SVU Conference in Chicago | June 23–25, 2019

Chicago, by GE

Program Outline:
Sunday June 23: Sightseeing and Culture (watch for updates)
Monday June 24: Conference DAY 1 @ The John Marshall Law School
Tuesday June 25: Conference DAY 2 @ The John Marshall Law School

Conference Themes:
Tax-exempt organization? The best ways to lose tax-exempt status
Court Interpreting & The Czech Specifics
Respect for the Rule of Law
Immigration Policies – The Legal Problem
Wills and Decedent’s Estates
Land Use Planning and Environmental Concerns
Judicial Reform and Ethics
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Addressing Backlog of Cases.

Program Director: Prof. Michael Seng, SVU Vicepresident for Academic Exchanges

Presentations will be made accessible to a wider audience as this has been a tradition of the SVU.

Two prominent speakers will remind the SVU founders.

A governance seminar shall be added for SVU members seriously interested in running a local chapter or a thematic/research group of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences.

Conference Registration: Please click here to register.

Conference e-mail address:

Conference venue:
The John Marshall Law School
Room 1200
315 S. Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL 60604 (check the venue)

Accommodation suggestions:
You’re welcome to stay with your favorite brand and to use your favorite booking agent. Our picks in the closest neighborhood would be:

The Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603 (check location)
Tel.: (312) 726-7500, website

The Congress Plaza Hotel
520 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 (check location)
Tel.: (312) 427-3800, website

The J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Hostel
24 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60605 (check location)
Tel.: (312) 360-0300, website


The founding fathers of the SVU were lawyers. All three of them. Jaroslav Němec obtained his Juris Doctor at Masaryk University Law School in Brno (1937) and served as judge and chief military prosecutor. Jaroslav Polach (Jay George) obtained his Juris Doctor also at Masaryk University (1938) and received a number of war hero honors, including RAF, worked for the CIA and later for the IRS. Both Polach and Němec were important personalities of the Czechoslovak Resistance and the Czechoslovak Exile Army. The third founding father, JUDr. Václav Mostecký, studied law at Charles University (1946) and was professor of law at Harvard and Berkeley. By the way, he was the son-in-law of brigadier general Josef Eret. SVU NEWS will bring more of their portraits; this portion of truth and inspiration is a must for the renaissance of the SVU.