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:
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.
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:
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.”
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:
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.”
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:
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.
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:
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.
We are pleased to announce that Martha E.("Meg") Gifford, '76, received the Joan L. Ellenbogen Founder's Award from the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York at its convention in June.
Martha E. ("Meg") Gifford, '76, received the Joan L. Ellenbogen Founder's Award from the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York at its convention in June. The award is given to "a distinguished member of the bar whose acts exemplify the essence of justice, thereby demonstrating a harmony with the founding principles of WBASNY, for a singular outstanding achievement, long-standing significant involvement, or a lifetime of constancy of purpose in advancing the status of women in society and the law." The New York Women's Bar Association, a chapter of WBASNY, also renamed its annual program for summer associates and interns, which Meg co-founded more than 20 years ago, the "Martha E. Gifford Annual Summer Program: What's It's Really Like to Practice Law as a Woman."
Jean-Jacques (J) Cabou, '03, a partner in Perkins Coie's White Collar & Investigations practice, has been elected as a member of The American Law Institute.Original source:
Jean-Jacques (J) Cabou, '03, a partner in Perkins Coie's White Collar & Investigations practice, has been elected as a member of The American Law Institute (ALI).
The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. By participating in the institute's work, its distinguished members have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas and to work with other eminent lawyers, judges and academics.
J defends individuals and corporate entities against criminal and other government investigations, including civil enforcement proceedings, at both the trial and appellate level. J has particular experience in white collar matters and is a recognized authority on both state and federal civil forfeiture, seizure and racketeering laws. In addition to his practice, J sits on the board of directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has been an adjunct professor at both the University of Chicago Law School and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. J has served as lead counsel for clients in matters before the Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals and United States district courts as well as Arizona’s trial, appellate and supreme courts.
The City of Chicago will be naming a section of 57th Street between Stony Island and Cornell Drive after the late John W. Rogers Sr.
Rogers, who was a Hyde Park resident, was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. He flew 120 successful combat missions over Europe during World War II. In 2007, He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, which is congress’ highest civilian honor. In the 1940s Rogers was one of very few African American students to attend the University of Chicago law school. After graduation, he started a private legal practice and a law firm then went on to have a long career as a juvenile court judge.
The street naming ceremony for “Honorary John W. Rogers Sr. Drive” will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 5 at the intersection of 57th Street and Stony Island Avenue.
We are pleased to announce that effective June 1, the following attorneys will become counsel:
Laura A. Flath, '06 (Litigation, Chicago Office)
Matthew J. Hofheimer, '08 (Tax, Chicago Office)
Laura Friedel, '98: Levenfeld Pearlstein Appoints New Practice Group Leader in Labor & Employment as Part of Deliberate Succession Plan
Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC (LP) is pleased to announce that beginning July 1, David Solomon will lead its Corporate & Securities Practice Group, and Laura Friedel '98 will take over as head of the Labor & Employment Practice Group. Solomon, who joined LP as a partner in 2009, succeeds Mary Wasik, who had led the group since 2013. Friedel replaces Peter Donati, who had led the Labor & Employment group since 2005. Two of LP's highly-respected and sought-after attorneys, both Wasik and Donati will remain at the firm as partners.
These practice group leadership transitions are a part of LP's deliberate succession planning protocol, designed to provide opportunities for different individuals at the firm to serve in leadership roles. Since its early days, LP's leadership has cultivated leaders through a formal training program, and its successful implementation continues to create future leaders with skills that build upon those of their predecessor.
LP's commitment to succession planning feeds into its singular focus on creating an exceptional client experience. The firm understands that succession in the leadership of the firm's practice groups is an essential element to aligning support structures and cultivating effective practice group, which in turn leads to an unparalleled client experience.
Friedel helps businesses maximize their most important asset – their employees. She works with companies to develop employment documents, policies and practices that improve employee relations while protecting the company’s investment in its people and minimizing legal risk. When disputes arise, Friedel works closely with clients to determine their business goals relating to the claim and then targets the litigation, arbitration or settlement discussions to meet those goals. And when a union is involved (or seeks to insert itself), she helps companies understand and meet their obligations under labor laws while still adhering to their larger business goals.
Kara N. Ingelhart, '15 and Brittany E. Ellenberg, '16: Included in the 30 Best and Brightest Individuals in Chicago's Lgbtqqia + Youth Community
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 Ingelhart, '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.
Bonnie A. Barsamian, '89: Nominated by President Obama for Board of Directors of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.”Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article81833267.html#storylink=cpy
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.
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 http://legalwritingpro.com).