Alumni News

Cara B. Chomski, '13, Joins Outten & Golden LLP

July 30, 2015 - 1:46pm

A 2013 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Ms. Chomski served as a member of the Employment Discrimination Project at the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, and was the Topic Access Editor and Comment Editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum.

Original source: 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/attorneys-lisa-m-skruck-and-cara...

Outten & Golden LLP, a top-tier employment law firm, welcomes two new attorneys to itsNew York office.  The attorneys join an expanding practice representing workers in all areas of employee-side employment law, including individual, class action, and WARN Act claims.

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Cara B. Chomski:  Before joining Outten & Golden LLP, Ms. Chomski was an associate at Liddle & Robinson, L.L.P., representing plaintiffs in a variety of employment matters. A 2013 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Ms. Chomski served as a member of the Employment Discrimination Project at the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, and was the Topic Access Editor and Comment Editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum. Ms. Chomski joins the Class Action Practice Group.

"We are thrilled to welcome Lisa and Cara to our growing firm," said the firm's managing partner Wayne N. Outten. "Both attorneys possess great talent and a strong desire to advocate for the fair treatment of employees in the workplace.

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Bethany Lampland, '03, Profiled in Forbes: "Doing Good is Great For Business"

July 29, 2015 - 9:59am

Bethany Lampland  is taking action to prove that doing good is great for business.

Original source: 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/deniserestauri/2015/07/28/this-go-getter-kno...

Bethany Lampland  is taking action to prove that doing good is great for business. “I’ve seen the magic that happens when human altruism and corporate America’s ambitions fit together, when the tension between maximizing profits and doing good are resolved because doing good is good for business,” says Bethany.

Bethany is the 37-year-old Chief Operating Office of The New York Foundling, a non-profit with a 146-year legacy of providing services to empower disadvantaged children and families — from an abused child in need of a foster home, to a young mother who lacks the skills to care for her child, or a young person lost in the juvenile justice system. Each year, The Foundling’s 1,800 employees provide services to over 7,000 families, 250 adults with developmental disabilities and 20,000 children through its child abuse prevention program.

Bethany has first hand experience in connecting profits to doing good. One example is the partnership between the Foundling and COFFEED, a New York based chain of coffee shops and cafes. COFFEED could not afford a Manhattan location. The Foundling headquarters occupies highly coveted real estate in Manhattan (Chelsea). The partnership: The Foundling rents part of its prime Manhattan real estate to COFFEED at a reduced rate (approximately 50% of market value). In return, COFFEED directs a percentage of its revenues to The Foundling that will soon exceed the rental income The Foundling gave up. But this partnership is bigger than just revenue. COFFEED sets aside a quarter of its interior space for marketing the Foundling’s work and the issues of poverty and inequality. And the café employs The Foundling clients, namely teenaged foster children.

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Holly Kulka, '91, Named Global Chief Compliance Officer for Standard & Poor's Ratings Services

July 28, 2015 - 9:18am

Based in New York, Ms. Kulka will report to Neeraj Sahai, President of Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, and Robert Easton, Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer of McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. and will be a member of Standard & Poor's Ratings Services' Executive Committee.

Original source: 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/standard-poors-ratings-services-names-h...

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services announced today the appointment of Holly Kulka as Global Chief Compliance Officer.  Based in New York, Ms. Kulka will report to Neeraj Sahai, President of Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, and Robert Easton, Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer of McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. and will be a member of Standard & Poor's Ratings Services' Executive Committee.

In this role, Ms. Kulka will work with senior leadership to uphold the highest standards with regard to all relevant laws and regulations, as well as with internal policies and industry best practices.

"As we continue to enhance S&P Ratings' risk management and compliance environment, Holly brings deep experience in her field," said Neeraj Sahai, President, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services.  "I look forward to working with her as we enhance our compliance function in an ever-changing legal landscape."

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Tom Huyck, 77

July 22, 2015 - 4:14pm

Long-time Hyde Park resident and lawyer, William Thomas “Tom” Huyck passed away peacefully in his sleep July 10 after a long illness. He was 77.

Original source: 

http://hpherald.com/2015/07/22/tom-huyck-77/

Long-time Hyde Park resident and lawyer, William Thomas “Tom” Huyck passed away peacefully in his sleep July 10 after a long illness. He was 77.

Huyck was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended Dartmouth College before becoming a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. He practiced law in Chicago for almost 50 years, in both public and private sectors. Huyck was a prosecutor for both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s office before going into private practice. In 1984, Huyck successfully argued the case Liparota v. United States before the Supreme Court. His clients appreciated his determination, kindness and skill.

Huyck was also passionate about civil justice, particularly civil and women’s rights. His eloquent language made him an early and strong advocate for justice of all people.

 

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Scott Kafker, '85, Sworn in as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court

July 22, 2015 - 4:06pm

Appeals Court Judge Scott Kafker of Swampscott, who three weeks ago became Gov. Charlie Baker's first judicial nominee, was confirmed on Wednesday by the Governor's Council to lead the Appeals Court as its next chief justice.

Original source: 

http://swampscott.wickedlocal.com/article/20150722/NEWS/150728770

Appeals Court Judge Scott Kafker of Swampscott, who three weeks ago became Gov. Charlie Baker's first judicial nominee, was confirmed on Wednesday by the Governor's Council to lead the Appeals Court as its next chief justice.

"If they're all like that, we're going to have an easy ride the next four years," Councilor Terrence Kennedy said before making the motion to confirm Kafker. The council voted 7-1 in favor of elevating Kafker to chief justice.

Acting Gov. Karyn Polito administered the oath office to Kafker in her State House office shortly after the vote. Gov. Baker is traveling in Colorado where he is attending Republican Governors Association meetings and plans to spend some time in Aspen with wife Lauren.

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Q&A with Cook County Forest Preserve Foundation Chairman Stu Cohn, '80

July 21, 2015 - 3:04pm

Stu Cohn works with the board’s eleven other volunteer members to organize fundraisers, educational programs, and conservation events that reflect the mission of the county’s Forest Preserve District.

Original source: 

http://www.dailywhale.com/content-preview/4a70664a9b7dae6c88aa1160229e69cf/

As the chairman of the Executive Committee of the Cook County Forest Preserve Foundation’s board of directors, Stu Cohn works with the board’s eleven other volunteer members to organize fundraisers, educational programs, and conservation events that reflect the mission of the county’s Forest Preserve District.

Cohn is a graduate of the University of Chicago and works as an attorney operating the Law Offices of Stuart A. Cohn. His previous work includes serving as executive vice president for the online brokerage firm Web Street, Inc., which was later acquired by E-Trade Financial.  Cohn’s work with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County began in his capacity as an attorney when he helped establish the foundation in 2013. Cohn then accepted an invitation to join the foundation’s board. His other community service efforts include work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and the American Youth Soccer Organization.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Forest Preserve Foundation is an independent entity that raises funds  to support the protection and restoration of native habitats in the county’s forest preserve system, primarily through the development of partnerships with corporations, individual donors and other foundations. This fall, the foundation will help the Forest Preserve District of Cook County celebrate its 100th anniversary. Celebrations will include 100 activities open to the public throughout the district including bike rides, nature walks, hiking, live music and movies.  

The Daily Whale sat down recently with Cohn to learn more about the foundation’s educational programs and conservation efforts. An edited transcription of that conversation follows.

Read the full article.

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Olga Urbieta, '07, Marries Chad Di Stefano

July 13, 2015 - 9:49am

Olga Marie Urbieta and Chad Woodruff Di Stefano were married Thursday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Telluride, Colo. Michael Doehrman, a Roman Catholic deacon, performed the ceremony.

Original source: 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/12/fashion/weddings/olga-urbieta-chad-di-...

Olga Marie Urbieta and Chad Woodruff Di Stefano were married Thursday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Telluride, Colo. Michael Doehrman, a Roman Catholic deacon, performed the ceremony.

Mrs. Urbieta Di Stefano, 33, works in business development and the legal department for Urbieta Oil, a commercial distributor of fuel founded by her grandfather Ignacio Urbieta Sr. She works in Miami, where she focuses on sales strategy and marketing. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame, cum laude, and received a law degree from the University of Chicago.

She is a daughter of Vivian J. Urbieta and Ignacio Urbieta of Coral Gables, Fla.

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Barbara J. Fried, '57, Gives Major Gift to Encyclopedia Virginia

July 8, 2015 - 4:33pm

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities has received a $1 million gift from its Board chairman, Barbara J. Fried, to support Encyclopedia Virginia, the largest donation from an individual for the encyclopedia in its eight-year history.

Original source: 

http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/21445-vfh-receives-1-million-...

Charlottesville, VA—Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) has received a $1 million gift from its Board chairman, Barbara J. Fried, to supportEncyclopedia Virginia (EV), the largest donation from an individual for the encyclopedia in its eight-year history.

Fried’s investment will partially endow a critical editorial position for the award-winning online encyclopedia,viewable at EncyclopediaVirginia.org, ensuring that this authoritative and user-friendly resource on the history and culture of Virginia will educate the public, including thousands of students and teachers, for many years to come.

Fried, president of Fried Companies Inc., a real estate development and property management firm based in Crozet, has served as chairman of the VFH Board of Directors since July 2014. She is also a member of the U.Va. Board of Visitors, a member and immediate past chair of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership State Advisory Board, and active in many community organizations. She earned a bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in history from U.Va.

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Adam Silver, '88, Joins Duke Board of Trustees

July 8, 2015 - 9:38am

The new trustees are The Coca-Cola Foundation Chairwoman Lisa Borders, Apple CEO Tim Cook, PRM Advisors founder Patricia Morton, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and ValueAct Capital CEO Jeff Ubben. They will each serve six-year terms.

Original source: 

http://today.duke.edu/2015/07/newtrustees15

Eight new members joined the Duke University Board of Trustees on July 1, the school announced Tuesday.

The new trustees are The Coca-Cola Foundation Chairwoman Lisa Borders, Apple CEO Tim Cook, PRM Advisors founder Patricia Morton, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and ValueAct Capital CEO Jeff Ubben. They will each serve six-year terms.

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The NBA Board of Governors unanimously elected Silver as commissioner in 2014. He was instrumental in the NBA's new nine-year media rights agreements with Turner Broadcasting and the Walt Disney Co., which run through the 2024-25 season. 

Silver previously worked as NBA deputy commissioner and chief operating officer for eight years, playing key roles in the negotiation of the NBA's last three collective bargaining agreements with the National Basketball Players Association and in the development of the WNBA and NBA Development League.

Prior to that position Silver spent more than eight years as president and COO of NBA Entertainment. He earned a bachelor's degree from Duke and a law degree from the University of Chicago.

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Joshua H. Walker, '02, Joins Greenberg Traurig

July 7, 2015 - 11:34am

This week, international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP added Joshua H. Walker as a shareholder in the firm's Intellectual Property (IP) Practice.

Original source: 

http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/15/07/p5650474/head-of-silicon-val...

This week, international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP added Joshua H. Walker as a shareholder in the firm's Intellectual Property (IP) Practice. Walker was previously the leader of Simpson Thacher's IP Transactions Group in Palo Alto, and will now be practicing in Greenberg Traurig's Silicon Valley and Austin offices.

"Josh's addition to Greenberg Traurig is a true embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit so strongly encouraged at the firm," said Chuck Birenbaum, chair of the firm's offices in Northern California. "He is one of the first lateral hires recruited via Facebook messenger, where Josh reached out to Ian Ballon directly to learn more about the firm's atmosphere and what it's like to split time between two offices."

"I have known and respected Josh for years through Stanford. When Josh messaged me on Facebook for advice about what it would be like working in two cities, I immediately suggested he meet some of my colleagues in Silicon Valley and Austin because I knew that Josh would be a great fit at the firm," said Ian Ballon, a shareholder in the firm's Silicon Valley and Los Angeles offices. "His legal experience, combined with his business experience, including previously serving as a founder and general counsel at a successful technology start-up, will certainly enhance our IP Practice in both Austin and Silicon Valley."

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Tom Unterman, '69, Named Chair of the California Community Foundation Board of Directors

July 2, 2015 - 10:49am

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: 

http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/07/01/749133/10140393/en/...

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.

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Scott Kafker, '85, Nominated Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court

July 2, 2015 - 10:41am

Associate Appeals Court Justice Scott Kafker, if confirmed by the Governor's Council, would succeed retiring Appeals Court Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza.

Original source: 

http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20150630/NEWS/150639699/12410/NEWS

 

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.

 

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Tae Hea Nahm, '85, Interviewed in The New York Times

June 29, 2015 - 1:28pm

This interview with Tae Hea Nahm, managing director of the venture capital firm Storm Ventures, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.

Original source: 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/business/tae-hea-nahm-of-storm-venture...

This interview with Tae Hea Nahm, managing director of the venture capital firm Storm Ventures, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.

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?”

Read the rest.

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David M. Rubenstein, '73, Becomes National Gallery of Art Trustee

June 25, 2015 - 4:16pm

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: 

http://www.finebooksmagazine.com/press/2015/06/david-m-rubenstein-become...

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.

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Roberta Cooper Ramo, '67, To Receive Highest ABA Award

June 23, 2015 - 1:55pm

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: 

http://www.abqjournal.com/602950/news/copper-ramo-to-get-highest-aba-awa...

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.

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Lori A. Higuera, '96, Joins Freeport-McMoRan

June 23, 2015 - 1:52pm

Lori A. Higuera started a new position as assistant general counsel-employment for Freeport-McMoRan Inc. in Phoenix.

Original source: 

http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/abg/2015/06/23/freeport-mc...

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.

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Mitchell Stabbe, '80, Joins Wilkinson Barker Knauer

June 23, 2015 - 1:35pm

Trademark law expert Mitchell Stabbe has moved his practice to Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP.

Original source: 

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150622005595/en/Trademark-Law-Ex...

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.”

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Stephanie A. Scharf, '85, Awarded the 2015 Founder's Award

June 23, 2015 - 1:16pm

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: 

http://www.scharfbanks.com/who-we-are/news/stephanie-scharf-awarded-2015...

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.

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Sun-Times Highlights Work of Carol Anderson '81

June 22, 2015 - 10:35am
Original source: 

http://chicago.suntimes.com/neil-steinberg/7/71/708927/chicago-lighthous...

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.

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Katherine Adams, '90, Interviewed about e-Auctions at Honeywell

June 17, 2015 - 12:17pm

Honeywell General Counsel Katherine Adams is using e-auctions on a larger scale, even for litigation.

Original source: 

https://bol.bna.com/honeywell-gc-uses-e-auctions-to-lower-legal-spend/

Using reverse e-auctions to procure legal work