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The Chicago Bar Association & The Chicago Bar Foundation’s 2021 Pro BonoWeek: Making Our World a Better Place
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September/October 2021 • Volume 35, Number 5
Editor’s Briefcase On Making OurWorld a Better Place President’s Page Pro Bono and Public Service: The Highest Calling of the Legal Profession
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
A Pro Bono Magical Musical Mystery Tour By Bob Glaves
B ig Problems, Big Solutions, Big Opportunities By Marty Cozzola, Matt Hulstein, Melissa Picciola and Jesse Tobin P ro Bono Pivots: Redesigning Pro Bono Programs for a Virtual World By Cheryl Lipton, Laura Brookes, Heena Musabji and Jan Feldman How to Get a Supervisory Order from the Illinois Supreme Court By Magistrate Judge Gabriel A. Fuentes
8 CBANews 14 Chicago Bar Foundation Report 16 The Pulse 38 LPMT Bits & Bytes
YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION
Be a Hero for Our Local Heroes By Tracy Brammeier
40 Summary Judgments Redeeming Justice: From
The Power of One for the Public Good By Kenneth Matuszewski
Defendant to Defender, My Fight for Equity on Both Sides of a Broken Systemby Jarrett Adams
It’s What We Give: Life Skills for Adults with Disabilities By Mallory Moreno L eveling the Small Business Playing Field: A Call for Transactional Pro Bono Legal Services By Adam W. Cohen
42 Practical Ethics New Beginnings
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About the Cover Our cover celebrates the spirit of legendary lawyer Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the one-year anniversary of her passing. Our artist, David Lee Csicsko, brings a wealth of passion, depth, skill, and knowledge to execute awide variety of visionary projects both large and small.With his bold and singular use of color, pattern, and texture, David’s work is instantly recognizable. At its heart, his work is a refreshing visual celebration of the diversity of human life in all of its expressions. Learn about Csicsko and his work at csicsko.com. A special thank you to Lawyers for the Creative Arts (law-arts.org) for connecting the CBA with artists in our community.
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The Chicago Bar Association & The Chicago Bar Foundation’s 2021 Pro BonoWeek: Making Our World a Better Place
T his year’s Pro Bono Week theme reminds me of the story about a seven-year-old girl who found a newspaper with a map of the world. She wanted to know more about the picture, and brought it to her father. Seizing on the teaching moment, the father took the newspaper and tore the map into pieces. He then asked his daughter to try to put it back together. Minutes later, she proudly showed her father the map patched correctly. Surprised, the father praised the girl and asked how she reassembled the map so fast. “Well, there was a picture of somebody on the back of the map. So I made that one person whole again and the world got fixed, too.” Today’s world has been torn to pieces by hosts of woes such as inequity, discrimination, broken relationships, corruption, hate, immorality, oppression, homelessness, and poverty. Lawyers have been tasked to put the pieces back together, or at least try. By standing up for those victimized by difficulties, we lawyers transform two separate and, at the same time, joined worlds—the worlds of the client and our own. According to Aristotle, our purpose on earth is to serve others and do good. In undertaking pro bono, we perform both. Indeed, making our world a better place is a duty spelled out in the preamble to the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct. The preamble presents a strong statement of personal accountability and shared obligation, directing members of the bar “to use their training, experience, and skills to provide services in the public interest for which compensation may not be available.” Later, the preamble elaborates, “An individual lawyer’s efforts in these areas is evidence of the lawyer’s good character and fitness to practice law, and the efforts of the bar as a whole are essential to the bar’s maintenance of professionalism.” To paraphrase lawyer and educator Marian Wright Edelman, pro bono service is the rent we pay for the privilege of practicing law. Making our world a better place brings about a sense of community, that we belong to a diverse collective of individuals responsible for one another. Kindness to any member of the community is kindness to the world at large. Wrongdoing directed at any member of the com- munity is wrongdoing directed to all. Dr. King recognized this when he said, “At the heart of all that civilization has meant and developed is “community” – the mutually cooperative and voluntary venture of man to assume a semblance of responsibility for his brother [and sister].” Making our world a better place also brings about a sense of interdependency, that we are all in this together. The efforts of one person can benefit (or harm) many; the efforts of many can benefit (or harm) one person. Forces exist that compromise our ability to make our world a better place, but each can be surmounted. Selfishness? Shake it off with sacrifice. Self-centeredness? Overcome it with humility. Greed? Replace it with generosity. Narcissism? Supplant it with altruism. You may wonder: What can I do? Actually, quite a lot. But it rests on a willingness to help strangers, and an impatience with the world as it is. Someone’s world needs your pro bono help now. Make their world, your world, our world, a better place, a more just place. Rehearing “If you are going to be a lawyer and just practice your profession, you have a skill—very much like a plumber. But if you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself… something that makes life a little better for people less fortunate than you.” – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg BY JUSTICE MICHAEL B. HYMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OnMaking Our World a Better Place EDITOR’S BRIEFCASE
EDITORIAL BOARD EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Justice Michael B. Hyman Illinois Appellate Court ASSOCIATE EDITOR Anne Ellis Proactive Worldwide, Inc. SUMMARY JUDGMENTS EDITOR Daniel A. Cotter Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC
YLS JOURNAL EDITORS Jacob B. Berger Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC Kaitlin King
Hart David Carson LLP Theodore Kontopoulos BKD LLP
Carolyn Amadon Samuel, Son & Co. Daniel J. Berkowitz Illinois Attorney General’s Office Amy Cook The Farmer Chef Alliance Nina Fain Janet Sugerman Schirn Family Trust Anthony F. Fata Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel LLP Clifford Gately Hinshaw & Culbertson Jasmine Villaflor Hernandez Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Lynn Semptimphelter Kopon Kopon Airdo LLC John Levin Kathryn C. Liss DePaul University College of Law Bonnie McGrath Law Office of Bonnie McGrath Clare McMahon Law Office of Clare McMahon Pamela S. 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, Saloman & Patt, 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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The Chicago Bar Association & The Chicago Bar Foundation’s 2021 Pro Bono Week: Oct. 25-29 Pro Bono: Making our world a better place.
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Save the date for the 17th Annual Pro Bono Week! All events are complimentary and open to the entire legal community. Check chicagobarfoundation.org for more information.
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PRESIDENT’S PAGE BY E. LYNN GRAYSON Pro Bono and Public Service: The Highest Calling of the Legal Profession
The Chicago Bar Association www.chicagobar.org
President E. Lynn Grayson
are less fortunate. Inspired by the success here in Chicago, Pro Bono Week is now a National Celebration of Pro Bono. The 17th Annual Pro Bono Week will take place October 25-29, 2021. The CBF also has led the way with its Investing in Justice campaign—the largest campaign of its kind anywhere in the U.S. Since its inception in 2007, the campaign has raised more than $18 million, which has leveraged millions more in additional funding through the CBF’s campaign grant process. Thanks to the campaign’s ongoing success, tens of thousands of low-income and disadvantaged people in our community can get necessary legal assistance each year, and the justice system continues to be better and fairer for everyone. The CBF’s recent Pro Bono & Public Service Award Luncheon held on July 16, 2021, confirmed that Chicago’s rich history of commitment to pro bono and public service continues. I was inspired by the work of the exceptional 2021 honor- ees and was honored to be a part of their well-deserved recognition. Congratula- tions again to Judge Maxwell Griffin Jr., Alyssa Phillips, Colleen Boraca, Andrew W. Vail, Sarah Grady, and Theresa Duck- ett (see the article on page 14 for details). We are fortunate that so many mem- bers of the bar share our commitment to pro bono work and public service. In its 2020 Annual Report, the ARDC noted that 31,325 Illinois lawyers had performed 1.8 million hours of pro bono representation and that 17,936 Illinois lawyers had given $17 million to pro bono
First Vice President Timothy S. Tomasik
Second Vice President Ray J. Koenig III
Secretary Kathryn Carso Liss Treasurer John C. Sciaccotta
Immediate Past President Maryam Ahmad
I t is the highest calling of our profes- sion to help those in need and to call out injustice and inequality when we see it. Lawyers have a moral obligation to commit time, resources, and legal talents to make sure the justice system is accessible to one and all. The privilege of earning a law degree and living a life in the law comes with the professional responsi- bility to advance the cause of justice and to defend the rule of law. As we celebrate National Pro Bono Week 2021, we do so with the understanding that more indi- viduals than ever before need support and assistance from us. Chicago has been a national leader in promoting and advancing pro bono work and supporting organizations that provide legal counsel to those in need. In 2005, the Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Foundation launched the annual Pro Bono Week to celebrate and encourage pro bono work and to educate both the public and the legal community about how lawyers and legal profession- als are improving the lives of those who
Executive Director Elizabeth A. McMeen
BOARD OF MANAGERS Michael Alkaraki
Hon. Charles S. Beach II Alexis Crawford Douglas Octavio Duran Robert W. Fioretti Malcolm “Skip” Harsch Risa R. Lanier Patricia L. McCarthy Hon. James M. McGing Hon. Clare Elizabeth McWilliams Juan Morado, Jr.
Brandon Peck Ashley Rafael Antonio M. Romanucci
Hon. Maria Valdez Sandra S. Yamate
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organizations. Pro bono work and public service are shared values for lawyers and perhaps we appreciate it simply as the right thing to do. As it turns out, doing the right thing also may improve our per- sonal health and happiness too. Recent studies by the Cleveland Clinic confirm that giving back is central to happiness, good health, and strengthening social bonds. Researchers found that giving back lowers blood pressure; increases self-esteem; results in less depression; lowers stress levels; contributes to longer, healthier lives; and promotes greater overall happiness and satisfaction. Law schools too have long recog- nized the importance of promoting law student participation in pro bono work and making such opportunities a criti- cal part of the learning experience. Pro bono work is a win-win for law students as well as young lawyers, allowing them to develop skills, gain confidence, and advocate for others while working to
deliver assistance, empowerment, and justice to a client, community, or cause. Such work enhances one’s understanding of the legal system, its strengths, and its challenges, while also offering the experience of representing clients facing a variety of legal problems. Some have suggested that implement- ing a mandatory pro bono system for lawyers would be a positive step in clos- ing the ever-growing justice gap—the divide between the number of people who need but cannot afford legal assis- tance and the resources available to meet those needs. The legal community has shown no signs of willingness to accept such a requirement, though, and such an obligation is ill-advised. Requiring lawyers to complete pro bono service may provide some short-term relief but it is by no means a comprehensive solution. Overcoming access to justice issues demands the adoption of a mul- tifaceted, creative approach by the legal
community and the judiciary to fully embrace technology, innovation, and regulatory change. Implementation of recommendations made by the CBA/ CBF Task Force on the Sustainable Practice of Law & Innovation would be a positive step forward to promote greater access to justice in Illinois. (See a copy of the report on the CBF’s Blog at https://chicagobarfoundation.org/blog/ cba-cbf-task-force-releases-final-report- and-recommendations). As we celebrate National Pro Bono Week 2021, it is a good time to remem- ber that pro bono work provides lawyers with a very special opportunity to give back and to make a difference in the com- munities where we live and work. Please join me in supporting Chicago’s rich history of pro bono and public service to ensure the access to justice that people deserve, not just what they can afford.
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CBANEWS YLSWins Five Awards from the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division By Ann Glynn, CBA Public Affairs Director T he Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association was recently honored at the American Bar Asso-
ciation’s Annual Meeting with numerous awards. The ABA’s Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) presents annual Awards of Achievement to recognize local, state, and national YLD affiliates across the country. Specifically, the awards honor projects and programs that contribute significantly to the public and the betterment of the legal profession. The YLS earned 2021 ABA Awards of Achievement in categories for Service to the Public, Diversity, and Newsletter. “Despite the miles of physical distance separating YLS members this year, countless came together to address significant social challenges by forming the Racial Justice Coalition, reminding attorneys to aspire to always act ethically by hosting the Prosecutorial Ethics Seminar, and using the @theBar Blog to inform the public of important updates and to shine a spotlight on practitioners in all settings,” said YLS Member Service Manager KennethMatuszewski of Goldberg Segalla, LLP. In the Service to the Public category, the YLS Racial Justice Coalition was honored as a best-in-class public service project for collaborating with leaders in the Chicago- land legal community to act against racial injustice through services, community engagement, and education. In the Diversity category, the YLS was recognized for assisting diverse lawyers in career development through the Prosecuto- rial Ethics Seminar. The panel discussion explored the prosecutor’s ethical respon- sibilities under Rule 3.8 and the prosecu- tor’s role in advancing racial justice in the community.
The @theBar Blog was honored in the Newsletter category for promoting profes- sional development, ethical practices, service to the profession, and member well-being. The YLS earned two 2021 ABA Overall Awards. The Outstanding Affiliate Award honored the YLS for their broad range of programming in the 2020 – 2021 bar year. The prestigious American Bar Endowment Outstanding Public Service Project Award was also awarded to the YLS for their critical and exemplary work in public service through the Racial Justice Coalition. “As attorneys, we have the opportunity to drive change in our communities in many ways. We are incredibly honored and humbled to be recognized by the ABA for the important work we’ve done for our members and the community this year,” said Immediate Past YLS Chair Jeffrey Moskow- itz of Momentum Funding, LLC.
The YLS has earned numerous accolades from the ABA YLD in years past for pro- grams including the Law Student Mentoring Program, the CBA Law & Debate Club, the Working Women’s Legal Summit, the Lawyers Lend a Hand to Youth program, the CBA @theBar Podcast, and the Law Committee’s Times Up on Workplace Harassment program. The YLS provides great opportunities for professional growth, community service, and networking to its approximately 7,000 members, which include attorneys in their first 10 years of practice and law students. The YLS offers approximately 28 substantive committees, implements over 50 member and public service projects, and hosts numerous seminars and networking events. For further information, contact the Young Lawyers Section at 312‐554‐2070 or yls@chicagobar. org.
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Practice Basics: Taking Your First Deposition By Bonnie McGrath, CBA Record Editorial Board D eposition taking is a skill that improves with training and practice. three-hour time limit.
many objections during a deposition, they will more than likely have to answer questions during a deposition (other than ones about privileged communica- tion, of course). • At the same time, be aware that some- times questions can get so outrageous – such as asking for privileged informa- tion, speculation, or for information beyond one’s knowledge – that a judge may have to be called in chambers to settle things down. • Figure out in advance whether a particu- lar person really has the knowledge you want. And if so, try to get it all down, so that if it turns out to be different at trial, years down the road, impeachment of that person is possible. Closing Thought Passen closed by advising attorneys to keep in mind that while it’s nice to have an outline, it’s equally important to listen to the answers you actually get. “If you get an answer you want, move on before the contradictions start!”
Leading Questions • Leading questions are fine and should be used whenever needed. For example, use leading questions to keep witnesses focused on things helpful to the case. Don’t put words in someone’s mouth, but do exhaust the witness’s memory by using leading questions if necessary. • “Summarize” with a witness by using leading questions that clarify key photos and documents and help to lay founda- tions at trial. • Explain the importance of preparing witnesses for leading questions from the other side. Other Observations & Recommendations • Get into the shoes of the opposition. Test theories during a deposition. • Gather clean admissions by trying to visualize your transcript while you can, so you don’t get answers that are too convoluted. • Tell witnesses that while there may be
“What’s the purpose of your deposi- tion?” asked Matthew Passen, of Passen & Powell, at the start of a one-hour Zoom presentation on deposition basics. “How can it help you win your case?” He then described essentials and offered numerous helpful observations and recommenda- tions. Opening Thoughts & Essentials • Know your case. Before making an outline for a deposition, review the com- plaint and answer—and totally under- stand exactly where each witness fits in. • Study the jury instructions that will control the ultimate verdict. This is very important and weaving them into a deposition can pay off. • Use a good court reporter and a reliable video system (for subsequent impeach- ment purposes, if necessary). • Know how to use Zoom. • Familiarize yourself with Illinois Supreme Court Rules 202-212, including the
Practice Basics: Taking Your First Deposition is available on demand at learn.chicagobar.org (1 IL-PR MCLE Credit).
Pronoun Use and Other Tips for Writing in a Diverse Legal Environment September 23, 2021 | 3:30-5:00 p.m. $0 CLE-Advantage Member | $45 Member | $85 Nonmember 1.5 IL MCLE Credit Register at learn.chicagobar.org (on demand recording will be available).
Today, our society has become more aware of the need to understand gender differences. Thanks to the community of LGBTQ+ activists, gender-neutral pronouns have cemented their position in daily life. For example, some social media platforms now allow their users to choose “custom” in the field for gender. According to certain news outlets, the social media platform uses scores of options for this purpose. This innovative class will be offered as part of our continuing legal education series on legal writing. As part of our DICE initiative, CBA Editorial Board Member and the CBA Record’s Senior Editor Anne Ellis will discuss effective legal writing with an eye on the importance of mastery of inclusive and gender- neutral writing. The class will be moderated by Illinois Appellate Justice Michael B. Hyman , Editor-in-Chief of the CBA Record . Attendees will learn about common errors andmisuse of terms, grammatical issues, and organizational challenges that can impede communicating with the reader or be considered inappropriate or unprofessional. Co- sponsored by the CBA Record and the Young Lawyers Section.
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Young Lawyers Section Launches “Representing Spanish Speakers” CLE Program in October 2021 By Nina Fain, CBA Record Editorial Board
A s Cook County courts increasingly adjudicate matters involving liti- gants fromSpanish speaking coun- tries, the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) will launch a new CLE course this October entitled “Representing Spanish Speakers.” The 4-week course is designed for attorneys with an intermediate understanding of the Spanish language to explore the cultural challenges in representing Spanish-speak- ing clients, expand their legal vocabulary, and learn to manage client expectations in terms of cultural legal differences. Although the county court system has many bilingual employees, when transla- tors and interpreters are not available, it is prudent to encourage lawyers to upgrade their communication skills. Recently the CBA’s Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, Equity and Engagement Initiative (D.I.C.E.) interviewed Maria Mejia-Ramirez of the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Pro- gram about her experience with bilingual court matters. Mejia-Ramirez coordinates the scheduling of arbitrators to adjudicate arbitration matters. She observed, “It is no longer unusual for a translator to be sworn before the start of many court proceedings. But some of our litigants cannot afford to hire translators or have no friend or family member available to do so. At that point it falls to the party’s lawyer to find a solution to any language challenges.”
accommodate such traditions. That limitation may force Hispanic/ Latinx people to choose between the use of their father’s or mother’s surname or to try to squeeze in both on a form. In an extreme case, this can have the unintended consequence of an incorrect allegation of fraud against the native Spanish speaker. And, as a client’s choice in surname use may not be consistent, it is important for lawyers representing Spanish speaking clients to understand this concept, review documents used in court carefully, and be able to clarify in court any concerns that could expose their clients to charges of using a fraudulent identity. Culturally-tinged legal issues arise daily at organizations like the Pilsen Neighbors Community, which works with lawyers and clients in navigating immigration, real estate, criminal, regulatory compliance, and consumer matters, among others. Pilsen Neighbors established the Chicago Latino Legal Institute (CLLI). InMarch 2021, the CBA opened the CBAMediationTraining Program to CLLI lawyers. CLLI Executive Director Juan F. Soto said, “We applaud the YLS in its new Spanish language initiative.” DICE congratulates YLS as it launches the new Spanish class series in Hispanic Heritage Month.
Mindful of the complexity of language learning, the YLS program does not seek to replace the need for translation services in the courts. Further, the YLS understands that its course is not a panacea for language challenges. Nonetheless, it will offer an opportunity for CBA members to improve their Spanish language skills and enhance their cultural understanding. With a changing litigant population, mastery of Spanish can be helpful in a variety of cases. For example, the Secretary of State’s Department of Administrative Hearings adjudicates traffic and personal identification matters. During those hear- ings, lawyers and hearing officers must review birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and some immigration documents. Often these documents may appear with differ- ent last names. The Chicago office’s staff has learned that the cultural differences between howAmerican (often Anglo-Saxon based) and Hispanic/Latinx last names are assigned at birth can be a critical issue. That cultural knowledge is fundamental for staff to accurately address legal issues that arise with verifying the authenticity of documents. Specifically, in Spanish speak- ing countries, children customarily carry both parents’ surnames, with the mother’s surname shown in the final position of a hyphenated name. In the United States, however, most document forms do not
For more information on the CLE program, contact YLS Director LindsayWunrow at firstname.lastname@example.org or register at learn.chicagobar.org.
Everything You Need to Know about Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals September 29, 2021 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. $0 CLE-Advantage Member | $25 Member | $50 Nonmember 1.75 IL MCLE Credit | Register at learn.chicagobar.org (on demand version will be available) The world of emotional support animals and service animals can get very complicated very quickly because so many different laws, guidances, and regulations are involved. For example, the four main sets of federal laws (title I of the ADA, titles II-III of the ADA, the Fair Housing Act, and the Air Carrier Access Act) all vary in their takeaways. This presentation will discuss all four sets of federal laws as well as the Illinois Assistance Animal Integrity Act and examine their implications. This program will be beneficial to any attorney having to deal with service animals and emotional support animals in their practice (including but not limited to those representing employers, employees, nonfederal governmental entities, landlords, tenants, colleges and universities or their students, businesses, and air carriers), can all benefit from this presentation. There
will be time for questions as well. Speaker: William D. Goren, Esq.
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A Special Notice to all Lawyers Who Reside in or Practice in Cook County The Moses, Bertha & Albert H. Wolf Fund
T he Chicago Bar Association manages the Moses, Bertha and Albert H. Wolf Fund to aid attorneys who reside in or practice law in Cook County and are ill, incapacitated or superannuated. Through the Fund, the CBA provides financial assistance in the form of grants and loans. Eligible recipients also include lawyers in Cook County who receive assistance from the Lawyers Assistance Program and are in need of medical assistance. For more information, contact Beth McMeen, CBA Executive Director, at 312- 554-2004 or email@example.com.
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CBA & CBF Pro Bono and Public Service Luncheon Honors Seven Recipients By Bibi Belknap Fernández T he CBA and the CBF honored seven legal professionals at the 23rd annual Pro Bono and Public Service
Awards Luncheon. E. Lynn Grayson of Nijman Franzetti LLP and Cynthia Photos Abbott of Chi- cago Public Media, incoming presidents for the CBA and CBF respectively, hosted the event alongside outgoing presidents Maryam Ahmad of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for the CBA and Verònica Gòmez of ComEd for the CBF. Andrew Vail began working at Jenner & Block, a firm long recognized for its com- mitment to pro bono, soon after graduating from law school. During his career, he has opened nearly 90 pro bono matters and averaging nearly 400 pro bono hours per year. Working closely with Northwestern Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, he has contributed thousands of hours to help exonerate the wrongfully accused and wrongfully convicted. He has also worked on civil rights cases, advocating on behalf of survivors of sexual assault, foreign nationals, asylum seekers, and LGBTQ+ individuals. This past year, Vail transitioned from serving as the Chair of Jenner & Block’s pro bono program to serving as General Counsel of the United Way Met- ropolitan Chicago, where he will continue Edward J. Lewis II Pro Bono Service Award
Clockwise from left: E. Lynn Grayson, Andrew W. Vail, Verònica Gòmez, Colleen Boraca, Judge Maxwell Griffin Jr., Sarah Grady, Maryam Ahmad, Cynthia Photos Abbott, Michelle Gilbert, and Alyssa Phillips.
to serve people and improve communities by providing advice and legal counsel to UWMC and its partners. He also currently serves on the boards of Legal Aid Society, CWC, and the Mikva Challenge. Kimball R. AndersonandKarenGatsis Anderson Public Interest Fellowship Alyssa K. Phillips, a 2017 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, is already making a remarkable impact in her legal career as an Education Staff Attorney at Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. She
advocates and provides legal assistance for the educational rights of unhoused students in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs through outreach, community education, and direct representation. Her passion was fueled further by the negative impact of Covid-19 on many students experiencing homelessness. During the pandemic, Phil- lips had to think creatively to reach the most vulnerable students. As a result, she facilitated Facebook Live sessions around the rights of homeless families to education and public benefits.
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MauriceWeigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award Sarah Grady has already made an enormous impact within the legal community despite being a relatively new lawyer. She leads the Prisoners’ Rights Project at the law firm of Loevy &Loevy, where she has worked since 2013. She has shown an impressive dedi- cation to public interest and justice with a focus on prisoners’ rights that she traces back to a class she took at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law. She also works to support other lawyers who are representing prisoners in civil rights cases and created a listserv that now con- nects nearly 300 members who can share advice and training resources about their ongoing cases. Sarah serves on the Uptown People’s Law Center Board of Directors and the Illinois Prison Project’s Steering Committee. Theresa Duckett is a pro bono champion within the corporate sector who has led by example throughout her career, especially in her current role at BMOHarris Bank as Associate General Counsel and VP, where she developed a pro bono program in 2015. Duckett has inspired many others to follow her lead, both within and outside her orga- nization. At a National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) workshop for corporate and law firm partners, she was the first person to speak up, committing BMO to take on six asylum cases. Many other legal depart- ments followed her lead, committing to take on more pro bono immigration mat- ters. This year, Duckett and other in-house lawyers worked with NIJC to sponsor an asylum clinic, creating a remote volunteer opportunity for even more lawyers to pro- vide pro bono services. Colleen Boraca is a Clinical Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law and the Director of the NIU Health Advocacy Clinic (HAC), a medical-legal partnership located at Hesed House, the second largest home- less shelter in Illinois. Working with her Exelon Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence
students, Boraca has helped to secure over $1.2 million in Social Security benefits for their clients at HAC. Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, Boraca and her colleagues iden- tified the need for a space for low-income clients who were experiencing legal issues exacerbated by the pandemic. In response, they created the Covid-19 Legal Response Clinic providing new opportunities for stu- dents. Boraca has contributed greatly to the School of Law with her academic prowess and knowledge from her experience in the fields of poverty law and clinical education. Judge Maxwell Griffin Jr. has spent his nearly two decades as a judge serving vul- nerable families and children. He began serving as an Associate Judge in the Child Protection Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County in October 2003, where he has earned a reputation as a highly knowledgeable judge who truly cares about the community he serves. Most impressive is Judge Griffin’s devotion to supporting young children and families. Since its establishment in July 2017, Judge Griffin has presided over Cook County’s Early Childhood Court, which was created spe- cifically to handle cases involving children under the age of 4. In the demanding field of child protection, he prioritizes the well-being of the children he works with, aware of the role he plays in keeping kids on a path to success. As one of his recom- menders wrote, “If we brought back all the children and families that Judge Griffin has either reunited or for whom a loving family has been found, we could fill a stadium.” Michelle Gilbert has spent over 30 years in the legal aid community working in housing law. Most recently, she joined the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing as their Legal and Policy Director, where she has been instrumental in a variety of local efforts to address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on renters. She leads the Chicago Covid-19 Eviction Prevention Project, partnered in creating the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt’s Justice Thomas L. Kilbride Public Service Award Thomas H. Morsch Public Service Award
Early Resolution Program, and advocated for a new state law to increase access to Emergency Rental Assistance funds. Gilbert has also presented dozens of com- munity legal education trainings during the pandemic and was also involved in drafting, negotiating, and securing passage of the Cook County Residential Tenant Landlord Ordinance.
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Where They Are , will inspire you to think creatively about your firm’s business model and delivery of legal services. The full series will be available for live registration and on demand viewing at learn.chicagobar.org. Expand Your Legal Network through CBA Committees It’s not too late to sign up for a CBA or YLS substantive law practice area com- mittee! Committees include everything from Adoption through Workers’ Com- pensation. Committees are kicking off their programming year in September and will continue to meet in-person, virtual and hybrid formats through June 2022. Attending live committee meetings is a convenient way to earn Illinois MCLE at no additional cost (meetings are archived for on demanding viewing but archived versions do not count for ILMCLE credit). See a full list of committees and sign up at www.chicagobar.org/committtees. Have a specif ic question? Email Committee Coordinator Awilda Reyes at areyes@ chicagobar.org. Fall is the time to start thinking health insurance and other benefits your firm may offer to employees in 2022. CBA Insurance Agency has partnered with Chicago-based IXSolutions to provide health and ancillary insurance solutions for employers with 2 to 2,000 employees and individuals looking for insurance options for their family. Working with IXSolutions allows your firm to save time and money on benefits administration and gives you a robust benefits management system at no cost. To learn more about IXSolution programs, visit www.ixshealth.com/pages/ cba-home or reach out to Tyler Sill at tsill@ chicagobar.org. CBA Seminars Kick Off in September The CBA’s Continuing Legal Education Department is off to a robust start with a full calendar of new seminars this Septem- ber. Visit learn.chicagobar.org to see what’s new and register for the programs of your choice. Now is also the perfect time to sign-up for the Association’s all-inclusive seminar plan. With the CLE Advantage Plan, CBA members can attend most CBA, Young Lawyers Section, and Law Practice Management and Technology Health Insurance & Employee Benefits
THE CBA PULSE BY BETH McMEEN, CBA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CBA committee leaders took part in a virtual orientation to ring in the new Bar Year. They received information on seminar planning, hosting virtual committee meetings, andmore. Pictured on the Zoommeeting (from top) are CBA President E. Lynn Grayson, CBA Executive Director BethMcMeen, CLE Chair Judge Thomas Mulroy, and CLE Director Jennifer Byrne.
17th Annual Pro Bono Week and Community Service Fair The CBA/CBF’s 17th Annual Pro Bono Week activities will be held from October 25-29. Pro Bono Week features a variety of outstanding programs including a Pro Bono and Community Service Fair fea- turing 40+ organizations that provide pro bono legal services to the public. The Fair introduces lawyers to a wide array of pro bono opportunities available through these outstanding organizations. The week’s programming will focus on making our world a better place for all and will include free CLE and a story slam focused on our theme. Look for more information at chi- cagobarfoundation.org/probonoweek. The Judicial Evaluation Committee is looking for investigators to assist with evaluating candidates for judge in the Cir- cuit Court of Cook County. After a brief training session, investigators are given candidate questionnaires and assist the Committee in contacting references and compiling an investigative report on the Help the JEC Evaluate Judicial Candidates
assigned judicial candidate. If the matter goes to a hearing, investigators have the opportunity to attend, question the can- didate, and vote on whether they should be recommended. The only requirement is that investigators must have been in prac- tice for two years. The position provides the opportunity to speak to leading attorneys and judges around the Chicago area and is an important public service. To volunteer as an investigator or if you have any ques- tions, contact Therese Kurth at tkurth@ chicagobar.org. Help for Solo/Small Firms Looking to Expand Their Practice The CBA’s Law Practice Management Division is launching a new CLE Series, Starting a Client-Centric Law Firm , this September. The series is geared to solo and small firm attorneys looking to build their business and attract new clients. Topics will include the basics of starting a law practice, managing money, client development, insurance, marketing, client services, busi- ness continuity/risk management, technol- ogy, and lawyer wellness. The September 10 session, Build a Firm that Meets Clients
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continuing legal education seminars for only $160. Plan details can be found at learn.chicagobar.org or email seminars@ chicagobar.org. Congratulations Croke Fairchild Morgan & Beres wel- comed employment attorney and com- mercial litigator Tracey Wolfe to the firm as partner… Martin T. Tully has joined Redgrave LLP as a partner… The Cook County Board has reappointed William R. Coulson to a new five-year term as a Director of the Regional Transportation Authority…Past CBA President Daniel A. Cotter has been appointed Secretary of the National Conference of Bar Presidents for the 2021-22 bar year… Steve Norgaard has been named chair of the Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. Board of Directors. Other Officers named to the ATGF Board of Directors include Vice-Chairman David S. Dunn , Secretary Aurora A. Austriaco ,
Treasurer James N. Hallene , and Thomas M. Hundman . Anna Wermuth , vice-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s national Labor and Employ- ment Department, has been appointed to the Rules Advisory Committee of the US District Court of the Northern District of Illinois… Foley & Lardner LLP has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to support the youth development organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclu- sion efforts… Kendra L. Abercrombie has joined the Illinois Supreme Court Com- mission on Professionalism as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Manager... Patrick Salvi Jr. received the American Association for Justice’s Above and Beyond Award. Dickinson Wright PLLC’s Ronald A. Damashek and Russell R. Eggert , have been included in Best Lawyers in America 2022 edition… Yvette C. Loizon has joined Cliford Law Offices as a partner…
Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession have partnered this fall to hold the first accredited law school course designed to teach potential members of the profession of diversity, equity and inclusion issues. Condolences Condolences to the family and friends of John F. Flannery , Fitch, Even, Tabin and Flannery; Howard Trienens , Sidley Austin; and Jay S. Judge , Judge James Hoban & Judge LLC.
Have good news to share with your fellow CBA members? Send news of promotions, awards, new hires, anniversaries and more to CBARecord@chicagobar.org.
Don’t Forget to Report Your Pro Bono Service
This fall, as Illinois lawyers receive their annual ARDC registration statements, they will have to report their pro bono service and financial contributions for the year, per Illinois Supreme Court Rule 756(f ). This serves as an annual reminder that pro bono legal service is an integral part of a lawyer’s professionalism. It’s never too late to take on a case or make a donation, and the CBF is here to help. Pro Bono Resources The CBF is your source for a number of helpful resources for anyone who wants to do pro bono work but is not sure where to start. Check out the CBF website for more information at: chicagobarfoundation.org/pro-bono, including the CBF’s new Pro Bono Opportunities Guide (https://cbf.joinpaladin.com/). Qualifying Financial Contributions under the Rule Providing financial support for local pro bono and legal aid organizations is just as important an investment as donat- ing your time, as lawyers depend on these organizations to be their partners in pro bono work. Pro bono and legal aid organizations provide the necessary infrastructure to support pro bono work for area lawyers and law firms (e.g., pro bono programs with solid screening, referral, training, and support functions for volunteers). These programs also provide critical legal assistance to the most vulnerable members of our community in matters where pro bono is not a practical solution. Lawyers can make qualifying contributions under the Rule to the CBF, which supports all of the major pro bono and legal aid organizations serving the Chicago area, and by contributing directly to one of these many outstanding organizations. A list of organizations that qualify under the Rule is available at https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal- information/reporting-pro-bono-and-financial-contributions. Additional Questions about the Rule The CBF is here to help you with other questions about the Rule as well. Contact Samira Nazem, CBF Director of Pro Bono & Court Advocacy, at 312-554-8356 or email@example.com.
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Thank You CBA Committee Chairs!
Class Action Clinton Krislov , Krislov & Associates Commercial Litigation David Scriven-Young , Peckar & Abramson Commercial Real Property Law Penelope Campbell , Honigman LLP Kristen Boike , Honigman LLP Commercial Real Property Law Subcommittees AIA Contract Margery Newman , Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC Construction Law and Mechanics Lien Benjamin Johnston , Duane Morris LLP Jeffrey Hamera , Duane Morris LLP Consumer Credit James Morrissey , Pilgrim Christakis LLP Alan Ritchie, Pilgrim Christakis LLP Consumer Law Brian Gilbert , Chicago Advocate Legal Continuing Legal Education Hon. Thomas Mulroy , Circuit Court of Cook County Criminal Law Morghan Gleason , Attorney at Law Cyber Law and Data Privacy Justyna Regan , Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone PLC Diversity, Inclusion, Culture & Equity Initia- tive Nina Fain , Janet S Schirn Trust Domestic Relations Bridget Davis , Berger Schatz Azadeh Akbari , Akbari Law, Ltd. Domestic Relations Subcommittees: Legislation Kevin Curran , Life Span Elder & Disability Law Elise Robie , Office of the Cook County Public Guardian Election Law Kevin Morphew , Sorling Northrup Employee Benefits Danielle Moore , Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Adoption Law Ashley Reed , Greenlight Family Service Alliance for Women Kathryn C. Liss , Depaul University College of Law Meghan O’Donnell , LexisNexis Alternative Dispute Resolution John Sciaccotta, Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa Ashley Rafael , Midway Moving & Storage Animal Law Tracy McGonigle , Prime Law Group LLC Anti-Human Trafficking Deborah Baker , Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Antitrust Law Kevin Goldstein , Winston & Strawn LLP Aviation Law Austin Bartlett , BartlettChen LLC Bankruptcy and Reorganization Charles Kinzer , Geraci Law Business Divorce and Complex Ownership Disputes Jerry Holisky , Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmsa Business Transactions Peter Spier , Quarles & Brady LLP Business Transactions Subcommittees Drafting & Negotiating Daniel Stokes , Dressler & Peters, LLC CBA Chorus Jennifer Widmer , Merz & Associates PC Sean Hoffman , The International Business Law Group, LLC William Nichols , Laner Muchin Ltd. CBA Creative Writing Josette Belvedere , Law Offices of Josette Belvedere CBA Record Editorial Board Hon. Michael B. Hyman , Illinois Appellate Court
Energy, Telecommunications and Water Emma Salustro , ComEd Entertainment (The Bar Show) Jeffrey Marks , Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Marks F. Ellen Duff , Rachlis Duff Adler Peel & Kaplan Carissa Meyer , Orleans, Canty, Novy LLC Environmental Law Jorge Mihalopoulos , Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Federal Civil Practice Adam Wolek , Fox Rothschild LLP Federal Taxation Maureen Hawkins , Community Tax LLC Financial and Emerging Technologies Justin Steffen , Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP Blake Nielsen , Enfusion LLC Finance John Sciaccotta , Aronberg, Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa Amy Cook , Amy Cook Law LLC Futures and Derivatives Law William Costello , Bakkt Clearing, LLC Conor Weber , Bank of America Gaming Law Donna More , Fox Rothschild LLP Wade Thomson , Jenner & Block LLP Jared Smith , IL Gaming Board Health Law Dexter Golinghorst , McDermott Will & Emery Human Rights Andrew Szot , Miller Law LLC Mary Neal , Law Office of Mary K. Neal Immigration and Nationality Law Tristan Gunn , Tapia-Ruano & Gunn PC In-Court Lawyer Referral Steven Decker , Law Offices of Steven R. Decker Insurance Law Thomas Hanekamp , Aronberg Goldgehn Daniel Cotter , Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC Julie Klein , Kennedys Law LLP Financial Institutions Elizabeth Khalil , CIBC Food Law
Child/Juvenile Law Helene Snyder , Esq. Civil Practice
Nicole Castillo , Neal & Leroy LLC Megan Webster , Mayer Brown LLP
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