Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier has served as a United States Magistrate Judge since October 1998. From January 2008 to January 2012, he served as the presiding magistrate judge in the Northern District of Illinois. During that time period, Judge Schenkier served on the Court’s Executive Committee as an ex officio member. He has also served for 16 years on the Court’s Rules Committee. Since April 2010, he has been a team member of the James B. Moran Second Chance Program, which is a reentry program designed to assist persons on supervised release to avoid recidivism and to reintegrate into society. Judge Schenkier has been active in the Federal Magistrate Judges Association ("FMJA") since 2003 where he served as the Seventh Circuit representative for six years. This was followed by his service on the Executive Committee, which he has continued since 2009. Beginning in October 2015, Judge Schenkier will begin service as a member of the Magistrate Judge Committee of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Judge Schenkier has also served for the last 28 years as an Adjunct Professor in Clinical Trial Advocacy at Northwestern University School of Law. He also established a seminar at the law school on civil discovery, which he has taught for the past nine years and he has served as an instruction in the trial and deposition programs for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Judge Schenkier is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of discovery and trial practice issues, including electronic discovery.