both options are long shots. But they're not the only long ...
The Trump administration went after the other components of the LGBT community after the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars sex discrimination in the workplace, also prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Our staff appeared before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals many times during our tenures with the U.S. Attorneys Office, and we have considerable respect for the men and women now on that bench. But they are shorthanded. The federal appellate court seat that Judge Brennan has been nominated to ...
The case made its way to the Central District Court of Illinois to the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, where the city initially won. However, the plaintiffs asked the court to reconsider. In the meantime, the Supreme Court had set a legal test in a different case that could be applied to panhandling case, ...
RELATED: U.S. Appeals Court upholds Dassey's conviction. RELATED: 5 key updates in the appeals of Avery and Dassey. RELATED: Brendan Dassey turns 28 in Wisconsin prison. The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, reinstated Dassey's conviction last Friday in the 2005 murder ...
He was referring to the court's rule that declining to hear an appeal is not a decision. But turning away the Evans case almost certainly means the high court will not rule on the issue until 2019. In April, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled Kimberly Hively could sue her employer under the ...
A federal judge overturned Dassey's conviction in 2016, ruling that investigators coerced his confession. A three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, but the state asked for a review by the full court that led to Friday's decision. Dassey has remained in prison during the appeals.
Two graduates and a professor from Pritzker School of Law have been nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, potentially joining three other Northwestern alumni serving on the court. The White House announced in a Monday news release the nominations of U.S. District ...
The Trump administration went after the other components of the LGBT community after the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars sex discrimination in the workplace, also prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
She handled the re-sentencing of Smith as ordered by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which twice rejected the 14-month sentence ...
However, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana appealed the sentence to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal in Chicago, ...
... been talked about as a Supreme Court possibility for years, and Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, ...
Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance attorneys on Thursday argued before the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago that such ...
... Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephanos Bibas to the US 3rd ...
22 trial date in the Urbana courtroom of U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce in ... Schock's attorneys appealed the order to the 7th Circuit Court of ...
... the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, ... You are controversial because many of us that have lived our lives ...
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a woman's convictions for ... The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana denied that ...
A decision by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Sanders v Melvin could have a significant impact on future litigation related to solitary ...
The Senate voted 55-43 on Tuesday to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Three Democrats crossed party lines to ...
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed a University of Notre Dame Law Professor to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Prof.
Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance attorneys will argue before the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Nov. 9 that off-road ...
Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance attorneys will argue before the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Nov. 9 that off-road ...
... the same ruling in 2013, but the conservative U.S. Seventh Circuit Court ... The latest IRS report indicates that U.S. clergy members receive a ...
The U.S. Supreme Court listened to oral arguments this week on a ... in which the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled that the ...
U.S. Supreme Court began considering a case Tuesday to ... The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the districts violated the Equal ...
A full panel of judges with the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing an earlier decision by a federal magistrate, who ruled last year ...


 

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