CBA Record May-June 2024

May/June 2024




May/June 2024 • Volume 38, Number 3


Editor’s Briefcase 150 Candles and 3 Wishes By Justice Michael B. Hyman President’s Page Cheers to a Fantastic Year By Ray J. Koenig III




CBA 150th Anniversary Celebration: A Time of Unrest and Change, 1999-2024 By Pamela Sakowicz Menaker

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100 Years of the Bar Show By Adam Sheppard

Foundation Report

18 The Pulse 40 LPMT Bits & Bytes Clients in Crisis


The March Forward: Asian Americans in the Legal Profession By Judge Jasmine V. Hernandez and Kajal Patel

and Secondary Trauma By Anne Haag

42 Practical Ethics Best Practices for Lateral Transitions By Trisha Rich



Reflections, Gratitude, and Optimism for the Future By Martin D. Gould How Mentoring Invigorated My Legal Career By Ashish L. Sawkar and Cameron Owens



Many Opportunities, One Committee: YLS Federal Taxation Committee By Ted S. Kontopoulos Making a Difference in Our Community: YLS Serving Our Seniors Committee By Paige N. Fox


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EDITOR’S BRIEFCASE BY JUSTICE MICHAEL B. HYMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 150 Candles and 3 Wishes F or 150 years, The Chicago Bar Association has been the home of the legal profession in Chicago, a source of fellowship, a voice for fairness and equity in the application of the law, and a catalyst for reforms on a wide range of legal issues. The CBA’s longevity attests to the bond between the Association and generations of lawyers. The CBA’s longevity fulfills the founders’ vision of bringing together lawyers for whom the law was more than a business—it was, and remains, a means to perpetu ate a just, productive, and caring society. The CBA’s longevity signifies that the CBA has been able to transcend its times and demonstrate a capacity to evolve while remaining true to its mission and the profession’s ideals. The CBA’s longevity highlights the leadership of 147 presidents, six executive directors (most recently, Terrence M. Murphy [1985-2020] and Beth McMeen), and a continuous stream of dedicated employees. In addition, the CBA has launched and nourished affiliated organizations such as The Chicago Bar Foundation, the Young Lawyers Section, the Alliance for Women, the Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee, the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program, and Lawyers Lend-a-Hand to Youth, among others. There is more. From its beginning, the CBA strove to advance public under standing of and trust in the legal profession and the courts. It has sought to improve court operations; modernize rules, procedures, and practices; and reform outdated or ineffective laws. It has defended the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law. It has championed a democracy where everyone is accorded their fullest rights and freedoms. And, while the Association persisted with discriminatory member ship practices for way too many years, it made amends and has become an exemplar of inclusion and diversity that reflects our nation’s highest values and aspirations. All told, the CBA’s founders bequeathed an enduring legacy deeply rooted in the legal, political, and social history of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, a history today’s members inherited and fortify for future members to inherit and fortify, ensuring our beloved Association’s continuity. At age 150, The Chicago Bar Association has been faithful to poet Emily Dick inson’s observation of turning “not older with the years but newer every day.” Three Wishes What would you wish for the CBA as it moves into its fourth half-century? Here are my three wishes. My first wish is for the CBA to be at the forefront of integrating and using new technologies in the workplace and the courthouse, thereby facilitating the continu ing evolution of the legal profession. The viability of bar associations requires an openness to doing things in new ways, paying closer attention to member needs, and planning for the consequences of artificial intelligence. Generative AI, still in its


Justice Michael B. Hyman Illinois Appellate Court

ASSOCIATE EDITOR Anne Ellis Council of State Governments Justice Center

SUMMARY JUDGMENTS EDITOR Daniel A. Cotter Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC YLS JOURNAL EDITORS Jacob B. Berger Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC Nikki Marcotte Kirkland & Ellis LLP Carolyn Amadon Samuel, Son & Co. Daniel J. Berkowitz Cruser, Mitchell, Novitz, Sanchez, Gaston & Zimet LLP Amy Cook Amy Cook Law LLC Nina Fain Janet Sugerman Schirn Family Trust Anthony F. Fata Kirby McInerney LLP Clifford Gately Quarles & Brady Meredith A. Geller Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Judge Jasmine Villaflor Hernandez Circuit Court of Cook County Kaitlin King Hart David Carson LLP Theodore Kontopoulos Internal Revenue Service John Levin Kathryn C. Liss DePaul University College of Law Bonnie McGrath Law Office of Bonnie McGrath Clare McMahon Reed, Centracchio & Associates, LLC Pamela Sakowicz Menaker Clifford Law Offices Kathleen Dillon Narko Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Alexander Passo Latimer LeVay Fyock LLC Adam J. Sheppard Sheppard Law Firm, PC Richard Lee Stavins Robbins DiMonte, Ltd. Rosemary Simota Thompson

Judge E. Kenneth Wright, Jr. Circuit Court of Cook County

THE CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION Sharon Nolan Director of Marketing

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infancy, is primed to revolutionize the legal profession, reshaping everything from the roles and responsibilities of lawyers to legal research and drafting, client interaction, law school training, the shape and size of law firms, and access to legal services. Next, technology has a negative side for lawyers, such as fewer in-person interactions, feelings of disconnection with the human aspects of the profession, and a loss of enjoyment in practicing law. Recognizing these dynamics, my second wish is for the CBA to enhance the values that define its legacy and

deepen the spirit of community and camaraderie so essential to a vibrant bar association. My final wish is for you, our members. I wish you to stay involved in the CBA throughout your career and beyond and annually engage in at least one (hopefully more) of the Associa tion’s committees and activities that resonate with you. Strength ening your ties with the CBA uplifts both you and the CBA.

Now, let’s blow out the candles.

CBA Anniversay Celebration 5K Run/Walk The CBA welcomed 400 runners, walker and volunteers to its inaugural 5K Run/Walk in celebration the CBA’s 150 th Anniversary. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Chicago Bar Foundation.

Chief Judge Pallmeyer, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, and Julie Justicz, Legal Council for Health Justice.

Golden Law team

Clark Hill PLC team

Event Co-Chairs Daniel Berkowitz, Cruser, Mitchell, Novitz, Sanchez, Gaston & Zimet, LLP, and Maureen Mullen, Katten Muchin Rosenman.

Thank you to our volunteers!

PRESIDENT’S PAGE BY RAY J. KOENIG III Serving and Celebrating the CBA During Our 150 th Year

The Chicago Bar Association

President Ray J. Koenig III

First Vice President John C. Sciaccotta

• Worked to maintain membership and revenue for now and into the future. • Facilitated greater mentorship oppor tunities for our law student and newly admitted members. • Built upon the creation of the CBA Law School Ambassador program (the brainchild of Immediate Past President Tim Tomasik) to create stronger rela tionships between CBA leaders and law schools and created a pipeline of oppor tunities for our law student members, thereby strengthening their belief in the value of the CBA. • Engaged in many formal and informal social interactions with groups of law students to foster greater relationships and understanding of the CBA. • Represented the CBA at numerous community and legal events , includ ing the debates between the candidates for the Illinois Supreme Court as well as Cook County State’s Attorney. • Created two ad hoc committees to identify and address issues facing the legal industry as to the value of hybrid vs. in-person engagement in work places and court hearings. • Created two permanent committees: Cannabis Law and Family Law Office . • Hosted national and international del egations of LGBTQ judges during Lav ender Law. • Worked with the amazing 150 th Anni versary Committee , co-chaired by Judge Nichole Patton and Emeritus Executive Director Terry Murphy, as they planned numerous celebratory events, including the ringing the bell at the CBOE, throwing out the first pitch at White Sox and Cubs games,

Second Vice President Kathryn C. Liss

Secretary Trisha Rich Treasurer Nina Fain

Immediate Past President Timothy S. Tomasik

Executive Director Beth McMeen

I t has been my great pleasure to serve as President of The Chicago Bar Asso ciation as we celebrate 150 years of professional excellence as an organization. Serving as President this past year has been the professional highlight of my career. This incredibly rewarding year has included some wonderful experiences. We have been busy this year creating value for our members, while working to make the communities we serve stronger and more just. We’ve accomplished the following, and more: • Successfully integrated our theme of inclusion in all aspects of the CBA, particularly evidenced in leadership roles and CLE presentations. • Served as a visible, out, and proud member of the LGBTQ community , the first ever as President of the CBA. • Brought attention to and defended judicial integrity , locally, nationally, and internationally. • Defended the Rule of Law , a corner stone of our nation’s democracy facing grave and imminent danger.

BOARD OF MANAGERS Louis G. Apostol Tracy Brammeier Margaret Mendenhall Casey Naderh Elrabadi Anthony F. Fata Josie Gough Cynthia S. Grandfield Brian Haussmann Justice Margaret Stanton McBride Peter McNamara John Mitchell Jeffrey Moskowitz Judge Mary Rowland

Eirene N. Salvi Brendon Stark Kevin Thompson

Judge Allen P. Walker Matthew P. Walsh II

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delivering several headline-making CLE programs, hosting numerous events with community partners such as the Illinois Secretary of State and Chicago Public Library, and celebrating at the gala to cap a great year of fun and reflection. • Partnered with other bar associations to resurrect the former all bar leadership committee to redevelop and strengthen the rela tionship between the larger bars and our partner affinity bars. • Hosted a high-profile press conference featuring the Arab American Bar Association, Decalogue Society, Governor JB Pritzker, and Attorney General Kwame Raoul to discuss crimes and actions based on hate, antisemitism, and Islamo phobia in October 2023. • Led a delegation of members and guests to Mexico for the CLE Abroad Program , where we were treated to excellent programming, exclusive tours of the Mexico Supreme Court and National History Museum at Chapultepec Castle, phe nomenal meals, and wonderful networking with American and Mexican attorneys, including a former Justice of the Mexico Supreme Court. I most certainly would not have had a successful bar year without the strong support of so many people, including: • My husband Johnny Song and daughters, Grace and Addy. They had to put up with more craziness from me this past year than usual.

• My Clark Hill colleagues and friends, especially my assistant Sarin Pimlikitsak and editor extraordinaire Megan McKeon.

• The CBA board, executive committee, and staff leadership. In particular, I want to highlight the roles of two people: Immedi ate Past President Tim Tomasik, whose friendship, guidance, and mentorship made my job much easier than it could have been, and Executive Director Beth McMeen, who has owned her leadership role and provided an invaluable, steady hand. The CBA is in amazing hands next year. We have a fantastic board full of returning and new members that seems more diverse and inclusive than ever. We also have an incredibly talented and com mitted executive committee. Our next president, John Sciaccotta, is ready to lead us into and through another successful year. I look forward to supporting and cheering him on during his bar year! I hope all of you will join me at the CBA’s Annual Meeting on June 27 both to congratulate our outgoing and incoming leadership and to conclude our 150th Anniversary Celebration. I look forward to remaining on the board as Immediate Past President and continuing to serve the many communities to which I belong. Importantly, I also look forward to continuing my focus as a full-time attorney, like so many of our members. While I will no longer be CBA President, I remain at your ser vice. Please feel free to call on me if I can help in any way.


CO-CHAIRS: Terry Murphy, CBA Executive Director Emeritus Judge Nichole C. Patton, Circuit Court of Cook County Aurora Austriaco, Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C . Laurel Bellows, The Bellows Law Group PC Daniel Berkowitz, Cruser Mitchell Tracy Brammeier, Clifford Law Offices Margaret Mendenhall Casey,

Martin Gould, Stinar Gould Grieco & Hensley E. Lynn Grayson, Nijman Franzetti LLP Judge Robert Harris, Circuit Court of Cook County David Hilliard, Pattishall McAuliffe Newbury Hilliard & Geraldson Ray J. Koenig III, Clark Hill PLC Daniel Kotin, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman LL C Terri Mascherin, Jenner & Block Maureen Mullen, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP John Sciaccotta, Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa Larry Suffredin, Law Offices of Lawrence J. Suffredin, Jr . Timothy Tomasik, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman LLC Judge E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., Circuit Court of Cook County Judge Kenya Jenkins-Wright, Circuit Court of Cook County

City of Chicago Department of Law Jeannine Cordero, American Express Daniel Cotter, Dickinson Wright PLLC Alexis Crawford Douglas, K&L Gates LLP Steven Elrod, Elrod Friedman LLP



CBA Honors Robert A. Clifford with Inaugural Champion of Justice Award By Terrence M. Murphy, CBA Executive Director Emeritus

A t the 2023 Annual Meeting, Immediate Past President Timo thy S. Tomasik announced that Robert A. Clifford would receive the inau gural Champion of Justice Award at the CBA’s 150 th Anniversary Celebration. As Co-Chair of the 150 th Anniversary Com mittee, I am proud that the CBA has cre ated this annual award in Clifford’s name. This new award honors CBA members whose integrity, character, trial advocacy skills, length of professional experience, and dedication to preserving judicial independence reflect the highest ideals and standards of the legal profession. The CBA's President and members of the Executive Committee will serve as mem bers of the Award Committee. The Robert A. Clifford Champion of Justice Award will be presented for the first time to its namesake at the Associa tion's 150 th anniversary celebration. In future years it will be presented at the CBA Annual Meeting. The honoree has a stellar career and legacy of service to the Association, to the legal profession, and to numerous chari table and educational institutions and the community. Since graduating from DePaul Uni versity's College of Law in 1976, Clifford has been actively engaged in the work of the Association. He has served on numer ous committees, the Board of Managers, as a member of the Executive Committee, and as President during the 2011-2012 bar year.

During his presidency, Clifford focused on many of the important issues facing the legal profession and the public, including legal education; federal funding for local, state, and national legal service organizations; judicial disqualification and the preservation of Judicial Indepen dence; reengineering Illinois courts; law practice management; and mentoring. The latter topic is particularly impor tant to Clifford; in one of his president's columns entitled “The Gift of Mentor ing,” he referenced several Chicago lawyers and judges who were his lifelong mentors and friends. Clifford attributed much of his success to the training, guidance, and friendship he shared with them. His men tors included some of the best lawyers in Chicago, including trial lawyer and CBA past President Philip H. Corboy; Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice and former Chicago Mayor Michael A. Bilandic; and United States District Court Judge Abra ham Lincoln Marovitz. In that column, Clifford memorialized the role that each of these mentors played in his career: Philip H. Corboy: “I learned a great deal about the law, trial work, and life from Phil, who became my mentor and lifelong friend.” Justice Michael A. Bilandic: “I'll never forget Justice Bilandic’s words. ‘None of us succeeded on our own, and I have stood on the shoulders of many whose help and friendship has been invaluable.’”

Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz: “If I hadn't been extended a helping hand, I'd have wound up a punch-drunk prize fighter instead of a federal judge. The only thing a person can do by himself/herself is fail. My mother instilled in us the neces sity of doing a mitzvah, a good deed for people, every day.” Clifford is highly regarded in Chicago, throughout Illinois, and beyond, as one of America's most talented and successful trial lawyers. He has been recognized as one of the “Best of the Best” trial lawyers in national and international legal com munities. Indeed, Clifford is what many people call a “universal donor.” He and his wife, Joan, are a lifelong team, and together they have made the CBA and numerous other organizations better because of their leadership and generosity. Goethe perhaps said it best, “Who would be great must concentrate their powers, must work within the limits of their art; and it is the law alone that can give us freedom.” This honor will remind all of us that we too can make a difference if we care and if we can get others to care as well. The Champion of Justice Award is a fit ting tribute to Clifford’s lifelong commit ment to the CBA and to America’s legal profession. On behalf of myself, President Ray Koenig, the Executive Committee, the Board of Managers, and the Associa tion’s entire membership, we say, “Thank you, Bob, thank you very much!”

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A Journey Towards Public Trust via Regulation, Education, and Support: Lea S. Gutierrez, ARDC Administrator By Judge E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., Circuit Court of Cook County and CBA Editorial Record Board Member

T he Illinois ARDC welcomed Lea S. Gutierrez as its new Admin istrator in October 2023. In her acceptance remarks, Gutierrez shared that Jerry Larkin, her mentor and the ARDC’s recently retired Administrator, left big shoes to fill. Gutierrez is more than ready for the challenge, however. In fact, she likes to treat challenges as new opportunities. Gutierrez is not only eager to con tinue building on the accomplishments and momentum Larkin created but also to further the ARDC’s mission in new ways, including raising awareness of the Commission’s significant work around education and awareness. “[Larkin] left the state of lawyer regulation in a better place, and that’s a great thing to inherit. We’re trying to make it so regulation sup ports lawyers – that started with Jerry, and I want to build off that foundation,” Gutierrez commented. To that end, she is ready to use her personal and profes sional experiences to further propel the ARDC’s mission, to shed light on the ARDC’s decision making process, and to rebrand the public’s perception of the ARDC as a primarily disciplinary body to one that includes educational and support resources as well. A San Francisco transplant, Gutierrez has sought ways to educate others from her earliest days. Influenced by her family of educators and medical professionals, she seized any opportunity to improve the world and those around her. In high school, Gutierrez was part of the inaugu ral integrated class at a previously all-boys Catholic high school in California. Real izing the intersectionality of the different facets of her identity, Gutierrez worked with staff and peers, challenging them

to imagine different perspectives, and demonstrating how changing one’s lens can foster a more inclusive environment for everyone. In retrospect, Gutierrez considers that high school experience her first foray in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion. But her journey to educate and help others did not stop there. After earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hampton University, Gutierrez earned her JD from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law, and later, her master’s degree in forensic sciences from George Washing ton University. Although she considered pursuing a career in medicine like her psychologist father, she ultimately chose to practice law. Despite not knowing any lawyers while growing up, she selected a legal career because her parents always encouraged her to choose a “helping pro fession.” Gutierrez’s mother spurred her interest by reminding Gutierrez that as a teen she had an answer for everything and joking that she was never able to win an argument against her daughter. After law school, Gutierrez honed her litigation and teaching skills as a public defender with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Baltimore County. In that position, she did not simply defend her clients but strived to help them and their families better understand and navi gate the legal system. Her experiences enhanced her compassion and empathy for those with limited resources and means who traverse this complex system. She took the time to listen, to observe, and to learn her clients’ perspectives. Using this knowledge, she developed the tools and language to best help them through their experiences. Gutierrez brings these skills

to the ARDC. Serving as senior litigation counsel with a heavy caseload did not deter Guti errez from helping create and implement the ARDC’s first DEI strategy. Once again, she saw an opportunity to increase education and awareness about DEI efforts and seized it. Before briefly leav ing the ARDC to serve as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and then the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at the American Lung Associa tion, Gutierrez served as the ARDC’s first Director of Diversity & Inclusion. “Every job I’ve had has been tied to my respon sibility to others and my commitment to making positive change.” A self-professed life-long learner, Guti errez approaches her new role as she has all her other experiences: by educating herself and others and seeing every chal lenge as a new opportunity. Despite Guti errez’s previous tenure with the ARDC, she realizes her new role requires her to modify her perspective. She understands her responsibility to balance sometimes competing interests while simultaneously maintaining the integrity of the profes sion, as well as the public’s trust. For instance, Gutierrez set out on a listening tour to better understand stake holders’ interests and priorities, as well as the state of lawyer regulations. She began her listening tour within the ARDC by speaking with board members, liaisons, leaders, staff, and volunteer board mem bers in small groups to fully appreciate the ARDC’s strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. In the second phase of her listening tour, Gutierrez has turned her focus to the legal community, speak

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ing with circuit court and bar association leaders. The next step will include opportunities to engage with attorneys more broadly, possibly at town hall meetings. She aims to conclude the listening tour by the end of the calendar year and for it to culminate with a comprehensive three-year strategic plan for her, the Commission, and Illinois courts. Gutierrez’s position also gives her a platform to extol the plethora of services the ARDC provides that are not disciplin ary in nature. For example, the ARDC provides the general public as well as attorneys with its Ethics Inquiry resources, free of charge – namely case law and answers to general ques tions regarding lawyers’ professional responsibilities. Further,

the ARDC offers resources regarding lawyers’ well-being and on-demand CLE programs. Educating attorneys and the public about the breadth of ARDC’s services speaks to Gutierrez’s goal of rebranding the ARDC. By expanding the Commission’s edu cational efforts, Gutierrez also hopes to restore the public’s faith in the profession. Armed with the values her parents instilled in her and further motivated by her drive to create a better world for her children, Gutierrez has embarked on this next chapter of her career at the ARDC with intention. Her passion for advocacy, the public inter est, and education is her not-so-secret weapon as she advances the ARDC’s mission and reach.

The Chicago Bar Association mourns the passing of Dick Phelan, a legendary trial lawyer who was devoted to the law, to public service, and to the legal profession. Phelan was a lifelong member of The Chicago Bar Association and served as CBA President from 1985-1986. Phelan's vision and leadership paved the way for the purchase of the current CBA Building at 321 S. Plymouth Court. Between 2004 and 2020, The Chicago Bar Foundation awarded the Richard J. Phelan Public Service Award to attor neys who dedicated a significant portion of their careers to the public sector. The CBA is forever grateful for Phelan's contributions to our Association and the profession.

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Hola! Mexico City CBA CLE Abroad Travels to Mexico By Trisha M. Rich, Holland & Knight LLP and CBA Record Editorial Board Member, and Adam Zebelian, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck

T his year’s annual CBA CLE Abroad trip took place in Mexico City on March 24-26, 2024, marking the first time the CBA has traveled to Mexico City for CLE. Approxi mately 50 CBA members and guests, led by CBA President Ray J. Koenig III, escaped the Chicago weather and made the journey to this vibrant city. Over three busy days, participants were treated to a behind the-scenes look at Mexico’s legal system. Mexican lawyers and members of the Mexican Bar Association joined five CLE panels to discuss issues including immigration and migration, medical tourism, judicial independence, family law and custody matters, and other comparative law issues. The CBA also visited the coun try’s highest federal court, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation. There, participants received an insider’s view of the Court, including a tour of the building’s many art murals depicting vari ous themes of criminal and civil liability, fairness, and justice. In addition to the CLE programming and the Supreme Court tour, participants had a welcome dinner at Blanco Castelar, a restaurant located in a renovated mansion that was the child hood home of one of Mexico’s former first ladies. Attendees also attended a group tour and wine reception at Chapultepec Castle and a group tour of Templo Mayor, historically the main temple of the Mexican people in their capital city of Tenochtitlan.

Following their time in Mexico City, about half of the par ticipants continued to an optional side trip in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a colonial-era city in the central highlands of Guanajuato. Participants opting for this trip boarded two buses Wednesday morning and headed north from Mexico City, stop ping on the way for lunch at a vineyard, Viñedo Rancho Santa Marina, in the state of Querétaro. The next day, participants toured the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende, a section of which has been declared a World Heritage Site. They explored the magnificent cathedrals in the heart of downtown, including Parroquia de San Miguel Arcán gel, which is among the most photographed churches in Mexico. They also enjoyed shopping at the outdoor market and visiting some of the numerous art galleries. Participants enjoyed a group farewell dinner on the Zumo Res taurant rooftop overlooking the historic skyline of San Miguel de Allende before returning to Chicago.

Watch your email this Fall for updates on CBA CLE Abroad in Sicily, the largest and most populous island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the 20 regions of Italy.

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CLE & MEMBER NEWS New admittees were admitted to practice law in Illinois on May 8 at ceremonies around Illinois hosted by the Illinois Supreme Court. To help introduce new admittees to the legal profession, the CBA offers free membership and free CLE for one year. Other benefits include mentoring and networking, job search resources, how-to seminars, CBA Welcomes May New Admittees

the opportunity to participate in practice area and service committee activities, career development services, social events, and more. If you know a new lawyer who has not yet activated their complimentary membership, please encourage them to do so. Email membership@ for more information.

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Why Renew? Enjoy access to free CLE (enough to fulfill your Illinois MCLE requirements) and get member pricing on more than 250 on demand CLEs available at CBA Mediation Service, law firm marketing and business development programs, judicial meet and greets, legal news feeds, online career center, blog and podcast series, law practice management and technology training, and more. Most of these benefits are free or very low cost. What’s Ahead: Opportunities include Trial Academy, in-person networking/business development events, social justice town halls, and new ways to give back to the Chicago area community. Visit to see a complete list of what’s new at the CBA. We appreciate your past membership support and look forward to serving you in the coming bar year. Refer questions about dues state ments to the CBA’s Membership Accounting Department at 312-554-2020 or

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Women Lawyers in the Exponential Age By Nina Fain, CBA Record Editorial Board Member

make significantly less than 84% of what men, particularly white men, earn. Majmudar queried, “Why does this matter?” It matters because as among other pertinent factors, income inequality, fueled in part by the gender wage gap, is a significant contributor to wealth inequal ity. That stark wealth gap has in fact grown in the U.S. It affects everything women lawyers face, from student debt repay ment, homeownership, children’s school tuition payments from grade school through university educations, and capital investment for retirement. Most critically, wealth inequality perpetuates itself over generations, compounding women law yers’ ability to better educate themselves and assist and support their children or to achieve their own personal goals. In a fresh legislative initiative, legisla tors sponsored the Salary Transparency Act that becomes effective in 2025. The amendments will mandate salary trans parency for most employers in their hiring practices. Specifically, employers of 15 or more employees must include the wage range and a general description of benefits and other compensation for the job, promotion, or transfer postings. Also, employers of 15 or more employ ees must share with employees the wage range and a general description of the benefits and other compensation for their position annually and upon hire, promo tion, transfer, or request. At the Secrets to Self-Advocacy event, Jane Flanagan, Direc tor of the Illinois Department of Labor, shared that “the law is enforced through a complaint filed by an affected employee with the Department of Labor.” Financial Success and Well-Being At the CBA Women’s History Month program, Owning Your Worth: 2024 Exploring Financial Success and Well Being , co-sponsored by the CBA Finance Committee and the Treasurer’s Education Series, the focus was on building wealth and owning your worth. The program

Pictured from left at Secrets to Self-Advocacy: Jane Flanagan, Illinois Department of Labor, Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg, Loftus Eisenberg, and Sharmili Majmudar, Women Employed.

A lta May Hulett. As Women’s His tory Month has drawn to a close, let us say her name. Why? She was the person who successfully lobbied the Illinois state legislature to pass legisla tion to allow women access to the same jobs as men. That legislation, the first of its kind in the United States, catapulted Hulett to prominence as she became the first woman licensed to practice law in Illinois in 1873. But unfortunately for Hulett, the CBA, founded in 1874, like many other institutions missed the memo, and Hulett and all other women lawyers were excluded from membership. What has changed? In 2024, two cen turies after Hulett’s Industrial Age achieve ment, women lawyers find themselves in a new Exponential Age, still struggling with wage inequality, lack of pay trans parency, and employment discrimination. So how best may women lawyers navi gate the workplace bottlenecks that pit women against each other as they jockey for success while juggling family manage ment, career advancement, and personal well-being? There is still no map to guide women in their fight to leverage profes sional gains, with some even falling victim

to manipulation by their male coun terparts who seek to detour them away from their career potential. Added to this burden are emerging societal changes that impose the bias of disparate cultural forces on women as they climb to the summit of steeper mountains, in what women like Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Gloria Steinem, and Barbara Jordan thought by now would be the Golden Age of the working woman. Secrets to Self-Advocacy According to Sharmili Majmudar, Execu tive Vice President of Policy, Programs and Research at Women Employed, pay equity research shows that based on analysis of median weekly earnings for full-time workers in 2022, women earned just 84% of what men earned. Trusted sources like the Wall Street Journal have reported this same data, which does not yet reflect the full impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. At the CBA Women’s History Month program, Secrets to Self-Advocacy , Majmu dar informed attendees that many racial and ethnic subgroups of working women

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was a follow-up of the 2023 program, It’s Time to Own Your Worth, which covered financial independence for women. The 2024 program focused on the continuing challenges that women face related to pay equity and pay transparency. It under scored the fact that women, more than their male counterparts, must accept how their risk of pay inequality over a career span of 40 years can be addressed with effective financial planning. The program stressed how gaining knowledge about achieving financial success can be essen tial to a woman’s overall well-being. In other words, women cannot defer to their partners or spouses for effective financial planning. Not only do women generally outlive men, but they often may be pri marily responsible for their personal and economic well-being. Nicole Herman, Women’s Wealth Marketing Strategist at UBS, led the program discussion about how women’s financial influence is increasing faster than ever before in the U.S. That asser tion was backed by substantial data, but the challenge to that important news is that women appear to have significant difficulty in accepting that in terms of their own financial planning they need to view themselves, regardless of their spou sal or partner status, as the breadwin ners in their homes. Rita Fuimara, UBS Senior Vice President and who serves as the CBA’s 401(k) investment adviser, fol lowed up by observing that it is imperative that despite any compensation inequi ties, women must come to terms with the fact that only they can manage their own

wealth strategies to achieve their goals. She noted that if a woman lawyer is not working with her own investment adviser to plan for her retirement, under the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act, Illinois employers with at leave five employees, that have been in business for two or more years, and that do not offer a qualified retirement plan must either begin offering a qualified plan or auto matically enroll their employees into the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program. However, it was Whitney Randolph, UBS Senior Vice President, who was dis positive in her remarks about the defini tive issue that frames the future for women earning compensation in the workplace: it is nonnegotiable that women own their own worth and master the dynamics of financial success and wellness. In other words, women must see themselves as the breadwinners, understanding that eight out of 10 women will be solely responsi ble for their financial well-being at some point in their lives. As such, they need to realize their essential need for financial power and learn how they can change the dynamic of their general reluctance to accept themselves in that role regardless of their spouse or life partner’s contribu tion. Succinctly put, women must commit to taking a seat at the financial table. This trio of powerful multi-generational UBS financial executives, each speaking from her own perspective, professional dis cipline, and experience, reinforced that despite the advances women have made in the workplace, women must accept

that there is no substitute to the social reality that working women, as bread winners, must control their own financial independence. Moving Forward The 2024 WHM Committee, comprising Alexis Crawford Douglas, Gail Eisenberg, Nina Fain, Katie Liss, Lauren Nowak, Kernisha Padilla, and Trisha Rich, worked in close cooperation with Jennifer Byrne, CBA CLE Director, to make sure the month’s programming articulated the state of women lawyers and their well-being. To harmonize with that vision, nation ally renowned executive coach Jacki Dav idoff led a session at Secrets to Self-Advocacy that aimed to help our members deepen their negotiation skills by learning how to define their personal missions in the quest to become successful in their lives. She directed participants in a self-evaluation exercise to see themselves as mission driv ers in their lives and to encourage them to consistently stop on their lives’ paths to assess how they are intentionally working to achieve their goals. In this Exponential Age where the world is changing at the speed of light and being radically influenced by artifi cial intelligence, the CBA WHM Com mittee wants to educate our members to be cognizant of the fact that they alone must take responsibility for their lives and careers to thrive financially and enjoy personal well-being. Those who were unable to attend the live programs can access the recorded versions at learn.

WANT MORE INFORMATION? Rita Fuimara, Senior Vice President, UBS; CBA 401(k) investment advisor; Whitney Randolph, Sr. Vice President, UBS, Nicole Herman, Women’s Wealth Marketing Strategist, UBS; Sharmili Majmudar, Executive Vice President, Policy, Programs & Research, Women Employed, Inc.;

Jacki Davidoff, Principal, Davidoff Strategy, Inc.; jacki@davidoff Jane Flanagan, Director, Illinois Department of Labor,


Chicago Bar Foundation Report

Building a Fairer and Better Justice System Together for 75 Years By Emme Veenbaas, CBF Senior Manager of Communications & Events A s the CBA celebrates its milestone 150th anniversary, The Chicago Bar Foundation is proud to have been an inte gral part of that rich history for the past 75 years. CBF 75th Anniversary committee members and staff gathered for a celebration at the law offices of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. From left to right: Caitlin Kolb Poirier, Bob Glaves, Shannon Gross, Elizabeth Lewis, Brent Vincent, Kenya Jenkins-Wright, Melanie MacBride, Emme Veenbaas, Sang-yul Lee, and Sang Yup Lee.

issues. What started as one $100 grant to the Legal Aid Bureau in 1952 has evolved into what is now over $7 million in annual grants to more than 30 pro bono and legal aid organizations and related initiatives. As a result, tens of thousands of people can get the legal help they need each year, and the courts and legal system are more fair, accessible, and efficient for all. The CBF’s growth and impact have only been possible thanks to the strong support of thousands of individual donors, more than 150 law firms and corporations, and many other committed supporters and partners each year. The timeline on the opposite page is just a snapshot of the CBF’s nationally recognized impact over these first 75 years. We look forward to more growth and success working with the CBA for many years to come. To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.chicagobar

The Foundation began in June 1948 when CBA leaders met to discuss how the CBA could encourage its lawyer members to support charitable and educational causes. From that discussion, The Chicago Bar Foundation (originally called The Chicago Bar Association Foundation) was formed. Since then, the CBF has grown into a powerful force that works hand in hand with the CBA to bring Chicago’s legal community together to improve access to justice for people in need and make the legal system more fair, equitable, and effective for all. Today, the CBF is the largest voluntarily supported bar foun dation in the United States. It is at the forefront of developing innovative solutions to systemic and emerging access to justice

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Thanks to your generous support, t he CBF has played a lead role in driving legal innovations over the years, working with many dedicated partners to transform the system. You can make it possible for the CBF to continue to play this leadership role well into the future.

CBF made first grant to support access to justice, to Legal Aid Society

CBF developed long-term partnerships with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and other pro bono and public interest law organizations

CBF provided seed funding to help launchseveral newprobono and legal aid organizations that go on to become long-term successes, among them the Chicago Legal Clinic, National Immigrant Justice Center, and Center for Conflict Resolution

CBF is formed 2020's+ 2010’s 1990’s 1948


CBF launched first major fundraising efforts, including launch of Life Fellows Program

1991 | Justice for Youth Campaign engaged hundreds of volunteers in juvenile courtreforms effortsandexpandsaccess to key legal assistance




1998 | Illinois Equal Justice Project access to justice report releases trailblazing& recommendations

1999 |Illinois EqualJustice Act passes, first dedicated statefundingforlegalaidandaccessto justice

2007 | Investing in Justice Campaign launched in Chicago, goes on to become largest campaign of its kind in the country

1995 | Groundbreaking court-based pro bono advice desk launched in Circuit Court for minor guardianships

Network of court-based advice desks developed in federal and state courts, providing critical legal help to tens of thousands of people each year


2005 | Annual Pro Bono Week debuts in Chicago, goes on to become national celebration

2010 | Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program launched with Circuit Court of Cook County, helps many thousands save homes and avoid unnecessary foreclosures

2013 | Justice Entrepreneurs Project launched, becomes national model for legal innovation for making legal services more affordable and accessible

2016|AccesstoJusticeActfullytookeffect with associated funding, making possible the launch ofthe Illinois Armed Forces LegalAid Network

2014 | Circuit Court Resource Center for People Without Lawyers opened in DaleyCenter along with expandedIllinois JusticeCorps program, now helping more than 50,000 unrepresented people each year

2012 | Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access toJustice formed, with CBF as a lead partner and providing initial core staffing and support

2020 | T he groundbreaking Cook County for Legal Aid Housing & Debt program launches with the CBF as a lead partner

2020's & Beyond | The CBF is playing a leadership role in helping the court system effectively incorporate remote proceedings and transition to a more efficient and accessible hybrid future.

2023 | An innovative program to create community access centers in public libraries throughout the state launches, with the CBF partnering with the Illinois Secretary of State and the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice


of ten. Other special elements are also being planned. You can reserve tickets at www.chicagobar/24Annual.


Justice John Paul Stevens 2024 Award Nominations


Each year, the Association honors lawyers and judges whose careers best exemplify the integrity, commitment to public service, and distinguished career of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Justice Stevens served as Second Vice Pres ident of the CBA until his appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1970. In December 1975, he was nominated to fill the vacancy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Doug las and was sworn in several weeks later. He retired in 2010 after 34 years – making him the third longest-serving justice in the Court’s history. In 2000, The Chicago Bar Association Board of Managers and Justice Stevens’ law clerks established the award that bears his name, which is the highest award presented by the CBA. Nominations for the 2024 Justice John Paul Stevens Award should be submitted by August 9, 2024. Please email them to Beth McMeen at bmcmeen@chica The presentation date will be announced in early fall. New Conductor Announced After a year-long search, the CBA Sym phony Orchestra Search Committee, acting on the recommendation of the Orchestra’s membership, selected Jennifer Huang as the second Music Director in the CBA Symphony Orchestra’s 38-year history. Jennifer will assume the post on July 1. Founding conductor David Katz will stay with the organization as Admin istrator, with the added honorific as “Founding Music Director Laureate” of the CBA Symphony Orchestra. Happy Birthday, CBA! The CBA Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform a concert on June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Cathe dral (Wabash & Huron) to celebrate the CBA’s 150 th Anniversary. Tickets are now on sale at

The CBA co-sponsored the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession’s “The Collective Power of Women in the Legal Profession,” which featured an update on the status of the ERA. Pictured from left: Attorney Michele Thorne; Jennifer Lee, Illinois Attorney General’s Office; CBA Executive Director Beth McMeen; and Sandra Yamate, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

2024 Nominating Committee The 2024 Nominating Committee, chaired by CBA Past President E. Lynn Grayson, has completed its work, and the following slate of new officers and board members was selected. John C. Sciaccotta, Aronberg Goldgehn, will suc ceed to the office of President. Kathryn C. Liss, having served as Second Vice Presi dent, will become First Vice President. Judge Nichole C. Patton, Circuit Court of Cook County, was selected to serve as Second Vice President. Jonathan B. Amarilio, Taft Law, was elected to serve as Treasurer, and Trisha Rich, Holland & Knight, was selected to serve as Secretary. Members selected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Managers include: Nishá N. Dotson; John C. Ellis, Ellis Legal PC; Judge Kenya A. Jenkins-Wright, Circuit Court of Cook County; Michael Kozlowski, Esbrook P.C.; Francine D.

Lynch, American Dental Association; Sari W. Montgomery, Robinson, Stewart, Montgomery & Doppke LLC; Justice Rena Marie Van Tine, Illinois Appellate Court; and Judge Andrea R. Wood, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Pursuant to CBA bylaws, Daniel J. Berkowitz, having served as YLS Chair two years prior, also becomes a member of the Board of Managers. CBA Annual Meeting The CBA’s 150th Annual Meeting will be held in person on Thursday, June 27, 2024, at the University Club of Chicago, starting with an 11:30 a.m. reception fol lowed by luncheon at noon. Outgoing President Ray J. Koenig III, Incoming President John C. Sciaccotta, Secretary Kathryn C. Liss, and Treasurer Nina Fain, among others, will make remarks. Tickets are $75 per person and $750 for a table

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