2023 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Speakers

Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, will moderate the two-hour program.

James Grogan

James J. Grogan

Adjunct Ethics Professor, Loyola College of Law

James J. Grogan is an Illinois lawyer and educator who concentrates his practice in professional responsibility and lawyer ethics law. Mr. Grogan received an undergraduate degree from Lewis University in 1977 and his J.D. degree from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1980. He retired in 2019 as the Deputy Administrator and the Chief Counsel of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (ARDC) where, for almost 40 years, he investigated and prosecuted hundreds of charges of lawyer misconduct and argued dozens of disciplinary cases in the Supreme Court of Illinois. Mr. Grogan is a Past President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), the bar association of lawyer regulators.

For over 35 years, he has taught legal ethics, first at the DePaul University College of Law and then at the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law where he is an Adjunct Professor. Over the course of his career, he has presented over twelve-hundred speeches, lectures and workshops to law firms, bar associations, corporations and judicial and governmental groups and agencies on various lawyer regulation topics.

Chris Heredia

Chris Heredia

CNA Risk Control Consulting Director

Chris Heredia is a Risk Control Consulting Director for CNA’s Lawyers Professional Liability Program. In this role, he designs and develops content for CNA’s Risk Control services by providing guidance on law firm risk management measures and professional responsibility-related issues, as well as collaborating with CNA’s claims and underwriting teams to identify risk management trends and develop strategies to mitigate the likelihood of professional liability claims against lawyers.

Prior to joining CNA, Chris was an attorney with Holland & Knight, where he focused his practice in legal ethics and law firm risk management. There, he represented lawyers in disciplinary investigations and formal proceedings before the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission’s (ARDC) Hearing and Review Boards and before the Illinois Supreme Court. He also represented law students and bar applicants in bar admissions and character and fitness matters, and advised law firms and in-house counsel in all aspects of the law governing lawyers.

Chris also previously served as Litigation Counsel for the Illinois ARDC Commission, where he investigated and prosecuted cases of attorney misconduct. He began his legal career working as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, where he had the opportunity to litigate and prosecute countless criminal and civil cases, including civil domestic relations matters, misdemeanor and traffic offenses, mental health commitment and treatment cases, and complex fraud, theft, and vehicle-related felonies.

Chris regularly presents at CNA-sponsored programs, as well as to local and national-level bar associations, law schools, law firms, and other legal organizations. He has been appointed to serve on the Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Conduct, and has held leadership roles with the Chicago Bar Association and Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.
Chris is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, and received his law degree from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law.

April G. Troemper

Hon. April G. Troemper

Seventh Judicial Circuit at Macoupin County Courthouse and Member, Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee (IJEC)

Judge Troemper began her judicial career in 2009 as an Associate Judge. In 2015, she was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as a Circuit Court Judge, and in 2016 was duly elected as an At-Large Circuit Court Judge for the 7th Circuit. In November 2022, she was retained for another six-year term. Helping the legal profession on and off the bench is what Judge Troemper enjoys the most. She has been extremely active in her community and with local and state bar associations and has held a number of leadership roles. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for the Illinois Judges Foundation, is a member of the Judicial Education Faculty, Vice-Chair for ISBA Bench & Bar, Secretary for ISBA Judicial Advisory Polls Committee, is a board member of the Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee (IJEC), Illinois Courts Commission-Alternate and Case Manager, Illinois Judges Association Education Committee (for the 4th District), Facilitator for Judicial Performance Evaluations, Ambassador for the Illinois Supreme Court Strategic Agenda, and a New Judge Mentor. She previously served on IJA’s Board of Directors, the Legislative Committee of the Illinois Supreme Court, Civil Law Benchbook committee, and ISBA’s Board of Governors, Assembly, and the Illinois Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors. She is the past-President of Lincoln-Douglas Inn of Court, Sangamon County Bar Association, and Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association. Judge Troemper has been the keynote speaker and distinguished guest at numerous events and has taught on a variety of legal topics throughout her legal and judicial career, including judicial ethics. She currently presides over complex civil litigation, Drug Court, guardianships, evictions/foreclosures, and a variety of other proceedings, including felonies, orders of protection, and domestic relations. Prior to becoming a Judge, she worked in private practice. In addition to her leadership roles, she received Eastern Illinois University’s Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award, Champions for Children Award, and the “Forty Under 40” Business Leader Award.