The Eastland Disaster Criminal ReTrial 2015

"The Chicago Trial That Never Was"

June 18, 2015

Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium


5:30-6:00 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
6:00-7:30 p.m. Criminal Retrial
7:30-8:00 p.m. Q&A with the participants


2.0 Hours General Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

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In partnership with


Defense Attorney/Firm
Dan Webb,
Winston & Strawn
Prosecuting Attorney/Firm
Bob Clifford,
Clifford Law
Presiding Judge
Justice Anne M. Burke,
Illinois Supreme Court
Larry Yellen,
FOX 32 News

Imagine living in Chicago in 1915. Imagine hearing cries for help echo across the Chicago River and through the bustling streets of The Loop. Imagine learning that 844 innocent lives perished as the S. S. Eastland capsized in the Chicago River.

Imagine you are a juror in the criminal case that brings together the best legal minds of that time – Barbour, Darrow, and Landis – to determine who should be held accountable for these 844 deaths.

What is unimaginable about the 1915 Eastland Disaster is that no one was held accountable. All verdicts returned were “not guilty.”

It is 100 years later -- and we're about to find out who should be held responsible. The criminal case has just been reopened with new attorneys, a new judge, and new charges being brought against new defendants. The best legal minds of today – Dan Webb of Winston & Strawn, Bob Clifford of Clifford Law Offices, and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke – will be using today’s laws to try the case.

The Eastland Disaster Criminal Retrial 2015 will use present-day law to bring forth proper criminal charges. You will hear the prosecution, defense, and witnesses. And you -- with the rest of the audience -- will vote on the verdict. Join us for an exciting evening filled with some of the State's most notable legal professionals.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Eastland Disaster Historical Society (EDHS), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit and the organizational host of this event. Your attendance will support the historical research and preservation of the history of the Eastland Disaster – Chicago’s greatest loss-of-life tragedy, ultimately sharing the research and legacies with the public.

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