Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Settlement Conference Office

Welcome to the
Settlement Conference Program
of the
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals conducts confidential pre-argument conferences in many civil appeals pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 33 and Circuit Rule 33. The main purpose of Rule 33 conferences is to help litigants resolve appeals without the need for a judicial decision.

Most types of civil appeals are eligible for a Rule 33 conference. Those that are not eligible include pro se, immigration, social security disability, prisoner rights, and habeas corpus and mandamus appeals. Each year, the Court spontaneously schedules Rule 33 conferences in hundreds of appeals. If your appeal is eligible but has not been scheduled for a conference, you may make a confidential request that a conference be held.

To learn more about the settlement conference program or to request a conference, call the Settlement Conference Office at (312) 435-6883.
You can also e-mail us (, send us a fax at (312) 435-6888, or write to us at the United States Court of Appeals, 219 South Dearborn Street, Room 1120, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

We look forward to working with you.

Joel N. Shapiro
Senior Conference Attorney

Rocco J. Spagna
Conference Attorney

Jillisa Brittan
Conference Attorney

Sylvia Doss
Administrative Assistant

Stephanie Jackson
Administrative Assistant

Following are some resources that may be useful to you in preparing for a Rule 33 conference or deciding whether to request a conference. Just CLICK to access.

Information About Rule 33 Conferences

The Settlement Conference Office "Green Sheet" (Q's & A's about Rule 33 conferences)

Interest-based Negotiation

"An Interest-Based Approach to Practicing Law"
Copyright 1998 State Bar of Montana and Paulette Kohman
Reproduced by permission; all rights reserved

Advocacy in Mediation

"Advocacy in Mediation: One Mediator's View"
Copyright 1995 American Bar Association
Reproduced by permission; all rights reserved
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