News Feed News Description Partner Craig Martin Honored by Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago for Leadership <iframe src="//" width="450" height="255" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <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 Jenner & Block Receives Korean American Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for Koh Pro Bono Work <p> Jenner &amp; Block received the Korean American Bar Association (KABA) of Chicago’s Distinguished Service Award for its pro bono work in the highly publicized murder trial of Hyungseok Koh at the organization’s 21<sup>st</sup> Annual Banquet on October 25, 2014 at the Union League Club of Chicago.&nbsp; The award is provided to firms for outstanding pro bono contributions.&nbsp; In the case, Mr. Koh was charged with the first-degree murder of his 22-year-old son, Paul Koh.&nbsp; After a 13-day trial, he was found not guilty.&nbsp; The trial included the showing of a video recorded interview of Mr. Koh, conducted by police and taped shortly after his son Paul was found dead, during which, prosecutors argued, he confessed to killing the young man. &nbsp;Jenner &amp; Block's legal team was able to show the jury that Mr. Koh, a South Korean native, did not understand either the interrogation process or the questions because of language difficulties.&nbsp; In addition, the team presented evidence that Paul Koh had a history of mental illness and argued that not only was there no physical evidence to convict Mr. Koh but that his son's death was a suicide.&nbsp;</p> <p> The firm’s team was led by Partners&nbsp;<a href="">Terri L. Mascherin</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="">Andrew W. Vail</a> and included Partner&nbsp;<a href="">Wade A. Thomson</a> and Associates&nbsp;<a href="">Daniel T. Fenske</a> and <a href="">Laura E.B. Hulce</a>.</p> <p> The Illinois law requiring videotaping of custodial interrogations in homicide cases was recommended by the Illinois Governor’s Commission on Capital Punishment, which was chaired by Partner&nbsp;<a href="">Thomas P. Sullivan</a>, under then-Gov. George Ryan. The bill was sponsored in the Illinois Assembly by then-State Senator Barack Obama.&nbsp;</p> <p> Established in 1993, KABA includes more than 250 attorneys and law school students and provides a networking resource to its members and service to the community by hosting professional, educational, community and social events throughout the year. It also sponsors a free legal clinic in conjunction with Korean American Community Services. For more information, please visit KABA's <a href="">website</a>.</p> 27 Oct 2014 Nine Attorneys Honored With Firm Awards for Exceptional Pro Bono, Public Service and Mentorship Efforts <p> Recipients of the firm’s Albert E. Jenner Pro Bono Award, Jerold S. Solovy Public Service Award and Associates Committee Mentorship Awards&nbsp;were&nbsp;announced at a special TGIF celebration on October 10, 2014 that was video-linked to all offices.</p> <p> The Albert E. Jenner Award recognizes “attorneys who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to providing pro bono legal services.”&nbsp;&nbsp;Winners&nbsp;of this year’s award were Partner <a href="">Reena Bajowala</a> and Associate <a href="">Matt Cipolla</a>.&nbsp; Reena was recognized for her exceptional work in achieving a favorable settlement for tenants of Evergreen Terrace, a Section 8 housing complex in Joliet, Illinois that the city wanted to condemn and demolish.</p> <p> Matt was recognized for his pro bono work last year that included making a winning argument to the Second Circuit resulting in the court taking the highly unusual step of vacating the firm’s client’s criminal conviction by a jury. &nbsp;Matt also was a key member of the firm’s team in a Section 1983 suit, representing an inmate at Green Haven Correctional Facility in New York.</p> <p> Partner <a href="">David DeBruin</a> received&nbsp;the Jerold S. Solovy Award.&nbsp; This award, named for Jenner &amp; Block’s renowned Chairman Emeritus, honors those attorneys who exemplify Mr. Solovy’s unwavering commitment to pro bono, the public good, the organized bar and the highest ideals of the legal profession.&nbsp; David’s selection recognized his career-long dedication to public service and pro bono endeavors.&nbsp; He was a co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee for 20 years; served on the steering committee of the ABA’s Death Penalty Representation Project; and has been heavily involved in the DC Bar as a member and vice chair of its Pro Bono Committee, while serving as the firm’s coordinator for the Committee’s Advocacy &amp; Justice Clinic.&nbsp; David currently is chairperson of the DC Public Defender Service Board of Trustees and a board member of the Southern Center for Human Rights. &nbsp;In addition, he has served as a member of the Hearing Committee of the DC Board of Professional Responsibility.</p> <p> Recipients of the Mentorship Award were Partners <a href="">Jessie Ring Amunson</a>, <a href="">Tony Barkow</a>, <a href="">Ken Lee</a>, <a href="">Bob Stauffer</a>, <a href="">Cathy Steege</a> and <a href="">Dan Weiss</a>.&nbsp; These attorneys, selected by the firm’s Associates Committee from 26 nominations, were recognized for going above and beyond with their generous efforts and effectiveness as both formal and informal mentors.</p> 27 Oct 2014 Ron Peterson Named Chairman of Ripon College Board of Trustees <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Ronald R. Peterson</a> has been named chairman of the Ripon College Board of Trustees.&nbsp; A 1970 graduate of the college, Ron previously served as vice chairman of the board.&nbsp; Ripon College is a four-year, liberal arts school located in Ripon, Wisconsin, 80 miles northwest of Milwaukee and 180 miles northwest of Chicago.</p> <p> Ron concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial, insolvency and bankruptcy law. A fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, he focuses primarily on representing debtors, trustees, creditors, committees, landlords and secured lenders in Chapter 11 cases.</p> 29 Oct 2014 Twenty-Three Jenner & Block Practices Ranked “Tier 1” in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2015 “Best Law Firms” <div> Twenty-three Jenner &amp; Block practice areas have been ranked as “Tier 1” by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® in its 2015 “Best Law Firms” survey, nationally and by metropolitan area. &nbsp;They are:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> National</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Appellate Practice&nbsp;</div> <div> Communications</div> <div> Insurance Law</div> <div> International Arbitration – Commercial</div> <div> Litigation – Antitrust</div> <div> Litigation – Construction</div> <div> Litigation – First Amendment</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Metropolitan Area</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Appellate Practice (Chicago and Washington, DC)</div> <div> Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Chicago)</div> <div> Commercial Litigation (Chicago)&nbsp;</div> <div> Communications Law (Washington, DC)</div> <div> Copyright Law (Washington, DC)</div> <div> Criminal Defense: White Collar (Chicago)</div> <div> Environmental Law (Chicago)</div> <div> Family Law (Chicago)</div> <div> Insurance Law (Chicago and Washington, DC)</div> <div> International Arbitration – Commercial (Chicago)</div> <div> Litigation – Antitrust (Chicago)</div> <div> Litigation – Bankruptcy (Chicago)</div> <div> Litigation – Construction (Chicago)</div> <div> Litigation – First Amendment (Washington, DC)</div> <div> Litigation – Intellectual Property (Chicago)</div> <div> Litigation – Patent (Chicago)</div> <div> Mergers &amp; Acquisitions Law (Chicago)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The survey’s results are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field. &nbsp;The rankings incorporate 5.5 million evaluations of 52,488 individual leading lawyers collected by Best Lawyers in its most recent annual survey.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> 3 Nov 2014 Firm Secures $23.6 Million Settlement for Client Energy Northwest <p> In its decade-long efforts for firm client Energy Northwest, Jenner &amp; Block secured a settlement requiring the Department of Energy (DOE) to pay almost $23.6 million in damages for its continued failure to accept used nuclear fuel from the company.&nbsp; The settlement also includes an annual claims process for Energy Northwest to submit additional cost claims to the government through 2016.</p> <p> DOE contractually agreed in 1983 to dispose of used nuclear fuel from Energy Northwest and other nuclear utilities, beginning January 31, 1998, in exchange for the utilities’ payment of fees based on the amount of electricity generated. &nbsp;To date, DOE has failed to do so.&nbsp; In 2004, Jenner &amp; Block filed a lawsuit against the DOE on behalf of Energy Northwest, seeking damages for the company’s construction and operation of interim used fuel storage facilities as a result of DOE’s failure to accept used nuclear fuel from Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Washington. &nbsp;In 2006, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled on summary judgment that DOE breached its contract with Energy Northwest, and in 2010, after a three-week bench trial held in 2009, the court awarded Energy Northwest&nbsp;<a href="">$56.859 million in&nbsp;damages</a>. &nbsp;Following an appeal of a portion of the award, the award was &nbsp;reduced in 2011 to a $48.7 million judgment—an amount paid by the Government in 2011.</p> <p> Energy Northwest’s 2011 judgment addressed its interim used fuel storage costs through August 2006. &nbsp;The current $23.6 million settlement from DOE stems from a second action filed in July 2011 for DOE’s continuing breach of contract and concerns the costs that Energy Northwest incurred to store used fuel on an interim basis from September 2006 through June 2012. The settlement followed a March 2014 ruling in which the U.S. Court of Federal Claims granted summary judgment to Energy Northwest, awarding it $19.3 million of its damages claim and setting the remainder of the claim for trial.&nbsp; The August 2014 settlement adds $4.3 million to the March 2014 ruling, and will help Energy Northwest avoid filing another lawsuit to obtain its damages incurred between July 2012 and December 2016.</p> <p> The firm’s team was led by Partner <a href="">Norman M. Hirsch</a>, and included Partners <a href="">David Jiménez-Ekman</a> and <a href="">Christopher Tompkins</a>, all of whom represented Energy Northwest from the inception of the case in 2004, as well as Partner <a href="">April A. Otterberg</a>, who joined the team in 2008.&nbsp; All four were part of Energy Northwest’s successful trial team in 2009.&nbsp; Partner <a href="">William D. Heinz</a> also provided advice and counsel on the matter since the filing of Energy Northwest’s original lawsuit in 2004. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> 5 Nov 2014 Former Acting General Counsel for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Damon Y. Smith Joins Jenner & Block <p> Jenner &amp; Block is pleased to announce that <a href="">Damon Y. Smith</a>, former acting general counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.&nbsp; As a member of the firm’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation and Real Estate Practices, he brings a unique blend of experience that covers housing, banking and consumer regulation at the intersection of law and policy.&nbsp;</p> <p> “The firm has well-regarded Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation and Real Estate Practices,” said Jenner &amp; Block Managing Partner <a href="">Terrence J. Truax</a>.&nbsp; “Damon’s extensive experience in government regulation, real estate transactions and complex litigation will further strengthen our capabilities in these areas.”</p> <p> Mr. Smith’s government practice will leverage his extensive knowledge of housing and consumer regulations impacting the current housing finance environment; experience with leadership at the highest levels of the primary regulators in the field; and background in resolving controversies with the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch and private parties. His real estate practice will focus on multifamily housing finance and commercial transactions. &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="">Thomas J. Perrelli</a>, chair of the firm’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice, added, “Damon’s government service and knowledge of relevant housing and consumer regulations will be extremely beneficial to our clients.&nbsp; He offers unique insight into industry changes that have occurred over the past several years, both in the market and in government regulation. ”</p> <p> Mr. Smith worked five years at HUD and served as the department’s acting general counsel from January 2014 to July 2014.&nbsp; In the general counsel role, he set and implemented HUD’s litigation strategy, and led the reformation efforts for its multifamily loan closing documents as well as the negotiations to resolve mortgage-related litigation in the primary and secondary mortgage markets.&nbsp;</p> <p> “Damon’s experience at HUD and background representing commercial developers and tenants in negotiations with lenders and landlords complements our existing practice. In addition to enhancing the service of our existing clients, he will help expand our practice footprint in the Washington, D.C. region,” said <a href="">Donald I. Resnick</a>, chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice.</p> <p> “Jenner &amp; Block is highly regarded as one of the top law firms in the nation with great Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation and Real Estate Practices and a tremendous commitment to public service,” said Mr.Smith. “I am excited to join the firm and continue its legacy of excellence as a litigation powerhouse and transactional leader.”</p> <p> Mr. Smith held several positions at HUD between June 2009 and January 2014, serving as HUD’s principal deputy general counsel, acting associate general counsel for insured housing and senior counsel/special assistant to the general counsel.&nbsp; Before HUD, he was a professor of property and local government law at Rutgers University.&nbsp; As a professor, he provided a lecture on the U.S. Supreme Court’s <em>Kelo v. New London</em> eminent domain decision as part of a seminar series for the New Jersey State Legislature.&nbsp; Before his teaching career, he was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Arnold &amp; Porter LLP, an international law firm.&nbsp; Prior to law school, he was the founding director of the University of Illinois’s Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center in East St. Louis, Illinois.</p> <p> Mr. Smith received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. in English and Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.&nbsp; He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland.</p> 10 Nov 2014 <i>Daily Journal</i> Names Partners Rick Stone and A.J. Thomas Among Top 50 Entertainment Lawyers in California <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Richard L. Stone</a> and <a href="">Andrew J. “A.J.” Thomas</a> have been selected to be included in a <em>Daily Journal</em> “Entertainment Law” special report and are profiled in a supplement that was published on November 5, 2014.&nbsp; They are among only 50 attorneys who were identified by the <em>Daily Journal</em> as “California’s best entertainment lawyers” and “key dealmakers and litigators who are rapidly reshaping the movies, music and game businesses.”</p> <p> Mr. Stone’s profile focuses on his representation of Fox Broadcasting Company in its copyright infringement suit against Aereo, resulting in this past summer’s U.S. Supreme Court win for Fox and other major broadcasters, and the similar dispute between Fox and Dish Network that is presently being litigated in federal court in California.&nbsp; It also mentions his involvement in music industry litigation, specifically his representation of SoundExchange in a lawsuit filed by Sirius XM Radio in the Southern District of New York regarding royalty payment rates.</p> <p> Mr. Thomas’ profile notes his representation of Fox in the Aereo and Dish matters and his representation of Warner Bros. Entertainment and NBC Universal on multiple copyright matters.&nbsp; As an example of these, it highlights Mr. Thomas’ success in obtaining an injunction for Warner Bros. that prevented distribution by a low-budget filmmaker of its movie <em>Age of the Hobbits </em>or using any mark that is similar to Warner Bros. blockbuster film <em>The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</em>, or any of the titles in <em>The Hobbit </em>film trilogy.&nbsp; The Ninth Circuit affirmed the injunction, and the case ultimately settled.</p> <p> Mr. Stone is co-chair of Jenner &amp; Block’s nationally-recognized Content, Media &amp; Entertainment Practice. &nbsp;His previous recognitions by the <em>Daily Journal</em> include “Top 100 Lawyers in California” and a “Top IP Litigator in California” in 2013 and 2014.&nbsp; For the last three consecutive years, <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>&nbsp;has selected him as one of the top 100 entertainment “Power Lawyers” in America.&nbsp; In addition, in 2013, <em>Law360</em>&nbsp;named him a “Media &amp; Entertainment MVP.”</p> <p> Mr. Thomas is a member of the firm’s Content, Media &amp; Entertainment Practice.&nbsp; <em>Chambers USA</em>&nbsp;has consistently named him a leading California media and entertainment litigation lawyer, and the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Business Journal</em>&nbsp;recognized him as a top entertainment lawyer in its 2010 edition of <em>Who's Who in L.A. Law</em>. &nbsp;Mr. Thomas has also been identified as a&nbsp;<em>Southern California Super Lawyer</em>&nbsp;in business and intellectual property litigation.&nbsp;</p> 12 Nov 2014 “Lawyers at the Polls on Election Day,” 2Civility <p> Jenner &amp; Block Staff Attorney <a href="">Alexis N. Gabay</a> is featured in a blog post that explores what it is like for an attorney to serve as an election judge on Election Day.&nbsp; Titled “Lawyers at the Polls on Election Day,” the article in <em>2Civility</em>, the communication platform of the IllinoisSupreme Court Commission on Professionalism,notes that Alexis grew up with one Democratic parent and one Republican. &nbsp;She stated, “Even though their votes canceled each other out every election, they always voted, and instilled in me the importance of the process.” The article also explains that after nine years of being an election judge and dealing with various issues, including working to get disabled voters into inaccessiblepolling places, Alexis was asked to serve as an attorney at the Chicago Board of Elections on each Election Day.&nbsp; In this role, she takes calls from Chicago election judges about voting rules and requirements.&nbsp; When Alexis was asked why she does this, she said, “I love being there to support the judges of the election. &nbsp;It’s a very long day for them, and I enjoy giving them the information they need to support the integrity of the voting process.”&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> Alexis is a staff attorney in the firm’s Litigation Department.&nbsp; She is experienced in various areas of litigation, including products liability, commercial bankruptcy, fraud, tax and intellectual property.</p> <p> To read the full article, please <a href="">click here</a>.&nbsp;</p> 28 Oct 2014 Jenner & Block Partner G. Thomas Stromberg Joins Board of Public Counsel <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">G. Thomas Stromberg</a> has been selected to serve as a member of the board of Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm.</p> <p> Mr. Stromberg’s appointment marks the first time a Jenner &amp; Block attorney will sit on the Public Counsel board, which comprises law firm managing partners, general counsel and other professionals from a variety of industries, all of whom are deeply committed to providing equal access to justice. &nbsp;He previously served on the Public Counsel board 10 years ago, when he was a member of another law firm. &nbsp;</p> <p> “We are pleased Tom has rejoined the Public Counsel board,” said Hernán D. Vera, president and chief executive officer of Public Counsel.&nbsp; “Having practiced law in the Los Angeles area for 30 years, his knowledge and understanding of the legal landscape and overall community will be a great asset to the clients we represent.”</p> <p> Mr. Stromberg,a partner in Jenner &amp; Block’s Transactional Department and a member of the Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions Practices, said, “Public Counsel is a wonderful organization, and I am happy to once again serve on the board.&nbsp; Its mission of protecting the legal rights of disadvantaged children; representing immigrants who have been the victims of torture, persecution, domestic violence, trafficking and other crimes; and providing individuals and institutions in underserved communities with access to quality legal representation goes hand-in-hand with Jenner &amp; Block’s commitment to public service and pro bono.”</p> <p> Mr. Stromberg will now be a member of the board’s Development Committee, which focuses on securing resources for the organization and assists with the William O. Douglas Dinner, an annual event that recognizes leaders who support Public Counsel’s mission and programs.&nbsp; The 2014 event in June honored former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and was attended by more than 1,500 people.</p> 14 Nov 2014 Firm Successfully Advocates for Rejection of Ban on Same-Sex Marriage in West Virginia <p> Jenner &amp; Block helped win another victory for same-sex couples in the effort to repeal bans on same-sex marriage nationwide.&nbsp; On November 7, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia officially ruled in favor of Lambda Legal’s plaintiffs and struck down the ban, following the Fourth Circuit’s ruling in July that struck down a similar ban in Virginia.&nbsp; In the Virginia case, the firm also represented a class of unmarried same-sex couples, along with the ACLU of Virginia and Lambda Legal.&nbsp; In the West Virginia case, Partners <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a> and <a href="">Lindsay C. Harrison</a> and Associates <a href="">R. Trent McCotter</a> and <a href="">Nicholas W. Tarasen</a> were cooperating counsel with Lambda Legal.&nbsp; “The right to marry is a fundamental right, giving every individual the opportunity to exercise choice in this important relationship,” wrote U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers in West Virginia. Outlets that reported on the West Virginia case and similar recent rulings on same-sex marriage included <a href="">Metro News The Voice of West Virginia</a>, <a href="">Reuters</a> and the <em><a href="">San Diego Gay &amp; Lesbian News</a></em>, which mentions the firm team.</p> 7 Nov 2014 <i>Law360</i> Profiles Paul Smith as the Firm’s “Civil Rights Stalwart” <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a> is profiled in a lengthy article in <em>Law360</em> as part of its “Appellate A-List” series.&nbsp; Titled “<a href="">Jenner &amp; Block’s Civil Rights Stalwart: Paul M. Smith</a>,” the article details Paul’s career, from his time serving in high-profile clerkships with Second Circuit Judge James Oakes and Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell to his first Supreme Court oral argument in a pro bono asbestos case in 1986.&nbsp; The profile discusses his coming to Jenner &amp; Block in 1994 and helping the firm establish itself as a leading voice on free speech in new media.&nbsp; Finally, the article explores how Paul has helped evolve the firm’s civil rights practice to include “a host of hot-button issues,” including successfully arguing against laws that criminalized gay sex.&nbsp; The 2003 <em>Lawrence v. Texas</em> case has led to Paul’s involvement in helping dismantle bans against same-sex marriage nationwide.&nbsp; Described as “soft-spoken but intense,” Paul – who has done 15 appearances before the Supreme Court – calls his style at the podium conversational while not being jocular.&nbsp; He advises young attorneys to “make sure that at least part of the time you’re doing work you care about.&nbsp; If you’re just practicing law to pay the bills and doing whatever the partners ask, you’re not going to last very long, and you’re not going to do it very well.”</p> 10 Nov 2014 Partner Andrew Vail to Receive PILI 2014 Distinguished Fellow Alumni Award <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Andrew W. Vail</a> has been selected to receive the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) 2014 Distinguished Fellow Alumni Award.&nbsp; Founded in 1977, PILI is a nonprofit whose mission is to “cultivate a lifelong commitment to public interest law and pro bono service within the Illinois legal community to expand the availability of legal services for people, families and communities in need.”</p> <p> In naming Andrew for the honor, the PILI Board and Awards Committee noted that, since his service in 2003 as a PILI Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, he has remained “extremely dedicated to pro bono work and serving those in need.”</p> <p> In particular, the Awards Committee focused on Andrew’s involvement in two recent and high-profile pro bono indigent criminal defense cases – <em><a href="">People v.Koh</a></em> and <em><a href="">People v.Rivera</a></em> – as well as his recently concluded four-year tenure as a member of PILI’s board of directors and his role as co-chair of Jenner &amp; Block’s Pro Bono Committee.</p> <p> The award will be presented to Andrew at PILI’s Annual Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the Palmer House Hilton, an event that is generally attended by nearly 500 lawyers from all sectors of the Illinois legal community – law firms, corporate law departments, law schools and the public interest law community.</p> 18 Nov 2014 Pro Bono Client Subject of <i>Chicago-Sun Times</i> Column on "Sentencing Unfairness" <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Jessica Ring Amunson</a>’s pro bono client is featured in a Mary Mitchell column in the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> in which the author argues that a life sentence for a nonviolent drug crime is unfair.&nbsp; Titled “<a href="">Joliet Case Illustrates Sentencing Unfairness</a>,” the article quotes Jessie at length about the case, which involves Jesse Webster’s 1994 arrest on an aborted drug deal. Mr. Webster is serving a life sentence after being convicted of conspiracy, attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and for filing false tax returns. Jessie explains that Mr. Webster has exhausted all of his appeals and that his only hope is that President Obama will commute his sentence under new clemency criteria announced by the Department of Justice.&nbsp; “We have secured the support of the judge who sentenced him, and the prosecutors who prosecuted him, all of whom said a life sentence for his crime is a punishment that does not fit the crime. A more appropriate sentence is approximately 20 years, a time that he has already served,”&nbsp; Jessie said. The author concludes her column stating that “Webster’s life sentence represents a distortion of justice.” &nbsp;The column is the latest in a series of media reports about Mr. Webster’s case. &nbsp;In October, the <a href=""><em>Rolling Stones</em> profiled</a> Mr. Webster in an article about the “shame” of mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes.&nbsp; In February, the <em><a href="">Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board</a></em> called on the Department of Justice and President Obama to commute the sentence.&nbsp; In January, Mr. Webster was the subject of a <em>New York Times</em> article titled <a href=";_r=0">“A Dealer Serving Life Without Having Taken One.”</a></p> 15 Nov 2014 National Law Journal Names Jenner & Block to Its “Appellate Hot List” for 2014 <p> <em>The National Law Journal </em>has named Jenner &amp; Block to its “Appellate Hot List” for the sixth consecutive year.&nbsp; The list comprises 20 elite law firms “with outstanding achievements before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts of appeal and state courts of last resort.”&nbsp; To be chosen, firms had to achieve “at least one significant appellate win since January 2013” and have an “impressive track record overall.”</p> <p> <a href="">A profile</a> of Jenner &amp; Block that was published on November 17, 2014, highlights the firm’s work representing Fox in the high-profile litigation against Aereo, at all levels from district court to Supreme Court; a significant pro bono bankruptcy case in which we won a unanimous Supreme Court decision for our client; <a href="">the firm’s victory for the City of New York </a>in a suit seeking damages from Exxon Mobil for contaminating city-owned wells with a gasoline additive; and the successful challenge, with the ACLU and Lambda Legal, to <a href="">Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage</a>.</p> <p> The profile quotes Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Chair <a href="">Paul M.Smith</a>, who told the <em>NLJ</em>, “For us, one hallmark is that we’re really good at teaming with the lawyers who worked in the lower courts and adding their value to ours as appellate lawyers.”</p> <p> The article also quotes Gerson Zweifach, group general counsel and chief compliance officer for 21st&nbsp;Century Fox, who praised the <em>Fox v. Aereo</em> team, noting, “Paul Smith did great work for 21st Century Fox in the <em>Aereo</em> litigation, not only in developing the strongest arguments with <a href="">Rick Stone</a> in the district court and court of appeals, but effectively partnering with [co-counsel] Paul Clement in the Supreme Court on behalf of the networks.”</p> <p> Partner <a href="">Matthew S.Hellman</a> is mentioned in the profile for presenting the winning argument in the pro bono bankruptcy case <em><a href="">Law v. Siegel</a></em>.</p> 19 Nov 2014 Firm Associate Receives Alumni Award from NYU Academic Achievement Program <p> Jenner &amp; Block Associate <a href="">Precious S. Jacobs</a> received the Alumni Trailblazer Award from the Academic Achievement Program (AAP) at New York University (NYU) on November 1.&nbsp; AAP is an NYU program designed to enhance the academic and leadership potential of Black, Latino and Native American students; the gala event at which Precious was honored was held in celebration of AAP’s 25<sup>th</sup>anniversary.&nbsp; The keynote speaker was Dr. Marcia Young-Cantarella, one of the founders of AAP and the daughter of civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr.&nbsp;</p> <p> Precious is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department and focuses her practice on such matters as bankruptcy, products liability, and complex commercial litigation.&nbsp; She is a 2005 <em>cum laude</em> graduate of New York University.&nbsp; Precious received her J.D., <em>magna cum laude</em>, from the University of Illinois College of Law.</p> 21 Nov 2014 Associate Angela Allen Receives Award from Turnaround Association <p> Jenner &amp; Block Associate <a href="">Angela M. Allen</a> will receive the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) Chicago/Midwest Chapter’s “Most Active New Member” Award at the TMA’s Sixth Annual Executive Speaker Forum in Chicago on November 24, 2014.&nbsp; TMA is a global nonprofit organization comprised of turnaround and corporate renewal professionals with more than 9,300 members worldwide.&nbsp; Its mission is to serve as a forum for corporate renewal professionals from all disciplines to promote high standards of practice, foster professional development, and enhance the image of TMA members.</p> <p> The award is being presented to Angela in recognition of her exceptional involvement and interest in the TMA during 2013.&nbsp; For the last two years, Angela has served as co-chair of the Chicago Chapter’s NextGen Committee, which provides networking and educational opportunities to turnaround and corporate restructuring professionals in the early stages of their careers.&nbsp; Recently, she was elected to serve as a Board of Director for the Chicago Chapter for a three year term starting in 2015.&nbsp; The Hon. Mitt Romney will be the keynote speaker at the Forum, which begins at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.&nbsp;</p> <p> Angela is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization Practice.&nbsp;She has represented a broad range of clients, including Chapter 7 and 11 trustees, Chapter 11 debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, and equity holders in bankruptcies and bankruptcy-related litigation.&nbsp; In addition to her private practice, Angela has been lead associate on multiple bankruptcy-related pro bono matters.&nbsp; She also is active in service to the community and the bar, focusing on military related pro bono and outreach, in addition to her involvement with TMA.</p> <p> Please click <a href="">here</a> for additional information about the event.</p> 21 Nov 2014