In This Issue:Our Good Nature | Soaring to New Heights | Seeds of Interest | Bird's Eye View | Watch Us Fly
Former Georgia Chief Justice Starts a New Chapter
When Leah Ward Sears, Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, retired last year to return to private practice as a lawyer, she could have joined any number of firms. She chose Schiff Hardin for a simple reason: shared values.
"I was excited that they looked at what I wanted to do," says Chief Justice Sears, adding that the firm was willing to "make an investment in me." In addition to leading Schiff Hardin's nationally recognized appellate practice from the firm's Atlanta office, she will serve for one year as the William Thomas Sears Distinguished Fellow in Family Law at the Institute for American Values. She is also teaching a seminar called "Contemporary Issues in Family Law" at the University of Georgia Law School.
Chief Justice Sears was also impressed that managing partner Ron Safer flew to Atlanta from Schiff Hardin's Chicago office to meet with her at the very beginning of her search for a firm. "Not every managing partner would make that effort," she notes.
Our Good Nature | Community-Focused Items
Finding the Law in...Fairy TalesRumble in the Jungle — a Family Event
Fifteen Schiff Hardin attorneys went back to school this fall to teach students about our legal system and what it means to be a juror. They used State v. Wolf, an interactive DVD program created by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, to present a mock trial to the students based on the tale of The Three Little Pigs.
Kelly Warner is co-chairing a Schiff Hardin-sponsored event, "Rumble in the Jungle," benefitting Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo is one of the major free zoos in the country. All proceeds benefit the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. The event takes place on Saturday, January 30, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Soaring to New Heights | Appointments, Awards and Honors
Renee Cipriano Named to Illinois Legislative Commission on CO2
Renee Cipriano, a partner in Schiff Hardin's Environmental Group and Energy and Public Utilities Group — and a former Director of the Illinois EPA — has been appointed to the state's new Carbon Capture and Sequestration Legislation Commission. The Commission will report to the Illinois General Assembly on issues related to carbon dioxide emissions, transportation and safeguards.
Recognition for Helping Those in Need
Kendra Hampton, who works in Schiff Hardin's Marketing and Communications Department, volunteers with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Kendra, also a licensed attorney, donates her time to the Jane Addams Legal Clinic. Last November, she shared with the clinic a Distinguished Service Award, bestowed by CVLS for efforts to aid people unable to afford legal representation.
Janet Johnson Elected Vice President/President Elect for 2010-2011 for CREW ChicagoWomen Attorneys at Schiff Hardin Among Those Recognized as Leading Lawyers
Janet Johnson was recently elected the Vice President/President Elect for 2010-2011 for CREW Chicago. CREW Chicago is an organization of 280 women involved in all facets of commercial real estate in the Chicago metropolitan area. It is one of 68 chapters of CREW Network, which has 8,000 women members in the United States and Canada whose mission is to advance the success of women in commercial real estate.
2010 Benchmark Litigation "Recommended Attorneys"
2010 Best Lawyers in America
2010 Illinois Super Lawyers
Seeds of Interest | Articles, Publications and Speeches
Lawyers' Take on Social Networking
Schiff Hardin attorneys Ashley Eddy and Kelly Warner address social networking and the issues it raises for professionals.
Fiona Burke Presents Paper at ABA Forum
Franchises, where an owner operates a business on behalf of a larger corporation, can become involved in litigation like any other company. There are unique issues involving discovery, particularly regarding the huge amounts of electronic data now routinely stored in corporate databases. Fiona Burke, an associate in Schiff Hardin's Intellectual Property Group, presented a paper on this topic at an American Bar Association forum in Toronto last year.
8th Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast ConferenceTracy Campbell to Speak at ABA Program
Janet Johnson moderated a panel of real estate lawyers for the 8th Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference held in Chicago on January 19, 2010, discussing current legal issues affecting commercial real estate. Nearly 900 commercial real estate professionals from the Chicago metropolitan area and northwest Indiana attended the conference.
Tracy Campbell, Vice Chair of the American Bar Association TIPS Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, will co-moderate the interactive forum, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Client But Were Afraid to Ask!" at the ABA's 18th Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Mid-Year Program in Phoenix, Arizona. She also serves on the program's planning committee.
Bird's Eye View | Events Past and Present
New York: Upcoming Event February 3, 2010 | A New York View
The Schiff Hardin Women's Networking Group invites you to network with other women professionals while enjoying private tours of two photography exhibits at the Fuller Building in New York City.
Chicago: Upcoming Event February 10, 2010 | Between a Rock and a Hard Place:Chicago: Past Event November 3, 2009 | Keep Your Edge — Recap
Dealing with Distressed Commercial Real Estate
Join us for a breakfast program featuring four Schiff Hardin attorneys, who will discuss the issues facing owners, lenders and users of commercial real estate during these uncertain economic times.
The Schiff Hardin Women's Networking Group took the long view of the career horizon — from the top of the Willis Tower. A lively panel advised attendees on topics critical to career success, especially in challenging economic times.
Watch Us Fly | Women in the NewsSchiff Hardin Elects New Women Partners
Patricia Pileggi quoted in TIME Magazine, "Skilling's Enron Appeal: Is 'Honest Services Fraud' a Bogus Charge?" (October 23, 2009)
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