Robert A. Clifford, Esquire, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2014 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Seventh Circuit. The award will be presented May 12 in Chicago at the Seventh Circuit’s Annual Judicial Conference by Judge Joel M. Flaum.
Clifford is a trial lawyer and principal partner of Clifford Law Offices, P.C., in Chicago, Illinois. He is an accomplished aviation accident attorney, personal injury attorney, and medical malpractice attorney. He was selected in 2014 as the number 1 lawyer in Chicago by Super Lawyers for the sixth consecutive year.
Clifford served as president of the Chicago Bar Association in 2011–2012, serving the 25,000-member group with initiatives that promoted the bar, the bench, and the Chicago community. He has been inducted into the International Society of Barristers, the Inner Circle of Advocates, and the American Law Institute, a group of 3,000 prominent judges, lawyers, and academics from around the world who are selected on the basis of professional achievements in the law. In 2011, Clifford was elected to a third term as the Illinois State Delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.
Clifford is past president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and a past president of the Chicago Inn of Court. He has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the National Judicial College. He is a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Civility, which was established to discover and promote ways to promote civility among lawyers. He was elected to be a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, a non-profit organization supporting historical research and publications of the Supreme Court of the United States. He serves on the Board of Overseers of the Rand Institute for Civil Justice, a California-based think tank.
The American Inns of Court, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, fosters excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. The organization’s membership includes more than 30,000 federal, state, and local judges; lawyers; law professors; and law students in more than 360 chapters nationwide and more than 97,000 alumni members. More information is available at www.innsofcourt.org.