ABA Honors Chief Judge Holderman (’71) with Mark T. Banner Award

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The American Bar Association (ABA) has announced the winner of the second annual Mark T. Banner Award: The Honorable James F. Holderman (’71), Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

This annual award in honor of the late Mark T. Banner recognizes individuals who have made an impact on intellectual property law and practice and have a passion and enthusiasm for the advancement of the intellectual property practice, profession, and substance.

The ABA stated, “The ABA-IPL Section recognizes [Chief Judge Holderman’s] great influence on our profession, on the future of intellectual property law, and for the inspiration he gives to generations of practitioners.”

The award will be presented by Federal Circuit Judge Richard Linn during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago at the Mark T. Banner Luncheon on Saturday, August 4.

Chief Judge Holderman has been a United States district judge in Chicago since 1985 and was named chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in July 2006. During his tenure on the bench, he has presided over numerous cases in all areas of federal jurisdiction, including intellectual property cases. He has also served by designation as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

He is an adjunct professor at the College of Law, teaching Intellectual Property Trial Advocacy with his wife, Paula Holderman. He received both his undergraduate degree (1968, Agriculture Science) and his law degree (1971) from the University of Illinois.