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2/24 - APA-CMS Bar Exam (CM | 1.5 LAW)

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

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The APA Chicago Metro Section invites you to attend the Sixth Annual Bar Exam Planning Law Session, a realistic simulated law school experience for planners and land use professionals on February 24, 2021 from 4:30p-6:00p. Hosted by Ancel Glink attorneys and special guest APA-IL President-Elect Nina Idemudia, AICP for the 50th episode of Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum podcast, you’ll Bring-Your-Own-Bar to this virtual happy hour, as your pub trivia team is tested on the year's most important planning laws and cases, including legal issues with electronic meetings, liquor delivery legislation, and more! Participants will compete for unreasonable grades set by a harsh curve, ultimately earning the winning team a fabulous prize! Everyone will figuratively "pass the bar" after attending this session, though you are welcome to stop and have a drink with us before you do.

To help us provide the most beneficial Bar Exam experience, please fill out this 1-question survey about the law topics that most interest you.

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Time: 4:30-6:00pm

Cost: $15 for professionals, $10 for members, $5 for students

Location: online

Registration: Register Here!

Credits: CM | 1.5 (1.5 LAW)

Are you experiencing a hardship? As we receive donations for registration fees, we will be noticing those who indicated they’d like to participate with up to four (4) hardship fee waivers. Those selected will be notified by Friday, February 19, 2021. Please email to indicate your need for a fee waiver.


This event will feature several volunteer moderators as well as a group of panelists to provide opening remarks. The panelists include:

  • Greg Jones - Partner, Ancel Glink

  • Daniel J. Bolin - Partner, Ancel Glink

  • Joyce M. Jeezer - Associate, Ancel Glink

  • Nina Idemudia, AICP - APA-IL President Elect and Assistant Commissioner, Department of Planning and Development at City of Chicago

Greg Jones - Partner, Ancel Glink. Greg Jones is a partner in Ancel Glink's Chicago office. Greg counsels public and private sector clients on land use, zoning, construction, governance, and complex regulatory matters. Greg has extensive experience with economic development efforts, including tax increment financing, annexation, redevelopment, and strategic zoning code projects. Before practicing law, Greg served as a city planner and zoning administrator for nearly a decade. Greg is an active member of the American Planning Association, serves on the IL-APA's legislative committee, and has been AICP certified since 2008. Greg frequently writes and speaks on land use and First Amendment topics across Illinois.

Daniel J. Bolin - Partner, Ancel Glink. Daniel J. Bolin is a partner at Ancel Glink representing public entities and property owners in wide-ranging local government, land use, and election matters. For nearly 15 years, Dan has spent his entire legal career counseling local governments at Ancel Glink, regularly advising governmental clients at public meetings and offering advice on current issues, including coronavirus response and remote meeting participation. Dan’s creative strategies for the repair and demolition of blighted and abandoned properties recently helped his client earn a Lake County Municipal League Innovation Award. Dan writes about controversial land uses, and regularly speaks at state and national conferences regarding emerging local government topics. Dan has hosted nearly 50 episodes of Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum podcast, and his appearance on the GovLove podcast earned a GovieLovie Award.

Joyce M. Jezeer - Associate, Ancel Glink. Joyce M. Jezeer is an Associate at Ancel Glink. Her practice focuses on zoning and land use, as well as construction and contracts. Before joining Ancel Glink, Joyce gained almost a decade of experience as a local government lawyer in the Netherlands, where she advised local governments on a wide variety of legal issues, including real estate transactions, zoning plans and procurement contracts. She also successfully introduced mediation as a tool in her litigation practice. Joyce has co-written for the IML Handbook and has contributed to Ancel Glink’s Municipal Minute blog.

Nina Idemudia, AICP - Assistant Commissioner, Department of Planning and Development at City of Chicago. As a native Detroiter, Nina Idemudia, AICP, understands firsthand how the built environment shapes the lives of society’s most vulnerable populations. This fuels her passion for empowering people to be change agents through planning.

Prior to moving to Chicago, Nina was a planner for the City of Los Angeles where she worked on current planning, long-range planning, and performance management. She specializes in equitable community development, inclusive outreach strategies, and organizational innovation for large metropolitan areas. Nina currently serves as an Assistant Commissioner for the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development.

Nina is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Southern California. Nina has two awards from the American Planning Association, is Vanguard Fellow, and a New Leaders Council Fellow. She was also honored with a SHEro award by Los Angeles Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. for her community leadership. Nina was recently elected the first Black President-Elect for the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association.


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