News Feed https://jenner.com/library News Description https://jenner.com/library Jenner & Block Represents Merge Healthcare in $1 Billion Sale to IBM <p> Jenner &amp; Block advised Merge Healthcare Inc. (NASDAQ: MRGE) in its $1 billion sale to IBM (NYSE: IBM). Merge is a Chicago-based provider of medical image handling and processing, interoperability and clinical systems designed to advance healthcare quality and efficiency. Under terms of the transaction, Merge shareholders would receive $7.13 per share in cash, for a total transaction value of $1 billion.&nbsp;The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory review, Merge shareholder approval, and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to occur later this year.</p> <p> The full release is available <a href="http://www.merge.com/News/Article.aspx?ItemID=660">here</a>.</p> <p> The Jenner &amp; Block team was led by Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/MarkHarris">Mark A. Harris</a>, chair of the firm’s Private Equity Practice, and included Corporate Partners <a href="https://jenner.com/people/BrianBoch">Brian R. Boch,</a> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/JeffreyShuman">Jeffrey R. Shuman</a> and <a href="https://jenner.com/people/JefferyLarson">Jeffery D.&nbsp; Larson</a>; Special Counsel <a href="https://jenner.com/people/MatthewPacella">Matthew R. Pacella</a>; and Associates <a href="https://jenner.com/people/KevinWaklatsi">Kevin M. Waklatsi</a> and <a href="https://jenner.com/people/BrendanDonahue">Brendan A. Donahue</a>.&nbsp; Other members of the multidisciplinary team included Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/HowardSuskin">Howard S. Suskin</a> from the Litigation Department; <a href="https://jenner.com/people/CarlaRozycki">Carla J. Rozycki</a>, chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice; Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/AdamPetravicius">Adam Petravicius</a>, chair of the Intellectual Property Transactions Practice; Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/GeoffreyDavis">Geoffrey M. Davis</a>, co-chair of the Tax Practice; Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/SLing">S. Tony Ling, </a>employment benefits and executive compensation; Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/DamienSpecht">Damien C. Specht</a>, co-chair of the Government Contracts Corporate&nbsp;Transactions Group; and Associate <a href="https://jenner.com/people/PenelopeCampbell">Penelope P. Campbell </a>in real estate.</p> 6 Aug 2015 https://jenner.com/library/news/14352 https://jenner.com/library Holleb Hotaling Appointed to “Chicago Says No More” Steering Committee <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/KeriHollebHotaling">Keri L. Holleb Hotaling</a> has been appointed to the Steering Committee of&nbsp; “Chicago Says No More,” a campaign that addresses the challenges of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Chicago metropolitan area.&nbsp; Its focus is to raise public awareness and end the silence, excuses and misinformation surrounding these issues.&nbsp; The initiative was founded recently by Mesirow Chief Financial Officer Kristie Paskvan; it is aligned with the national NO MORE campaign that was launched in 2013 by a coalition of leading advocacy groups, service providers and major corporations.&nbsp; The local campaign’s initial goals include changing the culture and conversation about domestic violence/sexual assault and providing innovative ways to leverage existing resources addressing these problems by establishing system-wide solutions.&nbsp; The Steering Committee will guide the direction and programs of the campaign, as well as establish guidelines to identify priorities for funding current and new initiatives aimed at decreasing domestic violence/sexual assault.&nbsp;</p> <p> Ms. Holleb Hotaling, who is a litigator concentrating on environmental matters, leads Jenner &amp; Block’s participation in the Circuit Court of Cook County Domestic Violence Division’s Pro Bono Order of Protection Program. &nbsp;Through the program, firm attorneys volunteer to assist clients in obtaining both emergency and plenary orders of protection in the Cook County Circuit Court.</p> <p> For more information about the “Chicago Says No More” campaign, please click <a href="http://chicagosaysnomore.org/">here</a>.</p> 13 Aug 2015 https://jenner.com/library/news/14365 https://jenner.com/library Angela Allen Featured in TMA Newsletter <p> Jenner &amp; Block Associate <a href="https://jenner.com/people/AngelaAllen">Angela M. Allen</a> is featured in an article in the Turnaround Management Association’s (TMA) newsletter.&nbsp; In the “<a href="https://jenner.com/system/assets/assets/8857/original/A_20Allen_20TMA_20august_202015.pdf">NextGen Member Spotlight</a>,” Ms. Allen answers a range of questions, including how she got involved with the TMA, her most important engagements and her personal background.&nbsp; TMA is the leading organization dedicated to turnaround management, corporate restructuring and distressed investing and has more than 9,300 members in 49 chapters worldwide.&nbsp; Ms. Allen recently received the TMAGlobal “Emerging Leader of the Year” award in recognition of her dedication to and leadership in the organization. &nbsp;Ms. Allen currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago/Midwest Chapter.</p> 14 Aug 2015 https://jenner.com/library/news/14366 https://jenner.com/library Firm Wins Victory for Executor of Steinbeck Estate <p> Jenner &amp; Block won a victory for the Estate of Elaine Steinbeck, the late wife of renowned novelist John Steinbeck, and all of its beneficiaries, &nbsp;when a judge dismissed with prejudice the latest copyright lawsuit filed by Steinbeck’s biological son and granddaughter, Thomas, and Blake Smyle. They &nbsp;had sued John Steinbeck’s stepdaughter, who is the executor of Elaine’s Estate, and the Estate’s beneficiaries for declaratory judgment, &nbsp;copyright infringement and breach of contract . Thomas Steinbeck and Blake Smyle are both descendants of the author’s second wife. At issue was a 1983 settlement that gave Elaine complete authority over the works of John Steinbeck in exchange for an increased portion of the royalties, and Thom and Blake’s exercise of &nbsp;certain termination rights under the copyright laws.&nbsp; After Elaine died in 2003, her daughter (the Estate’s Executor and one of the beneficiaries) took over control of the rights. At that time, Thom attempted to exercise certain termination rights under the copyright laws that set off several lawsuits that Jenner &amp; Block successfully litigated on behalf of Elaine’s Estate and its beneficiaries.&nbsp;</p> <p> “Plaintiffs have litigated these claims <em>ad nauseum</em>,” wrote US District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. in dismissing the recent claims.&nbsp; Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/SusanKohlmann">Susan J. Kohlmann</a><em> </em>led the team representing Elaine’s Estate and its beneficiaries. The Estate has filed a countersuit alleging that Thomas Steinbeck, his wife, Gail Steinbeck, and their company, Palladin Group Inc., have interfered with and impaired the Estate’s exploitation of the Steinbeck works . A final pretrial conference in that suit is currently scheduled for March 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p> Ms. Kohlmann is quoted in the <em>Daily Journal </em>saying, “We are gratified with the court’s decision and we look forward to finally putting an end to all these years of litigation satisfactorily.”&nbsp; In addition to Ms. Kohlmann, the team included Partners<em> </em><a href="https://jenner.com/people/AndrewThomas">Andrew. J. Thomas</a> and <a href="https://jenner.com/people/StevenEnglund">Steven R. Englund</a>; Associates <a href="https://jenner.com/people/AlisonStein">Alison I. Stein</a>, <a href="https://jenner.com/people/JasonHipp">Jason P. Hipp</a> and Ava U. McAlpin; and paralegals Casey Connolly and Judy Lao.</p> 13 Aug 2015 https://jenner.com/library/news/14367 https://jenner.com/library DC Circuit Upholds Firm’s Award of Attorneys’ Fees in Texas Redistricting Case <p> Jenner &amp; Block has been awarded legal fees for work in a case that challenged the state of Texas’ redistricting plans.&nbsp; The firm had represented former Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis and several citizens who argued that the state’s redistricting plans should be denied preclearance under the Voting Rights Act. &nbsp;In 2012, a three-judge panel in Washington agreed, denying Texas preclearance, concluding its redistricting plans were the product of intentional discrimination against minorities. &nbsp;Texas appealed to the Supreme Court. While the case was pending, the state repealed the challenged maps and instead legislatively enacted the same map proposed by Senator Davis and the other litigants.&nbsp; The redistricting litigation was then dismissed as moot in light of the state’s new redistricting plans as well as the US Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a provision of the Voting Rights Act in <em>Shelby County v. Holder</em>.&nbsp; The parties in the litigation – including Senator Davis, Texas voters, and the Texas Conference of NAACP Branches – asked the district court to award attorney fees as prevailing parties.&nbsp; Texas responded with a three-page “advisory” arguing that it had actually won the case.&nbsp; In 2014, US District Judge Rosemary Collyer granted the fee request, concluding that Texas had failed to respond to any of the petitioners’ legal arguments in support of their fee request, contrary to the court’s local rules, and awarded fees totaling more than $1 million, including $466,680 to be shared between Jenner &amp; Block and its co-counsel in the case. &nbsp;In its unanimous decision affirming the district court’s award of fees, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit wrote that “what little argument Texas did advance in its ‘Advisory’ provides an insufficient basis for overturning the district court’s award of attorneys’ fees” and that it would not disturb the district court’s discretion to enforce its local rules “because [Texas’] chosen strategy of backhanding the issues in the district court backfired.” &nbsp;In an article about the award in <em><a href="http://www.nationallawjournal.com/legaltimes/id=1202659956295/Texas-Ordered-to-Pay-Legal-Fees-in-Redistricting-Case">The National Law Journal</a></em> (<em>subscription required</em>), Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/PaulSmith">Paul M. Smith</a> is quoted saying that the three-judge panel “properly recognized that Texas failed to file a valid opposition to our fee requests in the district court and then failed again to challenge (or even mention) the district court’s waiver holding in its opening brief on appeal.”&nbsp; In addition to Mr. Smith, the team included Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/JessicaAmunson">Jessica Ring Amunson</a>, Associate <a href="https://jenner.com/people/MarkGaber">Mark P. Gaber</a> and co-counsel J. Gerald Hebert.</p> 18 Aug 2015 https://jenner.com/library/news/14368 https://jenner.com/library Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Jenner & Block Partners in 2016 Edition <p> <strong><em>Best Lawyers&nbsp;</em></strong><strong>Recognizes 46 Jenner &amp; Block Partners in 2016 Edition</strong></p> <p> Forty-six Jenner &amp; Block lawyers are included in <em>The Best Lawyers in America®</em><em>2016</em>.&nbsp; <em>Best Lawyers</em> lists are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.&nbsp; More than 79,000 leading lawyers globally are eligible to vote; 6.7 million votes were analyzed overall to determine which lawyers from across the United States would be included in the publication’s 2016 edition. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> The firm lawyers listed in the 2016 edition and the <em>Best Lawyers</em> practice areas in which they are recognized are:</p> <p> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ChristianBartholomew"><strong>Christian R. Bartholomew</strong></a>, Litigation - Securities; Securities Regulation<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JosephBisceglia"><strong>Joseph G. Bisceglia</strong></a>, Litigation – Construction<br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/MichaelBrody"><strong>Michael T. Brody</strong></a><strong>,&nbsp;</strong>Commercial Litigation<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/RichardCampbell"><strong>Richard P. Campbell</strong></a>, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JeffreyColman"><strong>Jeffrey D. Colman</strong></a>, Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DavidDebruin"><strong>David W. DeBruin</strong></a>, Criminal Defense: White-Collar<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ChristopherDickinson"><strong>Christopher C. Dickinson</strong></a>, Insurance Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/StevenEnglund"><strong>Steven R. Englund</strong></a>, Copyright Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/SamuelFeder"><strong>Samuel L. Feder</strong></a>, Communications Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JamesFeldman"><strong>James H. Feldman</strong></a>, Family Law; Collaborative Law: Family Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/RobertGraham"><strong>Robert L. Graham</strong></a>, Environmental Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/EGrayson"><strong>E. Lynn Grayson</strong></a>, Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law<br /> <strong><a href="http://jenner.com/people/JosephGromacki">Joseph P. Gromacki,</a>&nbsp;</strong>Mergers and Acquisitions Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JohnHamill"><strong>John J. Hamill</strong>,</a>Communications Law<br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/PhilipHarris"><strong>Philip L. Harris</strong></a>, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/MatthewJacobs"><strong>Matthew L. Jacobs</strong></a>, Insurance Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ChesterKamin"><strong>Chester T. Kamin</strong></a>, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust; Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)<br /> <strong><a href="https://jenner.com/people/ChristianKimball">Christian E. Kimball,</a>&nbsp;</strong>Tax Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/CarterKlein"><strong>Carter H. Klein</strong></a>, Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DavidKroeger"><strong>David M. Kroeger</strong></a>, Insurance Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/VincentLazar"><strong>Vincent E. Lazar</strong></a>, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law<br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/RichardLevin"><strong>Richard Levin</strong></a>, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/BradfordLyerla"><strong>Bradford P. Lyerla</strong></a>, Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JamesMalysiak"><strong>James T. Malysiak</strong></a>, Appellate Practice<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/CraigMartin"><strong>Craig C. Martin</strong></a><strong>,&nbsp;</strong>Commercial Litigation|<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/TerriMascherin"><strong>Terri L. Mascherin</strong></a>, Commercial Litigation<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JohnMathiasJr"><strong>John H. Mathias, Jr.</strong></a>, Insurance Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DanielMurray"><strong>Daniel R. Murray</strong>,</a>&nbsp;Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Equipment Finance Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ThomasNewkirk"><strong>Thomas C. Newkirk</strong></a>, Litigation - Securities<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/RonaldPeterson"><strong>Ronald R. Peterson</strong></a>, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/MatthewRenaud"><strong>Matthew J. Renaud</strong>,</a>&nbsp;Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DonaldResnick"><strong>Donald I. Resnick</strong></a>, Real Estate Law; Litigation - Real Estate<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/HarryRoper"><strong>Harry J. Roper</strong></a>, Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DavidSanders"><strong>David P. Sanders</strong></a>, Litigation - First Amendment<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/LawrenceSchaner"><strong>Lawrence S. Schaner</strong>,</a>&nbsp;International Arbitration - Commercial; International Arbitration - Governmental<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ReidSchar"><strong>Reid J. Schar</strong>,</a>Criminal Defense: White-Collar<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/GabrielleSigel"><strong>Gabrielle Sigel</strong></a>, Environmental Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/CharlesSklarsky"><strong>Charles B. Sklarsky</strong></a>, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/PaulSmith"><strong>Paul M. Smith</strong>,</a>&nbsp;Appellate Practice; Litigation - First Amendment; Media Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/CatherineSteege"><strong>Catherine L. Steege</strong></a>, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/BarbaraSteiner"><strong>Barbara S. Steiner</strong></a>, Commercial Litigation<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ThomasSullivan"><strong>Thomas P. Sullivan</strong></a>, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/HowardSuskin"><strong>Howard S. Suskin</strong></a>, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Securities<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/WilliamTolbertJr"><strong>William L. Tolbert, Jr.</strong></a><strong>,&nbsp;</strong>Securities / Capital Markets Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/AntonValukas"><strong>Anton R. Valukas</strong>,</a>&nbsp;Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/RichardZiegler"><strong>Richard F. Ziegler</strong></a>, Commercial Litigation</p> 20 Aug 2015 https://jenner.com/library/news/14369 https://jenner.com/library <i>New York Law Journal</i> Recognizes Partner Jeremy Creelan as a Lawyer Who Leads by Example <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/JeremyCreelan">Jeremy M. Creelan</a> has been named one of <em>New York Law Journal</em>’s 2015 honorees for Lawyers Who Lead by Example.&nbsp; Mr. Creelan was recognized in the Public Service category, as a lawyer who has “demonstrated leadership through careers in public service or devotion to improving the legal system and the profession in New York.”&nbsp; His deep commitment to public-minded work has spanned two decades and has resulted in the enactment of considerable legislative, ethics and criminal justice reform for the State of New York, as well as significant victories in pro bono matters.<br /> <br /> This past year, Mr. Creelan led New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to reform the New York State juvenile justice system as co-chair of the Commission on Youth, Public Safety &amp; Justice.&nbsp; As part of its mandate, the Governor asked the commission to weigh how best to &quot;raise the age&quot; of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.&nbsp; Through a labor-intensive and wide-ranging process, Mr. Creelan gained unanimous commission support for a comprehensive set of reforms that will, when enacted, transform New York State’s juvenile justice system. &nbsp;As a first step, in late June, the governor responded by announcing that he would act by executive order to remove juvenile detainees from state prisons.<br /> <br /> Mr. Creelan and others at the firm also achieved major wins in a continuing fight to help Vietnam veterans suffering from PTSD.&nbsp; Acting as co-counsel with Yale's Legal Services Organization Veterans Clinic, the firm challenged the US Armed Forces' less-than-honorable discharges of such veterans for conduct directly related to – but never diagnosed as – PTSD.&nbsp; That class action lawsuit led not only to discharge upgrades for the named plaintiffs but also to the defense secretary's decision to issue a guidance memorandum to the administrative boards that consider discharge upgrade applications to require them to consider PTSD diagnoses affirmatively as a basis for upgrade.&nbsp; That work continues as the firm and Yale monitor how the boards are applying that guidance to veterans' applications.<br /> <br /> A profile of Mr. Creelan will appear in a <em>New York Law Journal</em> special section on October 14, and he will be honored at an event that evening.</p> 25 Aug 2015 https://jenner.com/library/news/14372 https://jenner.com/library Partner Gabriel Fuentes Honored as the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2015 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/GabrielFuentes">Gabriel A. Fuentes</a> will be honored next month as the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2015 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.&nbsp; Selected from candidates across the United States, Gabe will be presented with the award during the HNBA’s 40<sup>th</sup> Annual Convention on September 4 in Boston.&nbsp; It will be his third honor this year recognizing his career-long commitment to pro bono service.&nbsp; In May, Gabe was presented with the <a href="https://jenner.com/library/news/14259">Chicago Bar Foundation’s Edward J. Lewis II Pro Bono Service Award</a>, and just a few weeks ago, he received the firm’s <a href="https://jenner.com/publicservice/calltoserve/awardsrecognition/calltoserve/awardsrecognition/albertjenneraward">Albert E. Jenner Award</a>.</p> <p> The HNBA award recognizes Mr. Fuentes’ successful handling of numerous pro bono matters through direct representation of clients, his longstanding dedication to the delivery of pro bono services and his participation in activities extending pro bono legal services to underserved and/or disadvantaged communities.&nbsp; During his 17 years with the firm, he has performed more than 5,000 hours of pro bono work and served as Chicago chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee for four years.&nbsp; He has also been a leader in many organizations dedicated to improving access to justice.</p> <p> This past year, Mr. Fuentes had a particularly extraordinary run of pro bono victories, including as a key member of a Jenner &amp; Block/ACLU team that challenged US government policies denying a fair hearing process to Central American mother and child asylum-seekers who were detained in a controversial facility in Artesia, New Mexico.&nbsp; As a result of the lawsuit the team filed, the government altered its stance toward the plaintiffs, vacating expedited removal orders, placing each client in regular removal proceedings and, ultimately, closing the Artesia facility.</p> 26 Aug 2015 https://jenner.com/library/news/14374 https://jenner.com/library Firm Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case Interpreting 2006 Veterans Act Provision <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="https://jenner.com/people/JessicaAmunson">Jessica Ring Amunson</a> and <a href="https://jenner.com/people/DamienSpecht">Damien C. Specht </a>and Associate <a href="https://jenner.com/people/RichardMcCotter">R. Trent McCotter </a>filed an amicus brief at the US Supreme Court on August 25, 2015, on behalf of a bipartisan group of 41 members of Congress in <em>Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States</em>.&nbsp; In <em>Kingdomware</em>, the Federal Circuit ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sometimes—<em>but not always</em>—should give veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) first priority for government contracts.&nbsp; This ruling was contrary to the language of the 2006 Veterans Act, where Congress stated that VOSBs “shall” be given priority for all such contracts, designed to place veterans at the front of the line for <em>every</em> government contract awarded by the VA, not just “some” of the contracts.&nbsp;</p> <p> Jenner &amp; Block’s brief was joined by the chair and ranking member of both the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the House Small Business Committee.&nbsp; Numerous members who helped ensure passage of the 2006 Veterans Act also signed the brief, as did several veterans now serving in Congress.&nbsp; The brief argues that the 2006 Veterans Act was intended to maximize business opportunities for VOSBs, whose owners have made great sacrifices for the nation and often face additional hardships upon return from theater.&nbsp; This is why Congress mandated that those companies should always (not just <em>sometimes</em>) be given first priority for VA contracts.&nbsp;</p> <p> Further, the VA had previously been given vast discretion when deciding whether to award contracts to VOSBs, and the results were abysmal: VOSBs were vastly underrepresented in receiving federal contracts.&nbsp; The brief shows that Congress learned from these prior failures, and that is why the 2006 Veterans Act mandated that VOSBs be given priority— the opposite of the conclusion reached by the Federal Circuit.</p> <p> The brief also argues that the Federal Circuit’s reasoning was flawed because the VA does not maintain real-time statistics on its awards and thus would never be able to actually determine when it must give priority to VOSBs.&nbsp; Thus, neither the VA nor companies competing for contracts could ever know what the competitive landscape was before or during the bidding process—a situation that Congress surely never intended.</p> <p> Former summer associate Jonathan A. (Alex) Langlinais also made substantial contributions to the brief.</p> <p> A<em> Law360</em> article published on August 28 reported on the filing of the brief and noted that other amicus briefs filed by organizations including the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the National Veteran Small Business Coalition and the American Legion agreed with the arguments made in the firm’s brief.&nbsp; The article mentioned Mr. Specht and Mr. McCotter as representing the members of Congress on the brief, and Ms. Amunson was quoted, telling <em>Law360</em>: “Congress made a choice when it passed the 2006 Veterans Act to use mandatory language so as to ensure that the VA would put veteran-owned small businesses at the front of the line for government contracts.&nbsp; The Federal Circuit’s decision essentially rewrote the statute Congress passed.”</p> 27 Aug 2015 https://jenner.com/library/news/14388 https://jenner.com/library Partner Gail Morse to Be Inducted into Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame <p> Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/GailMorse">Gail H. Morse</a>, a long-time advocate for advancing LGBT awareness and civil rights in Chicago, is among 11 individuals who will be inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.&nbsp; The induction ceremony will take place on November 10, 2015, at the Chicago History Museum.</p> <p> Ms. Morse is co-chair of the firm’s LGBT Forum, which provides support to lawyers on business development and LGBT-supportive initiatives.&nbsp; She was instrumental in the creation of Jenner &amp; Block’s diversity newsletter, <em>Equal Time</em>, the first edition of which was devoted to the firm's out-attorneys, their practices and work on LGBT issues.&nbsp;</p> <p> Among her many efforts to give back to the LGBT community, Ms. Morse has worked with the Illinois Department of Revenue to implement tax filings for partners in Illinois Civil Unions and has been a frequent resource on the tax effects of same-sex marriage.&nbsp;&nbsp; She has provided pro bono counsel to nearly every established LGBT nonprofit in Chicago.</p> <p> Jenner &amp; Block, which has been a longtime supporter of LBGT causes, became the first national law firm to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.&nbsp; The firm has received a 100% ranking in the Human Rights Commission’s Corporate Equality Index for the past 11 years.</p> <p> The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is the only known government-sponsored hall of fame in the United States that honors members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.</p> 31 Aug 2015 https://jenner.com/library/news/14390 https://jenner.com/library Who’s Who Legal Recognizes 16 Firm Lawyers <p> Who’s Who Legal has recognized 16 Jenner &amp; Block lawyers as top lawyers in 11 practice areas.&nbsp; The publication recognizes private practice lawyers in more than 100 countries for their experience in 34 areas of business law, using a “rigorous process of client and peer assessment” to identify lawyers who are the “very best.”&nbsp; The Jenner &amp; Block lawyers included in the <em>International Who’s Who Legal</em> guide and their Who’s Who Legal practice areas include the following:</p> <p> Arbitration<br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/LawrenceSchaner">Lawrence S. Schaner</a></p> <p> Business Crime Defense<br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/CharlesSklarsky">Charles B. Sklarsky</a><br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/ThomasSullivan">Thomas P. Sullivan</a><br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/AntonValukas">Anton R. Valukas</a></p> <p> Corporate Governance<br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/JosephGromacki">Joseph P. Gromacki</a></p> <p> eDiscovery Litigation<br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/DavidGreenwald">David M. Greenwald</a></p> <p> Environment<br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/EGrayson">E. Lynn Grayson</a></p> <p> Investigations<br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/CharlesSklarsky">Charles B. Sklarsky</a><br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/ThomasSullivan">Thomas P. Sullivan</a><br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/AntonValukas">Anton R. Valukas</a></p> <p> Insolvency &amp; Restructuring<br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/RonaldPeterson">Ronald R. Peterson</a><br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/CatherineSteege">Catherine L. Steege</a></p> <p> Insurance &amp; Reinsurance<br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/DavidGreenwald">David M. Greenwald</a><br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/MatthewJacobs">Matthew L. Jacobs</a><br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/JohnMathiasJr">John H. Mathias</a><br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/LawrenceSchaner">Lawrence S. Schaner</a></p> <p> Litigation<br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/DavidGreenwald">David M. Greenwald</a><br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/LawrenceSchaner">Lawrence S. Schaner</a><br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/AntonValukas">Anton R. Valukas</a></p> <p> Patent Litigation<br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/BradfordLyerla">Bradford P. Lyerla</a><br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/HarryRoper">Harry J. Roper</a></p> <p> Public Procurement<br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/DavidChurchill">David A. Churchill</a><br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/JayDeVecchio">W. Jay DeVecchio</a><br /> <a href="https://jenner.com/people/KevinMullen">Kevin P. Mullen</a></p> 31 Aug 2015 https://jenner.com/library/news/14391 https://jenner.com/library Jenner & Block Spotlighted by Law360 as 2015 “Pro Bono All-Star” <p> Jenner &amp; Block was recently selected by <em>Law360</em> for inclusion in its list of 2015 “Pro Bono All Stars,” defined by the publication asa “select group of law firms” who have demonstrated “exceptionally stalwart commitment to pro bono work year after year.”</p> <p> The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.law360.com/articles/693831/law360-pro-bono-all-stars-show-dedication-to-public-good">article</a> naming the 17 firms spotlighted Jenner &amp; Block and included numerous quotes from Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax, who discussed how the firm demonstrates its commitment to pro bono.&nbsp; “We never waiver in our willingness to commit the full resources of the firm to our pro bono clients,” Mr. Truax told<em>Law360</em>.&nbsp; “We make no distinction between pro bono and paying clients, but strive to achieve the same exceptional results that we are known for, for all of our clients, regardless of ability to pay.”</p> <p> Mr. Truax also noted that, in addition to undertaking large signature matters, the firm encourages its lawyers to seek out pro bono cases and issues that are of particular importance and interest to them.&nbsp; “As a result, our lawyers are passionate about the pro bono work they do,” he stated.</p> <p> Jenner &amp; Block has been named a <em>Law360</em> “Pro Bono Firm of the Year” for five consecutive years, since the series began in 2010.&nbsp; The firm was also recently recognized by <em>The American Lawyer</em>, in its 2015 rankings, as the <a href="https://jenner.com/library/awards/14284">No. 1 law firm in the United States</a> for pro bono service, marking the sixth time in eight years and the seventh time overall that the firm has achieved that standing since the <em>AmLaw</em> survey began in 1990.</p> 1 Sep 2015 https://jenner.com/library/news/14392 https://jenner.com/library Firm Associate Appointed Chair of Chicago Bar Association Class Action Committee <p> Jenner &amp; Block Associate <a href="https://jenner.com/people/SomDalal">Som P. Dalal</a> has been appointed to serve as chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Class Action Committee for 2015-16.&nbsp; The Committee addresses the substantive and procedural aspects of class litigation in state and federal courts.&nbsp; Mr. Dalal has been actively involved in the work of the committee for several years, previously serving as its reporter, public affairs director and vice chair.</p> 3 Sep 2015 https://jenner.com/library/news/14409