Los Angeles business leader Tom Unterman has been named the new chair of the California Community Foundation's Board of Directors for a two-year term.Original source:
Los Angeles business leader Tom Unterman has been named the new chair of the California Community Foundation's Board of Directors for a two-year term, effective today. He joined the CCF Board of Directors in 2006. Unterman succeeds UCLA School of Medicine Clinic Director Dr. Cynthia A. Telles, who will continue on the Board.
Unterman is the founding partner of Rustic Canyon Partners, one of Southern California's leading venture capital firms supporting entrepreneurs. Prior to founding the firm in 1999, he served as executive vice president and CFO of the Times Mirror Company.
"As we continue our 100th year at CCF, I am delighted to be part of an organization that has provided a century of service to the community and is still growing as an important facilitator of social change," said Unterman.
Associate Appeals Court Justice Scott Kafker, if confirmed by the Governor's Council, would succeed retiring Appeals Court Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza.Original source:
Gov. Charlie Baker made his first judicial nomination on Tuesday afternoon, nominating a former colleague from the Weld administration to be elevated to chief justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Associate Appeals Court Justice Scott Kafker, if confirmed by the Governor's Council, would succeed retiring Appeals Court Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, of Dartmouth, whose last day on the bench is Tuesday.
"Justice Kafker is an esteemed jurist that I am confident has the ability to lead this influential court, in its mission of rendering thoughtful, well-reasoned appellate decisions timely and efficiently and treating all those who come before the court fairly and impartially," Baker said in a statement.
Kafker was appointed to the Appeals Court in 2001 by Gov. Paul Cellucci after working as chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Port Authority and deputy chief legal counsel to Gov. William Weld. He has also worked at the firm Foley, Hoag and Elliot and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Mark Wolf in Boston.
A 1981 graduate of Amherst College, Kafker earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985.
This interview with Tae Hea Nahm, managing director of the venture capital firm Storm Ventures, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.Original source:
Q. What were some early influences for you?
A. I was born in South Korea, and we immigrated to St. Louis when I was 5 years old. In the beginning, it was all about learning how to get acclimated to life in the United States. I remember starting kindergarten not being able to speak English. I felt like I was going to flunk kindergarten, but somehow survived.
Tell me about your parents.
My father was a medical school professor in Korea and became a doctor here in the United States. My mother was very hard-driving. If I got 99 on a test, the first question was, “Why didn’t you get 100?” If I got 100, the next question was, “Can you do it again?”
On July 1, 2015, David M. Rubenstein, philanthropist and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager, will become a trustee of the National Gallery of Art.Original source:
WASHINGTON, DC—On July 1, 2015, David M. Rubenstein, philanthropist and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager, will become a trustee of the National Gallery of Art, while Victoria Sant will become trustee emerita after 15 years of service on the board, 12 of them also as Gallery president. Rubenstein was appointed for a term of ten years.
“On behalf of the trustees, it is my great pleasure to welcome David Rubenstein to the Board as the Gallery prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary year and the reopening of its East Building in 2016,” said Frederick W. Beinecke, Gallery president. “We will continue to seek the wise counsel and support of Vicki Sant, who has been the Gallery’s tireless champion for decades.”
Rubenstein has been involved with the National Gallery of Art since 2005, when he made a substantial gift toward scholarly publications and curatorial fellowships. In 2012, he made a $10 million donation toward the construction of exhibition space in two of the East Building towers and a sculpture terrace between them that will open in the fall of 2016. Previously, he and his wife, Alice Rogoff Rubenstein, were Patron Members of The Circle of the National Gallery of Art.
Roberta Cooper Ramo will receive the medal in Chicago in August, joining the ranks of recipients including numerous U.S. Supreme Court justices and other famous legal personalities.Original source:
An Albuquerque woman has been selected to receive the prestigious American Bar Association Medal, given to trailblazing attorneys in the country by the association.
Roberta Cooper Ramo will receive the medal in Chicago in August, joining the ranks of recipients including numerous U.S. Supreme Court justices and other famous legal personalities.
Ramo, a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, was the first woman president of the ABA, elected in 1995. She was also the first elected woman president of the American Law Institute in 2008. She’s held numerous leadership roles in legal, civic and cultural groups in the state and across the nation in her more than 45 years of legal practice.
Lori A. Higuera started a new position as assistant general counsel-employment for Freeport-McMoRan Inc. in Phoenix.Original source:
Lori A. Higuera started a new position as assistant general counsel-employment for Freeport-McMoRan Inc. in Phoenix. Previously, she was a partner with Fennemore Craig focusing on employment and labor law. Over the years, she has answered reader questions on labor issues in the Arizona Business Gazette's "Ask The-Experts" column. She serves in many leadership positions within the community, including the on board of governors for the State Bar of Arizona, the board of directors for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the steering committee for the Valley of the Sun United Way's Women's Leadership Council and the Children and Youth Advisory Board for the Valley of the Sun United Way. Higuera received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
Trademark law expert Mitchell Stabbe has moved his practice to Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP.Original source:
Trademark law expert Mitchell Stabbe has moved his practice to Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, joining the firm as a partner effective today. In a career spanning over 30 years, Mr. Stabbe has specialized in helping clients protect their intellectual property in the face of constant changes in trademark law and in technology. He joins the firm from Locke Lord’s Washington, D.C. office, where his practice has focused on the ever-evolving interplay between trademarks and the Internet. For example, Mr. Stabbe has regularly advised clients regarding ICANN’s roll-out of hundreds of new generic top level domains (gTLDs) and the protections available to brand owners against cybersquatting and other domain name abuses.
Mr. Stabbe’s clients represent a wide array of industries, including communications, media, publishing, technology, education, non-profit associations, real estate leasing, banking and premium cigars. He provides counsel on the availability and registration of trademarks and service marks (having prosecuted over a thousand applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office), the protection and policing of intellectual property, the drafting and negotiation of contracts, licenses, assignments and security interests involving intellectual property rights, and the prosecution of civil litigation regarding infringement and unfair competition claims.
Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, said, “We have known Mitch for many years and are very pleased to have him join the team. The firm has long seen trademark law as a logical growth practice. Mitch’s rich roster of communications and media clients, combined with the rest of our trademark group, will give us critical scale to expand and further complement our regulatory practices.” Mr. Stabbe commented, “Wilkinson Barker provides a perfect platform for my practice, and I am very much looking forward to serving both my current clients and the firm’s existing clients, as well as helping expand the firm’s capabilities in the trademark area.”
The Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women has named Scharf Banks Marmor LLC founding partner Stephanie A. Scharf the recipient of its prestigious Founder’s Award for 2015.Original source:
Annual award presented by the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women
The Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women has named Scharf Banks Marmor LLC founding partner Stephanie A. Scharf the recipient of its prestigious Founder’s Award for 2015. The award was presented on May 22, 2015, at the Alliance’s Annual Award Luncheon at the Standard Club in Chicago.
The prestigious Founder’s Award was established in 1994, and is given once a year to honor a lawyer who has significantly contributed to the advancement of women in the legal profession and whose career reflects the highest level of professional achievements, ethics and excellence.
“As a leader, advocate and entrepreneur, Stephanie has been a champion for advancing women in the legal profession throughout her career,” said Theodore L. Banks, partner at Scharf Banks Marmor. “She also is a devoted wife and mother, and raised two successful children while rising to partnership at two of Chicago’s largest and most vaunted law firms. Three years ago, we formed Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, and today we are the largest majority-women-owned law firm in this city, and one of the largest in the country.
A New Meaning to Blind Justice
By Neil Steinberg
Sandy Studnicka, who is legally blind, went to a job fair for people with disabilities and was hired by a bank. There she worked at a computer terminal, where problematic accounts would come up in red. But she can’t see the color red. Four months later the bank fired her.
“They found me at a disability job fair and let me go because I’m disabled,” said Studnicka, who turned for help to a unique resource, the legal clinic at the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired. They persuaded the bank to double the severance package initially offered to Studnicka, who now works at the Lighthouse.
The organization is 109 years old, though it has a modern, sprawling facility at 1850 W. Roosevelt, offering a wide range of services from child day care to a clock factory employing blind workers to a store offering white canes and Braille greeting cards. On the second floor, in a plain cinderblock room, the Arthur & Esther Kane Legal Clinic, the only entity in the country geared specifically to helping clients who have trouble seeing.
Navigating the legal system can be frustrating enough for those who can see. Now consider the stumbling blocks facing the blind.
“Everything’s in print,” said Paul Rink, a lawyer and the clinic’s director.
“People can’t read their documents,” added Carol Anderson, the clinic’s second attorney. “They don’t know what documents they have. We know how to handle those situations. We help reading and organizing their documents, and explain their documents to them.”
Rink and Anderson are both blind. The clinic has a sighted administrative assistant, Cacia Sit, who helps read and organize legal papers, as well as interns, though finding volunteers can be a challenge.
“They’re not beating down our doors to come help us,” said Rink. “But we have managed to get the number that we needed, most of the time.”
The volunteers help sift through the papers their clients bring in.
“A lot of mail, and they’re not always sure what’s important and what’s not,” said Sit. “It’s much harder when you’re blind, you have to have people read your mail to you, and not everyone is good at that.”
The clinic is free. “We’re open to anybody who’s blind or visually impaired,” said Anderson.
It was founded 10 years ago by retired Cook County Circuit Judge Nicholas Pomaro, who called it “the best thing I’ve ever done.”
“People are just so grateful for even the smallest bit of assistance,” he told the Tribune in 2008.
The blind face all the legal woes confronting sighted people, but also tend to encounter more than their share of certain troubles, such as discrimination in housing and employment — only 25 percent of blind people in the United States have jobs.
“We do a lot of Social Security help,” said Sit.
Before coming to the Lighthouse, Rink worked for Continental Bank for 20 years, then joined the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Anderson went to University of Chicago Law School before she became blind, not long after graduation. Rink graduated from Northwestern University Law School and passed the bar, on his first try, while being totally blind since birth.
Many sighted students have trouble completing law school. How did Rink manage it?
“My mother read me at least half of my textbooks,” he said. “And half were recorded by Recording for the Blind.”
Later he used an Optacon, a cumbersome device that transfers text into raised bumps, one letter at a time.
“It was slow and very laborious,” he said. “Then in the ’90s, the computer came out. I always had good computer equipment.”
He joined the Lighthouse clinic in 2010, after he retired.
The clinic primarily focuses on basic legal work: writing letters, filling out forms.
“We don’t take cases to court,” said Anderson. “We give preliminary advice. We write documents and do limited work before administrative agencies.”
If more complex legal work is required, the Lighthouse will refer clients to law firms that do pro bono assistance. Rink named several prominent firms they work with then, showing lawyerly caution, decided it best not to mention the firms specifically.
“We have a number of firms that help us, and I hate to exclude any,” he said.
The clinic helps about 170 clients a year.
“We try to take people within a week or two,” said Anderson.
To reach the clinic, call (312) 666-1331, Ext. 3112.
Honeywell General Counsel Katherine Adams is using e-auctions on a larger scale, even for litigation.Original source:
Using reverse e-auctions to procure legal work isn’t entirely new, but companies have typically limited bidding to high-volume, non-critical work. Honeywell General Counsel Katherine Adams is using e-auctions on a larger scale, even for litigation. Law firms, Adams said, were initially “kind of shocked by this.”
“We might e-auction a litigation matter and set certain parameters. We might say, okay, assume you have to take the case through trial, assume there will be summary judgment motions, assume there will be some number of experts — all the variables that might go into the case,” Adams said. “Then the firms bid against each other.”
Adams said Honeywell typically gets a better deal because of the e-auction process, but “it’s not grotesquely cheaper.” She was also quick to add that the e-auction process gives firms the benefit of greater transparency into how others are billing for certain kinds of matters.
A graduate of Brown University and the University of Chicago Law School, Adams was a partner at Sidley Austin before coming to Honeywell. Based in New Jersey, she recently spoke to Big Law Business about the benefits of the e-auction process, law firm inefficiency, and her relationship with former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Mickelsen joins TriNet from global law firm White & Case LLP, where he served as a partner in its Silicon Valley office.Original source:
TriNet (NYSE: TNET), a leading cloud-based provider of HR solutions, today announced the appointment of Brady Mickelsen as senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary, effective June 22, 2015. Mickelsen is succeeding Gregory L. Hammond, who will be retiring on June 21, 2015 after nearly 20 years of service, most recently as the company's senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary.
Mickelsen joins TriNet from global law firm White & Case LLP, where he served as a partner in its Silicon Valley office. Prior to White & Case, he was vice president, associate general counsel and assistant secretary at Oracle Corporation, with responsibility for Oracle's corporate, securities and acquisitions legal group. Mickelsen received his bachelor's degree in public policy from Stanford University and his juris doctor from the University of Chicago Law School.
Jim Franczek, '71, Profiled in Super Lawyers for Navigating Complex Collective Bargaining in Illinois
This kind of attention to detail—plus a 43-year track record of successful labor negotiations—has involved Franczek in some of the largest and most complex collective bargaining in Illinois.Original source:
Jim Franczek likes to kick off collective bargaining with great food: a catered meal, an ethnic feast or just the freshest doughnuts he can find.
Anything to get both sides to some commonalities.
This kind of attention to detail—plus a 43-year track record of successful labor negotiations—has involved Franczek in some of the largest and most complex collective bargaining in Illinois. He’s represented the city of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Cook County, as well as some of the city’s biggest hotel chains and transportation companies. Over the years, some of Chicago’s most divisive disagreements have landed on his doorstep, including litigation over the Chicago Public Schools closings, teacher contract negotiations, and the changes in work rules at McCormick Place involving multiple labor unions.
“In my opinion, the best thing that Mayor [Richard M.] Daley ever did for himself was to hire Jim Franczek for collective bargaining, because the most important thing is a deal that both parties can agree to,” says solo attorney Thomas Pleines, referring to Daley’s personal hiring of Franczek in 1994 as the city’s outside labor counsel. “Jim Franczek knows how to make that deal,” adds Pleines, who has met Franczek many times on the other side of the table while representing the Fraternal Order of Police. “It requires years of being in a position where people know you and trust you. Jim can get a lot done quickly in city government.”
“We are delighted to have someone with Joe’s background and experience joining Paul and the other members of our Essent Re team."Original source:
HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jun 04, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Essent Group Ltd. announced today that Joseph G. Hissong has joined the Company and will serve as President of Essent’s Bermuda reinsurance company, Essent Reinsurance Ltd. (“Essent Re”). The company also announced that Paul C. Wollmann was named Chief Underwriting Officer. Mr. Wollmann has been with Essent Re since 2009.
“We are delighted to have someone with Joe’s background and experience joining Paul and the other members of our Essent Re team. Paul has done a terrific job in getting Essent Re up and running and I look forward to the both of them leading Essent Re into the future,” said Mark Casale, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Additionally, as the sponsor of PartnerRe’s original investment in Essent, Joe understands Essent’s business, our thoughtful approach to investing in mortgage risk and the opportunity that Essent Re offers our company.”
Mr. Hissong has over 25 years of experience, specializing in strategy development and executing upon new business initiatives associated with international reinsurance transactions and strategic investment opportunities. His most recent position was Executive Director with the Cartesian Re Group. Prior to joining Cartesian Re, he was the Executive Director and Head of Private Equity/Strategic Investments for PartnerRe, where he sponsored PartnerRe’s original investment in Essent. Mr. Hissong earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and philosophy from Fordham University.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced he has nominated Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor with experience in public safety, as the next chair of the Chicago Police Board – the civilian body that gives residents a voice in the police disciplinary process. Lightfoot replaces Demetrius Carney, the current chair of the Police Board.Original source:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced he has nominated Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor with experience in public safety, as the next chair of the Chicago Police Board – the civilian body that gives residents a voice in the police disciplinary process. Lightfoot replaces Demetrius Carney, the current chair of the Police Board.
“The Police Board is a unique and important body that provides residents with a voice in the police disciplinary process, ensuring it is not only fair and transparent but also that it works for the people of Chicago and our officers,” said Mayor Emanuel.” As a former federal prosecutor, and with a deep background in public safety, Lori Lightfoot brings an important perspective and a record of impartiality to Chicago’s Police Board that will serve our city well. Demetrius Carney has devoted his time and his energy to the people of Chicago and to the Police Board for years, and I want to thank him for his service to our city.”
Lightfoot, a partner with the law firm Mayer Brown, has served in numerous key governmental roles, including as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Northern District of Illinois, as General Counsel and Chief of Staff at the Chicago Office of Emergency Management, and as Chief Administrator at the Office of Professional Standards – the internal Police Department organization that investigated allegations of excessive force and misconduct prior to 2007 when the City created the independent investigative agency – the Independent Police Review Authority.
Stanley Pierre-Louis, '95, Announced as the Entertainment Software Association’s New General Counsel
Stanley Pierre-Louis, a former executive with Viacom Inc., was announced as the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) new General Counsel, the Washington, D.C.-based trade association announced today. ESA represents the $22 billion U.S. computer and video game industry. Pierre-Louis will begin at ESA this month.Original source:
May 18, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – Stanley Pierre-Louis, a former executive with Viacom Inc., was announced as the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) new General Counsel, the Washington, D.C.-based trade association announced today. ESA represents the $22 billion U.S. computer and video game industry. Pierre-Louis will begin at ESA this month.
“Stan’s experience directing landmark litigation as well as providing impactful strategic counsel on cutting-edge entertainment issues will be a well-timed boost to our industry,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA. “He is a welcome addition to the ESA leadership team.”
Pierre-Louis most recently served as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property (IP) and Content Protection at Viacom Inc., where he was responsible for managing major IP litigation, developing strategies for protecting digital content and leading other IP-related legal initiatives for brands including MTV, Paramount Pictures, Spike TV and more than 130 other networks worldwide. He previously served as co-chair of the Entertainment and Media Law Group at Kaye Scholer LLP in New York City as well as Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America in Washington, D.C.
Bjarne Tellmann has rebooted publisher Pearson’s in-house legal team, redesigned the entire legal function and reduced the legal team’s budget, and he shows no sign of slowing down yet…Original source:
Bjarne Tellmann has rebooted publisher Pearson’s in-house legal team, redesigned the entire legal function and reduced the legal team’s budget, and he shows no sign of slowing down yet…
When Bjarne Tellmann joined publishing giant Pearson from Coca-Cola in 2014, he found a legal department that was vulnerable to external risks because no single person had a global line of sight of what in-house lawyers were doing.
In under a year, Tellmann has worked on transforming the culture at the company to be proactive rather than reactive. He rebooted Pearson’s in-house legal team and established a management team in charge of different geographical regions and practice areas. These changes, as well as his efforts to implement internal technology to track contracts and manage more effectively the in-house budget, earned him a place on The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list this year.
James Evans, a top officer at Union Pacific Corp. for 16 years, died Monday at age 94, the Omaha-based railroad company said.Original source:
James Evans, a top officer at Union Pacific Corp. for 16 years, died Monday at age 94, the Omaha-based railroad company said.
The company said Evans, from New York City and East Hampton, New York, died peacefully. Union Pacific did not report a cause of death.
When Union Pacific Railroad formed a parent corporation in New York City in 1969, Evans joined its management as president and a director. In 1977 he became chairman and CEO, serving until he retired in 1985.
Among other accomplishments during that period, Union Pacific acquired the Missouri Pacific Railroad and Western Pacific Railroad, a merger that expanded the railroad’s reach and set the stage for further expansion and shipping efficiencies, Union Pacific said.
Comcast named Michael J. Cavanagh as its chief financial officer Monday.Original source:
Comcast named Michael J. Cavanagh as its chief financial officer Monday.
Beginning early this summer, Cavanagh, 50, will replace the company's current CFO, Michael Angelakis, who will head up Comcast's new company focused on investing in and operating growth-oriented companies.
Cavanagh comes to Comcast as the co-president and co-chief operating officer of the New York-based global asset management firm The Carlyle Group. He also served as JPMorgan Chase's CFO for nearly six years before departing for Carlyle in June 2014.
Think about it. Beyond your income taxes, how much money would you give to help the government? For one Wall Street titan the answer is hundreds of millions of dollars.Original source:
Think about it. Beyond your income taxes, how much money would you give to help the government? For one Wall Street titan the answer is hundreds of millions of dollars. David Rubenstein is the all-American; at age 65 a self-made billionaire who's pledging a good part of his fortune to save America's history. When an idea strikes him -- he just might write a check for, say, $15, $20 million.
Among his recipients: the Washington Monument, Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, and just last week, the Iwo Jima Memorial. And he's buying up rare historical documents, preserving them for generations to come.
Let me tell you a little bit about that teacher, Barack Obama.Original source:
I attended the University of Chicago Law School in the late 1990s, and one of the professors was a man in his 30s. He had two young daughters, two large student-loan debt loads, and three jobs. He was a lawyer in a civil rights firm, a state senator making the 180-mile drive to Springfield, and a teacher at the law school. To find the time to teach classes when the Illinois General Assembly was meeting in Springfield, he would come to the law school Monday mornings at 8 a.m. for a 90-minute class, then come back Friday afternoons at 4 p.m. for the second 90-minute class.
Let me tell you a little bit about that teacher, Barack Obama.
Law professors sometimes behave like the smartest people in the room, if not the world. They pontificate to the class and encourage students to marvel at their eloquence and faculties. Not Professor Obama. He insisted on class discussions and required students to share their views and defend them. Even though he probably was the smartest guy in the room, he never acted like it.