"I was prepared for all of this at the Law School by the best legal minds of my generation, people like Posner, Easterbrook, Scalia, and Epstein, to name just some of them."
During law school, Bryant Edwards, ’81, had his sights set on a Wall Street lawyering job. Then he met some lawyers from a small Los Angeles firm with about 175 attorneys, and he liked what he saw in them. After visiting the firm’s offices, he liked it even more. “It was a departure from what I had been imagining for myself, but I could tell that these were top-quality lawyers with big ambitions, and I believed they had the ability to realize those ambitions,” he recalls. “So I took a chance, and after graduation I headed west to join Latham & Watkins.”
Today, Latham is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious firms, and Edwards has made significant contributions to that growth and that stature. He chaired the corporate practice at the Los Angeles office, then dramatically grew the European practice as chair of the London corporate department for eight years, then led the creation of Latham’s Middle East practice, serving as its Dubai-based chair and opening four new offices in the region, and now he’s chairing the firm’s five-office Asia practice from Hong Kong.At each stop, he has deployed notable leadership skills as well as a deep expertise in capital markets, high-yield bonds, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions. When he transferred to the London office in 2000, it had about 40 lawyers, and Latham had little name recognition there. Today the office has seven times as many lawyers, and Latham is a go-to brand.
“The high-yield market in Europe, which had really just begun around 1998, fell very hard in 2001 and 2002,” he recalls. “Practically everyone thought that party was over.” Persisting, he led the development of the European High Yield Association and became its chair. When the market roared back, Latham was at its forefront. In 2006, a European competitor remarked, “When you’re in high-yield at Latham & Watkins, the business comes to you. At other firms, you go do lunch in Warsaw.”
A similar story unfolded after he took the firm into the Middle East in 2008. Things had been booming—and then, when the global economic crisis hit, they went the other way. Among the many large projects that Edwards led was the restructuring of nearly $60 billion of debt obligations of Dubai World. As things turned positive again, he led the development of the high-yield market in the region and advised clients on transactions that included the Middle East’s first-ever conventional high-yield corporate bond offering and the issuance of a $4 billion sukuk by the State of Qatar, the largest dollar-denominated sukuk ever issued. (A sukuk is a financial instrument structured in accordance with Islamic principles.)
In Asia, he anticipates the same strong growth that he oversaw in Europe and the Middle East: “There is tremendous economic vitality throughout Asia and increasingly strong connections into the Middle East, Africa, and beyond. Policies are supporting the growth of strong and responsive capital markets, which will provide the capital for Asia’s most successful companies to truly globalize.” Asia-focused publications have cited the firm as among the most innovative in the Asia-Pacific region and honored him as an external counsel of the year.
“When I joined Latham, I knew I was in for a great adventure,” he says, “but the journey has been more amazing and fulfilling than I could have imagined. I was prepared for all of this at the Law School by the best legal minds of my generation, people like Posner, Easterbrook, Scalia, and Epstein, to name just some of them. I’m still inspired by that experience, and I know that today’s Law School is stronger than ever, turning out graduates with great skills, great legal logic, and the willingness to roll up their sleeves and work hard to help clients succeed. I’m a proud graduate, and a very grateful one, too.”
Chicago attorney and government wonk Perri Irmer has been named president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History.Original source:
Chicago attorney and government wonk Perri Irmer has been named president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History.
Irmer, 56, is a Chicago native and lifelong resident of the Hyde Park-Kenwood community and has a broad range of experience—she's also an architect and worked for years as head of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.
Esther Lardent, '71, Founder of the Pro Bono Institute, Profiled by The American Lawyer as 'Lifetime Achiever'
Esther Lardent, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Pro Bono Institute, can be very persuasive.Original source:
Esther Lardent, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Pro Bono Institute, can be very persuasive. Just ask U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has spoken at nearly all of PBI's yearly meetings since the late 1990s, no matter how busy her schedule. Ginsburg happens to be a big fan of PBI's efforts to give poor and disadvantaged communities better access to legal services. But Lardent's lobbying hasn't hurt.
"She's a hard person to say no to," says Ginsburg.
Many managing partners and general counsel would agree. Since PBI's launch in 1996, Lardent (aka the "Queen of Pro Bono") has convinced nearly 150 top-tier law firms and dozens of Fortune 500 legal departments to step up their commitment to pro bono. Her pitch is simple but effective: By doing good on the pro bono front, big law firms can boost recruiting and generate positive PR buzz—and thus also do well.
Part of what makes Hirshman such a likable writer — in addition to her wit and ability to explain the law succinctly without dumbing it down — is her optimism.Original source:
From the Washington Post's review:
Part of what makes Hirshman such a likable writer — in addition to her wit and ability to explain the law succinctly without dumbing it down — is her optimism. “Sisters in Law” ends with a call for more female justices. Surely, Hirshman concludes, judges who have experienced being female in American society will be more responsive to sex-equality concerns than the Roberts court has been.
Here is a biography of two women that focuses centrally on their work. (I have no doubt O’Connor loves her children, but their names don’t appear in the book.) This alone is cause for celebration; bookstore shelves aren’t exactly crowded with biographies of great women at work. How much better that the work in question seeks to enable many more women (and men) to carve out their own life stories unconstrained by sex-role stereotypes.
The awards are given to individuals who embody the spirit of Andrew Carnegie by dedicating their private wealth to the public good.Original source:
David M. Rubenstein will be honored with a 2015 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced Tuesday. The awards are given to individuals who embody the spirit of Andrew Carnegie by dedicating their private wealth to the public good.
Rubenstein, a co-founder and co-chief executive of the Carlyle Group, a Washington-based global private-equity firm, is one of eight recipients to be honored for his contributions to a variety of causes, including arts and culture, the environment, cancer research, and technology.
“I view this award more as a call to action rather than an acknowledgment of things I’ve done,” Rubenstein said in an e-mail. “America has given me so much and I’m trying to return the favor.”
Alissa Gardenswartz steps into the position of Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection.Original source:
Alissa Gardenswartz steps into the position of Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection. Gardenswartz joined the Colorado Attorney General’s Office in January 2007 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Fraud Unit. She worked a wide variety of antitrust cases, as well as consumer, mortgage, and charitable fraud cases. In 2012 she became a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the same Unit and, in 2014, was appointed the First Assistant Attorney General over the Antitrust, Tobacco, and Mortgage Fraud Unit.
Gardenswartz earned her undergraduate degree at U.C.L.A in 1992 and her law degree from the University of Chicago in 1996. She spent four years working as an antitrust attorney at the Federal Trade Commission and then at the national law firm Clifford Chance in Washington D.C. before moving to Colorado in 2004 where she became a senior associate at Wheeler Trigg Kennedy LLP.
In “The Senator Next Door,” an autobiography Klobuchar penned without a ghost writer, she writes about her trajectory from a middle-class Plymouth upbringing to the U.S. Senate.Original source:
WASHINGTON – Even at her own wedding, Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar writes in her new book, she weathered bromides about one day running for president.
In The Senator Next Door, an autobiography Klobuchar penned without a ghost writer, she writes about her trajectory from a middle-class Plymouth upbringing to the U.S. Senate, with stops along the way at Yale University and the Hennepin County attorney’s office.
Klobuchar’s autobiography, which hits bookstores next week, is at times unflattering about her own family.
The daughter of a schoolteacher and a newspaperman, she talks about her father (longtime Star Tribune columnist Jim Klobuchar) and his struggle with relationships, alcoholism and recovery, and her mother’s decision to return to the workforce after she found herself single and raising two kids.
Susan Phillips Read acknowledges a certain wonder when reflecting on her 12 1/2 years as associate judge on the state Court of Appeals.Original source:
ALBANY - Susan Phillips Read acknowledges a certain wonder when reflecting on her 12 1/2 years as associate judge on the state Court of Appeals—the 13 different colleagues, the thousands of decisions, having a voice at the conference table where some of the state's most important legal decisions were made.
It ends when her resignation from the court takes effect Monday.
"You have to be prepared to make it [to the court]," she said in a recent interview in her soon-to-be vacated chambers in Albany. "But you also have to be a little lucky. You have to be the right person in the right place at the right time to be appointed. That the stars aligned and I got appointed, I still can't believe that."
Gus Makris, 06, Appointed to Georgia District Attorney & Circuit PublicDefender Compensation Commission
Makris is tax counsel for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.Original source:
[Georgia] Gov. Nathan Deal has named 26 people to state boards.
Gus Makris, Judicial, District Attorney & Circuit PublicDefender Compensation Commission. Makris is tax counsel for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. He was previously an associate with King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. Makris serves on the board of the East Cobb Civic Association. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago Law School.
In a wide-ranging, three-part interview with Bloomberg, Brian Brooks, '94, draws on his experience as Fannie Mae General Counsel.Original source:
In a wide-ranging, three-part interview with Bloomberg, Brian Brooks, '94, draws on his experience as Fannie Mae General Counsel:
There are lawyers who are really sources of market information and intelligence, who are always letting you know what’s going on in your industry, even when you yourself may not have a need for them that day. Those are the people who really become the trusted advisors.
Read Part 1: "Call Me When I’m Not Sending You Work"
The profit structure of law firms is really broken. The rates of the most senior partners at the best law firms have gone up and up and up. [But] the problem for law firms is that the rates of the mid-level lawyers and associates have gone up and up and up, even faster than the rates of the senior partners, and their value add isn’t the same.
Read Part 2: "The Law Firm Profit Structure Is Broken"
If the only lawyers I’ve seen in the last day or two happen to be lawyers that look like me or lawyers that I’ve mentored or whatever, then over time, everybody else is going to get excluded.
I then went to law school and had two great professors. Antonin Scalia was a professor there … and Richard Epstein, who’s a famous professor. I took courses from them that really made me think.Original source:
Were your conservative political ideals also formed around that time?
Let me tell you about the journey there, because it didn’t start that way. I went to college and really put that newfound faith on the shelf. My freshman year I went to church most of the time, but by my sophomore year I was partying, drinking to go to the football games, and having a fun time.
I thank God for not giving up on me because He pursued me. My political beliefs were pretty leftist. I was part of a progressive party and the debating groups at Yale. I had an … acquaintance there who came up to me and said, “Well, David, what do you believe in?” I said, “Well, I believe in free speech.” She said, “What about your faith?” I said, “I’m a Christian,” because I kept the label, and a couple of other things. She looked at me and said, “You’re not a liberal, you’re a conservative.” I said, “Really?” Because at that time, the label I had was a liberal. I said, “Well, let me think about that.”
I spent the summer thinking, what do I really believe in, reaching back to that life in Kendallville and the things that were important to me. That started a couple-year evolution. I then went to law school and had two great professors. Antonin Scalia was a professor there … and Richard Epstein, who’s a famous professor. I took courses from them that really made me think, and I realized after my first year of law school, I am a conservative, a constitutional conservative. Freedom is the thing I value most in political, public life, and I want to live my life to promote that.
Litigator Chad Hummel has represented a number of clients at trial in cases involving competition law, IP, advertising and marketing, unfair competition and government investigations and prosecutions.Original source:
Sidley Austin LLP has landed two partners from Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP for its Los Angeles office, including Manatt's trial practice co-chair, who will bring experience in intellectual property, entertainment, antitrust and regulatory law, the firm announced on Tuesday.
Litigator Chad Hummel has represented a number of clients at trial in cases involving competition law, IP, advertising and marketing, unfair competition and government investigations and prosecutions. He has served as lead trial counsel in a number of cases and worked with big-name clients, including Imax Corp., AT&T and Sony Pictures.
“Chad’s strong reputation and deep experience as a trial lawyer in some of the nation’s most high-profile cases make him an exciting addition to our firm,” Carter Phillips, chairman of the firm’s executive committee, said in a statement.
After more than 15 years leading the legal departments of corporate giants like Sara Lee and General Mills, Chicago lawyer and diversity advocate Roderick “Rick” Palmore is returning to law-firm life.Original source:
After more than 15 years leading the legal departments of corporate giants like Sara Lee and General Mills, Chicago lawyer and diversity advocate Roderick “Rick” Palmore is returning to law-firm life.
Palmore, 63, joined the Chicago office of Dentons last week as senior counsel, a move recruiters described as a win for the firm. For three years in the 1990s he worked at Sonneschein Nath & Rosenthal, which later became Dentons through a series of mergers.
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:
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.
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.
Bethany Lampland is taking action to prove that doing good is great for business.Original source:
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.
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:
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."
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.