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Kara N. Ingelhart, '15 and Brittany E. Ellenberg, '16: Included in the 30 Best and Brightest Individuals in Chicago's Lgbtqqia + Youth Community

June 22, 2016 - 11:26am
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17th Annual 30 Under 30 to honor youth

Honoring the Best And Brightest Individuals In Chicago's Lgbtqqia + Youth Community Wed., June 22.

Brittany Ellenberg, '16

Brittany Ellenberg grew up in La Porte, Texas. She transformed her experience with small-town prejudice into a passion for social equality for the LGBTQ community. Brittany attended the University of Texas at Dallas, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in political science. She created the university's first Diversity Council, a forum for improving diversity and inclusion on campus. Brittany also served as political liaison for PRIDE. After founding the University's College Democrats chapter, Brittany was appointed vice chair of the LGBT Caucus for the national organization, College Democrats of America.

While completing her B.A., Brittany travelled to developing countries, conducting international human-rights research and providing aid to indigenous, refugee and LGBT populations in Costa Rica, Peru, Jamaica and Thailand. In 2013, Brittany received the Archer Fellowship to work for the U.S. Department of State, where she served on the LGBT task force, confronting situations of LGBT discrimination in the Middle East and North Africa.

Brittany is currently a student at the University of Chicago Law School, where she was the events coordinator for OutLaw and on the Executive Board of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago. Jenner & Block named her the 2014 Grant Folland Scholar for her commitment to LGBT civil rights. She is also a Point Scholar as part of the nation's largest LGBTQ scholarship program.

DID YOU KNOW? Brittany can be regularly found scoping out the best coffee shops in Chicago—all on her bright red, vintage Schwinn bicycle that she loves spending time fixing up on the weekends.

Kara Ingelhar, '15

Kara Ingelhart was born and raised in Indiana. While attending Indiana University, she was part of a research team at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Sexuality and worked as a local Community Educator. After graduating with a degree in gender studies and biology, she moved to Chicago in 2012 to attend the University of Chicago Law School.

Despite the law school's conservative reputation, Kara was able to find a supportive network of queer and allied classmates through Outlaw and crafted her class curriculum to prepare her for a career in LGBTQ advocacy. She also used her Outlaw presidency as a platform to educate her classmates on a range of LGBTQ issues from the blood ban to trans-rights issues. Through a certificate program, the Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy, she advocated for open military service for transgender service people with the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health at University of Chicago Medicine and traveled to Nepal to research police inflicted violence upon the transgender population in Kathmandu.

During law school, Kara was a legal intern at Lambda Legal and she is grateful to be back there through her Skadden Fellowship, serving some of the most vulnerable members of our community—LGBTQ youth with juvenile and criminal records—by addressing the collateral effects of those records. Kara is proud to be a part of an organization working to make her home state a safer and more accepting place for young LGBTQ Hoosiers.

DID YOU KNOW? Kara's favorite place in the world is New Delhi, India—the chaos is soothing.

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Bonnie A. Barsamian, '89: Nominated by President Obama for Board of Directors of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation

June 21, 2016 - 5:10pm
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:

Bonnie A. Barsamian, '89 – Member, Board of Directors of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

President Obama said, “I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have decided to serve our country.  I look forward to working with them.”

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Jacob Poorman, ’08: Honored by the ACLU of Southern California

June 13, 2016 - 10:27am
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ACLU SoCal will honor “black-ish”, filmmaker Brian Knappenberger and individuals who champion civil liberties.

Other honorees are Marty Koresawa, Brian Martinez, Jacob Poorman, 08, Eric Shapland and John C. Ulin from Arnold & Porter LLP, who partnered with the ACLU SoCal and won a historic settlement that will lead to fundamental reforms in California schools where students were being denied equal access to a proper education. 

“Today we recognize individuals and firms who used joined us to ensure that individuals can assert their most basic rights and liberties,” said Hector Villagra, executive director of the ACLU SoCal.

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James Gauch, ‘89: Receives the ACLU of Southern California's Freedom of Information Award

June 13, 2016 - 10:24am
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ACLU SoCal will honor “black-ish”, filmmaker Brian Knappenberger and individuals who champion civil liberties

James E. Gauch, '89, Jocelin R. Hody, Esha Mankodi and Andrew Turnier from Jones Day receive the Freedom of Information Award.

“Today we recognize individuals and firms who used joined us to ensure that individuals can assert their most basic rights and liberties,” said Hector Villagra, executive director of the ACLU SoCal.

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Kameron Matthews, '06: Co-Founder of Tour for Diversity

June 10, 2016 - 2:20pm
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Dr. Kameron Matthews, '06, is a board-certified family physician and serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Mile Square Health Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, overseeing thirteen federally qualified health centers. Dr. Matthews graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor’s degree in public policy studies in 2000. She then earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and her law degree at the University of Chicago in 2006. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Matthews has since focused her career on underserved patient populations, having worked previously as a staff physician at Cook County Jail and with Erie Family Health Center, a large community health center serving a mainly Spanish-speaking patient population. She is proud to co-direct the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, a grassroots initiative seeking to bring premedical enrichment activities to minority high school and undergraduate students across the country. Founded in 2012, the Tour for Diversity in Medicine has provided exposure, mentoring, and motivation to more than 2700 students across 23 states with upcoming visits to additional states and campuses planned.

How did you first become interested in family medicine?
I was interested in medicine at a very young age because of my father. As a family physician, he interacted with his patients in the most meaningful ways possible – and I wanted to do the same. He respects them and holds their respect for years and over generations. His connection to them defines primary care for me – that he is a resource for them both in the office and in the community. He is their advocate in both good times and bad. What I recognize now is how lucky I have been to have such a role model – and that is the reason why I have to do the same for other future health care professionals. Not all students have the benefit of having someone like my father to look up to.

Can you share your background on how you got to where you are right now?
After starting my undergraduate education at Duke University, I quickly realized that traditional basic science did not hold my attention. I became a public policy major instead due to my interests in larger advocacy work and impacting larger populations. I enjoyed my coursework tremendously and thought that I would continue to area of study through public health studies in graduate school. However after working on Capitol Hill one summer during medical school, I realized the importance of having a background in legislation and law making would have a great impact on my ability to influence change. I therefore decided to attend law school while on leave from medical school. My time at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The University of Chicago Law School opened my eyes to possibilities that I had not previously imagined. I completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Illinois and took a staff physician position at Cook County Jail. This environment sculpted my career towards working in underserved areas more than any other experience – working with these patients who are often forgotten members of our society only confirmed my passion for helping others. Now, in my role as Chief Medical Officer at a federally qualified health center, I continue my advocacy work as I worked in underserved communities and seek to improve their health outcomes across multiple clinical areas.

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Aditya Bamzai, '04: To Join the University of Virginia School of Law Faculty

June 8, 2016 - 10:31am
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Aditya Bamzai, ’04, will teach Civil Procedure and a new course, Computer Crime Law.

Bamzai, who has recently argued high-profile national security cases for the U.S. Department of Justice in the federal courts of appeals, will join the University of Virginia School of Law faculty this fall as an associate professor of law. In addition to national security law, his expertise and interests include administrative law, federal courts and civil procedure.

Working as an appellate attorney in the department's National Security Division from 2013 until this year, Bamzai represented the United States on such issues as the legality of bulk telephone metadata collection (the Supreme Court case In Re EPIC), the authority of prosecutors to strike deals to punish corporate criminal defendants (the D.C. Circuit case U.S. v. Fokker Services B.V.), and the scope of statutes that implement biological and chemical weapons treaties (the Supreme Court case Bond v. U.S. and the Sixth Circuit case U.S. v. Levenderis).

A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the law review, Bamzai will teach Civil Procedure and a new course, Computer Crime Law — a lecture course that will cover the domestic legal architecture of cyberlaw and look at controversial privacy and security issues from all sides.


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Debra A. Cafaro, ’82: Named #92 on Forbes Most Powerful Women in the World List

June 6, 2016 - 6:12pm
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Debra Cafaro runs the $26-billion-plus Standard & Poor 500 firm Ventas, one of the so-called "Big Three" health care real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the U.S. Today the Chicago-based Ventas owns almost 1,300 healthcare properties; when Cafaro was hired, it was to turn around a $200 million REIT that had just one tenant, was $1 billion in debt, and couldn't make rent. Already experienced as an attorney before she was hired as a turnaround CEO, Cafaro and a small team built Ventas by refinancing their tenant, then diversifying into private-pay senior living communities. That was 17 years ago. Today Cafaro is the longest-serving female CEO of an S&P 500 company, and can boast the highest total return during her tenure: 2,373%.

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Quin Denvir, '69: 1940-2016

June 6, 2016 - 7:06am
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Sacramento legal giant Quin Denvir dead at 76

Quin Denvir, the longtime federal defender in Sacramento who campaigned against the death penalty and orchestrated a deal that kept Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski off death row, died Friday in Sacramento. He was 76.

Denvir was diagnosed four years ago with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable disease that results in scarring of the lungs over time. He was hospitalized last month and died Friday night at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, according to family friends.

Denvir, known as an unassuming man who rarely talked about himself, did not tell many of his closest associates or friends about the diagnosis.

“The first I heard that he was not doing well was two days ago,” said U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd, who called Denvir’s death “a huge loss for the legal community in California and, really, across the country.”

“He was a quiet, personally unassuming guy,” Drozd said.

Unless he was in court. Then, Drozd said, “he could really deliver the thunder.”

As news of his death spread Saturday among friends and colleagues, similar words and descriptions flowed: A man with grace. Class. Dignity. A brilliant mind. Witty, with a perpetual twinkle in his eye. Steely, tough, competitive when required. And, most often: “A good human being.”

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Stephen Phillips, '81: Reappointed to the California Board of Psychology

June 3, 2016 - 2:53pm
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Stephen Phillips, 59, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the California Board of Psychology, where he has served since 2013. Phillips has been a clinical and criminal forensic psychologist in private practice since 2002, adjunct faculty and a clinical supervisor at the Wright Institute Los Angeles since 2001 and an adjunct instructor at Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology since 1999. He was a psychological assistant for Elaine Schulman, Ph.D. from 1981 to 2002, an attorney in private practice from 1981 to 2004 and held several positions at Shapiro, Posell, Rosenfeld and Close from 1985 to 1994, including managing partner, litigation department chairperson and associate. Phillips earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a Doctor of Psychology degree in clinical psychology from the Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Phillips is a Democrat.

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Ross Guberman, '98: Winner of the Legal Writing Institute's 2016 Golden Pen Award

June 3, 2016 - 2:49pm
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The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) is pleased to announce that Ross Guberman is the recipient of the 2016 Golden Pen Award.  The author of three books, Point Made, Deal Struck, and Point Taken, Guberman is known around the world as an expert and advocate for better legal writing.  The award will be presented during the 2016 Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, July 10-13, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. `

The LWI Awards Committee recommended Guberman, '98, for the 2016 Golden Pen to recognize his significant contribution to advancing the cause of better legal writing.  In addition to his books, he gives legal writing seminars around the world.  Guberman’s nominator noted that his “work is . . . targeted at improving the writing of everyday lawyers.  Ross’s techniques aren’t esoteric; they’re easy to understand, they can be implemented quickly and easily, and they greatly improve the quality of writing.”  The members of the LWI Awards Committee have used his books in their teaching, and know many other legal writing teachers who have done the same.  The LWI Board unanimously approved this recommendation.

In the ABA’s Appellate Issues on-line magazine, Wendy McGuire Coats wrote that in Point Made, “Guberman has assembled example after example of creative, clever, clear, common-sense legal writing.  He’s compiled in one book the great writing that will cause a legal writer to sigh, ‘I wish I'd written that.’  But he did not stop there.  Guberman has written a useable handbook that will aid the writer in crafting similar envy worthy moments of argument . . . Guberman’s techniques provide immediate ways to improve, tighten, and enliven the language and persuasive force of your prose.” 

For more than a decade, Guberman was a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School, where he taught a seminar on drafting and writing strategy.  He also provides seminars throughout the United States and internationally (see

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Bjarne Tellmann, '95: Named one of 2016 Burton Awards "Legends in Law"

May 25, 2016 - 8:55am
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The Burton Awards Program, held in association with the Library of Congress, and Co-Sponsored by the American Bar Association, announced its "Legends in Law" winners for 2016. The program named ten general counsels as "Legends in Law." The winners were selected based upon the following criteria: reputation in the legal profession; demonstrated competence in a specialized area of law; extensive background and experience; complexity and scope of matters handled; success in global or national issues; and exemplary leadership in law. The award winners were chosen from nominations received from managing partners of the nation's 1,000 largest law firms. This year marks the seventeenth anniversary of the Burton Awards program, which will be held on May 23, 2016 at the Library of Congress.

Thomas L. Sager, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP, and Les Parrette, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer at Novelis Inc., co-chairs of the Legends in Law Committee, stated, "We are fortunate to have selected such outstanding leaders in the legal community. These prominent general counsel are truly worthy of this special recognition." Lisa Rickard, a member of the Honorary Board of Directors for the Burton Awards, and president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform added "Certainly, this is one of the highest honors a general counsel can achieve in a career. Congratulations to these truly exemplary executives who set the highest professional standards for all others to follow."

The Burton Awards program rewards the greatest accomplishments in law, including excellence in writing, teaching, journalism, public service, leadership, and exemplary service in the armed forces by lawyers.

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Bradley Tusk, '99: "Do We Need Money in Politics?"

May 19, 2016 - 10:00am
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This is not a column about reform. This is not a column bemoaning the corrosive influence of money in politics. This is a column that just looks at the way campaigns have evolved over the past few years and asks a very simple question – is money still really that important in campaigns?

When people talk about the influence of money in politics, they’re specifically talking about a culture that empowers major donors to influence elections through independent expenditures and a culture that encourages pay to play governance by incentivizing politicians to dole out favors to donors in return for campaign contributions. The money mainly goes to one thing – television commercials. When you hear about the millions of dollars raised for congressional campaigns or the two billion dollars that will be spent collectively by the nominees for President, you’re really hearing about the money allocated to the tv buy.

But viewership is rapidly declining and fewer and fewer people are watching live tv (no one pauses the DVR to watch a political ad). Senior citizens (who are prime, coveted voters) are now more and more technically fluent, meaning you can reach them through ways other than tv spots. And as more and more people watch Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime and fewer watch CBS, TNT or even ESPN, the efficacy of tv ads in campaigns is becoming questionable at best.

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Allison Eid, ’91, and Thomas Lee, ‘91: "Who’s Who on Trump’s Supreme Court Wish List"

May 19, 2016 - 9:36am
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Donald Trump on Wednesday disclosed the names of 11 candidates he would consider to fill the current vacancy at the U.S. Supreme Court. The list includes six federal appeals court judges appointed by former Republican President George W. Bush, as well as five state Supreme Court justices with conservative credentials.

Here’s a quick look at the Trump 11:

• Allison Eid

Allison Eid, 51, has been an associate justice on the Colorado Supreme Court, the state’s highest, since 2006, appointed by former Republican Colorado Gov. Bill Owens. Before joining the bench, she served as Colorado’s solicitor general representing state officials and agencies in court. She also taught at University of Colorado Law School and worked as a litigator at the Denver office of Arnold & Porter LLP. She received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford and law degree from the University of Chicago.

In 2012, Judge Eid wrote the majority opinion ruling that the University of Colorado’s policy to ban students from carrying handguns on campus was unlawful. She also wrote a decision last year that said companies in Colorado, which has decriminalized most marijuana use, can fire employees for using marijuana outside of work because the activity still violates federal law. 


• Thomas R. Lee​

Thomas Lee of Utah​ is ​an associate justice of the Utah Supreme Court​, a position to which he was appointed in 2010 by Gov. Gary Herbert. While on the court, Justice Lee has authored a number of high-profile opinions, including one that overturned a 4-year-old adoption on grounds that a lower court had improperly terminated the birth-father’s parental rights, and a ruling striking down a law that allowed the state to increase a sentence based on an inmate’s behavior at a state hospital.

From 1997 until his appointment to the Utah Supreme Court, Justice Lee served on the faculty of Brigham Young University’s law school with a short stint in Washington, D.C., working as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Civil Division. He got his undergraduate degree from BYU and his law degree in 1991 from the University of Chicago, and he clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas.

Justice Lee​, 51, ​is also the son of former U.S. Solicitor General Rex Lee and the brother of current U.S. Senator Mike Lee.​ As a boy, according to the Deseret News, Justice Lee “said he assumed he would be a lawyer because his father, the founding dean of the BYU law school who died of cancer in 1996, was a lawyer.” While his thoughts changed in high school, according to the story, “after taking some government classes and participating in moot court, he became hooked on the law.”

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Roya Behnia, '91: "Overcoming fixedness: How thinking ‘inside the box’ can drive innovation"

May 16, 2016 - 2:47pm
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If you are like me, your desk drawer is crammed with random office supplies like half-used notepads, loose paper clips and maybe a lonely Post-it note. I didn’t think much about it until someone sent me this brilliant video highlighting 15 different uses for ordinary binder clips. Suddenly, that single binder clip in my drawer was transformed into one of the most useful organizing tools in my office.

What was so interesting about using binder clips to store ear buds or organize cables? It never occurred to me that a simple clip should be used for anything other than collecting paper. I fell prey to functional fixedness, defined as a “mental block against using an object in a new way that is required to solve a problem.” Psychologists refer to the “the candle problem” to highlight a tendency not to see a product beyond its stated function. Since binder clips are presented to consumers for one purpose, it’s difficult to look at their component parts and think about other completely different needs that can be met.

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The Hon. Paul S. Grewal, '96: Hired by Facebook for Litigation Role

May 16, 2016 - 2:43pm
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Facebook Hires Judge Paul S. Grewal for Litigation Role

Facebook made an interesting hire this week for its in-house legal department, turning not to a competing tech company or to a big law firm to find its recruit, but to the judiciary.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal, who has overseen a number of big intellectual property cases from his perch in San Jose, Calif., is joining Facebook next month to oversee global litigation for the social media giant.

A graduate of MIT and University of Chicago Law School, Judge Grewal joined the bench in 2010, after time spent clerking for judges and practicing intellectual property law at law firms including Day Casebeer Batchelder & Madrid, which later merged into now-defunct Howrey.

Said Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, in a statement: “Paul has presided over hundreds of cases as Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of California, and has earned a reputation as a thoughtful and knowledgeable jurist with deep expertise in areas that are critically important to our company and our industry. We look forward to having him on our team.”

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Ann Lousin, '68: Honored for Fifth Year in a Row by Illinois State Historical Society

May 12, 2016 - 9:26am
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Professor Ann M. Lousin, '68, of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago was once again honored by the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) for her writing on Illinois constitutional law. This is the fifth year that Lousin has been honored by ISHS.

This year Lousin received a Certificate of Excellence for two articles she wrote as part of her ongoing column featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The first column, "Dec. 15: A day that changed state history" considered how things might have been different in Illinois had voters rejected the 1970 state constitution. Lousin was a research assistant at the 1969-1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention. She also served as staff assistant to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, including a term as Parliamentarian of the House.

The second column, "A revolutionary proposal for financing education in Illinois" focused on the public education system in Illinois and how new financing structures might be more beneficial. Lousin attended Chicago Public Schools and presented a plan that would eliminate what she feels are foolish education financing formulas.

According to the ISHS, "These columns by Ann Lousin, published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, are full of insightful analysis, and offer a clear and creative approach to her subjects. She writes with a touch of humor, and her work deserves a wider audience."

In previous years, she has been awarded for her writings on a variety of topics, including restorative justice, Illinois amendments and the battle at Fort Dearborn.

Lousin has served on several nonprofit boards and governmental commissions, including a term as chairman of the Illinois State Civil Service Commission. She is active in the commercial law committees of the American and Chicago Bar Associations (CBA) and has been the chair of the CBA Constitutional Law Committee. She has been a leader in other legal organizations, including service as chair of the Board of Governors of the Armenian Bar Association from 1995 to 1998. She also lectures and consults on the Illinois Constitution, general public law issues and commercial law in the U.S. and abroad. In 2009 she was elected a member of the American Law Institute.

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Bijal Vira, '02: Sheppard Mullin Adds New York Corporate Finance Partner

May 10, 2016 - 7:47am
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Bijal N. Vira, '02, has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a corporate finance partner, based in the firm's New York office. Vira joins from Winston & Strawn.

"Bijal brings important strengths and a strong skill set that complements and further diversifies our existing Private Equity and Finance & Bankruptcy practices," said Guy N. Halgren, chairman of Sheppard Mullin.

Vira's practice is focused on representing investors and committed funds in their equity investment and/or lending activities, and his experience is comprehensive and covers all major investment classes. He advises leveraged buyout (LBO) funds and family wealth offices in platform and add-on acquisitions, senior and subordinate financing, and the subsequent harvesting of such investments; private credit funds, business development companies and small business investment company funds in secured and unsecured debt and debt-equity hybrid investments; credit opportunity funds and hedge funds in special situations, including acquiring and disposing of debt or equity investment positions; venture capital funds, corporate venture capital divisions, insurance companies and non-institutional investment groups and ultra-high-net-worth individuals in minority equity investments, co-investments and joint ventures; and real estate funds in the acquisition, development and sale, and related construction or permanent financing of real property assets either exclusively or in joint ventures.

"Sheppard Mullin's dynamic, competitive and progressive platform offers me a tremendous opportunity to grow my practice. I am excited to join a diverse group of extremely talented, collegial and entrepreneurial attorneys and a firm with an enviable growth trajectory and a lot of momentum," Vira commented.

"Bijal's strength in advising credit and special opportunity investment funds, which is an area that continues to grow, will bolster our leveraged finance practice," said Edward H. Tillinghast, III, partner and co-leader of the firm's Finance & Bankruptcy practice. "Bijal will be a significant asset to our Finance & Bankruptcy practice, here in New York and firmwide."

Vira received a J.D. in 2002 from the University of Chicago Law School, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from the University of Rochester in 1999.

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Michele Ruiz, '94 and Jesse Ruiz, '95: Receiving the Cardinal Bernardin Award at the Chicago Legal Clinic’s 35th Anniversary Awards Banquet

May 9, 2016 - 1:11pm
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The Chicago Legal Clinic will celebrate its 35th Anniversary at its Annual Awards Banquet. The event will be held on Thursday, May 19th, 5:30 p.m. at The Westin Chicago River North.  The prestigious Cardinal Bernardin Award will be bestowed upon Jesse Ruiz, '95 and Michele Ruiz, '94. For details, please contact

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Amy Manning, '92, Lisa Scruggs, '98, Mary Wilson, '92: "The leading ladies of Chicago law firms"

May 9, 2016 - 9:29am
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They are hard workers, relationship builders, optimists and leaders. And yet their passions, backgrounds and practices each tell their own unique story.

In this year’s Chicago Lawyer Diversity Survey, women accounted for about 44 percent of all lawyers among the firms who responded to the survey. But looking strictly at equity and non-equity partners, only 22.4 percent of all partners among responding firms are women.

For its diversity issue, Chicago Lawyer spoke with five women who have made equity partner in Chicago about their path to the top of their profession, including Amy Manning, '92, Lisa Scruggs, '98, Mary WIlson, '92.

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Valena Beety, '06: Wins Faculty Scholarship Award at West Virginia University College of Law

April 29, 2016 - 10:28am
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Professor Valena Beety, '06, is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Significant Scholarship Award at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Beety, an associate professor of law, won the award for her article “Judicial Dismissal in the Interest of Justice,” published last year in the Missouri Law Review (Volume 80, Issue 3). In the article, Beety examined the capacity of judges to grant clemency, or dismiss cases, in the interest of justice.

According to Beety, most of the country’s 1.6 million inmates are serving sentences for non-violent offenses. She argues that by making judges more accountable, they can dismiss some cases based on overzealous prosecutions, race-based patrolling, and the overuse of “three strikes” laws.

Beety looked at factors such as community impact, prosecutorial misconduct, safety and welfare of the community, and a conviction’s effect on public confidence in the criminal justice system. She proposed reform of the criminal justice system and practical assistance for individual cases and lives.

“This article illustrates the high level of research and scholarship our professors produce on significant issues,” said Gregory W. Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “Valena raises important questions related to fairness, efficiency, and effectiveness in the criminal justice system, and she provides courts an option to begin addressing the need for reform.”

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