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Randall D. Schmidt : Additional Activities

MEMBERSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Association
    Member, Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    Member, Section of Labor and Employment Law
    Member of numerous ABA Site Evaluation Teams
  • Association of American Law Schools
    Member, Section on Clinical Legal Education
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers (1979-present)
    Board of Directors (1989-1993 and 1994-1998)
  • Clinical Legal Education Association (1994-present)
    Board of Directors (2004-2006)
  • Public Interest Law Initiative
    Chair, Education Committee (1996-1998)
    Member, Education Committee (1994-2000)
    Board Member (1994-2000)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    Member, Labor and Employment Law Section Council (2007-present)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Bar Admissions: United States Supreme Court (1985), United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1980), United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1979), Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1983), United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois (1996), Supreme Court of Illinois (1979)

SELECTED CASES

Brown v. Yellow Transportation, Inc., No. 08 C 5908, (N.D. Ill.), 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52345, May 11, 2011 (order granting class certification)
Racial discrimination class action against Yellow for creating and failing to prevent a racially hostile work environment at its facility in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. The class was certified in May 2011 and the case settled for $11 million to 240 class members in June 2012.

Smith v. Nike Retail, No. 03 C 9110. (N.D. Ill.), 234 F.R.D. 648 (N.D. Ill. 2006) (order granting class certification)
Racial discrimination class action against Nike for its practices and procedures in its flagship retail store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, (“Niketown Chicago”). After the class was certified, the case settled for $7.6 million. In addition, the Court appointed a diversity consultant who will review Nike’s practices and procedures at Niketown Chicago for a two year period.

Cooper v. Salazar, 196 F.3d 809 (7thCir. 1999), 34 F. Supp. 2d 693 (N.D. Ill. 1999)
Class action challenge to the constitutionality of several new rules and procedures used by the Illinois Department of Human Rights Illinois in its investigation of the claims of victims of discrimination.
   
Evans v. Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America, (No. 94-1545, C.D. Ill.)
I represented one of the 29 women who filed the original sexual harassment case against Mitsubishi. This case is one of the largest multi-plaintiff sexual harassment lawsuits ever filed against a single employer arising out of a single facility.
   
Congregation Kol Ami, v. Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 271 Ill. App. 3d 1065, 649 N.E.2d 470 (1st Dist. 1995)
Challenge to an injunction issued by the Circuit Court of Cook County prohibiting on First Amendment grounds the Chicago Commission on Human Relations from inquiring into the reasons (religion or sex discrimination) that Kol Ami discharged my client.
   
Foley v. Humana Health Plan, Inc., (Case No. 94 C 4974, N.D. Ill.)
Challenge to Humana's refusal to accommodate my client's religious beliefs concerning abortion.
   
Bennett v. Jett, 966 F.2d 207 (7th Cir. 1992); 827 F.2d 63 (7th Cir. 1987)
Class action challenge to the constitutionality of Illinois' decision to "dismiss" 2,600 claims of discrimination without ruling on the merits of each claim.
   
Herring v. Chicago Housing Authority, (No. 90 C 3797, N.D. Ill.)
Challenge to the constitutionality of CHA's "policy" attempting to evict my client and other tenants for protesting the CHA's "security sweeps" and "lock-downs" of public housing buildings in Chicago.

RECENT LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

Illinois P.A. 95- 0243, eff. 1-1-2008
In late 2006, my students and I drafted proposed legislation to amend the Illinois Human Rights Act to give victims of discrimination the right to file their discrimination claims in state court. In early 2007, the legislation was introduced by Rep. Barbara Currie as HB 1509. HB 1509 was passed by the Illinois House and Senate, and was signed by the Governor in late 2007. The “Right-To-Sue Bill” became effective on January 1, 2008.