CBA Record Sept-Oct 2019
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Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: Youth-Centered Simulation Monday, October 21 2:30-4:30 pm Baker McKenzie LLP Justice: An Evening of Stories and Community Tuesday, October 22 6:00-8:00 pm Revolution Brewing 26th Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair Wednesday, October 23 5:00-7:00 pm Community Lawyering and Pro Bono Service Thursday, October 24 8:30-10:00 am The Chicago Bar Association Immigration 101: What’s Going On and How Can I Help? Friday, October 25 12:00-2:00 pm Location TBD Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Youth involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems must confront many different institutions which often don’t coordinate or communicate with each other. Through this experiential learning simulation, you will explore what it’s like to be a young person involved with the justice system and how community lawyering and pro bono can make a difference. 1.75 hours of PR CLE subject to approval. Join your Chicago legal community colleagues to learn and celebrate during an evening of justice-themed stories told by audience volunteers. Interested in telling a story? Come prepared with a five-minute story to share with the audience and you will be entered in a raffle drawing for a prize. Storytellers and listeners alike are encouraged to attend! Presented by the CBA Young Lawyers Section, co-sponsored by the CBF and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Over 40 of Chicago’s legal aid, pro bono, community service, and mentoring organizations will gather to meet with members of the legal community. Hear directly from legal aid and pro bono attorneys about how you can make a difference. There’s an opportunity available to fit everyone’s schedule, interests, skills, and goals! Community lawyers work collaboratively in the communities they serve to better understand legal needs and deliver accessible and impactful legal services. How can pro bono lawyers join and support this growing movement? Hear from lawyers who have worked to build community- centered programs and practices and learn how you can support these efforts. 1 hour of CLE credit subject to approval. Immigration law and practice are changing so quickly it can be challenging to keep up with the latest updates. Hear from the experts about the current landscape, both nationally and in Illinois, and learn more about how you can get involved as a pro bono attorney. 1.5 hours of CLE credit subject to approval.
Hon. Nichole C. Patton Circuit Court of Cook County
Katherine W. Shank Legal Aid Chicago
Lawyers, law students, and other legal professionals from all backgrounds are welcome. All events are complimentary and open to the legal community.
Learn more and register: chicagobarfoundation.org/probonoweek
September/October 2019 • Volume 33, Number 5 CONTENTS INSIDE THIS ISSUE 20 Connecting with Communities By Katherine W. Shank 22 Access to Counsel and Protecting the U.S. Immigration System By Ellen Miller 24 The Need for Pro Bono Attorneys in the Courtroom: A Judicial Perspective By Judge Nichole C. Patton and Judge Beatriz Santiago YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION 36 New Bar Year Begins with Networking and Pro Bono Services By Octavio Duran 38 What You Need to Know about Illinois’ New Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act By Tony Traina 40 YLS Hosts Law Students from Spain for Mock Jury Trial By Kruti J. Patel 26 Remembering Justice John Paul Stevens
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Association. The CBF has again scheduled an exciting week of programming October 21st through October 25th to highlight the great work that lawyers and legal aid organizations in our community do to help individuals and organizations that are strug- gling to gain access to justice. The programs also raise awareness of the continued need for this vital work (please go to chicagobar- foundation.org/probonoweek to learn more and register to attend these events). Of course, pro bono is the abbrevi- ated version of the Latin phrase pro bono publico, which translates to “for the public good.” If you search for the term on Wike- pedia, you will find a definition that says it is “a Latin phrase for professional work undertaken voluntarily and without pay- ment. Unlike traditional volunteerism, pro bono uses the specific skills of professionals
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E very fall the Chicago Bar Foundation and the Chicago Bar Association cel- ebrate Pro BonoWeek, which is also celebrated nationally by the American Bar
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to provide services to those who are unable to afford them” (emphasis added). While “pro bono” can be applied to the voluntary services of a number of professions, an online search of the phrase typically yields references to the voluntary services of law- yers. I am incredibly proud to be part of a profession that is known for its members using their skills to provide services to those unable to afford them. This is, in fact, one of the reasons I became a lawyer. It is a profession that allows me to use my skills not only to provide for my family, but also to provide for my community. Last year I was on a panel of lawyers and was asked to talk about my most rewarding client engagement. I thought about my then-21 years of practice as a corporate and securities lawyer, and the many businesses I had represented in complicated transac- tions. I thought about an acquisition that made big news in the Wall Street Journal, and about how I helped a household-name appliance company establish operations in the United States. But after a few minutes,
Over the years I have been blessed to have the opportunity to use my legal skills not only to do middle-market mergers and acquisitions, but also to help a woman save her home, employees receive the past due wages owed to them, a young man expunge his criminal record, a senior citizen prepare a will and healthcare power of attorney, and a young man obtain his DACA status. I was also able to use my corporate legal skills to serve as pro bono legal counsel to impactful nonprofit organizations including the Erie Neighborhood House, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and the Illinois Legisla- tive Latino Council Foundation. While the law can at times be a challeng- ing and demanding profession, it is indeed a privilege to be a lawyer. However, with privilege comes duty and responsibility. It is our duty and responsibility to give of our skills for the public good, to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, to do pro bono. Thanks to all of you who regularly give freely of yourselves and your services to those most in need.
it hit me: the most personally rewarding matter I had ever handled was not even a transaction – it was a pro bono litigation matter. It was a case in which I represented a woman who was seeking to change her name on her son’s birth certificate. The incorrect name on her son’s birth certifi- cate was creating problems as she sought to enroll him in school. I filed suit against the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to obtain a court order directing the IDPH to change the mother’s name on the child’s birth certificate. After a brief trial, we received a favorable judgment and a court order directing IDPH to correct the mother’s name on the birth certificate. Almost 20 years later, I can still recall how grateful the woman was for my help. While I have been fortunate to have had many wonderful clients who greatly appreciated the service our firm provided, there was something special about helping someone who couldn’t afford to hire me and whose life was directly impacted by my work.
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CBA AND CBF MARK PRO BONOWEEK Connecting with Communities By Sally Daly, CBA Public Affairs Director
B ringing the strengths and skills of lawyers directly into communities to help residents obtain access to justice will be the focus of Pro Bono Week 2019 as the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation team up for a week of special programming promoting the efforts of lawyers who pay it forward. Pro BonoWeek 2019, which runs Octo- ber 21-25, will include a series of specially planned events that celebrate pro bono efforts and raise awareness among lawyers and the public about how pro bono work can improve the community and the lives of those in need of accessible and impact- ful legal services. The week’s events are based around the theme “Connecting with Communities in Need” and will explore topics including the child welfare system, community lawyering, and immigration. A highlight of the week’s events will be one of Chicago’s largest pro bono and community service fairs on October 23 featuring representatives from more than 40 legal aid, pro bono, community service, and mentoring organizations. All members
Nichole C. Patton
Tuesday, October 22 – Justice: An Evening of Stories and Community. This unique “story slam” will feature shared sto- ries and conversation related to the theme of justice. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee. Wednesday, October 23 – Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair. From 5 to 7 p.m. at Skadden Arps, 155 N. Wacker. Thursday, October 24 – Community Lawyering and Pro Bono Service. Lawyers who have worked to build community- centered programs and practices will discuss their efforts and examine how pro bono lawyers can join and support the growing community lawyer movement. From 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court. Friday, October 25 – Immigration 101: What’s Going On and How Can I Help? From noon to 2 p.m. Location to be announced.
of the legal community are encouraged to attend the fair to hear about the many pro bono opportunities available to fit their schedules, interests, and skills. Katherine W. Shank of Legal Aid Chi- cago and Judge Nichole C. Patton of the Circuit Court of Cook County are serving as co-chairs for Pro Bono Week 2019. Scheduled events for the week include the following: Monday, October 21 – Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: Youth-Centered Simulation. This seminar will focus on young people who are involved in the juvenile justice system and the challenges they face dealing with many different institutions that often don’t coordinate or communicate effectively. The event will feature an experiential learning simulation that will explore what it is like to be a young person in the juvenile justice system and how community lawyering and pro bono can make a difference. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Baker McKenzie, 300 E. Randolph.
More information on the specifics of Pro Bono week can be found at www. chicagobarfoundation. org/probonoweek/
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Chicago Sports Teams and Their General Counsels By Adam Sheppard, CBA Editorial Board
A s the different sports seasons inter- sect during the fall, we wanted to note the informative CBA-CLE event earlier this year that featured the general counsels of Chicago sports teams and the U.S Soccer Federation. The panel- ists were general counsels for the Chicago Cubs (Michael Lufrano, a CBA Board of Managers member); the Chicago White Sox (John Corvino); the Chicago Bears (Cliff Stein); and the Chicago Bulls (Ram Padmanabhan); and the Chief Legal Offi- cer of the U.S. Soccer Federation (Lydia Wahlke). Steven M. Elrod, then-president of the CBA, moderated the event. The panelists discussed a general coun- sel’s day-to-day duties. They distinguished between legal issues that in-house counsel generally handle (e.g., drafting/review of player contracts) compared to issues han- dled by outside counsel (e.g., litigation). Each panelist provided a different perspective on the legal issues that arise in their respective sports. Topics yielding lively discussion included sports betting, team-owned television stations, and instant replay. The panelists also discussed their own career paths that led to them the general counsel position. In the question and answer session that followed, questions pertained to the intersection of sports and religion, and salary discrepancies between male and female athletes. “The event allowed us to shed light on
Chicago lawyer sports fans got an up close and personal view of the life of a General Counsel for a major Chicago sports team at an April CBA CLE luncheon. The event featured a panel discussion with the General Counsels of the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and the U.S. Soccer Federation who discussed issues such as player salaries and contracts, the potential impact of legalized sports betting on major franchises, and anti-doping issues. Panelists included (left to right) Chicago Cubs Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Michael Lufrano, Chicago Bears Senior Vice President and General Counsel Cliff Stein, U.S. Soccer Federation Chief Legal Officer Lydia Wahlke, Chicago Bulls Vice President of Financial and General Counsel Ram Padmanabhan, and Chicago White Sox Vice President and General Counsel John Corvino.
many more lawyers to participate in CBA activities,” said Cubs General Counsel, Michael Lufrano.
the duties and activities of a general counsel of a sports team. Using the platform of sports to bring so many people together for a learning experience also promotes the type of community interaction and engage- ment the Cubs and other teams support and is in keeping with the CBA’s principles of promoting collegiality and continuing legal education. I hope it helped encourage
Adam Sheppard is a member of the CBA Board of Managers and the CBA Editorial Board.
OCTOBER 18, 2019 • 6:00 P.M. HaroldWashington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium Swing with the CBA Barristers Big Band
Mark your calendar! The Chicago Bar Association’s Barristers Big Band will present a full-length concert of Academy Award-winning best songs on October 18 at the HaroldWashington Public Library. Many of which you probably know! Plus, learn fun facts, like which song won the first year the Academy gave out the best song award or what movie “Call Me Irresponsible” comes from. But most importantly, come to the Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium on October 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., sit back, and enjoy some fabulous, free music!
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Lifting to Lend-A-Hand to Youth By Lynn S. Kopon, CBA Editorial Board
The Chicago Bar Association www.chicagobar.org
President Jesse H. Ruiz
First Vice President Maryam Ahmad
Second Vice President E. Lynn Grayson
Secretary Ray J. Koenig III
Treasurer Timothy S. Tomasik Executive Director Terrence M. Murphy
O nce again, Daniel A. Cotter, Ch i c a go Ba r As s o c i a t i on President 2014-2015, lifted weights to raise funds for the CBA’s Lawyers-Lend-A-Hand to Youth program. This summer, Dan competed in the weightlifting competition APF/AAPF Chicago Summer Bash “16.” It’s not the first time he has made this effort, or even the second or third: this year’s competition marked the 12th time Dan has competed to raise money for the program. Donations this year were based on price per pound lifted or a flat amount. The result? Dan lifted 319.7 pounds and raised over $12,000 in much needed funding for this impactful program. He also took first place in his division! Daniel Cotter is well-known in the Chicago legal community. He is an attorney at Howard & Howard and concentrates his practice in corporate law and litigation including insurance law, complex business disputes, employment law, corporate governance, cybersecurity, and privacy law. In addition to his service as CBA President, he was on the Board of Managers for a number of years as well as the Board of Directors of the Chicago Bar Foundation.
Dan recently wrote a critically acclaimed book, The Chief Justices: The Seventeen Men of the Center Seat, Their Courts, andTheir Times, 2019 (reviewed in the July-August issue of The Record). The book examines the position of Chief Justice and explores the Court under each of its 17 chiefs. What is it about Lawyers Lend-A- Hand to Youth (LLAH) that compels Dan to do the heavy lifting?The program’s mission statement is to channel the Chicago legal community’s resources to support mentoring and tutoring programs that help at-risk youth. This mission is served through one-to-one tutoring at the CBA for students from the Englewood community and by financial grants to other one-to-one tutoring and mentoring programs in Cook County, Illinois. LLAH was created and is supported by the CBA and the CBF in dedication to the lasting memory and generosity of Abraham Lincoln Marovitz. LLAH became a direct service organization in 2016 with the launch of Lend-A-Hand Tutoring at the CBA. Tutoring sessions are held at the CBA on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Assistance Executive Director Elizabeth A. McMeen Immediate Past President Steven M. Elrod BOARD OF MANAGERS Jonathan B. Amarilio Octavio Duran Sharon L. Eiseman Nina Fain Charles P. Golbert Hon. LaShonda A. Hunt Hon. Diane Joan Larsen Hon. Lori E. Lightfoot Kathryn C. Liss Michael R. Lufrano Lauren S. Novak Hon. Nichole C. Patton Trisha M. Rich Federico M. Rodriguez Ajay N. Shah
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The 2019-2020 year marks the fourth year of the direct tutoring program at the CBA. Current student enrollment for the upcoming 2019 – 2020 year is 60 students from the Montessori School of Engelwood, a Chicago Public Charter School. The program’s goal is to improve each student’s academic performance by working one- to-one on reading and other academic skills. Because it is one to one, tutors can work intensely with their students toward individual improvement. Most of the tutors are attorneys, judges, and others in the legal community. The students from Englewood board the bus every Tuesday after school to attend the tutoring session at the CBA, amid the skyscrapers of downtown Chicago. They learn about the city and the Chicago legal community, and receive strong academic support from their tutor, whose only reason for being there is to be a resource to their student. Teachers at the Englewood school attest to the popularity of the tutoring program among the students and the contribution of the program to the students’ academic and emotional development. Tutors attest to
the great experience this program provides for themselves as well as the children. Daniel Cotter not only lifts weights to raise funds for this program, but he has been a tutor with the program since its inception. In fact, Dan was instrumental in forming and establishing the program through his efforts at the CBA and CBF. The CBA and the entire Chicago legal community is indebted to Dan for his efforts on behalf of this program. Dan may have weightlifting muscles, but this great strength can’t compare to his muscular efforts in giving back to the Chicago community, especially the children. If you are ever at the CBA on a Tuesday evening during the school year, you may hear some joyous noise. Stop in to Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to say hello. Consider volunteering to be a tutor. Donations to the program may be made at www. lawyerslendahand.org.
Volunteer Tutors NEEDED Join Dan Cotter and your fellow attorneys in helping children from Englewood become better readers. Lend-A-Hand Tutoring at the CBA is seeking volunteer tutors for its one-to-one tutoring program, whichmeets on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago. The program is sponsored by Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth. Volunteers should be able to come to tutor- ing regularly on Tuesday evenings. For more info, contact Kathryn McCabe at (312) 554-2041, email kmccabe@ lawyerslendahand.org.
Lynn Kopon is Of Counsel at Kopon Airdo, LLC and a member of the CBA Editorial Board.
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Chicago Bar Association Drives Change in the Community By Maryam Ahmad and Sally Daly
that caused them to be invalid. “I came with my parents, because they need proper identification. I was prepared to stay for hours, but everyone was patient and courteous and we were relieved that it didn’t take as long as we thought it might,” said Cook. Pilsen Neighbors Community Council Board Member Alex Garcia, who chaired the Expo, said his agency makes it a prior- ity to help residents obtain a valid driver’s license or government issued identification card. “This was an event organized by the community serving hundreds of Cook County residents,” said Garcia. “It was much larger than any of us expected, prov- ing that this is a huge public need. We’re excited to plan a larger event with more partnering agencies.” Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli’s office provided pre-Expo attorney training and volunteer public defenders on the day of the event. Deputy Cook County Public Defender Parle Roe-Taylor said she was amazed by the significant turnout. “We were humbled by the response of those who came out and sought our help at this first-ever Driver’s License Rein- statement event. The vision of the Pilsen Neighborhood Council and its partners to bring Court to Fiesta Del Sol was truly a labor of love for the community,” said Roe-Taylor. Ahmad said the CBA is already plan- ning to participate in next year’s Expo and will continue to work with all community and government partners to bring an even bigger and more successful event to address this important issue. Maryam Ahmad is Chief of the Juvenile Justice Bureau for the Cook County State’s Attorney’sOffice andCBA1 st Vice President. Sally Daly is Public Affairs Director at The Chicago Bar Association.
CBA First Vice President Maryam Ahmad helped to coordinate the program. She is pictured here (third from left) at Benito Juarez Community Academy along with (left to right) Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli, Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, Alex Garcia and Manuel J. Medina of the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, and Juan F. Soto, Executive Director of Gamaliel Metro Chicago.
I n the spirit of driving positive change in communities, the Chicago Bar Associa- tion played a lead role in coordinating a first-of-its-kind Driver’s License Rein- statement Expo for Chicago-area residents seeking legal assistance for a suspended or revoked license. More than 700 residents turned out at the July 27 Expo to seek assistance to help navigate the legal process and reinstate their driving privileges. Volunteer attorneys from the CBA, the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, a judge from the Circuit Court of Cook County, and staff from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office and the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office provided services in partnership with the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, Gamaliel Metro Chicago, the Chicago Legal Clinic, and Malman Law, among others. First Vice President Maryam Ahmad spearheaded the program for the CBA. She noted that thousands of residents are court-involved due to suspended or revoked driver’s licenses, in many cases due to minor infractions such as failure to pay municipal
parking tickets or a forgotten fine. Driv- ing abstract records can be complicated to evaluate, and often residents don’t know how to seek reinstatement without a law- yer’s help, according to Ahmad. “We are the Chicago Bar Association, and our name invokes a commitment to our city, county, and state,” Ahmad said. “As an association of lawyers and jurists, we are uniquely positioned to help these individuals become lawful drivers and to get free of the criminal justice system.” Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans issued a special court order declaring Benito Juarez Community Academy a court house for the day of the event so a Circuit Court Judge could be present to reinstate cases that had previ- ously gone to judgment. “We want the community to under- stand that courts are accessible. They are not just for the privileged, they are for everyone,” said Circuit Court Judge Gerardo Tristan, who presided over the day’s court proceedings. Chicago resident India Cooks attended the Expo with her parents, who both had expired licenses and unique circumstances
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CBA & CBF Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon Pro Bono and Public Service Heroes Take Center Stage By Megan Yerger, CBF Summer Intern
P ro bono and public service represent some of the noblest traditions in the legal profession, and the work performed by people in the Chicago legal community is nothing short of amazing. The CBA and CBF’s 21st Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon this summer highlighted some of that important work, honoring seven exemplary Chicago lawyers. Luncheon co-chairs Colby Anne Kingsbury of Faegre Baker Daniels and KevinM. Robinson of GuggenheimPartners presented the awards in front of more than 700 members of the legal community at the Hilton Chicago. The recipients represent a broad cross- section of Chicago’s legal community and share an unwavering commitment to advanc- ing justice and inspiring others to do the same. The 2019 honorees have represented asylum seekers fleeing abuse and persecution for reasons such as their gender-identity and their political stances; youths and emerging adults seeking a fresh start after encounters with the criminal justice system; individuals experiencing homelessness, chronic mental illness, and substance abuse disorders; and many other people in need of legal help. KimballR.AndersonandKarenGatsisAnderson Public Interest Fellowship: Sue Pak As a Skadden Fellow at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Sue Pak focused on providing re-entry services to emerging adults in the juvenile or criminal justice systems, particularly young people fromthe neighborhoodsmost affected by gun violence. She helped expunge and seal records, represented clients in family law court, and facilitated Know Your Rights programs. As her fellowship ended, CGLA
Recipients of the 2019 CBA & CBF Pro Bono & Public Service Awards (clockwise from top left): Lisa Parsons, Hon. Cheryl Stark, Maureen Kieffer, David Pi, Steve Pflaum, Sherene Jodrey, and Sue Pak.
has championed the rights of some of the most vulnerable populations in the world, including asylum seekers fleeing abuse and persecution in their home countries. She launched Aon’s Global Pro Bono Initiative, partnering with legal aid organizations throughout Chicago to establish a robust pro bono program which provided new opportunities and support for in-house attorneys. Sherene also forged a relationship with Equip for Equality, recruiting in-house attorneys to help staff the organization’s Special Education Helpline. The length and breadth of her pro bono service are impressive, as is the ripple effect of her pro bono advocacy, which has inspired many other attorneys to pursue pro bono and helped to build new in-house pro bono programs.
created the Emerging Adults program, a practice group that focuses on meeting the legal needs of youth and emerging adults and hired Sue as the Supervising Attorney.Today, Sue continues to fight for the rights of her clients in the courtroomand in their everyday lives. Through the Anderson fellowship, Sue will be able to lessen the financial burden of her student loans so that she can focus on her passion, and on her clients’ needs. ExelonOutstandingCorporateCounselAward: Sherene Awad Jodrey Sherene Awad Jodrey has been a champion for pro bono throughout her legal career, first at Winston & Strawn, then at Aon, and now as Senior Counsel at The Boeing Company. As a long-time volunteer with the National Immigrant Justice Center, Sherene
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with one client to secure transportation, housing, winter clothing, and food. David can be commended for his empathic, compassionate, and always enthusiastic nature. Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence: Maureen Kieffer As the Assistant Dean for Career Services at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Maureen Kieffer has worked to cultivate awareness and interest in public service work among countless law students and has spearheaded new initiatives to support them in their careers. Maureen’s passion for social justice comes through in the Public Interest Law Seminar that she co-teaches, and in her involvement with the law school’s externship program. As a career services professional, Maureen is sensitive to the logistical and financial challenges of pursuing public interest careers. She was instrumental in the development of the school’s post-graduate public interest fellowship program, which offers financial support to recent graduates searching for legal aid positions. Maureen stands out as a truly effective advocate, both for public service and for the students at Loyola. Her dedication to social justice is obvious to her colleagues and law students, as is her compassion and empathy. Thomas H. Morsch Public Service Award: Lisa Parsons Lisa Parsons has spent her 30-year legal career fighting for those who have fallen through the cracks—individuals struggling with homelessness, chronic mental illness, and substance abuse disorders. Since 2007, Lisa has been the Program Director of the Homeless Outreach Project at Legal Council for Health Justice. In striving to be non- judgmental, trustworthy and collaborative, Lisa is not only able to provide quality legal services to her clients but also remind them of their strength, resilience, and ability to overcome the negative health consequences of trauma and chronic stress. Whether it is conducting outreach on a street corner, an abandoned building or a treatment program, or spending countless hours analyzing thousands of pages of medical records and drafting compelling legal arguments to ensure the best outcomes, Lisa takes on the true responsibility of the profession and embodies the best of Chicago’s legal community.
Jim (left) and Tom Morsch with Lisa Parsons, recipient of the 2019 Morsch Public Service Award.
For more information on the 2019 honorees or the individual awards, visit chicagobarfoundation.org/awards. A partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Steve Pflaum is dedicated to fostering a culture that supports pro bono and access to justice in Illinois. In addition to chairing his firm’s Pro Bono Committee, Steve has The Richard J. Phelan Public Service Award: Judge Cheryl A. Starks Judge Cheryl A. Starks has dedicated her career to public service. When she retired from the bench in 2010, her commitment to public service did not stop, it just took on a new form. Since that time, she has worked tirelessly on a volunteer basis with the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission (TIRC), the state agency authorized to gather evidence about claims of torture in Cook County related to former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge. Faced with many funding and administrative challenges, Judge Starks remained focused on the organization’s mission of healing the wrongs of the systemic torture committed against dozens of poor, African Americanmen and providing a space for judicial review. She worked tirelessly to ensure that due process would finally be available to those who had been deprived of it many years ago. Under her guidance and advocacy, TIRC grew into a stronger, more effective institution with a firm stance on justice. Edward J. Lewis II Pro Bono Service Award: Steve Pflaum
also chaired the Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee, the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility, and most recently, the Illinois Statutory Court Fees Task Force. He has worked to create new rules that increase the pool of attorneys in Illinois who can provide pro bono service and expand the use of limited scope representation to help pro bono and legal aid organizations serve clients more efficiently. These efforts have fundamentally transformed the pro bono and legal aid landscape in Illinois and helped countless people receive much-needed legal help. More recently, Steve played a lead role in groundbreaking Illinois legislation to overhaul the system of statutory court fees and fines to reduce the financial burden of litigants and to improve access to the courts. Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award: David Pi In his first six years as an associate at Schiff Hardin LLP, David Pi has already proven himself to be a true leader at the firm and in the broader legal community. In his relatively short legal career, David has already completed nearly 3,000 hours of pro bono work, taking on a wide range of cases including Section 1983 litigation in federal court; complex asylum matters with the National Immigrant Justice Center; and family law cases through the firm’s neighborhood clinic inRogers Park, operated in partnership with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. David has also demonstrated an unwavering commitment to caring for the holistic needs of his clients, working
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some of America’s greatest big band music. The group has performed music from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Stan Ken- ton. The October 18th performance will include many familiar musical numbers from some of the all-time great movies and plays. Friday night is the perfect time to relax and unwind from a busy week, and this concert is guaranteed to lift and soothe your spirit. Bring your family, friends, partners, and associ- ates ‒ the concert is FREE and begins at 6:00 p.m. Enter the Harold Washington Library on South Plymouth Court. 15 th Annual Pro Bono Week Katherine A. Shank and Judge Nichole C. Patton are co-chairing the CBA/ CBF’s 15th annual Pro Bono Week activities October 21-October 25. Pro Bono Week features a variety of out- standing programs including a Pro Bono and Community Service Fair on October 23, including over 40 pro bono and community service organizations. The Fair introduces lawyers to a wide array of pro bono opportunities that are available through these outstanding organizations. The week’s programming will focus on connecting with commu- nities and also includes free CLE and social events. Look for more informa- tion about Pro Bono Week at www. chicagobar.org. Congratulations U.S. District Court Judge Sharon John- son Coleman , Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot , Judge William D . Mad- dux (Ret.), Judge Shelia M. Murphy (Ret.), Joseph A. Power, Jr ., and Mark L. Rotert are the 2019 recipients of the Justice John Paul Stevens Award… U.S. District Court Judge Ruben Castillo will retire from the bench at the end of September and is joining Ackerman LLP as a partner… Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke is the new Chief Justice of the of the Illinois Supreme Court… The Association’s Young Law- yers Section, led by former YLS Chair Brandon E. Peck , received the Ameri- can Bar Association’s top honors for best overall YLS programming for metropoli-
MURPHY’S LAW BY TERRENCE M. MURPHY, CBA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Chicago Bar Association was proud to be a partner in the reception honoring U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer on her installation as Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Pallmeyer is pictured here at her July Investiture Ceremony with former Chief Judges Charles P. Kocoras, Ruben Castillo, James F. Holderman (Ret.), Marvin E. Aspen, and John F. Grady. Thank you to our partners: Federal Bar Association (Chicago Chapter), Chicago Bar Association, Seventh Circuit Bar Association, BlackWomen Lawyers’Association of Greater Chicago, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Polsinelli, Kirkland & Ellis, Winston & Strawn, Riley Safer Homes &Cancila, Marshall &Gerstein, Latham&Watkins, McDermottWill & Emery, Greer Burns & Crain, andThe Richard Linn American Inn of Court. Photo by JimSlonoff.
2019 Justice John Paul Stevens Award Luncheon The 2019 Justice John Paul Stevens Award Luncheon will be held on Thurs- day, October 17, 2019 at the Standard Club. This year’s honorees include U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman , Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot , Judge William J. Maddux (Ret.), Judge Sheila M. Murphy (Ret.), Joseph A . Power, Jr ., and Mark L. Rotert . A reception for the award win- ners will be held on the second floor Living Room of the Standard Club at 11:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon in the Grand Ballroom. U.S. Court of
Appeals Judge William J. Bauer will deliver keynote remarks. Tickets are $75 per person or $750 for a table of ten. For more information or to make reserva- tions, contact CBA Events Coordinator Angie Cruz at 312-554-2132. Barristers Big Band Concert The Barristers Big Band will perform Academy Award Winning Songs at the Harold Washington Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, on Friday, October 18, 2019. The Barristers Big Band was founded in 2000 by musically talented CBA members who love big band jazz and music from an era that produced
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CBA President Jesse H. Ruiz, Gery Chico, and Judge Ruben Castillo were named by Crain’s Chicago Business to their list of Chicago’s top 25 most pow- erful Latinos… Susan Meyer , partner at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. has been promoted to Officer… Natalie M. Petric is the new president of the Justin- ian Society of Lawyers… Michele C. Anderson is the new president of The Society of Trial Lawyers… Jennifer A. Mendel is a new partner at Barnes & Thornburg, LLP. Judge Daniel B. Malone was ap- pointed Presiding Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Probate Divi- sion… Shelly A. DeRouse was elected an equity partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP… Michelle M. Kohut , a partner at Corboy & Demetrio P.C., was elected to the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Managers for 2019-2020… Kevin Kolton is a new construction practice and real estate partner at Perkins Coie… Paul Major recently celebrated his 9 th anniversary at Deloitte… Doug- las Henning is a new government prac- tice partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. Mr. Henning is the former Deputy General Counsel for the Chicago Board of Education… Larry Suffredin and his wife Gloria are proud new grandparents of George Suffredin Boyle … Sandra Yamate , CEO of the Institute for Inclu- sion in the Legal Profession, was hosted
by Starbucks at their corporate head- quarters in Seattle for IILP’s National Symposium on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession… Tejas Shah is a new partner at Barnes & Thornburg in the firm’s labor and employment section… Theresa Molina was recently appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as an At-Large Cook County Circuit Court Judge… Sheree D. Henry was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Circuit Court of Cook County… Patricia M. Fallon was also appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Circuit Court of Cook County... Michael F. Bonamarte lV was elected Chair of the American Association for Justice’s Nursing Home Litigation Group… Mark A. Flessner is Chicago’s new Corporation Coun- sel… Ernesto R. Paloma, a partner at Locke Lord LLP, was recognized as the Hispanic Lawyer of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association… YLS Officers Chastidy Burns, Kenny Matuszewski, and Kruti Patel will be featured speakers at the ABA’s Midyear Meeting in New Orleans on a program titled: “The Ethics of Innovation”… Jus- tice Mary Anne Mason (Ret.) will serve as a mediator with JAMS… Elizabeth R. Olszewski , associate at Salvi, Schos- tok & Pritchard P.C. was a first place winner at the Lake County Bar Associa- tion’s Annual Chili Cook-Off… Bryan J. Johnson was added as a partner at Michelman & Robinson LLP. Steven R. Splitt is the Illinois Attor- ney Registration & Disciplinary Com- mission’s new Public Information Offi- cer. Splitt replaces James (Jim) Grogan who retired from the ARDC at the end of August… Wendy J . Muchman , Chief of Litigation and Professional Education for the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, has taken a new position as a faculty member at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law… Jean Marie Wenger , Director of the Law Library and Senior Lecturer at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, was elected a member of the Executive Board of the International Association of Law Libraries… James J. Ko and Continued on next page...
tan bar associations in the country. The YLS won top programming honors in each of the following categories: Service to the Bar, Service to the Public, Di- versity, Newsletter, Comprehensive and Outstanding Service to the Public… Aurora Austriaco , past President of the CBA, is the new President-Elect of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP), and Daniel A. Kotin , also a past CBA President is a newly elected member of NCBP’s Council. Aurora has also completed nine years of service as a board member for Attorney’s Title Guaranty Fund… Judge Mary Ellen Coghlan was assigned by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as an Appellate Court Justice in the First District… Da- vid C . Hilliard (past CBA President), Joseph N. Welch ll , and Janet A. Mar- vel , Pattishall McAuliffe Newbury Hill- iard & Geraldson LLP, published a book and accompanying course book, Trade- marks And Unfair Competition … Seth I. Appel , a partner at Pattishall, has been appointed a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA, and Kristine A . Bergman has been selected as a Young Lawyer Fellow to the ABA’s Section of Intellectual Property Law… Daniel A. Cotter (a past CBA President) was added to Howard and Howard Attor- neys PLLC… Jeffrey W. Morof and Louis A. Klapp are new partners at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP…
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