Alumni News

"The Indomitable" Nancy Lieberman, '79: Featured in NYU Law Magazine

September 20, 2016 - 1:22pm

As "one of Wall Street's top dealmakers," Nancy Lieberman, '79, "has built a reputation for never backing down."

Original source: 

http://www.law.nyu.edu/news/lieberman

On Christmas Eve 2007, Nancy Lieberman LLM ’81 was taking a ski vacation with her family in Telluride, Colorado. Riding the triple-chairlift with her husband, Mark Ellman, she had been planning to get off at an intermediate station until a fellow skier persuaded the couple to go to the summit. “‘Oh, it’s such a beautiful day,’” Lieberman recalls him saying. They continued on to the top of the mountain. 

Lieberman wasn’t one to be intimidated by difficult terrain. In her decades as an attorney, she had risen to the top of New York’s competitive mergers and acquisitions (M&A) field and was a respected dealmaker at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She had just come off a banner year, racking up the most billable hours in her career. Consuming many of those hours was a complicated three-way deal in which her client, Great Plains Energy Inc., was trying to acquire another company while simultaneously selling off assets to a third. Shepherding this transaction required all of her keen technical and management skills—not to mention steely resolve. 

Terry D. Bassham, who was then chief financial officer of Great Plains and is now chief executive, says it was Lieberman’s fortitude that got them past a critical point. The target company, Aquila, was demanding more money and threatening to walk. “Nancy and I turned and looked at each other,” Bassham recalls. “We didn’t say a word. She just had, as only she can have, this very firm look that we didn’t need to budge one inch. I trusted her. We turned back to the lawyer and said, ‘Well, this is as far as we can go.’” 

Lieberman’s command of the negotiating table paid off; the deal closed in 2008 for $2.7 billion.

Continue reading: http://www.law.nyu.edu/news/lieberman

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Lyneir Richardson, '90: New Social Enterprise Company Chicago Trend Encourages Retail to Open on South and West Sides

September 15, 2016 - 9:43am

Lyneir Richardson, '90, CEO of Chicago Trend, or Transforming Retail Economics of Neighborhood Development, says his new for-profit social enterprise company, backed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Chicago Community Trust, has three advantages that will help it build top-tier retail developments in Bronzeville, Chatham, Pullman and other neighborhoods on the South and West sides: data, development contacts and dollars.

Original source: 

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/201609...

Standing on the corner of 39th Street and King Drive on the site of the soon-to-open Mariano's in Bronzeville, Lyneir Richardson stares admiringly—not at the grocer's shiny new sign, but at the vacant lots across the street.

"Look at those 'For Sale,' signs," he says. "They weren't there a few months ago. (The Mariano's store) is a catalytic type of investment. The question is, what other retail should be here that will help continue strengthening the neighborhood?"

He says the adjacent properties, near the former site of the Chicago Housing Authority's Ida B. Wells Homes, should include a sit-down restaurant, perhaps a UPS store and an urgent-care or day care center, as well as a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi.

What Richardson hopes won't materialize? Dollar stores, beauty supply stores, fast-food joints and check-cashing spots. It's tricky to prevent those players from overtaking an area, as many are operated by publicly traded corporations that move fast and pay top dollar for space that doesn't receive much other interest.

But Richardson, CEO of Chicago Trend, or Transforming Retail Economics of Neighborhood Development, says his new for-profit social enterprise company, backed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Chicago Community Trust, has three advantages that will help it build top-tier retail developments in Bronzeville, Chatham, Pullman and other neighborhoods on the South and West sides: data, development contacts and dollars.

To get independent businesses and major chains like Chipotle and Target to move into "transitional" neighborhoods, Richardson says, Trend is using sophisticated analysis and newly collected data about neighborhood buying power. It's also banking on relationships with retailers he and his co-founder, Robert Weissbourd, have formed over a collective 50 years in the real estate and development worlds, plus $7 million in prestigious MacArthur funding that will be used as an incentive for retailers to move into places they might otherwise overlook.

Continue reading: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/201609...

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Marvin Gittler, '63: 1938 - 2016

September 9, 2016 - 12:51pm

Marvin Gittler, '63, labor attorney with an outsized personality, has passed away at 77.

Original source: 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obituaries/ct-marvin-gittler-obituary-20160908-story.html

In a career of more than 50 years, labor lawyer Marvin Gittler used not only legal skills but humor, charm and an outsized personality to advocate effectively for working people, while at the same time earning the respect of the management lawyers he faced.

"He had a very substantial ability to relate to workers, to be able to solve problems and to put together deals that workers could live with and ratify," said Joel D'Alba, his partner at Asher, Gittler & D'Alba in Chicago. "He was able to meet with management lawyers and work out problems and walk away with a solution that both sides could live with."

Gittler, 77, died of lung cancer and dementia early Thursday in his summer home in Union Pier, Mich., according to his daughter Dr. Michelle Gittler. He was a longtime resident of Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

Gittler worked out contracts for officers and command staff of the Chicago Police Department, for workers in Chicago Public Schools and for building trades workers at McCormick Place.

Continue reading: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obituaries/ct-marvin-gittler-obituary-20160908-story.html

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Judge Robert Martin, '69: Retiring from U.S. Bankruptcy Court

September 8, 2016 - 12:15pm

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Martin, '69, who has served for 38 years, most of them as chief judge of the federal bankruptcy court in Madison, announced Wednesday that he is retiring at the end of the month.

Original source: 

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/longti...

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Martin, '69, who has served for 38 years, most of them as chief judge of the federal bankruptcy court in Madison, announced Wednesday that he is retiring at the end of the month.

Martin has been a bankruptcy judge in the Western District of Wisconsin since 1978, and was its chief judge until 2012. The district currently has two bankruptcy judges.

In addition, Martin has served as a visiting judge in bankruptcy courts in the northern districts of Illinois and Iowa.

Martin is a graduate of Cornell College in Iowa and in 1969, graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. He worked in private practice for Ross & Stevens in Madison from 1970 to 1978 before his appointment to the bench.

Martin is the former president of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and former national director of the Turnaround Management Association. He has co-authored several books on bankruptcy law and taught bankruptcy-related courses at the UW Law School. He also frequently lectures on bankruptcy and commercial law.

Bankruptcy judges in the Western District of Wisconsin are appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit on recommendations from the court's Judicial Conference.

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Nancy Rotering, '90: "Hilary Clinton Isn't The Only Woman Shattering Political Glass Ceilings"

September 7, 2016 - 12:07pm

Nancy Rotering, '90, first female Mayor of Highland Park, was recently profiled for Forbes.com.

Original source: 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/whitneyjohnson/20...

Nancy Rotering was first elected in 2011 as Mayor of the City of Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago with a population of about 30,000 people. Rotering had not quite two years of service experience on the City Council when she challenged the two-term incumbent Mayor, and successfully unseated him to become the City's first female Mayor. Highland Park's proximity to Chicago, its situation on the North Shore and its attractiveness to professional athletes, Hollywood movie makers and other notable figures, pose interesting challenges to those who govern and lead it. Largely an affluent suburb, the gulf here between rich and poor is daunting. Rotering tackles these challenges armed with the best piece of advice she has ever received: "Walk, don't run. Calmness backed by defined analysis inspires confidence."

Read more at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/whitneyjohnson/20...

 

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Lawrence Howe, '48: 1921-2016

August 31, 2016 - 10:02am

Lawrence Howe, '48, Chicago business and civic leader, dies at 94

Original source: 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obituaries/ct-lawrence-howe-obituary-20160830-story.html

Lawrence Howe was a Chicago executive who was active in civic affairs, serving as executive director of the Commercial Club of Chicago's Civic Committee and championing school reform and airport expansion.

Howe sat on the boards of a raft of civic groups and was Winnetka's village president for one term in the mid-1960s.

"Much of what we see in Chicago, whether the vibrancy of the business districts, O'Hare International Airport or the business community's efforts to improve education at the elementary and secondary levels, can be traced to Larry Howe and the leaders of the Civic Committee," said Civic Federation President Laurence Msall, whom Howe hired at the Civic Committee in 1988. "And he didn't bring an ideology with him other than the goal of improving the government."

Howe, 94, died of congestive heart failure July 31 at Evanston Hospital, said his daughter Eliza Earle. A longtime Winnetka resident, he had moved to Evanston in 2008.

 

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Asma Uddin, '05: "When a Swimsuit Is a Security Threat"

August 25, 2016 - 1:08pm

Asma T. Uddin, '05, is the director of strategy at the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom in Washington and a member of the Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Her article "When a Swimsuit Is a Security Threat" was featured in the Opinion Pages of the New York Times on August 24, 2016.

Original source: 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/24/opinion/when-a-swimsuit-is-a-security-threat.html?_r=0

Washington — Fifteen towns in France have issued bans on the full-body swimsuit worn by some Muslim women and nicknamed the “burkini,” citing public order and security concerns. According to the ordinance in Cannes, “Beach attire that ostentatiously displays a religious affiliation, while France and places of worship are the target of terrorist acts, is likely to create risks to public order.”

How do pants, a long-sleeve shirt and a head covering made of swimsuit material threaten public safety?

Continue reading: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/24/opinion/when-a-swimsuit-is-a-security-threat.html?_r=0

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Lyle Roberts, '96: "Time for Securities Lawyers to Stand Behind Their 'Confidential Witnesses'"

August 19, 2016 - 2:35pm

Guest post for Forbes.com written by Lyle Roberts, '96, Partner with Cooley, LLC in Washington who represented Millennial Media in its securities fraud case.

Original source: 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2016...

“Must have been the beers talking.”  That is how a former employee explained the statements anonymously attributed to him in a recent securities fraud class action complaint brought against a mobile advertising company called Millennial Media, Inc.

As it turned out, he was not the only “confidential witness” in the Millennial Media case who disagreed with the way the plaintiffs’ lawyers had used his statements to support accusations of a serious fraud.  A New York federal court found that the problems with the confidential witness statements in the complaint were “pervasive” and involved “statements that witnesses denied making, statements that were made but which the [complaint] presented out of context, and statements of knowledge or opinion for which the witness lacked a factual basis.”

The plaintiffs’ lawyers had little choice but to voluntarily dismiss the Millennial Media case, but this is far from a one-time incident.  Numerous courts have criticized the use, and frequent abuse, of confidential witnesses in securities class actions.  Indeed, in another recent decision, monetary sanctions were imposed against the plaintiffs’ lawyers in a case brought against Boeing after it turned out that the confidential witness they relied upon had never been a company employee and had no personal knowledge of the information attributed to him.

It is no mystery why the use of confidential witness statements has become so commonplace in securities class action complaints.  Prior to the passage of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA), public companies often settled these cases early to avoid the expense of litigation even if the case had no actual merit.  To prevent plaintiffs from bringing securities fraud cases based on nothing more than mere accusations, the PSLRA requires plaintiffs to plead, prior to any formal discovery, facts supporting their claims or face dismissal.

Continue reading this article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2016/08/19/time-for-securities-lawyers-to-stand-behind-their-confidential-witnesses/#4a65cc05299f

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Eric D. Altholz, '87, and Mary McQuillen, '87: Honored by Best Lawyers 2017

August 16, 2016 - 3:18pm

Eric D. Altholz and Mary McQuillen, both graduates of University of Chicago Law School Class of 1987 and attorneys at Verrill Dana, LLP, were recently recognized by Best Lawyers 2017 as "Best Lawyers." Altholz was also named as a "Lawyer of the Year: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law."

Original source: 

https://www.bestlawyers.com/Search/?q=verrill%20dana&page=1

Eric D. Altholz and Mary McQuillen, both graduates of University of Chicago Law School Class of 1987 and attorneys at Verrill Dana, LLP, were recently recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers 2017, a peer-review guide to the legal profession.

McQuillen was recognized for her work in Trusts and Estates, and Altholz was recognized for his work in Health Care Law.

Altholz was also named "Lawyer of the Year" in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law. This distinguished recognition is only for a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area.

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Thomas Eron, '87: Appointed to ProLiteracy Board of Directors

August 12, 2016 - 12:02pm

ProLiteracy, the world's leading adult literacy and basic education membership organization, announced at its recent board meeting the appointment of Thomas Eron, '87, to its Board of Directors.

Original source: 

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwbooks/article...

ProLiteracy, the world's leading adult literacy and basic education membership organization, announced at its recent board meeting the appointment of Thomas Eron, '87, to its Board of Directors.

"The work of ProLiteracy and its global community has never been more important," said Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. "Our Board members are the fiduciaries who advance our mission, and each brings unique experience and qualifications to the table. All four of our newest board members embody the spirit of volunteerism and bring talent, expertise, and energy to the organization. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue our work in raising adult literacy rates to improve lives worldwide."

Nikki Zollar, ProLiteracy Board Chair, said, "The newest members of the ProLiteracy Board of Directors provide the diverse skills and experience that will serve the organization well as we expand our impact in adult education."

Tom is a partner with Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC in Syracuse, N.Y. He is a labor and employment law attorney and deputy chair of the firm's labor and employment law department. He graduated from Cornell University and The University of Chicago Law School. Tom has served as counsel to ProLiteracy since 2012. He previously served on the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Central New York, Inc., and for the Huntington Family Centers, Inc., in Syracuse. He was president of Huntington's Board from 1998-2002.

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Aaron Van Oort, '99: Elected to American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

August 4, 2016 - 4:33pm

Aaron Van Oort, '99, partner and co-chair of the Faegre Baker Daniels appellate advocacy group, has been elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Original source: 

http://www.faegrebd.com/aaron-van-oort-electe...

Aaron Van Oort, partner and co-chair of the Faegre Baker Daniels appellate advocacy group, has been elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Academy membership is by invitation only and is offered to those who possess a reputation of recognized distinction as an appellate lawyer. To be eligible, a nominee’s practice must have focused substantially on appeals during at least the last 15 years. Membership is limited to just 500 in the United States.

Van Oort is a nationally renowned litigator who has represented clients in nine of the 13 U.S. Courts of Appeal as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and several state appellate courts. His recent experience includes successfully obtaining reversal in the 8th Circuit of an order certifying a class action, persuading the 3rd Circuit to grant immediate review of a class certification order, obtaining reversal of a $10 million jury verdict in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and obtaining a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court to permit the filing of a mandamus petition to enforce a ruling for a client in an immigration case.

Prior to joining the firm, Van Oort clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Richard Posner at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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Jessica Hall Zomer, '05: Recognized for Achievement in Federal Government

August 2, 2016 - 11:28am

Jessica Hall Zomer, '05, Attorney-Advisor for the Environmental Protection Agency, has been named a finalist in the Partnership for Public Service Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals program. Jessica is being recognized for helping craft and serving as chief legal advisor on a major plant regulation that will eliminate one-third of toxic heavy metals now dumped into the nation's rivers, lakes, and streams by regulated industries.

 

Original source: 

http://servicetoamericamedals.org/honorees/view_profile.php?profile=445

Jessica Hall Zomer, '05, Attorney-Advisor for the Environmental Protection Agency, has been named a finalist in the Partnership for Public Service Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals program. Jessica is being recognized for helping craft and serving as chief legal advisor on a major plant regulation that will eliminate one-third of toxic heavy metals now dumped into the nation's rivers, lakes, and streams by regulated industries.

Zomer, now 35, was able to translate extremely complex legal and technical issues into a rule “that will profoundly change the way we protect the nation’s water,” said Kevin [Minoli, EPA’s principal deputy general counsel], adding that it’s rare to give someone so young such responsibility. Zomer not only made sure the rule met all legal requirements under the Clean Water Act and related statutes and executive orders, she also helped lead the team that issued the complex regulation, which will be phased in beginning in 2018.

The new standards will lead to the removal of roughly one-third of all industrial pollutants now discharged into the nation’s rivers, lakes and streams by industries regulated under the Clean Water Act, equaling about 1.4 billion pounds of pollutants per year.

Zomer was recently recognized as a finalist for the Partnership for Public Service Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals program for her work. Zomer and other finalists also have the chance to win the Sammies People's Choice Award. Voters will choose a winner from the 32 finalists through this page, and the winner will be honored at an awards gala in Washington, D.C. this fall.

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Ann M. Lousin, '68: Appointed to ABA's ROLI Advisor Committee for Armenia

August 2, 2016 - 9:27am

Professor Ann M. Lousin, '68, has been appointed to be the Armenian Bar Association's representative to the advisory committee for the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative in Armenia.

Original source: 

http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/08...

Professor Ann M. Lousin, '68, has been appointed to be the Armenian Bar Association's representative to the advisory committee for the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative in Armenia.

"Professor Lousin is the heart and soul of our Association and has been since the inception of our organization," said Saro Kerkonian, the chair of the Armenian Bar Association. "We are thrilled that she has accepted this appointment, and we look forward to the collaboration between the Armenian Bar Association and the American Bar Association in promoting rule of law initiatives in Armenia and thereby, bettering the lives of all of Armenia's citizens."
 
Lousin said she is delighted to be of help.  "As one of our ArmenBar chairs said years ago, 'Our generation won the lottery. We are the generation that can help a free and independent Armenia be all it can be.' That's what ArmenBar does.  And that's what ABA ROLI Armenia does."
 
Lousin is a founding member of the Armenian Bar Association, served as its chair from 1995-1998 and has lectured at several Armenian universities. She also has served on several nonprofit boards and governmental commissions, including a term as chairman of the Illinois State Civil Service Commission.
 
Lousin is a constitutional law expert. She 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. She now 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.
 
Lousin joined the John Marshall faculty in 1975. She teaches Sales Transactions and Illinois Constitutional Law. Lousin received her bachelor's degree from Grinnell College and her law degree from The University of Chicago. Between college and law school, Lousin studied political science at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

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Andy Berke, '94: To Speak at Lee University's Summer Commencement

July 28, 2016 - 11:27am

Andy Berke, '94, mayor of Chattanooga, will address graduates and guests and Lee University's summer commencement on Saturday, July 30th.

Original source: 

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2016/7/27/328799/...

Andy Berke, '94, mayor of Chattanooga, will address graduates and guests at Lee University’s summer commencement on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Conn Center on Lee's campus.

As the grandson of a local lawyer, Mayor Berke grew up in a family devoted to helping others and giving back to the community of Chattanooga. After graduating with honors from Stanford University in 1990, Mayor Berke worked as a legislative assistant in the office of Tennessee Congressman Bart Gordon. Seeing Congressman Gordon’s attentiveness to constituent needs inspired Mayor Berke to go into public service as well.

Mayor Berke graduated with honors from the University of Chicago’s Law School, after which he worked as a law clerk and taught at Kansas University Law School. Elected to the State Senate in 2007 and re-elected to a second term in 2008, Mayor Berke became the vice-chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus where he served on the Senate Education and Transportation Committees. He was also appointed to the State Workforce Development Board.

Mayor Berke was elected mayor of Chattanooga in March 2013 with over 72 percent of the electoral vote. Since March of 2013, unemployment has dropped more than two percent and over 6,157 new jobs have come to the Chattanooga region. Not only is overall employment on the rise, foreclosure rates have decreased while Chattanooga had the third highest wage growth in the country for a mid-sized city in 2014.  Mayor Berke has led the city to partner with the White House and area nonprofits to end chronic veteran homelessness by the end of 2016. To date, more than 117 veterans have been housed in the Chattanooga area. 

Lee’s commencement service is the official conferral of degrees and recognition of academic achievement. Over 180 degrees are set to be conferred Saturday.

The hooding, commissioning, and commencement will be available for live stream viewing at http://livestream.com/leeu.

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Judge Morton Brody, '58: Honored at the Auburn Capital Judicial Center

July 26, 2016 - 1:10pm

Auburn native and longtime Judge Morton "Mort" Brody, '58, was honored and remembered Thursday with a portrait unveiling at the Capital Judicial Center.

Original source: 

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston-aubur...

Auburn native and longtime Judge Morton "Mort" Brody was honored and remembered Thursday with a portrait unveiling at the Capital Judicial Center.

Brody was born in Auburn in 1933 and graduated from Bates College in 1955 before attending the University of Chicago Law School.

He made his home in Waterville, becoming Waterville's Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 1981.

Brody practiced law for many years. Gov. Joseph Brennan appointed him to the Maine Superior Court in 1980. Ten years later, Gov. John McKernan appointed him to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Finally, in 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed Brody to the federal bench as a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine. He served until his death in 2000.

Colby College still gives out the Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award in his honor, recognizing a judge "who demonstrates the qualities of integrity, compassion, humanity and judicial excellence."

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Kimball Parker, '13: Creates Website Aiming to Connect Underserved Communities to Legal Resources

July 25, 2016 - 11:00am

Kimball Parker, '13, has created CO/COUNSEL, a new Wikipedia-like web site designed to help the general public more easily find legal information.

Original source: 

http://newswise.com/articles/mapping-the-law-...

Kimball Parker, '13, has created CO/COUNSEL, a new Wikipedia-like web site designed to help the general public more easily find legal information. He created a crowd-sourced platform, which weaves research into one coherent visual map of the law, giving its users access to different pieces of logic related to an area of the law. For example, users can choose a legal topic such as “patent law” or “information privacy law,” and with the click of a button they can easily find cases and other legal information that may help them research their own legal information.

“People don’t have the time or the training to piece together the logic of the law themselves. Those who can afford an attorney, pay hundreds of dollars and hour to understand their legal rights. Those less fortunate have few options,” said Parker. “It’s a serious social justice issue.”

Parker, who relocated to Utah after his experience as a trial attorney in the Bay Area for law firm Quinn Emanuel (he’s now a lawyer at Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City), hopes to grow his project even more in the future. He moved back to Utah, where he graduated from the U with an English degree in 2009, to focus on building the site and so he could work on systematically mapping the entirety of Utah law over the next few years. 

“Our goal is to make Utah's laws the most transparent in the nation.  We've already started and and results have been promising.  We want Utah citizens to be able to visit our site and understand their legal rights,” said Parker, adding that the site has received over 10,000 contributions so far from legal scholars on five different countries. In the coming academic year, the tool will be used in law classrooms in England, Canada, and South Africa.

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David Franklin, '97: Named Next State Solicitor General, Replacing Carolyn Shapiro, '95

July 19, 2016 - 3:05pm

Attorney General Lisa M. Madigan announced Thursday that David Franklin, '97, will replace Carolyn Shapiro, '95, as the state’s next solicitor general, saying in a statement that his “wealth of experience and knowledge of the law will serve the state of Illinois well.”

Original source: 

http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/2016/07/18/New-IL-solicitor-general-7-18-16.aspx?utm_source=subscriber&utm_medium=CDLBemail&utm_content=3B&utm_campaign=headlines

http://law.depaul.edu/about/news/Pages/franklin-appointed-solicitor-general-illinois.aspx

Attorney General Lisa M. Madigan announced Thursday that David Franklin, '97, will become the state’s next solicitor general, saying in a statement that his “wealth of experience and knowledge of the law will serve the state of Illinois well.” Franklin said he will officially take over in August.

Franklin, a 48-year-old associate professor at DePaul University College of Law, was classmates at the University of Chicago Law School with the current officeholder, Carolyn E. Shapiro, '95. And he met her predecessor, Michael A. Scodro, when the two crossed paths in the nation’s capital.

Shapiro, who began the job as overseer of the state’s appeals in early 2014, will head back to IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law where she was an associate professor and founded the school’s Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States, which researches the nation’s high court.

She said [a] highlight of her career was arguing a habeas corpus case at the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 12 of this year, Duncan v. Owens. It was ultimately dismissed as improvidently granted, but Shapiro called it a “memorable, exciting” experience and one that gave her flashbacks to law school, when a professor named Elena Kagan would quiz her in class.

“Justice (Sonia M.) Sotomayor asked me the first question, and as I was answering it, Justice Kagan — who’s all the way on the other side of the bench — said something like, ‘Excuse me, Ms. Shapiro, I have a question,’” she recalled. “I had a flashback there.”

Shapiro said Franklin is an “excellent, excellent” choice as a successor and has “great integrity.”

“It would be hard to leave if I didn’t think I left the job in good hands. It was hard to leave anyway,” she said. “But it’s better to leave the job knowing it’s in good hands.”

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Richard Leverett, '10: Inspired by Parent's Legacy of Encouragement

July 15, 2016 - 3:43pm

Richard Leverett credits his late parents — Richard and Betty Leverett — for encouraging him to discover the path that has led him to success as an attorney, chief of staff for Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, and now AT&T director of external affairs for 20 counties in the northern third of Indiana.

Original source: 

http://www.nwitimes.com/business/jobs-and-emp...

Richard Leverett credits his late parents — Richard and Betty Leverett — for encouraging him to discover the path that has led him to success as an attorney, chief of staff for Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, and now AT&T director of external affairs for 20 counties in the northern third of Indiana.

“They are a culmination of a lot of different parts of my life,” said Leverett. “I was the first in my family to go to college and received my B.S. degree in actuarial science from Butler University in Indianapolis in 2003,” he said.

Following graduation, Leverett worked as a consultant with the Perrin Group in Chicago for more than four years before enrolling at the University of Chicago Law School, and received his J.D. degree in 2010. Other honors include a fellowship with the Chicago-based Civic Consulting Alliance. In 2010, Leverett began working on Karen Freeman-Wilson’s mayoral campaign. During his three years with the mayor’s staff, Leverett served as assistant city attorney and deputy chief of staff. For the last 1 1/2 years of his tenure, he was Freeman-Wilson’s chief of staff. Leverett’s work for the city of Gary included three special projects.

Beginning in the fall of 2012, he managed University of Chicago students with the Harris School of Public Policy’s Urban Revitalization Project.That same year, Leverett accepted the position of director of external affairs with AT&T.

Whatever the future holds for Leverett, he continues to take inspiration from his past. “I’m a fan of civic engagement, law, policy, local government and finance. That’s what shaped my career,” he said. “The way my father and mother raised me stays with me,” Leverett said. “They taught me to listen to folks.”

 

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Kim Daniels, '94: Named to Vatican's Secretariat for Communications

July 13, 2016 - 3:39pm

The Vatican has named Kim Daniels, '94, as a member of the Secretariat for Communications, a body created by Pope Francis last year to manage and overhaul Rome’s different news and media outlets.

Original source: 

https://cruxnow.com/analysis/2016/07/13/another-american-gets-vatican-communications-assignment/

Two days after appointing an American as its new spokesman, the Vatican has named an American laywoman as a member of the Secretariat for Communications, a body created by Pope Francis last year to manage and overhaul Rome’s different news and media outlets.

Kim Daniels is a former spokesperson for the president of the US bishops’ conference, where she served both Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz.

She’s also a founder and former director of Catholic Voices USA. She is currently a communications consultant for organizations such as Catholic Relief Services, the Archdiocese of Washington, the Catholic Climate Covenant, and Women Speak for Themselves.

A graduate of Princeton and the University of Chicago Law School, she is currently a lay adviser to the US bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.

Daniels told Crux she was “honored and excited” by the appointment, which she said comes at a key moment in the development of Church communications.

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David Medine, '78: "For Privacy Watchdog, Snowden Changed Everything"

July 13, 2016 - 3:31pm

David Medine, '78, was only four days into his job when Edward Snowden changed everything.

The Snowden leaks became the cornerstone of Medine’s work leading the PCLOB over the next three years.

Original source: 

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/287287-striking-a-balance

David Medine was only four days into his job when Edward Snowden changed everything.

Nine years after the 9/11 Commission recommended the creation of an independent government watchdog to make sure the ramp-up in national security powers didn’t infringe upon individual rights, Medine had finally taken the reins as the first-ever full-time chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB).

The Snowden leaks became the cornerstone of Medine’s work leading the PCLOB over the next three years.

The five-member board provided critical analysis as the country debated how to respond to Snowden’s leaks and the ripples they made from Silicon Valley to foreign capitals across the globe. The board declared illegal the NSA’s most contentious program — the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records — a year before Congress killed it off and provided fodder for a new NSA debate that has slowly begun stirring to life.

Slightly more than three years after that first week, Medine stepped down from the board.

In a statement, Obama praised him for being “as talented and dedicated a public servant as they come.”

“Under David’s leadership, the PCLOB’s thoughtful analysis and considered input has consistently informed my decision-making and that of my team, and our country is better off because of it,” the president said.

Medine left the PCLOB to consult for a World Bank-based group focused on improving lives of poor people around the globe, called the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP).

Whatever becomes of the board without him, Medine believes he left behind a blueprint for how the PCLOB could function going forward. The reams of information it has released about U.S. spying are unprecedented and serve as a basis for both sides to debate the program’s merits.

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