News Feed News Description Firm Honored for Pro Bono Defense of South Korean Native Accused of Murder <p> Jenner &amp; Block is being honored by the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (KABA) for its successful defense at trial of Mr. Hyungseok Koh against the charge of first-degree murder in the 2009 death of his 22-year-old son.</p> <p> In announcing that the firm will receive the bar association’s Distinguished Service Award, KABA President Paula Kim noted, “The defense of Mr. Koh touched upon multiple issues important to both the Korean and legal communities to ensure justice is administered in a diverse society, including the importance of language access and cultural awareness in investigations and legal proceedings.”</p> <p> In 2012, a firm team represented Mr. Koh, pro bono, in a 13-day trial in the Cook County Criminal Court that focused on the meaning and effect of a videotaped statement he gave to police shortly after his son was found dead, during which, prosecutors argued, he confessed to killing the young man.&nbsp;&nbsp; The team persuaded the jury that, due to language difficulties and the failure of police to provide a capable interpreter, Mr. Koh, a native of South Korea, did not understand either the interrogation process or the questions clearly.&nbsp;</p> <p> The defense also was able to exclude evidence from a prosecution witness who testified he had heard Mr. Koh and his son quarrel on the phone, with the witness saying that the father had sounded “very demanding.”&nbsp; The conversation had been in Korean, which the witness did not speak or understand.</p> <p> After fewer than two hours of deliberations, the jury found Mr. Koh not guilty.</p> <p> The Koh team was led by Partners <a href="">Terri L. Mascherin</a>, <a href="">Wade A. Thomson</a> and <a href="">Andrew W. Vail</a> and included Associates <a href="">Daniel T. Fenske</a> and <a href="">Laura E.B. Hulce</a>.</p> <p> The award will be presented at KABA’s 21<sup>st</sup> Annual Banquet on October 25, 2014 at the Union League Club in Chicago.&nbsp; To learn more about the event, please <a href="">click here</a>.</p> 1 Oct 2014 Jenner & Block Named Law360 Top Pro Bono Firm for Fifth Year in a Row <p> Jenner &amp; Block has been named a “Pro Bono Firm of 2014” by <em>Law360</em> and profiled in an <a href="">article</a> published on October 9, 2014.&nbsp; This marks the fifth time in a row that the firm has been recognized by the publication – every year since <em>Law360</em> began the feature.</p> <p> The article notes that, between June 2013 and June 2014, the firm logged 75,798 hours of pro bono work, an average of approximately 181 hours per attorney.&nbsp;</p> <p> Partner <a href="">Andrew W. Vail</a>, the firm’s Pro Bono Committee co-chair, is quoted, describing the growth of the program from its origins in the early 1950s and explaining that our attorneys largely decide for themselves what cases and projects they will work on.&nbsp; “There is a firm policy that we ask attorneys to commit at least 20 hours to pro bono work, but as you see from our average of 180 hours per attorney, most of our attorneys go above and beyond that,” Andrew told <em>Law360.</em></p> <p> The article spotlights the firm’s role in <a href="">helping to develop the largest solar energy facility in Central Africa</a>last year, on the144-acre campus of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, noting that Partner <a href="">Patrick J. Trostle</a> and the late philanthropist Anne Heyman came up with the idea while both were working with the Clinton Global Initiative.&nbsp; “As I expected, Jenner &amp; Block thought this was a great idea,” Patrick told <em>Law360</em>.</p> <p> The article also details the landmark settlement the firm achieved for the tenants of Section 8 housing complex Evergreen Terrace, in Joliet, Illinois, which the city planned to condemn and demolish.&nbsp; Partner <a href="">Reena R. Bajowala</a>, who led the case’s litigation team, is quoted, noting that the extensive hours and resources the firm provided on this pro bono matter were “just as many resources as they would for any other case.”</p> <p> In announcing the firm’s selection as one of the top pro bono firms, an earlier <em>Law360</em> <a href="">article</a> also noted the firm’s successful conclusion of the Pinnacle case, with the <a href="">U.S. Supreme Court denying certiorari</a> in April, allowing a landmark settlement to take effect in support of more than 20,000 current and former residents of rent-controlled apartments in New York City, operated by Pinnacle Group.</p> 2 Oct 2014 Jenner & Block Secures $272 Million Win for Casino Bankruptcy Trustee <p> In a victory for Jenner &amp; Block client Frances F. Gecker, the Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for Emerald Casino, U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer ruled on Tuesday, September 30, that six former officer and director defendants breached an agreement with Emerald Casino by failing to comply with Illinois gaming regulations.&nbsp; The ruling directed the defendants to each pay more than $45.33 million for a total damages of $272 million.</p> <p> In her 289-page opinion, Judge Pallmeyer said that the defendants’ breach of the agreement prompted the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) to take the unprecedented step of revoking Emerald’s gaming license,&nbsp; its only significant asset, thus forcing Emerald into liquidation under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.&nbsp; She found in favor of Gecker on the claim that the six defendants violated Emerald’s amended shareholders’ agreement, which required them to comply with the Riverboat Gambling Act, and the IGB’s rules and orders.</p> <p> The Court ruled that “Defendants individually made a promise—a rather unforgiving one—to Emerald to comply with IGB rules. The IGB found that Defendants had breached that contract, and the reviewing court affirmed that determination. Emerald lost its valuable license as a consequence.”</p> <p> The Jenner &amp; Block trial team consisted of Partners <a href="">Catherine L. Steege</a>, <a href="">Robert L. Graham</a> and <a href="">Keri L. Holleb Hotaling</a> and Staff Attorney <a href="">Seth J. Schriftman</a>.&nbsp; The Emerald team was supported by Partners <a href="">Barry Levenstam</a>, <a href="">Joel T. Pelz</a> and <a href="">Melissa M. Root</a>, as well as Associates <a href="Angela%20Allen">Angela M. Allen</a> and <a href="">Landon Raiford</a>, Paralegals Debby Abelson and Matt Prather, and Legal Secretary Beth Perkins.&nbsp; Co-counsel with Jenner &amp; Block in this case is the law firm of Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick &amp; Dym, Ltd.</p> <p> A story about the federal ruling can be found in the <em><a href="">Chicago Daily Law Bulletin</a></em> and <em><a href="">Law360</a></em> (subscription may be required).&nbsp;</p> 2 Oct 2014 Jeff Colman to Receive Leadership Award for Work Ensuring Justice for Juveniles <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Jeffrey D. Colman</a> will receive a 2014 Leadership Award from the Juvenile Justice Initiative&nbsp; during an event to be held at the firm’s Chicago office on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.&nbsp; Jeff and Cook County Board of Commissioners President Toni Preckwinkle are being honored “for their work ensuring individualized and proportionate justice for every child in conflict with the law.”</p> <p> The event program highlights the firm’s representation of the first person in the country who was released from prison as a result of <em>Miller v. Alabama</em>, the Supreme Court’s 2012 decision that mandatory sentencing of juvenile murderers to life in prison without the possibility of parole constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.&nbsp; Since 2012, Jeff has worked with the Coalition for the Sentencing of Children on issues relating to the retroactivity of <em>Miller </em>and on training lawyers to handle re-sentencing hearings under <em>Miller.</em></p> <p> Founded in 2000, the Juvenile Justice Initiative is a non-profit, non-partisan statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to transform the juvenile justice system in Illinois by reducing reliance on confinement, enhancing fairness for all youth and developing a comprehensive continuum of community-based resources throughout the state.</p> 3 Oct 2014 Partner Susan Kohlmann Named to “Top 250 Women in IP” List <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Susan J. Kohlmann</a> has been named one of 2014’s “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP).&nbsp; Her name is included in the recently published second edition of Managing IP’s <em>IP Stars – Top 250 Women in IP</em>, which identifies the leading female intellectual property attorneys in the United States.&nbsp; The guide notes Susan’s “distinguished success in copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes over the years and…further experience with class actions and other commercial disputes.”&nbsp;</p> <p> Susan’s selection was based on extensive client and peer interviews conducted by the MIP editorial team.&nbsp; Interviewees were asked to nominate and vote for peers they believed to be the “best of the best.”&nbsp; According to the MIP research team, “The women recognized by this publication represent those receiving the strongest feedback – both in volume and enthusiasm.”</p> <p> Susan is chair of the firm’s Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practice and a litigator in the Content, Media and Entertainment Practice.&nbsp; She has handled and tried a variety of complex litigation matters, including copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes.&nbsp; She is also an accomplished appellate advocate and has been recognized by <em>Legal 500</em> in both the intellectual property and the appellate and Supreme Court practice areas.&nbsp; <em>New York Super Lawyers</em> also regularly recognizes Susan for her intellectual property litigation work.</p> 3 Oct 2014 Partner Tony Ling to Receive Award From National Diversity Council Jenner &amp; Block Partner<strong> </strong><a href=""><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">S. Tony Ling</span></strong></a><strong> </strong>will receive the National Diversity Council’s 2014 Multicultural Leadership Award at the inaugural Illinois Leadership Conference at McCormick Place in Chicago on October 16, 2014.&nbsp; The award recognizes “individuals of color who have made a difference through their achievements and exemplify the ability to excel in their field” and who personify “the principles of diversity and leadership.” The purpose of the conference is to recognize and empower multiculturalismand leadership throughout the State of Illinois.&nbsp; The full-day event will feature sessions addressing diversity and inclusion, leadership and professional development.&nbsp; Former U.S. Secretary of State General Colin Powell will be the conference’s keynote speaker.</span></p> Tony is a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice and focuses on those issues particularly in the context of mergers and acquisitions.&nbsp; His clients range from large corporations to individual executives who seek his advice on a full spectrum of executive compensation and ERISA matters, as well as general employee benefits<i>.&nbsp; </i>He is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and is the founder of the Asian Forum, an affinity group for Jenner &amp; Block’s Asian attorneys.&nbsp; Tony is active in the Chicago-area Chinese community, including providing pro bono representation and serving on the board of the Chicago Dragons Athletic Association, which provides athletic and cultural activities for Chinese youth.&nbsp; He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Legal Clinic.</span></p> For additional information about the conference, please<i> </i>click<i> <a href="">here.</a></i></span></p> 8 Oct 2014 Firm Secures Significant Victory for Major Record Companies in Grooveshark Copyright Infringement Case <p> Jenner &amp; Block secured an important victory for its clients UMG Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group on September 29, 2014, when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted their motion for summary judgment and found Defendants Escape Media Group, Inc. and its co-founders liable for copyright infringement for directing the employees of the company to upload copyrighted sound recordings to the Grooveshark music service.</p> <p> The Complaint asserted copyright infringement claims against Escape and its founders for engaging in a massive campaign of corporate copyright infringement by requiring all employees to upload infringing sound recordings to Grooveshark in order to attract users to the service.&nbsp; &nbsp;In addition to finding the company liable for copyright infringement arising from this conduct, Judge Thomas P. Griesa found Grooveshark’s founders, Samuel Tarantino and Joshua Greenberg, liable for personally uploading copyrighted songs to Grooveshark as well as for their role in directing the infringement by their employees. &nbsp;Grooveshark was also sanctioned for destroying evidence, including source code and data reflecting the uploading of files by Escape employees.</p> <p> The team representing the record companies included Partners <a href="">Andrew H. Bart</a> and <a href="">Gianni P. Servodidio</a> and Associates <a href="">Lindsay W. Bowen</a> and <a href="">Ava U. McAlpin</a>.</p> <p> Coverage on the rulings can be found in <a href="">Reuters</a> and <a href="">Law360</a> (subscription may be required).&nbsp;</p> 8 Oct 2014 Wade Thomson Named Co-Chair of National Immigrant Justice Center Board; Appointed to University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Board <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Wade A. Thomson</a> has been named co-chair of the National Immigrant Justice Center Leadership Board and appointed to the University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Board.&nbsp; Wade’s appointment as co-chair of the NICJ Leadership Board follows his service as a director of that board.&nbsp; A program of Heartland Alliance, the NIJC is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.&nbsp; Wade&nbsp; is a 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a&nbsp; Harno Scholar and assistant editor of the <em>University of Illinois Law Review</em>.&nbsp; Wade’s service on both boards was reported in the <em>Chicago Daily Law Bulleti</em>n’s <a href="">“In the News” column</a> (<em>subscription required</em>).&nbsp;</p> <p> Wade is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice.&nbsp; He has significant experience in a variety of forums, including federal and state courts, arbitrations and administrative hearings.</p> 8 Oct 2014 Partner Ron Peterson Receives Prestigious Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Ronald R. Peterson</a> will be honored on October 9, 2014, with the Commercial Law League of America’s Lawrence P. King Award for Excellence in the Field of Bankruptcy.&nbsp; The award was created in 2001 to recognize a lawyer, judge, teacher or legislator who exemplifies the best in scholarship, advocacy, judicial administration or legislative activities in the field of bankruptcy. &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> The Commercial Law League notes that the King Award recognizes “a career, not an event.”&nbsp; Ron’s selection marks the first time in the award’s history that it is being presented to a bankruptcy practitioner.&nbsp; Senator Elizabeth Warren and retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens are among previous recipients.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> The award is named for Lawrence P. King, a longtime professor at the New York University Law School, who served for 21 years on the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States; consulted with the Commission of the Bankruptcy Laws of the United States in the early 1970s, which led to the present Bankruptcy Code of 1978; and&nbsp;was editor-in-chief of the treatise <em>Collier on Bankruptcy</em>.</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> Ron is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization; Complex Bankruptcy Litigation; Corporate Finance; and Real Estate and Construction Litigation Practices.&nbsp; He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Commercial Law League of America and the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the Business Law Section and the Bankruptcy Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.&nbsp; Ron also is a Director of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and is a member of INSOL International (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency &amp; Bankruptcy Professionals). Since 2003, <em>Chambers &amp; Partners</em> has named him one of the country’s leading lawyers in bankruptcy law. &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> Ron will be presented with the award at a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago during the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges 88<sup>th</sup> Annual Meeting.&nbsp;</p> 8 Oct 2014 Department of Homeland Security Selects Thomas Perrelli for U.S. Secret Service Independent Review Panel <p> U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced today that <a href="">Thomas J. Perrelli</a>, partner and chair of Jenner &amp; Block’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice, has been selected as a panelist to serve on the department’s independent review of the U.S. Secret Service.</p> <p> In his <a href="">statement</a>, Secretary Johnson said:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> On Oct. 1, 2014, I announced that Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, aided by the Department’s General Counsel, would assume control and direction of the ongoing inquiry by the U.S. Secret Service of the fence-jumping incident at the White House on Sept. 19. Deputy Secretary Mayorkas will complete that review and submit findings to me by Nov. 1, 2014.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> By Dec. 15, 2014, the panel will submit to me its own assessment and recommendations concerning security of the White House compound. The security of the White House compound will be the panel’s primary and immediate priority.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The panel is also invited to submit to me recommendations for potential new directors of the Secret Service. I am also requesting that the panel advise me about whether it believes, given the series of recent events, there should be a review of broader issues concerning the Secret Service.</p> <p> Mr. Perrelli said of his appointment: “I am honored to serve on this panel. I look forward to working with the other panel members to offer recommendations to enhance the security of the White House for this and future Presidents.”</p> <p> In addition to Mr. Perrelli, the four-person panel includes Mark Filip, former deputy attorney general; Danielle Gray, former cabinet secretary and assistant to the president; and Joseph Hagin, former White House deputy chief of staff for operations.</p> <p> Managing Partner <a href="">Terrence J. Truax</a> added, “We are honored that Tom has been appointed to serve on this special government panel. This firm has a long tradition of making contributions in similar public service roles, and we are proud to support him. Tom’s credentials to conduct a review of such public importance are second to none.”</p> <p> Mr. Perrelli is a nationally recognized litigator who re-joined Jenner &amp; Block as a partner in 2012 after serving for three years as associate attorney general of the United States, the third highest-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Justice.&nbsp; In that capacity, Mr. Perrelli was responsible for the Department’s Civil, Antitrust, Civil Rights, Environment and Natural Resources, and Tax Divisions, the United States Trustee Program, the Office of Justice Programs and the Office on Violence Against Women, among others.&nbsp; Among numerous high-level, multi-party negotiations, he led the Government’s efforts to negotiate a $25 billion settlement to resolve claims against financial institutions for servicing of mortgages and negotiated the creation of a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.&nbsp; Mr. Perrelli is the founder and chair of Jenner &amp; Block’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice. He also serves on the firm's Policy Committee.&nbsp; Mr. Perrelli began practicing law as an associate at Jenner &amp; Block in 1992. He left the firm in 1997 to serve as counsel to then-U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, rising to the position of deputy assistant attorney general before returning to Jenner &amp; Block in 2001.</p> 10 Oct 2014 Jenner & Block Joins OnRamp Fellowship Pilot Supporting Novel “Returnship” Program for Women Lawyers <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Jenner &amp; Block has joined the pilot program of the OnRamp Fellowship, an initiative launched in January 2014 to provide women lawyers re-entering the legal profession with an opportunity to update their skills and legal contacts through one-year, paid positions with top law firms.&nbsp; The program aims to replenish the talent pipeline in law firms with diverse, high-performing lawyers who have the potential and the desire to advance into leadership roles.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Through the Fellowship, Jenner &amp; Block will seek to hire women with three or more years of legal experience who have taken a hiatus of two or more years from practice.&nbsp; The Fellowship provides an avenue through which women who chose to step away – often to care for children or manage other family responsibilities – can re-establish their legal careers while updating their skills.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">“We are excited to partner with OnRamp and do more to promote and support women’s advancement in the workplace,” said Charlotte Wager, the firm’s chief talent officer.&nbsp; “The OnRamp Fellowships are an important way for us to help women lawyers re-enter the profession and return to leadership roles.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">As part of the inaugural pilot program, four law firms hired nine women returning to the profession after an extended hiatus.&nbsp; Due to the overwhelming interest in the Fellowship, it was expanded to include a select number of top firms, including Jenner &amp; Block, for a second pilot program with additional positions.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">“By participating in the first ‘Returnship’ ever launched in the legal field, Jenner &amp; Block is furthering its already strong commitment to supporting women,” said Caren Ulrich Stacy, OnRamp Fellowship founder.&nbsp; “As one of the first AmLaw 100 firms to have a woman managing partner, Jenner &amp; Block is now a trailblazer on another front, forging a new pathway back for women lawyers who took a break and want to return.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Women lawyers who are selected to participate in the Fellowship are provided with a partner advisor at Jenner &amp; Block, an external career counselor, unlimited online CLE through PLI, and a variety of training from experts in negotiations, oral advocacy, social media, technology, project management and business development.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> 10 Oct 2014 Lawrence Schaner Recognized in <i>Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration</i> <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Lawrence S. Schaner</a> is recognized in the 2014 edition of the <em>Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration</em> published by Legal Media Group, which bills itself as “the international legal market’s leading guide to the top legal practitioners advising on commercial arbitration.”&nbsp; The <em>Guide</em> lists “individuals considered by clients and peers to be the best in their field.”&nbsp; It is updated every two years and is the result of an extensive research process that surveys more than 4,000 senior practitioners and in-house counsel involved in this practice area in more than 80 jurisdictions.&nbsp; The&nbsp; results are analyzed and screened, discussed and refined with the help of advisers.&nbsp; Larry has been included in the <em>Guide</em> continuously since 2009.</p> <p> Mr. Schaner is a litigatorand co-chair of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice. He has broad experience in complex commercial litigation and arbitration.&nbsp; He is the editor of <em>Dispute Resolution International</em>, the journal of the Dispute Resolution Section of the IBA, and the co-editor of the <em>IBA Arbitration Guide</em>, an introduction to the law and practice of arbitration in more than 50 countries.</p> 13 Oct 2014 Firm Observes “National Pro Bono Celebration Week,” Partner Lynn Grayson Co-Chairs Chicago Citywide Observance <p> The week of October 19 – 25, 2014, has been designated <a href="">National Pro Bono Celebration Week</a> by the American Bar Association and Jenner &amp; Block’s Chicago and Washington, DC offices are marking the week with special activities.</p> <p> The national initiative began five years ago to focus the country’s attention on the ever-increasing need for pro bono services and to celebrate the outstanding work of lawyers who volunteer their services throughout the year.&nbsp; It is patterned on the Chicago Bar Association-Chicago Bar Foundation Pro Bono Week that, this year, celebrates its 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary.</p> <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">E. Lynn Grayson</a> is co-chair of the weeklong CBA-CBF citywide observance that will include numerous events, both social and educational.&nbsp; Among these, Jenner &amp; Block is hosting a “Breakfast With Judges” on October 24, 2014, co-sponsored by the Illinois Judges Association and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.&nbsp; Members of the judiciary, including Northern District of Illinois Chief Judge Ruben Castillo and Illinois Appellate Court Judge Michael Hyman (who, as CBA president in 2005, launched Chicago’s Pro Bono Week), will lead conversations about pro bono in the Chicago area, with small roundtable discussions offering attendees the opportunity to participate.&nbsp; Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will run from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.&nbsp; For additional information about all activities planned for the week and to register, please click <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p> The firm’s DC office will “Go Casual for Justice” during Pro Bono Week.&nbsp; This “jeans day” fundraiser has become the largest source of funding for the DC Bar Foundation’s private loan repayment assistance program benefiting the District’s legal aid providers. &nbsp;All those who donate $5 or more to the cause are invited to wear jeans to work on Friday, October 24.&nbsp; For more information about the fundraiser, please click <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp; For information about other events planned by the DC Bar Foundation in observance of the week, please click <a href="">here</a>.</p> 17 Oct 2014 Partner Michelle McAtee Named a BisNow Chicago Power Woman in Real Estate <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Michelle M. McAtee</a>&nbsp;has been recognized as one of Chicago’s Power Women in Real Estate by BisNow Media.&nbsp; Michelle was one of only two lawyers named to this prestigious list, which also includes a number of developers, architects, brokers and other real estate professionals.&nbsp; Michelle and the others selected to this list will be honored at a reception at the Trump Hotel in Chicago on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p> Ms. McAtee is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Real Estate Securities Practices and its Tenant-in-Common Workout Task Force.&nbsp; She was named a “Rising Star” in real estate law by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2011, 2012 and 2013. &nbsp;In 2011, she served as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Real Property Law Committee and is a member of Commercial Real Estate Executive Women Chicago.</p> <p> Click <a href="">here</a> for additional information about the event, including a full list of the individuals recognized for this award and how to register to attend.</p> 21 Oct 2014 Lawrence Schaner Recognized in <i>Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration</i> <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Lawrence S. Schaner</a> is recognized in the 2014 edition of the <em>Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration</em> published by Legal Media Group, which bills itself as “the international legal market’s leading guide to the top legal practitioners advising on commercial arbitration.”&nbsp; The <em>Guide</em> lists “individuals considered by clients and peers to be the best in their field.”&nbsp; It is updated every two years and is the result of an extensive research process that surveys [more than 4,000 senior practitioners and in-house counsel involved in this practice area in more than 80 jurisdictions.&nbsp; The&nbsp; results are analyzed and screened, discussed and refined with the help of advisers.&nbsp; Larry has been included in the <em>Guide</em> continuously since 2009.</p> 23 Oct 2014 Pro Bono Client Subject of <i>Rolling Stone</i> Article <p> Partner <a href="">Jessica Ring Amunson’s</a> pro bono client is featured in a <em>Rolling Stone</em> article that argues against mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes. Titled “<a href="">The Nation's Shame: The Injustice of Mandatory Minimums</a>,” the article explains that the drug deal that led to Jesse Webster’s arrest was “abandoned before it could be carried out, andno cocaine was ever seized to substantiate the kilos attributed to him — enough to compel life in prison.”&nbsp; Along with Associate <a href="">Caroline M. DeCell,</a> Jessie has been working to get Mr. Webster’s sentence commuted.&nbsp; In January, he was the subject of a <em>New York Times</em> article titled “A Dealer Serving Life Without Having Taken One.”&nbsp; In February, the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> Editorial Board called on the Department of Justice and President Obama to commute his sentence</p> 23 Oct 2014 Partner Craig Martin Honored by Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago for Leadership <p> Partner <a href="">Craig C. Martin</a> was honored on October 23, 2014 by the Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) at its Annual Leadership Dinner held at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Before a crowd of 400 attendees, he received the 2014 Leadership Award for his commitment to the organization and overall community.</p> <p> A member of the Corporate Board of Directors of the BGCC since 1996, Craig was elected chairman of the Board of Directors of BGCC in 2011. Over the past three years, Craig has been instrumental in ushering BGCC into a new era: growing the board of directors with highly qualified individuals, highlighting BGCC as a leading provider of out-of-school programs in Chicago, and significantly growing the organization’s fundraising revenue. Under Craig’s stewardship, private-sector funding of the BGCC has increased to more than $6 million a year, which helps support 18 clubs that serve 2,000 children per day. Craig’s dedication and innovation came at a critical time, and has helped bring BGCC to the forefront of youth services in Chicago.&nbsp;Craig’s term as chairman ended earlier this year.</p> <p> U.S. Senator Dick Durbin spoke at the leadership dinner, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered video remarks about Craig’s involvement in the BGCC.</p> <p> Past recipients of the Board of Directors’ most distinguished honor&nbsp;include the late Peer Pedersen, a prolific champion of Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Chicago, and namesake of the Pedersen-McCormick Club in Chicago’s Uptown community; Ronald J. Gidwitz, a dedicated Chicago&nbsp; philanthropist&nbsp; and&nbsp; outgoing&nbsp; chairman&nbsp; of&nbsp; the&nbsp; BGCA National Board of Governors; True Value Foundation, a corporate partner of more than three decades, providing millions of dollars in support and countless hours of hands-on support; and the late Jimmie R. Alford, a lifelong friend to the organization whose legacy lives on through the endowed internship program started in his name at&nbsp; North Park University.</p> <p> BGCC is dedicated to enabling “all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens” and inspires Chicago’s youth to develop character, leadership, and a willingness to serve their Clubs and community.</p> <p> Craig, co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and he is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Club and the Economic Club of Chicago. He received the Judge Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee in 2011 for his extraordinary commitment to philanthropic and civic endeavors.&nbsp;</p> 24 Oct 2014 Jenner & Block Team Earns Another Significant Win for Broadcasting Clients against Aereo <p> In a significant win for the firm’s broadcasting clients, including Fox, in their <a href="">long-running litigation</a> against Aereo, Inc., U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan issued a preliminary injunction on October 23, 2014 that bars the online streaming service from retransmitting television broadcasts of live programming.&nbsp; The ban is an extension of the U.S. Supreme Court’s precedent-setting <a href="">decision in June</a> that, by relaying live broadcasts, Aereo is in violation of U.S. copyright law.&nbsp; Following that decision, Aereo had sought to use the Section 111 compulsory copyright license available to cable providers as a way to continue operating.&nbsp; Judge Nathan’s ruling rejects that claim. “Aereo's argument suffers from the fallacy that simply because an entity performs copyrighted works in a way similar to cable systems it must then be deemed a cable system for all other purposes of the Copyright Act,” the judge wrote.</p> <p> The team representing the broadcasters is led by Partner&nbsp;<a href="">Richard L. Stone</a> and includes Partners&nbsp;<a href="">Amy M. Gallegos</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Matthew E. Price</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="">Julie A. Shepard</a> and Associates&nbsp;<a href="">Ethan A. Glickstein</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Christopher S. Lindsay</a> and <a href="">Jennifer Wagman Njathi</a>.&nbsp; News of the decision was reported in media outlets, including&nbsp;<a href="">The Hollywood Reporter</a>, <a href="">Variety,</a> <a href="">Bloomberg</a>, <a href="">Reuters</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><a href="">Law360</a>&nbsp;</em><em>(subscription may be required).</em></p> 24 Oct 2014