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Hon. Sidney I. Schenkier

Hon. Sidney I. Schenkier

United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Magistrate Judge
Chicago, IL, USA


Judge Sidney Schenkier has served since October 30, 1998 as a United States Magistrate Judge sitting in federal court in Chicago, Illinois.  From January 2008 to January 2012, he served as the presiding magistrate judge in the Northern District of Illinois.  During that time period, Judge Schenkier served on the Court’s Executive Committee as an ex officio member.  He also has served for 16 years on the Court’s Rules Committee.  Since April 2010, Judge Schenkier has been a team member of the James B. Moran Second Chance Program, which is a reentry court designed to assist persons on supervised release in avoiding recidivism and reintegrating into society. Prior to beginning service as a magistrate judge, Judge Schenkier worked for more than 17 years at the law firm of Jenner & Block in Chicago, where he engaged in civil and criminal litigation at the trial and appellate levels.  He obtained an undergraduate degree in journalism, with distinction, from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and his law degree, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, where he also was awarded the Order of the Coif.  Judge Schenkier has served for the last 30 years as an Adjunct Professor in Clinical Trial Advocacy at Northwestern University School of Law. He also has established a seminar at the law school on civil discovery which he has taught for the past nine years.  Judge Schenkier also has served as an instructor in trial and deposition programs for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and Judge Schenkier has spoken and written on a variety of discovery and trial practice issues, including electronic discovery.

Judge Schenkier long has been active in the Federal Magistrate Judges Association (“FMJA”), which has more than 700 members who are active and retired magistrate judges from across the United States.  Judge Schenkier began his service with the FMJA in July 2003, when he became the Circuit Representative for the Seventh Circuit.  Judge Schenkier served in that capacity for six years, after which he was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the FMJA in July 2009.  Between July 2009 and July 2015, Judge Schenkier has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, President Elect, President, and Immediate Past President.  Beginning in October 2015, Judge Schenkier began service as a member of the Magistrate Judge Committee of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

Judge Schenkier has been married for 41 years and has three children and eight grandchildren.

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