Milwaukee’s Future in the Chicago Megacity

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Marquette University Law School and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will host a conference next week. The conference title—“Milwaukee’s Future in the Chicago Megacity”—reflects that Chicago is one of the world’s emerging “megacities”; for example, it is ranked No. 6 in Foreign Policy magazine’s Global Cities Index (behind only New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, and Hong Kong). An expansive new report by the international Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development argues that closer ties between the Milwaukee region and Chicagoland are of singular importance. At our conference, various panels, involving business leaders, elected officials, and public policy analysts, will assess that argument, with a general eye to these central questions: how closely should the Milwaukee region connect its future to Chicago, and how might that be accomplished through public policy and business might?

Conference participants will include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO Paul Jadin, ManpowerGroup CEO Jeff Joerres, WE Energies CEO Gale Klappa, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Vice President William Testa, and Greater Milwaukee President Julia Taylor—to name fewer than half (a full list is available here). Richard C. Longworth, author of Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism, has prepared a framing paper in advance of the conference (available here in full form and in abridged form here as an op-ed in this past Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), and John Gurda, Milwaukee historian and conference participant, has also written in the newspaper in advance of the conference about Milwaukee’s and Chicago’s historical relationship.

The Law School’s participation in this conference, which will involve Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, is underwritten by our Lubar Fund for Public Policy Research. We announced that initiative during the 2010-2011 academic year, and this is its debut.

Author: Joseph D. Kearney

On July 1, 2003, Joseph D. Kearney became the ninth dean of Marquette University Law School. Dean Kearney has been a member of the Marquette faculty since 1997. Prior to coming to Marquette Law School, Dean Kearney practiced for six years at Sidley & Austin, Chicago's largest law firm. He served as well as a law clerk to the Honorable Antonin Scalia, Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and to the Honorable Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Dean Kearney is an accomplished teacher, scholar, and lawyer. His teaching focuses on civil litigation, including courses in Civil Procedure and Advanced Civil Procedure. His scholarly articles have appeared in the Columbia Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, and Marquette Law Review, among other journals. They variously focus on regulation of industry (particularly telecommunications), civil litigation, and judicial selection. His background as a practitioner is in appellate and telecommunications litigation, and he has argued cases before the Wisconsin and Illinois Supreme Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and has been the primary draftsman of winning briefs on the merits in the United States Supreme Court. Dean Kearney is an honors graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

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