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Bob Clifford on Dream Team that Secures Acquittal for Orestes in Mock Trial

Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, teamed up with Dan Web, of Winston & Strawn, in defending Orestes, the son of Agamemnon charged with killing his mother and later admitting it with no remorse, according to myth. In a packed crowd at the UIC Forum in Chicago, audience members got to vote by putting in white chips for innocence and a blue chip for guilty. The chips were collected and later put on a scale of justice, which overwhelmingly weighed in favor of acquittal. Counsel for the prosecution was Patrick J. Fitzgerald of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Patrick M. Collins of Perkins Coie and a former U.S. Assistant Attorney in Chicago. These are the same sides that were drawn in last year’s popular Retrial of Socrates hosted by the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago. Judges Richard A. Posner and William J. Bauer of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court Judge Charles P. Kocoras served on the judicial panel of this Greek tragedy based on the play by Aeschylus. Judge Posner served as the Presiding Judge.