Congratulations Judge Pallmeyer! Your trailblazing career has shattered another glass ceiling!

Wed, 7/24/2019 - 4:00PM — MOLLY KEELAN

In the 200+ year history of the Northern District of Illinois, we will have a woman lead the venue as Chief Judge. Thanks to Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer’s astounding leadership, devotion and zeal for the law over a 30 year career, she has been named the first female Chief United States District Judge of the Northern District of Illinois.

I personally met Judge Pallmeyer at the 2018 Chicago Women in IP “ChiWIP’ annual progressive dinner as I sat next to her and then had the honor of introducing her during my opening comments. I was impressed by her willingness to attend this dinner in support of female legal professionals in the Chicago area as a judiciary representative. The Judge openly shared her experience as a female lawyer and judge concerning issues of diversity, fostering client relationships and balancing a legal career while raising a family. Judge Pallmeyer then invited me to a Judicial Perspective on Settlement Conferences event sponsored by the Richard Lynn American Inn of Court. As the 2017/2018 President of the Lynn Inn, the Judge went out of her way to introduce me to several colleagues offering me an opportunity to expand my network of legal professional. With a leader who is as passionate about the law as she is promoting diversity and inclusion of others, we are excited to see what the future holds with her at the helm!

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Molly Keelan is the Senior Director of Client Services at Ocean Tomo. She brings 25 years of leadership working with Fortune 1000 executives and corporate counsel and partners from some of the country’s leading law firms to help develop winning litigation strategies. By understanding the industry’s complexities, she is able to formulate individual solutions using the firm’s core intellectual property practices.


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