Joseph Power and Todd Smith Deliver Annual Lecture in Advocacy
Recently, Joseph Power and Todd Smith, founding partners of Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., delivered the Annual Lecture in Advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The Lecture was entitled “The History and Influence of the 7th Amendment on Current Consumer and Product Safety.”
The 7th Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right of trial by jury in civil cases. Power and Smith shared their experiences litigating some of the most influential jury trials in Illinois history, which have led to greater protections for the public in the areas of vehicle safety, tobacco, and pharmaceutical safety. In addition, Power provided insight into the development and litigation of the Willis case he litigated, in which six children perished in a horrific automotive event. His investigation of the case helped uncover the trucking license-for-bribes scandal, which led to 76 criminal convictions, including that of a former Governor of Illinois.
The oration took place in the Power Rogers & Smith Courtroom, a high-tech facility (pictured left) on the school’s campus named after the firm. Following the lecture, a reception was held to commemorate the unveiling of portraits of Joseph Power, Todd Smith, and the late Judge Joseph Power (pictured below), which were commissioned by the school as a showing of appreciation for the support and example set by these three alumni.
“We are incredibly honored by this commemoration and extend our sincerest thank you to Loyola Law School and to the artist who created these pieces of art,” said Smith. “It’s our pleasure to support this fine institution and the future of our legal profession,” added Power.