ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Collins Fitzpatrick has been selected to receive the 2016 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Seventh Circuit. The award will be presented in early May at the Seventh Circuit Judicial Conference in Chicago by Chief Judge Diane P. Wood.
Fitzpatrick is the Circuit Executive for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a role he has held since 1976. He has devoted his entire career to the court, having served as its senior staff attorney (1974–75) as well as clerked for two of its judges, Circuit Judge Roger Kiley and Chief Judge Luther Swygert. He began his career as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow from the University of Pennsylvania and Howard University Law Schools representing clients who could not afford a lawyer.
An authority on the court, Fitzpatrick has authored several volumes and many articles on its workings and history, as well as its reputation for fairness, including a handbook for attorneys on conducting successful appeals.
Fitzpatrick has been honored with numerous awards, including the 2014 Gerald Solovy Award from the Harvard Law Society of Illinois, which honors distinguished service and commitment to ideals; and the 2012 President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the U.S. Court of Appeals and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.
A graduate of Marquette University, Fitzpatrick earned his J.D. from Harvard University and a master’s in political science from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois bar and is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a Master in the Chicago American Inn of Court.
The American Inns of Court Professionalism Awards are awarded in participating federal circuits, to a lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling character, unquestioned integrity, and dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law. The awards are underwritten in part by Thomson Reuters.
The American Inns of Court, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, fosters excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. Membership includes more than 30,000 federal, state, and local judges; lawyers; law professors; and law students in more than 360 chapters. More information is available at www.innsofcourt.org.