News & Media http://www.law.uchicago.edu/feeds/newsandmedia.rss en Siegler on MSNBC: ATF Targeting of Minorities in Sting Operations http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/siegler-msnbc-atf-targeting-minorities-sting-operations <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report suggests ATF targeting minorities in sting operations </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jose Diaz Balart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MSNBC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">July 22, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Professor <a href="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/siegler">Alison Siegler</a> appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 to speak with host Jose Diaz Balart. Siegler discussed the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms' tactics in setting up stash houses for sting operations and the allegations that these stings target low level criminals and minorities for arrest for invented crimes.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>(Read more of Professor Siegler's comments on this ongoing investigation in <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/20/atf-stash-house-stings-racial-profiling/12800195/">USA Today</a>.) <p><iframe src='http://player.theplatform.com/p/2E2eJC/EmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_jose_minority_140722' height='500' width='635' scrolling='no' border='no' ></iframe></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-source-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Read more at:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.msnbc.com/jose-diaz-balart/watch/is-the-atf-targeting-minorities-311082563673" title="http://www.msnbc.com/jose-diaz-balart/watch/is-the-atf-targeting-minorities-311082563673">http://www.msnbc.com/jose-diaz-balart/watch/is-the-atf-targeting-minorit...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-faculty-news"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/siegler">Alison Siegler</a> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:48:26 +0000 mferzige 22682 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic: Significant Accomplishments 2013-2014 http://www.law.uchicago.edu/clinics/theadvocate/corporate-lab-transactional-clinic-13-14 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">July 18, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic successfully completed in excess of 60 projects during the 2013–2014 academic year in collaboration with companies including Amazon, Accenture, Allstate, Baxter Healthcare, CDW, GE Capital, General Mills, Honeywell, Integrys Energy Group, the Italian Trade Commission, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln Center, Microsoft, Nike, Northern Trust, Schneider National, Schreiber Foods, Sony Electronics, Stericycle, Verizon Communications, and various start-up companies in connection with the Booth School of Business New Venture Challenge (including one of the winners of the competition, Simple Mills). Honeywell, the Italian Trade Commission, and Schneider National were recently added to the client roster, continuing the Corporate Lab’s focus on major corporations in diverse industries, and the Corporate Lab has also added Motorola Mobility and Blue Haven Initiative (a Pritzker family NGO) as clients for the 2014–2015 academic year. &nbsp;</p> <p>Last June, Corporate Lab student director Phil Caruso spoke about doing business in the U.S. at a conference hosted by the Italian Trade Commission in Castellanza, Italy, entitled “The U.S. Invests in Manufacturing: Opportunities for Italian Mechanical Companies.” &nbsp;Attended by over 75 Italian manufacturing companies and trade representatives from several states, the conference provided advice on entering the U.S. market through distribution channels, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. &nbsp;The Italian Trade Commission connects Italian companies with a team of Corporate Lab students, which assists such companies on contract drafting and corporate governance projects. &nbsp;Following the conference, the Corporate Lab has seen enhanced opportunities to work with the Italian Trade Commission in facilitating cross-border transactions in the years ahead.</p> <p>This September, the Corporate Lab and the ABA Global Anti-Corruption Committee are hosting a conference, entitled “Supply Chain Integrity and Corporate Responsibility: A New Legal Enforcement Landscape.” Representatives from the U.S. Attorney's Office, federal judiciary, non-profit sector, academia, and Fortune 500 companies are expected to attend the conference, with the goal of (a) offering the first symposium to rigorously explore the myriad legal issues related to corporate social responsibility, and (b) composing a publication on the topic thereafter. This follows the path set by the Corporate Lab’s recent and highly successful conference, “FCPA Corporate Compliance Programs and Third-Party Vetting: Toward a Determination of Compliant Practices.”</p> <p>The Corporate Lab continues to be successful due in large part to the interesting projects and high-quality work that draw ambitious students and leading organizations to come together to collaborate on cutting-edge legal projects. &nbsp;For example, the following is a representative sampling of the many projects undertaken by the Corporate Lab over the past academic year:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Drafted and negotiated a settlement agreement relating to a dispute between a client and its distributors;</li> <li>Researched shareholder activism and assembled materials for a presentation to a client’s board;</li> <li>Rewrote a client’s terms of use for software products to maximize user-friendliness;</li> <li>Conducted a public survey to assess the relative importance to consumers of different provisions of a client’s terms of service;</li> <li>Analyzed a client’s social media policy for employees in relation to applicable National Labor Relations Board’s guidelines;</li> <li>Revised a client’s form account agreement and terms of sale to comply with new Federal Trade Commission regulations;</li> <li>Reviewed and cataloged a banking client’s account control agreements to facilitate risk management;</li> <li>Created a “playbook” of software license agreement provisions, ranked from most favorable to least acceptable, to assist a client’s employees in negotiating such agreements; and</li> <li>Assisted a startup client form a limited liability company and negotiate operating agreements.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Beyond these substantive projects, the Corporate Lab has continued to host its very successful Speaker Series. The Speaker Series has given Lab students an opportunity to hear from leading practitioners (from both law firms and in-house legal departments) on core areas of law (e.g., the fundamentals of a specific type of transaction), topical business-and-law issues, and those real-world concerns critical to young attorneys’ success (e.g., client development and networking). In addition to many other esteemed practitioners, the following legal and business leaders participated in the Speaker Series over this past academic year: Phil Bach (Director at Valerience); Dennis Chookaszian (former chairman and CEO of CAN Insurance Companies); John Flavin (director of Chicago Innovation Exchange); Jim Foorman (Senior Managing Director and General Counsel of Guggenheim Capital); John Frank (Deputy General Counsel and Chief of Staff, Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft); Barbara Kolsun (Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Stuart Weitzman); Kingsley Martin (President and CEO at KMStandards LLC); and Vincent Warther (Executive Vice President at Compass Lexecon).</p> <p>Furthermore, through the Corporate Law Fellowship program, recent Law School graduates work as paid fellows in the legal departments of major corporations. This year, two of the Corporate Lab’s clients, Microsoft and Baxter, have each accepted a graduating student as a fellow, and several other companies have expressed interest in participating in the future.</p> <p>Finally, the Corporate Lab hosted the third annual Transactional Challenge for rising second-year law students to provide exposure to transactional practice during the students' first law school summer. Approximately 55 students registered for the Challenge, which allows students to compete against each other in a series of “real world” transactional corporate exercises. The Challenge also gives participating students an opportunity to network with senior in-house counsel and law firm partners as part of a post-competition reception in the fall.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:54:25 +0000 mferzige 22657 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Futterman on New Transparency in Chicago Police Abuse Allegations http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/futterman-new-transparency-chicago-police-abuse-allegations <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Police Abuse Allegations Finally Go Public </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craig Futterman, Jamie Kalven, Jon Loevy and Flint Taylor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chicago Sun-Times </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">July 18, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>We stand at a watershed in the long history of efforts to address patterns of police abuse in Chicago. On March 10, the state appellate court held in <em>Kalven v. Chicago</em> that documents bearing on allegations of police misconduct are public information. On July 11, the Emanuel administration announced that it will not appeal Kalven and that it has adopted a set of procedures for implementing the decision.</p> <p>As the plaintiff and attorneys in <em>Kalven</em>, we engaged in extended negotiations with Corporation Counsel Steve Patton and his staff in order to settle the case. The Emanuel administration is to be commended. Not only does its new transparency policy conform to <em>Kalven</em>, in some respects it goes beyond what the decision requires.</p> <p>This is real reform. It is important to understand why.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-source-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Read more at:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/28718007-452/police-abuse-allegations-finally-go-public.html" title="http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/28718007-452/police-abuse-allegations-finally-go-public.html">http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/28718007-452/police-abuse-allega...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-faculty-news"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/futterman">Craig B. Futterman</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/loevy">Jon Loevy</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-sidebar"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <h2>Read more coverage of this historic decision:&nbsp;</h2> <p><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/chicago-police-misconduct_n_5586009.html?view=screen"><a href="http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/city-wont-fight-keep-citizen-complaints-against-cops-secret/fri-07112014-652pm#bmb=1">Chicago Sun-Times</a>, July 11, 2014</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/chicago-police-misconduct_n_5586009.html?view=screen">Huffington Post</a>, July 14, 2014</p> <p><a href="http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/524/article/p2p-80806678/">Chicago Tribune</a>, July 15, 2014</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:25:32 +0000 mferzige 22656 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu James L. Huffman '72 Nominated to Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation http://www.law.uchicago.edu/alumni/accoladesandachievements/james-l-huffman-72-nominated-board-trustees-morris-k-udall-and-stewa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-aa-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Original source:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.officialwire.com/pr/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts-39/" title="http://www.officialwire.com/pr/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts-39/">http://www.officialwire.com/pr/president-obama-announces-more-key-admini...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:</p> <ul> <li>Mickey D. Barnett – Governor, Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service</li> <li>James L. Huffman – Member, Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation</li> <li>Matthew V. Masterson – Commissioner, Election Assistance Commission &nbsp;</li> <li>Christy McCormick – Commissioner, Election Assistance Commission</li> </ul> <h2>James L. Huffman, Nominee for Member, Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation</h2> <p>James L. Huffman is a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a position he has held since 2013. Previously, he was a member of the Hoover Institution Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity from 2008 to 2013. &nbsp;He joined Lewis and Clark Law School as a Professor of Law in 1978 and served as Dean from 1994 to 2006. &nbsp;Mr. Huffman served on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council from 2004 to 2005. &nbsp;He was the Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation in 1993 and a Fulbright Scholar in Athens, Greece in 1988. &nbsp;Mr. Huffman received a B.S. from Montana State University, an M.A. from Tufts University, and a J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:28:32 +0000 mferzige 22649 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Nou: What it is Like for An Agency to Sort Through Public Comments http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/nou-what-it-agency-sort-through-public-comments <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The FCC just received a million net-neutrality comments. Here’s what it’s like to sort through them all. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jennifer Nou </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Washington Post </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">July 18, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today is the end of the Federal Communications Commission’s comment period for net neutrality rules. So large was the response (thanks, John Oliver) that the FCC’s servers had trouble handling more than a million submissions; the deadline had already been extended once. Traffic like this isn’t uncommon with high-profile proposed regulations, and the government is generally required to let the public’s voice be heard. In 2003, a media-ownership rule elicited over a million responses, too. Other agencies recently received over 100,000 comments though the government’s electronic rulemaking portal alone. What is it like to pore through all those responses?</p> <p>Seeing the rulemaking process up close, I realized: It’s like sifting for gold. By law and executive order, agencies need lots of information to survive review, whether it’s about the potential benefits and costs of a rule, or the likely impacts on particular interests like the environment, states, or small businesses. Some comments are genuinely useful in this respect. Practices among agencies vary, but in general, each comment is read and coded by teams of agency staff members or contractors. Because so many submissions now arrive online, they can be sorted and searched to look for similar themes before they are handed over to the rule-writers. Perhaps the comments supply the most recent study or credible sources of empirical data. Maybe they point out novel legal issues in a careful and detailed way. Sometimes they propose new ideas and regulatory alternatives. You quickly spot nuggets like these among the mass of submissions. In law school, they often teach you that public comments don’t matter because the agency has already decided what it’s going to do. That is simply not true.</p> <p>At the same time, you know that most commenters have an agenda. Reams of research consistently reveal that the rulemaking process is dominated by regulated entities and well-funded interest groups with savvy lawyers. So one must learn to read the comments critically. Has the study been peer-reviewed? Are the assumptions transparent? Other comments also need sifting. Take the form letters with spoon-fed slogans. When smoking restrictions in airplanes were being considered, for example, the Smoker’s Rights Alliance created postcards, urging people to send them in if they agreed that “federal and private airline smoking bans have gone too far.” Sure, they’re counted, but these kinds of comments often amount to little more than clap-o-meters. No doubt they are democracy at work, which is a good thing. But agencies can’t promulgate regulations by reference to how loudly the crowd applauds. They need evidence and facts.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-source-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Read more at:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/18/the-fcc-just-received-a-million-net-neutrality-comments-heres-what-its-like-to-sort-through-them-all/" title="http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/18/the-fcc-just-received-a-million-net-neutrality-comments-heres-what-its-like-to-sort-through-them-all/">http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/18/the-fcc-just-...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-faculty-news"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/nou">Jennifer Nou</a> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:51:05 +0000 mferzige 22647 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Lyonette Louis-Jacques receives award for her outstanding service to AALL’s Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/07/17/lyonette-louis-jacques-receives-award-for-her-outstanding-service-to-aalls-foreign-comparative-and-international-law-special-interest-section/  This past weekend many of D&#8217;Angelo&#8217;s librarians were away at the Annual Meeting and Conference of the American Association of Law Libraries.  A great conference made even better by a (surprise!) award to our own Lyonette Louis-Jacques.  The Foreign, Comparative &#8230; <a href="http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/07/17/lyonette-louis-jacques-receives-award-for-her-outstanding-service-to-aalls-foreign-comparative-and-international-law-special-interest-section/">Continue&#160;reading&#160;<span class="meta-nav">&#187;</span></a> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:00:26 +0000 Margaret Schilt http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/?p=24797 Tom Dupree '97 and Noel Francisco '96 Made Their SCOTUS Argument Debuts This Term http://www.law.uchicago.edu/alumni/accoladesandachievements/tom-dupree-97-and-noel-francisco-96-made-their-scotus-argument-debut <div class="field field-type-text field-field-aa-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Original source:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202661882389/Understudies-Take-Stage-at-Supreme-Court?mcode=1202615518654&amp;curindex=0&amp;back=TAL08&amp;slreturn=20140616103334" title="http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202661882389/Understudies-Take-Stage-at-Supreme-Court?mcode=1202615518654&amp;curindex=0&amp;back=TAL08&amp;slreturn=20140616103334">http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202661882389/Understudies-Take-Sta...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <h2>Understudies Take State at Supreme Court; First- and Second-time Appellate Advocates Took the Spotlight in Cases Argued During the 2013-14 Term</h2> <p>By Tony Mauro<br />National Law Journal</p> <p>First-time advocates were among the winners of landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in the term just ended — a signal that new faces are beginning to join the ranks of veteran practitioners.<br />An unusually large number of first- and second-time advocates argued before the high court between last October and this April. Among them were several lawyers from firms with established Supreme Court practices where longtime advocates often keep the arguments for themselves — or are asked to do so by clients.</p> <p>"It has been a breakout year, very different from what we have seen in the past," said Tom Goldstein of Goldstein &amp; Russell. "It's been a real opportunity for another generation of advocates to make their mark."</p> <p>Lawyers making their debut in marquee cases, and winning, include: Erin Murphy of Bancroft in the campaign-finance case <em>McCutcheon v. FEC</em>; Jones Day's Noel Francisco in <em>NLRB v. Noel Canning</em> on presidential recess appointments; Aaron Streett of Baker Botts in the securities class action case <em>Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund</em>; and Mark Rienzi of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in <em>McCullen v. Coakley</em>, the abortion clinic buffer-zone dispute.</p> <p>By Goldstein's estimate, more than half of the 121 advocates who went to the high court lectern this term were doing so for the first or second time. They include some women and minorities, in a practice area dominated by white men.</p> <p>....</p> <p>At Gibson, Dunn &amp; Crutcher, where Olson, Thomas Hungar and Miguel Estrada have handled the bulk of the firm's Supreme Court litigation, Thomas Dupree Jr. made his debut in a key business case, <em>DaimlerChrysler v. Bauman</em>.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:41:14 +0000 mferzige 22632 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Debra Cafaro '82 Elected to University of Chicago Board of Trustees http://www.law.uchicago.edu/alumni/accoladesandachievements/debra-cafaro-82-elected-university-chicago-board-trustees <div class="field field-type-text field-field-aa-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Original source:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/07/15/two-new-members-elected-university-chicago-board-trustees" title="http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/07/15/two-new-members-elected-university-chicago-board-trustees">http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/07/15/two-new-members-elected-univ...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <h2>Two new members elected to University of Chicago Board of Trustees</h2> <p>By Susie Allen, Wen Huang</p> <p>The University of Chicago Board of Trustees has elected two new members: Debra A. Cafaro, JD’82, chairman and CEO of Ventas, Inc.; and Kenneth Griffin, founder and CEO of Citadel, LLC. Cafaro and Griffin both began their five-year terms at the June 2014 board meeting.“We are very fortunate that Debra and Ken will be joining us as trustees,” said Board Chairman Andrew M. Alper, AB’80, MBA’81.“They each bring a remarkable record of professional accomplishment to the board, and will add considerably to our capacity for leadership and support.”</p> <h2>DEBRA CAFARO</h2> <p>Named by the Financial Times as one of the “Top 50 Women in World Business,” Cafaro heads Ventas, Inc., an S&amp;P 500 company with an enterprise value of about $27 billion. Prior to Ventas, Cafaro was the director and then president of Ambassador Apartments Inc.&nbsp;</p> <p>A former chair of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, she serves on the boards of Weyerhaeuser Company, the Real Estate Roundtable, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and World Business Chicago. Cafaro was recognized as one of ‘50 Women to Watch’ by the Wall Street Journal, one of the 10 ‘Best CEOs’ by Forbes, and one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in Healthcare’ by Modern Healthcare.</p> <p>After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, Cafaro received her JD cum laude in 1982 from the University of Chicago Law School, and served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. J. Dickson Phillips, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, from 1982 to 1983. A founding member at Barack Ferrazzano in Chicago, she practiced real estate, corporate and finance law for 13 years, and taught real estate transactions and finance as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Law School from 1988 to 1992. &nbsp;</p> <p>In 2013, Cafaro made a $4 million gift to provide full-tuition, three-year scholarships for Law School students with financial need. The Law School named Cafaro a distinguished alumna in 2011. At present, Cafaro serves on the Law School’s Business Advisory Council, the Law School Campaign Planning Group, and the Law School’s Visiting Committee.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:20:40 +0000 mferzige 22631 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Stevens, ’14, Earns Copyright Fellowship http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/stevens-%E2%80%9914-earns-copyright-fellowship <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meredith Heagney </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Law School Office of Communications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">July 16, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Donald Stevens, ’14, is one of the first two people to be awarded a <a href="http://www.copyright.gov/newsnet/2014/543.html">new prestigious fellowship with the U.S. Copyright Office</a>. As an inaugural legal fellow in the <a href="http://www.copyright.gov/careers/career-ringer.html">Ringer Copyright Honors Program</a>, Stevens will spend two years working for the Office of Policy and International Affairs.</p> <p>The extremely competitive program seeks out graduates with a strong interest in copyright law and a proven record of achievement in law school or practice.</p> <p>Stevens certainly has shown his commitment to copyright law. He postponed his graduation from the Law School to spend a year in Hungary as a <a href="http://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship">Boren Fellow</a>, a program of the National Security Education Program. The Boren sends students to study in countries where the U.S. has a national security interest; Stevens traveled to Hungary because the country, and Eastern Europe as a whole, pose a threat to economic security due to problems enforcing copyright.</p> <p>In Hungary, he took intensive language classes, read a lot of Hungarian copyright law, and consulted with a professor on a research paper. He also played folk music in local bars.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/recent-graduate-member-class-2014-embark-prestigious-fellowships">2012 story about Stevens’ fellowship in Hungary</a>, written shortly after his arrival, notes:</p> <p><em>His goal is to obtain fluency before he leaves, and it’s already going well, he reports: He and a Mexican student had lunch and carried on a long social conversation in Hungarian, and he managed to buy a SIM card in the local tongue.</em></p> <p>That Mexican student, a woman named Bibiana, is now Stevens’ fiancee. They’re planning an autumn wedding while he also studies for the bar. In August, he’ll spend two weeks at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, attending the <a href="http://hoohila.stanford.edu/ip2/summer-institute.html">Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity Summer Institute</a>.</p> <p>In short, Stevens has a lot to look forward to.</p> <p>“As I was preparing to leave Hungary, I spent some time reflecting on how I could apply my experience there going forward," he said. "My hope was to find a position that would allow me to work on domestic, foreign, and international copyright law and policy. The Ringer Fellowship is exactly the job I was looking for, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have been selected for the opportunity.”</p> <p>Professor Randy Picker advised Stevens on a copyright paper and said that "Donald has a done a superlative job of combining two of his passions, copyright and Hungary, and the fellowship at the U.S. copyright office will be a perfect way for him to put his skills to work and to continue to grow as a copyright lawyer.”</p> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-faculty-news"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/picker">Randal C. Picker</a> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:01:01 +0000 mheagney 22629 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Kim Kamin '97 Joins Gresham Partners http://www.law.uchicago.edu/alumni/accoladesandachievements/kim-kamin-97-joins-gresham-partners <div class="field field-type-text field-field-aa-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Original source:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2054616" title="http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2054616">http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2054616</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>CHICAGO--(Business Wire)--Gresham Partners, LLC, an independent wealth management firm, today announced that Kim Kamin has joined the firm as a principal, serving as chief wealth strategist and a client advisor. Kamin will help lead the firm’s estate, wealth transfer, philanthropic and fiduciary planning activities. As chief wealth strategist, Kamin will continue her active involvement with various professional organizations and her writing and speaking on topics related to wealth planning and management.“</p> <p>Adding Kim to our team continues Gresham’s commitment to deliver the highest quality of integrated wealth planning and investment management services. She can apply her extensive experience as a nationally recognized trusts and estates attorney to assist our clients with strategies to preserve and transfer their wealth over multiple generations,” said Ted Neild, president and chief investment officer of Gresham Partners.</p> <p>Kamin has seventeen years of experience counseling high net worth individuals, families and closely held businesses on a wide array of issues in wealth transfer and preservation, entity restructuring, succession planning, trust and estate administration, asset protection and philanthropy. She also has an extensive background representing beneficiaries, fiduciaries and custodians in legal disputes, as well as serving as counsel for the formation and operation of not-for-profit entities.</p> <p>“I look forward to working closely with Gresham clients and assisting them with all aspects of their financial affairs,” said Kamin. “I was attracted to the firm’s foundational commitment to providing conflict-free advice and its longstanding focus on service that includes helping clients take advantage of appropriate wealth transfer and estate planning strategies.”</p> <p>Kamin is an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University School of Law, and is a Fellow with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). She serves on the Board of the Chicago Estate Planning Council, and on the editorial advisory board of Trusts and Estates Magazine. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, where she serves on the Young Leaders Committee. Kamin received a B.A. degree with distinction and departmental honors from Stanford University and a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School.</p> <p>Her professional awards and recognitions include The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice areas of both Trusts and Estates, and Litigation – Trusts &amp; Estates as published in U.S. News and World Report (2012-present); a Super Lawyer with Illinois Super Lawyers (2012-present); and a Leading Lawyer in Trust, Will &amp; Estate Planning Law with the Illinois Leading Lawyer Network (2010-present). She is “AV Rated” by Martindale-Hubbell and a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the American Bar Association.</p> <p>Active in community and civic organizations, she serves on the Chicago Community Trust Professional Advisory Council, the Art Institute of Chicago Gift Planning Advisory Committee, the Northwestern Memorial Foundation Council for Philanthropy, and the Chicago Stanford Association’s Board of Leaders.</p> <p>Prior to joining Gresham, Kamin was a partner in the Private Clients, Trusts and Estate Group at Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:52:37 +0000 mferzige 22620 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu