Chicago, Chicago that’s my kind of town! (Frank Sinatra).

Home of the 2016 World Series winners, world famous hot dogs and pizza, and a city rich in history – from The Great Fire of 1871 (Mrs. O’Leary’s cow was cleared of being the cause), to a city filled with gangs and corruption such as the St. Valentine’s Massacre (when Al Capone shot 7 men with 90 bullets).  It is home to the world’s premier comedy club --Second City Comedy, some of the world’s most famous architecture, and a Magnificent Mile of shopping.

And in neighboring Rosemont, it is THE location for ASTC’s 2017 All-Star Conference – a conference with an All-Star location, All-Star program of speakers, and an All-Star cast of members attending.  Here is a brief description of some of sessions and events:

  • Chicago has been named “the city of corruption” dating back to the mid-1800s.  Friday opens with a showing of the moving documentary Code of Silence.  After the shooting of Laquan McDonald, Al Jazeera television and Professor Craig Futterman investigate the role of the police in creating a code of silence and in Chicago.  Following the documentary, Tony Romanucci, Esq. and Jim Cooney, Esq. will discuss, the challenges in taking police shooting cases to trial.
  • Debate on the Elimination of Peremptory challenges.  This will be a lively panel discussion consisting of varying opinions on the subject from Professor Nancy Marder, Destiny Peery, PhD/Esq., our own Mykol Hamilton, and, Jeff Frederick as moderator, who will be fielding questions from the audience.
  • Beth Karas is TV commentator and an attorney involved in several high-profile cases including Kobe Bryant and Martha Stewart. Beth will be providing tips on how to interview with the media.
  • Can I advise a client that 40-45 yr olds are not good jurors for their case because the only participant in that age category voted for the other side?  Professor Joann Keyton prepares a session on the parameters of proper small group research and the conclusions that can be drawn.  Dr. Keyton is a Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University and Editor of Small Group Research.
  • Why does the law conceptualize decision-making as independent, element-by-element judgments when psychology says this is not how decisions are reached? Professor Jennifer Robbennolt, University of Illinois School of Law, examines the psychological assumptions that underlie doctrinal rules.
  • Professor Jonathan “Jay” Kohler, Northwestern, provides insight into and proposes fixes to the problems with Forensic Science.
  • REAL NEWS: Four Paths-- A Life, A Road, A Dream.  Listen as Judy Rothschild interviews three consultants about their experiences and advice in working within a law firm, a consulting company, a solo practice, and a combination of working in all the above.
  • Pre-conference sessions include a full-day Trial Consulting 101 course taught by Leslie Ellis and Jeremy Rose.  The afternoon Masters Session on Advanced Witness Preparation is taught by our own experts Karen Lisko and Charli Morris.
  • Finally, what is a conference in The Windy City without a Sunset Dinner Cruise (drinks are the only cost to members) on the Odyssey cruising Lake Michigan as well as the opportunity to see the Chicago Cubs play at home.  Cub tickets can be ordered in advance from the ASTC office. Please contact Vicki at to purchase tickets to the game.
  • Need to impress potential clients?  Get a professional headshot made for FREE by a professional photograph.

The Westin O’Hare:  The Westin O'Hare is just minutes from O'Hare International Airport and provides a free O'Hare Airport Shuttle service. Additionally, the hotel is within walking distance to the "L" train providing service to downtown Chicago. Please refer to the Location/Hotel Information and/or the Direction/Transportation tabs on this site for additional information.

ASTC’s Bookstore
Don’t leave learning behind at the conference.  The ASTC Bookstore will offer a selection of publications authored by members and others.  These books are certain to become insightful professional tools for your business.   The bookstore will be set up in the Exhibitors Room at the conference with samples of books and the ability to order directly from the author.  These books also be given away as part of our annual raffle.

Have you authored or co-authored a book relating to trial consulting?  Now is your chance to get exposure of your accomplishment at the Chicago Conference. Want to get orders for your book?  Send a copy of your book by June 1st and it will be prominently displayed in the ASTC Bookstore.  All book orders will be taken by us and sent to you for distribution following the conference.  Pricing, money exchange, and shipping will be the responsibility of the author. No money is to be exchanged at the conference through ASTC.  Authors are not required to attend the conference.  Also, consider donating a copy of your book as a door prize.

Contact Sandy Donaldson for more information on where to send the book.


All Aboard "The Odyssey Cruise" -  Friday, June 9th
Join your colleagues and friends and  step aboard the sleek and elegant Odyssey to enjoy the magnificent skyline views, delectable dining, exceptional service and a sophisticated ambience.  Boarding from the historic Navy Pier is at 7:00 with a cruise time 8:00-10:30.  Departure will be PROMPTLY at 8:00, so on board by 7:30 p.m.  Dress is business casual or better on Friday nights.  The bar is open upon boarding, and guests will be offered a complimentary glass of champagne.  Other people will be on this cruise but we have a fairly large section of tables reserved.  Once most of the guests have been seated, dinner orders will be taken.   DJ entertainment is included, so the music during dinner will be appropriate for talking and networking, followed by fun, upbeat music around the time dessert is served. 

Transportation to the Navy Pier/Sunset Dinner Cruise
You are on your own to get to the Navy Pier by 7:30 PM boarding time. You do not want to be late.  Here are some options:
Transportation to the Navy Pier/Sunset Dinner Cruise
You are on your own to get to the Navy Pier by 7:30 PM boarding time. You do not want to be late.  Here are some options:

1)     Cab/drive:

  • Getting to the Pier from the hotel will take approximately 1:15 - 2 hrs due to heavy traffic on Friday evenings.  Plan ahead!

2)     Amazing train adventure:

  • Join your friends and colleagues on a sight-seeing adventure while taking the “L” (the elevated train) to Navy Pier Trolley. There will be sign-up lists at the registration table to join up with a group that will take the train downtown.  The train station is located a block from the hotel.  You will get on the Blue Line “L” going to the city (Chicago), get off Downtown at the Monroe stop (Dearborn and Monroe Streets). Walk down Monroe St. 3 blocks to pick up Navy Pier Free Trolley at the Art Institute Trolley stop. Cost for train is $3.00 one way.  Trolley is free.

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Book Your Accommodations for the 36th Annual ASTC Conference

 To make hotel reservations for the ASTC conference at the Westin Rosemont, IL please call 888-627-8517 and ask for the group rate of $189. Reservations must be made by Friday, May 19, 2017 to receive the group rate.

Sponsor + Exhibit + Advertise 

Your support is the lifeblood of the ASTC Conference and the Society. Your contributions ensure the existence of this annual gathering and the growth of our profession throughout the year. Supporting us gives you and your company recognition to a broad range of constituents related to trial consulting.

Note: If you have signed up to sponsor and/or exhibit and it includes a complimentary registration you do not need to register for the conference on this site. those registrations should be sent to Maggie Henley.

Thank you to Our Sponsors


Courtroom Performance, Inc.
Forensic Anthropology, Inc.
Holland & Hart LLP
Leslie Ellis
Litigation Insights LLC
Patricia Kuehn Trial Consultant
Steven E. Perkel & Associates, LLC 

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