Chicago partner Mark Furlane was recently installed as the President of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA), and was featured in a cover story by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. In an article titled, “FBA’s New President Aims to Expand Reach,” the Bulletin discussed Mark’s goal to grow the group’s membership among non-litigators during his presidency.

While the chapter will continue to offer programs on topics of interest to litigators, Mark says that he hopes it will also reach out to lawyers whose practices don’t involve frequent trips to the courtroom. To this end, the group established its Corporate and Association Counsel Committee to make the chapter increasingly relevant to in-house counsel. They’ll also be expanding their efforts to attract law school students and younger lawyers, as well as continuing to encourage judges to join and take part in programs, Mark said.

The FBA offers lawyers a valuable opportunity to learn about federal judges and what they expect of the people who practice in their court. “I think it’s important for any lawyer to understand a little bit more about the judges they’re going to be dealing with,” Mark said.

The Chicago Chapter is one of the largest FBA chapters in the country and received the Federal Bar Association’s Chapter of the Year Award at the National Annual meeting in September of this year. Mark previously served as Treasurer, Secretary, and Vice President of the Chicago FBA and has been a board member for more than 18 years.

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