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May 26, 2016 Judge Nominates Team for “Excellence in Pro Bono Service” Award

A Jenner & Block team won the admiration and respect of a federal judge, who nominated the team for an “Excellence in Pro Bono Service” award presented by the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago chapter of the Federal Bar Association. District Judge Matthew Kennelly had appointed Partner Matthew R. Devine to represent a client who alleged that a police officer in the Village of East Dundee had violated his constitutional rights. Associates Hillary E. August and Jordan C. Blumenthal joined the team. The team defeated a motion to dismiss and then settled the case on terms favorable to the client. 

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TAGS: Awards and Recognitions

PEOPLE: Hillary E. August

May 24, 2016 Sheila Simon Discusses Ideas for Ways that Law School Students Can Help Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Partner Keri Holleb Hotaling is co-chairing a task force aimed at recruiting university-based law clinics to join the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault.  The task force is an initiative of Chicago Says No More, an organization dedicated to educating and engaging individuals and organizations about the challenges of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Keri is a member of the organization’s Steering Committee and helped organize a recent breakfast at The John Marshall Law School to launch the task force’s efforts.   Featured speaker Sheila Simon, visiting assistant professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Law and former Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, spoke on the topic of “The Responsibility of Attorneys To Address Pervasive Societal Issues Why Law Clinics Should Care about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.”

Partner Keri Holleb Hotaling is co-chairing a task force aimed at recruiting university-based law clinics to join the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault.  The task force is an initiative of Chicago Says No More, an organization dedicated to educating and engaging individuals and organizations about the challenges of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Keri is a member of the organization’s Steering Committee and helped organize a recent breakfast at The John Marshall Law School to launch the task force’s efforts.   Featured speaker Sheila Simon, visiting assistant professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Law and former Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, spoke on the topic of “The Responsibility of Attorneys To Address Pervasive Societal Issues Why Law Clinics Should Care about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.”

Sheila Simon, visiting assistant professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Law and former Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, spoke recently on the topic of “The Responsibility of Attorneys To Address Pervasive Societal Issues: Why Law Clinics Should Care about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.”   In her speech, she discussed a successful effort during her tenure as lieutenant governor: launching  a virtual legal clinic that gives domestic violence victims in remote areas of Illinois access to consultation by practicing lawyers via online technologies.  She also mentioned an idea that she would like to see come to fruition: an AmeriCorps-type program in which new lawyers would work pro bono on domestic violence and sexual assault cases and get law school loan relief in return. 

Ms. Simon spoke at The John Marshall Law School to launch an initiative of Chicago Says No More, an organization dedicated to educating and engaging individuals and organizations about the challenges of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The new initiative is a task force aimed at recruiting university-based law clinics to join the fight against domestic violenceand sexual assault.  The task force is co-chaired by Partner Keri Holleb Hotaling.

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TAGS: John Marshall Law School

PEOPLE: Keri L. Holleb Hotaling

May 19, 2016 Firm’s Win Helps DC Legal Services Corporations Recover Reasonable Fees

In Tenants of 710 Jefferson Street v. DC Rental Housing Commission, a firm team won an important victory for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.  The win will affect the way DC courts determine lawyers’ fee awards when the prevailing party is a non-profit legal services corporation.

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TAGS: housing

May 12, 2016 Associate Handles DC Pro Bono Clinic Referral of Landlord/Tenant Case

The firm successfully represented a pro bono client who was sued by her landlord in an effort to evict her based on nonpayment of rent and violation of the terms of the lease. On her behalf, the firm pursued a counterclaim to recoup rent she had paid despite serious housing code violations, including flooding in the bathroom over a nine-month period, exposed heating elements and electrical wires, and rodent and cockroach infestations. 

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TAGS: housing

May 10, 2016 DCFS Drops Case Against Client Indicated for Neglect

In January 2016, Jenner & Block received a favorable outcome for a pro bono client in an Illinois expungement hearing proceeding. The client, a widow, had been indicated with three counts of neglect for the alleged inadequate care of her autistic daughter. The client maintained that the conditions cited by the state Department of Children and Family Services investigator were the direct result of temporary financial difficulties and that the state investigation was cursory and inadequate. A few weeks before the hearing, DCFS dropped the case and voluntarily unfounded all the indications against the client.

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TAGS: DCFS

May 5, 2016 Rare Grant of Removal Helps Mother and Young Son

The firm represented the mother of a young boy, who, due to severe physical and mental abuse by the boy’s father, wanted to move to a different state.  The client had an excellent job opportunity there that provided her with a significantly increased salary, greater professional advancement opportunities and tuition reimbursement to pursue a Ph.D. while working.

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