News Feed News Description Partner Joseph Gromacki Named an American Lawyer Dealmaker of the Year for Third Time <p> Jenner &amp; Block’s Transactional Department Chair <a href="">Joseph P. Gromacki</a> has been named a 2015 “Dealmaker of the Year” by <em>The American Lawyer</em>, in recognition of his work last year representing Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in the $1.3 billion sale of ADM’s global cocoa business to Olam International and the $440 million sale of its global chocolate business to Cargill Inc. &nbsp;Mr. Gromacki is <a href="">profiled in an article</a> appearing online and in the April hard-copy issue of the publication.</p> <p> <em>AmLaw</em>’s announcement of the 2015 honorees reports that this year’s selections were based not solely on the size of the transactions, but also on “creative thinking, novel approaches and innovative work … where effective lawyering truly made the difference.”&nbsp; The profile of Mr. Gromacki notes the complexity of the two deals he structured for ADM, which were both true carve-out transactions.</p> <p> This is the third time Mr. Gromacki has been named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by <em>The American Lawyer</em>.&nbsp; In 2011, he was selected for his work leading the firm’s team on GM’s historic $23.1 billion IPO, which <em>AmLaw</em> labeled “the IPO of 2010.”&nbsp; And in 2008, he was recognized for his representation of Sam Zell in the Tribune Company’s highly publicized $8.2 billion going-private transaction.</p> 1 Apr 2015 Partner Michael DeSanctis Argues Before U.S. Supreme Court On Behalf Of Intellectually Disabled Person On Death Row <p> On March 30, 2015, Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Michael B. DeSanctis</a> argued before the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of petitioner Kevan Brumfield in <em>Brumfield v. Cain</em>.&nbsp; The main issue before the Court is whether it was unreasonable for a Louisiana state court to deny Mr. Brumfield a hearing to prove his intellectual disability. &nbsp;</p> <p> Mr. Brumfield was tried and sentenced to death before <em>Atkins v. Virginia</em>, a landmark decision in which the Supreme Court recognized for the first time that it is unconstitutional to execute a person who is intellectually disabled.&nbsp; After <em>Atkins</em>, Mr. Brumfield filed a petition in Louisiana state court and sought funding and a hearing to prove his intellectual disability. &nbsp;The court denied him both, and instead relied on his pre-<em>Atkins</em> trial record to reject his claim.&nbsp; Mr. Brumfield then sought habeas relief in federal district court.&nbsp; After a seven-day hearing with testimony from multiple experts specifically trained in diagnosing intellectual disability, a federal judge found that Mr. Brumfield is, in fact, intellectually disabled and granted him relief from execution.&nbsp; The Fifth Circuit overturned that decision, holding that the district court should have never given Mr. Brumfield a hearing and should have instead deferred to the state court’s decision. &nbsp;The &nbsp;Supreme Court will decide whether the state court acted unreasonably by denying Mr. Brumfield a hearing.&nbsp;</p> <p> Several media outlets reported on the case.&nbsp; An <a href="">AFP feed</a> that appeared in several publications quoted Mr. DeSanctis as urging the Court to find the state court’s determination unreasonable because it had “overwhelming evidence of impairment.”&nbsp; It also quoted Associate <a href="">Amir H. Ali</a>, who was a key member of the firm’s team on the case and provided a potential high-level outlook on the case:&nbsp; “If the state court does not give adequate process by denying hearing and funding, you’ve been unreasonable and you’re not entitled to deference.”&nbsp;Other articles on the arguments before the Court appeared in <a href="">MSNBC</a>,&nbsp; <a href=""><em>The Washington Post</em></a><em>, </em><a href=""><em>The National Law Journal</em></a><em> (subscription required)</em>, <a href=""><em>The New York Times</em></a>, <a href=""><em>The Guardian</em></a>, <em><a href="">Slate</a></em> and others, and the case was referenced in an op-ed piece examining the Supreme Court’s handling of recent capital punishment cases before it in the April 1 <em><a href="">The New York Times</a>.</em>&nbsp; In addition to Mr. DeSanctis and Mr. Ali, the team representing Mr. Brumfield includes Partner <a href="">Adam G. Unikowsky</a> and Associates <a href="">R. Trent McCotter</a>, <a href="">Esteban M. Morin</a>, <a href="">Leah J. Tulin</a>, <a href="">David A. Wishnick</a> and <a href="">Jan E. Messerschmidt</a>, with critical assistance throughout provided by Senior Paralegal Cheryl L. Olson<strong>, </strong>Legal Secretary Patricia Bryant and Legal Secretary Coordinator Curlene B. Wellington.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> 2 Apr 2015 Jenner & Block Recognized as Pro Bono Leader in Washington, DC <p> Jenner &amp; Block’s Washington, DC office has once again been recognized as a leading law firm for pro bono service at the annual “40 at 50” Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast held on April 1, 2015.&nbsp; Sponsored by the DC Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, the event honored local law firms in which at least 40 percent of all lawyers dedicated 50 or more hours in 2014 to providing free legal representation to individuals with limited financial resources or to charitable organizations.&nbsp; DC Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland, DC District Court Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts and other District of Columbia federal judges were among those in attendance.</p> <p> This marks the 12<sup>th</sup> consecutive year that Jenner &amp; Block’s DC office has been recognized for this pro bono achievement.</p> <p> The firm was also one of a select group of 10 firms recognized for at least 50 percent participation at 50 hours or more, as well as a group of five firms that had 60 percent participation at 60 hours or more in 2014.&nbsp; In addition, Jenner &amp; Block was one of only two firms specially honored for 65 percent or more of all lawyers performing at least 50 hours of pro bono work last year and one of three firms in which at least 40 percent of office partners reached the 50-hour plateau.&nbsp;</p> <p> The Judicial Conference has recognized the firm every year since the inception of the “40 at 50” list in 2004.&nbsp;</p> <p> More information about the firm’s commitment to pro bono and public service can be found <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> 6 Apr 2015 Firm Changes Name of Communications Practice to Communications, Internet & Technology <p> Jenner &amp; Block's decades-old Communications Practice is changing its name to reflect its broadening scope in today’s dynamic legal landscape.&nbsp; The new name—Communications, Internet &amp; Technology—acknowledges our experience with the most cutting-edge issues in the field, including the debate over “net neutrality,” the transition to an all-IP world and the rapidly evolving pay TV, wireless and technology industries.&nbsp; At the same time, the practice will maintain our reputation for excellence in handling communications matters, a tradition that began with the firm's work as lead counsel on behalf of MCI in the antitrust suit against AT&amp;T in the 1970s.&nbsp; Soon after, the DC office was established in 1982 largely as a result of this work for MCI.&nbsp; The practice has continued to grow and evolve under the leadership of Partners <a href="">Samuel L. Feder</a> and <a href="">John Flynn</a> through a combination of important litigation, transactional and regulatory work for clients such as Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast and Softbank, reflecting the convergence of telecom, Internet and pay TV industries.</p> 7 Apr 2015 Firm Wins Victory for AOL When Appeals Court Dismisses Defamation Suit <p> Jenner &amp; Block won a victory for client AOL Inc. when a Texas appeals court dismissed defamation claims against AOL and a reporter.&nbsp; A Dallas-area dentist sued AOL and a reporter over a 2012 article that, the dentist claimed, falsely represented that he had been criminally charged with Medicaid fraud.&nbsp; At the time, the dentist was embroiled in a series of lawsuits accusing him of civil Medicaid fraud violations.&nbsp; The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the article was protected under the Texas Citizens Participation Act and that the dentist had not shown it was defamatory. &nbsp; News of the dismissal was covered in <em><a href="">Law360</a></em>.&nbsp; Partner <a href="">Jessica Ring Amunson</a> argued the case to the Texas court of appeals in January.&nbsp; Partner <a href="">Michael B. DeSanctis</a>, Associate <a href="">Rochelle P. Lundy</a>, Paralegal Cheryl Olson and Legal Secretary Sheree Anyiam assisted with the appellate briefing.</p> 2 Apr 2015 Firm Secures Victory for Veteran-Owned Business in Contract Dispute <p> Jenner &amp; Block won a victory for client Precise Systems in a set-aside contract dispute.&nbsp; A service-disabled veteran-owned business, Precise Systems initially won a $134 million State Department aviation support contract that was reserved for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.&nbsp; Later, after losing bidders raised concerns with Precise’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan<strong> </strong>(ESOP), the Small Business Administration deemed Precise ineligible to receive the contract. On Monday, the Court of Federal Claims remanded the decision, ruling that the SBA did not properly analyze the ESOP’s impact on the ownership and control of the business.&nbsp; News of the Court of Federal Claims’ decision was reported in <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; The team representing Precise includes Partners <a href="">Kevin P. Mullen</a> and <a href="">Damien C. Specht </a>and Associate <a href="">Charles L. Capito</a>.</p> 6 Apr 2015 Partners Joe Gromacki and Mercedes Hill Featured in Article about ADM Deals <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Joseph P. Gromacki </a>and <a href="">Mercedes M. Hill</a> are featured in an article in <em>Finance Monthly</em> about two recent transactions for Archer Daniels Midland.&nbsp; Titled “<a href="">ADM Sells Global Cocoa Business to Olam</a>,” the “Deal of the Month” feature explains that the firm represented ADM both in the US$1.3 billion sale of the cocoa business to Singapore-based Olam International Limited and the US$440 million sale of its global chocolate business to Cargill.&nbsp; Joe is quoted as saying that “we were extremely honored to have the opportunity to represent ADM in these transactions.”&nbsp; Mercedes tells <em>Finance Monthly </em>that while the two deals had similar components, there were some differences, mainly in respect to the products being sold by the businesses – “chocolate selling more finished goods and cocoa selling more raw materials.”</p> 9 Apr 2015 White Collar Partners are Recognized Among Top Women in Investigations <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Katya Jestin</a> and <a href="">Jessie K. Liu</a> have been named to <em>Global Investigation Review</em>’s(<em>GIR</em>) inaugural Women in Investigations specialreport, highlighting remarkable women in the profession from around the world.</p> <p> Following an open nomination process<em>, GIR</em>’s editorial team selected a diverse group of private lawyers, government prosecutors, barristers, forensic accountants and in-house counsel – all of whom are, according to <em>GIR</em>, “achieving great things in a competitive and notoriously tough area of law.”&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Ms. Jestin, a former federal prosecutor and member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice, brings her experience in investigations, prosecutions and trials involving fraud, money laundering and other white collar offenses to bear in helping private sector clients protect and defend themselves.&nbsp; Ms. Liu, co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice, is also a former assistant US attorney who represents clients in grand jury, congressional and inspector general investigations and has substantial experience in matters involving the False Claims Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.<br /> <br /> In their <em>GIR</em> profiles, Ms. Jestin and Ms. Liu discuss what led to their interest in doing investigations work, the challenges they face and highlights of their careers, among other things.&nbsp; The profiles can be accessed <a href="">here</a>.</p> 10 Apr 2015 Louis Fogel Summarizes “Key Developments in Biosimilar Litigation" <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="250" mozallowfullscreen="" src="" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="450"></iframe></p> <div> In this video interview, Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Louis E. Fogel</a> discusses highlights from the firm’s recent webinar “Key Developments in Biosimilar Litigation.”&nbsp;</div> <p> The video (4:53) covers the following topics:</p> <ul> <li> The market for biosimilars;</li> <li> The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA); and</li> <li> Three key cases interpreting the Act -- <em>Sandoz v. Amgen</em> (Enbrel), <em>Amgen v. Sandoz</em> (Neupogen) and <em>Janssen Biotech v. Celltrion.</em></li> </ul> <p> The video interview is drawn from a recent webinar that Dr. Fogel co-presented with&nbsp;Partners<a href=""> Paul D. Margolis</a> and <a href="">Steven R. Trybus</a>.</p> <p> The webinar is available for viewing <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp; (Registration is required.)</p> <p> Dr. Fogel counsels life sciences clients in all aspects of complex patent litigation to help businesses achieve their strategic goals. He has litigated across a range of technologies, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer electronics. He is also an experienced trial lawyer with courtroom experience before both juries and in bench proceedings.</p> 10 Apr 2015 Partners Craig Martin and Sara Horton To Receive 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Craig C. Martin</a> and <a href="">Sara Tonnies Horton</a> have been selected to receive a 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing.&nbsp;</p> <p> The article for which they are being recognized, titled “<a href="">Patent Eligibility of 3D Printed Organs Will Soon Be an Issue</a>,” was among 35 winners chosen from nominations submitted by 1,000 of the United States’ most prestigious and largest law firms.&nbsp; It had been published in the June/July 2014 issue of <em>Today’s GENERAL COUNSEL</em>.</p> <p> The Burton Awards is a unique nonprofit national awards program that was established in 1999 to recognize and reward excellence in the legal profession.&nbsp; While it honors accomplishments including reform, public service, regulatory innovation and lifetime achievements, its principal focus is recognizing effective legal writing.&nbsp; It is run in association with the Library of Congress.</p> <p> The Academic Committee that reviewed the nominated articles included professors from Harvard, Columbia and Stanford law schools; the former chair of the White House Plain Language Committee; a retired California Superior Court judge; and William Burton, founder and chair of The Burton Awards.</p> <p> The award ceremony will be held on June 15, 2015, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and will feature an address by US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.&nbsp; Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will also participate in the program.</p> 15 Apr 2015 Partner Luke Platzer Named a 2015 Rising Star by Law360 <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Luke C. Platzer</a> has been named by <em>Law360</em> as a “Rising Star” in Media &amp; Entertainment. &nbsp;He is one of only five lawyers chosen nationwide in this practice area.</p> <p> Mr. Platzer earned a spot as one of the top media and entertainment attorneys under 40 in recognition of his work for EMI in its long-running case against MP3Tunes, securing an eight-figure jury award.&nbsp; In <a href=""><em>Law360’s</em> profile</a>, he noted that this was the first jury trial to test the copyright infringement theory of willful blindness and the “first time that a service provider had been disqualified from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbor based on willful blindness.”</p> <p> In addition, the article highlighted Mr. Platzer’s work for Viacom Inc. in its high-profile suit against Google Inc.’s YouTube LLC and for Columbia Pictures, Disney and other film studios in their suit against file-hosting site Hotfile, cases that “have helped provide copyright owners with more meaningful tools to combat infringement by service providers that turn a blind eye to what their users are doing.”&nbsp; Mr. Platzer added that the verdict in favor of EMI in the MP3Tunes case also “helped to further shift the law [to provide] greater ammunition for content owners to challenge online services that enable large-scale infringement.”</p> <p> <em>Law360&nbsp;</em>also noted Mr. Platzer’s significant pro bono practice, underscoring his efforts on behalf of same-sex couples fighting for marriage rights.&nbsp; He commented that working on <em>Lawrence v. Texas</em> as a summer associate helped him realize “that it was possible to pursue a civil rights law career at a private law firm…The fact that I can wear both hats and pursue both areas of law is something I immensely appreciate about Jenner &amp; Block.”</p> 16 Apr 2015 Managing Partner Terry Truax Featured in Bloomberg BNA Interview <p> Jenner &amp; Block Managing Partner <a href="">Terrence J. Truax</a> is featured in a lengthy interview published as a two-part series in <em>Bloomberg BNA</em>’s “Big Law Business” blog.&nbsp; In the <a href="">first part</a>, Mr. Truax discusses what he believes are keys to successfully navigating the increasingly competitive legal market.&nbsp; Among these are (1) continuing to deliver excellence while delivering value; (2) leveraging legal project management systems to measure performance in relation to clearly stated objectives; (3) increasing the use of technology to create efficiencies and provide better service; and (4) bolstering the firm’s transactional practice to provide a wider range of legal services and cross-sell to clients.&nbsp;</p> <p> The <a href="">second article</a> focuses on the firm’s commitment to pro bono and public service.&nbsp; In it, Mr. Truax describes the pro bono program’s origins and how it benefits the clients served, the firm attorneys who develop and sharpen their skills through pro bono work, and the bar and justice system.&nbsp; He adds that partnering with paying clients of the firm on pro bono matters helps strengthen the relationships with those clients.&nbsp; The article includes quotes from Darryl Bradford, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of firm client Exelon Corporation and former Jenner &amp; Block partner, who states, “If Jenner didn’t share our commitment to diversity and pro bono, we would not use them.”&nbsp;</p> <p> But, in the end, Mr. Truax emphasizes to <em>Bloomberg </em>reporter Casey Sullivan that the firm’s involvement in pro bono is grounded in the belief that “we are privileged to be lawyers and one of our obligations is to give back.”</p> 21 Apr 2015 Five Content, Media & Entertainment Partners Recognized in <i>Variety</i>’s 2015 “Legal Impact Report” <p> Five Jenner &amp; Block Content, Media &amp; Entertainment partners – <a href="">Andrew H. Bart</a>, <a href="">Amy M. Gallegos</a>, <a href="">Julie A. Shepard</a>, <a href="">David R. Singer</a> and <a href="">Richard L. Stone</a> – have been selected for inclusion in <em><a href="">Variety’s 2015 “Legal Impact Report,”</a></em> a listing of the top lawyers in the entertainment industry.&nbsp; They are among only 26 litigators named in the report, which also includes in-house and transactional lawyers.</p> <p> Each year, <em>Variety</em> profiles its choices as the best legal minds in the entertainment business, based on the impact they have had over the previous 12 to 18 months.&nbsp; Mr. Bart’s profile notes his recent complete defense <a href="">victory for UMG and The Beastie Boys</a> in a copyright infringement suit brought by Tuf America; the eight-figure <a href="">jury verdict last year</a> for record label EMI against MP3tunes; and his <a href="">win against Grooveshark</a> on behalf of UMG Recordings, Sony Music and Warner Music Group for massive copyright infringement of sound recordings.&nbsp; Ms. Gallegos and Ms. Shepard are recognized for their representation of Fox in its litigation against <a href="">Aereo</a> and Dish Network, as well as representing other broadcast clients.&nbsp;</p> <p> In addition to his representation of Fox, Mr. Singer is mentioned for representing WME Entertainment and IMG Worldwide in a college athletes’ right of publicity suit and his work protecting the rights of copyright owners against the impact of digital technologies.&nbsp; Mr. Stone is noted for handling antitrust, intellectual property and commercial litigation, and particularly the <em>Aereo</em> litigation and his defense of SoundExchange in a high-profile antitrust suit brought by Sirius XM.</p> 22 Apr 2015 Three Partners Named Top Intellectual Property Litigators by <i>Daily Journa</i>l <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Amy M. Gallegos</a>, <a href="">Richard L. Stone</a> and <a href="">Andrew J. Thomas</a> have been named “Top Intellectual Property Litigators” by the Los Angeles and San Francisco <em>Daily Journal</em>. &nbsp;Profiled in the April 22 issue, they are recognized for their work in the “Copyright” area and Mr. Thomas is additionally recognized in “Trademark.”</p> <p> Ms. Gallegos is noted for co-leading the team that represented broadcasters in litigation to stop Aereo, Inc. from retransmitting local television broadcasters over the Internet without permission from content owners.&nbsp; Mr. Stone was recognized for the third consecutive year; his profile focuses on his role in the Aereo disputes, as well as his representation of Fox Broadcasting Company in a copyright infringement and breach of contract lawsuit against Dish Networks LLC.&nbsp; Mr. Thomas is recognized for winning a motion to dismiss trademark claim on behalf of Warner Bros. Entertainment in a case about “The Dark Knight Rises” movie and for enforcing a preliminary injunction on behalf of Universal Studios in a case involving the “Fifty Shades of Grey” novels.</p> <p> The <em>Daily Journal</em> noted that the lawyers selected for recognition “helped to advance technological innovation or transform the law while representing a range of clients” and exemplify “the impressive and diverse work done by California attorneys whose work advances the state’s leadership in intellectual property law.”</p> 23 Apr 2015 Partner Sara Horton Shortlisted for Americas Women in Business Law Awards <p> Partner <a href="">Sara Tonnies Horton</a> has been named to the shortlist for the 2015 <em>Euromoney Legal Media Group </em>Americas Women in Business Law Awards in the category of Rising Star: IP.&nbsp; An accomplished litigator, she is the most senior women in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice and represents clients in complex technology and patent disputes involving polymers, pharmaceuticals, packaging, computer networks, manufacturing and alloys.&nbsp; In the past two years, Ms. Horton successfully tried three cases, including jury trials and one bench trial.</p> 23 Apr 2015 Profile of Partner Paul Smith Highlights His Impact on Gay Rights <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a> is the subject of a lengthy profile that examines the impact of his 2003 victory for gay rights in <em>Lawrence v. Texas</em>.&nbsp; Titled “<a href="">Meet the Lawyer Who Set the Stage for Nationwide Marriage Equality</a>,” the article in <em>Talking Points Memo</em> explains that Paul successfully argued before the US Supreme Court on behalf of two male defendants convicted of the crime of having consensual sex in Texas.&nbsp; State bans on consensual sodomy were decreed unconstitutional.&nbsp;&nbsp; Twelve years later, the Court will hear oral arguments in the landmark case <em>Obergefell v. Hodges</em> about whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.&nbsp; The article observes that the case can be traced back to the <em>Lawrence</em> ruling, in which the justices held that the Fourteenth Amendment bans states from outlawing sodomy between consenting same-sex adults.&nbsp; “The roadmap was right there,”&nbsp; Mr. Smith says. “Once you take morality off the table and say same sex relationships are essentially the same as heterosexual relationships in peoples’ lives, it’s a hard struggle to find a justification” to outlaw gay marriage.”</p> 23 Apr 2015 Angela Allen Recognized as Emerging Leader by Turnaround Management Association <p> Jenner &amp; Block Associate <a href="">Angela M. Allen</a> has been selected to receive the TMA Emerging Leader of the Year by the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) in recognition of her dedication to and leadership in the organization.&nbsp; A member since 2012, Ms. Allen was immediately recognized with the TMA Chicago’s Most Active New Member Award. &nbsp;She was promptly elected co-chair of the NextGen Committee, TMA’s young professionals group, in 2013, where she was integral in aligning the local chapter with TMA’s broader global branding. &nbsp;Her work on this committee helped TMA Chicago grow its NextGen group into one of the organization’s largest and most engaged in the nation. &nbsp;Of particular note, Ms. Allen spearheaded the first SUPERConnect Event, a new and collaborative event that seeks to foster connections and networking opportunities among professionals, membership associations and organizations in key industries. &nbsp;The event brought together close to 200 attendees from 10 networking organizations to mix and mingle.&nbsp; Angela now serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago/Midwest Chapter.&nbsp;</p> <p> Ms. Allen will be recognized during an awards breakfast at The 2015 TMA Annual Conference taking place October 6 in Scottsdale, Arizona. &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; Members include turnaround practitioners, attorneys, accountants, investors, lenders, venture capitalists, appraisers, liquidators, executive recruitersand consultants, as well as academic, government and judicial employees. Learn more about the event and organization <a href="">here</a>.</p> 24 Apr 2015 Volcker Alliance Releases Report Calling for Reform of Federal Financial Regulatory System <p> On April 20, 2015, The Volcker Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul A. Volcker, released a report outlining recommendations for much-needed reform of the financial regulatory structure and emphasizing the urgency of implementing such reforms.&nbsp; Partner <a href="">Timothy A. Karpoff</a> consulted on the report and provided counsel concerning its recommendations.&nbsp; Additionally, Jenner &amp; Block published a background paper titled “Memorandum Concerning the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission” that provides a comprehensive descriptive account of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission: their structure; their authorities and tools of enforcement; the markets, products, entities and activities they regulate; regulatory challenges they face; and potential approaches to structural reform.&nbsp; Along with Mr. Karpoff, the authors of the paper included Associates <a href="">Angela M. Allen</a>, <a href="">Nicole A. Allen</a> and <a href="">Michael H. Margolis</a>, and John Crawford, an associate professor at the University of California, Hastings College of Law.&nbsp; Learn more about the report and paper <a href="">here</a>.</p> 24 Apr 2015 Partner Michael Scodro to Discuss Supreme Court Arguments in Same-Sex Marriage Cases on <i>Chicago Tonight</i> <div> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Michael A. Scodro</a> will be a guest panelist on the public affairs program <em>Chicago Tonight </em>on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. &nbsp;The show will focus on the oral arguments on the right of same-sex couples to marry that are being heard earlier that day by the US Supreme Court. &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Mr. Scodro is a member of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice. Before joining Jenner &amp; Block, he served as the solicitor general of the State of Illinois from 2007 to 2014 where he oversaw both the civil and criminal appeals divisions of the Illinois Attorney General’s office.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <em>In Chicago, the program airs at 7 p.m. on WTTW channel 11. &nbsp;It is also streamed <a href="">online</a>; videos are typically available the day after the program airs.</em></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> 27 Apr 2015 Firm Files Amicus Brief in Immigration Matter on Behalf Of Educators and Children's Rights Advocates <p> On April 6, 2015, Jenner &amp; Block filed an <a href="">amicus brief</a> in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of <em>Texas v. United States</em>, in which the Fifth Circuit will review a Texas district court’s decision earlier this year to enjoin implementation of a US Department of Homeland Security program that would grant “deferred action” (i.e., temporary relief from deportation) to parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPR), as well as to individuals who arrived in this country as children.&nbsp; Collectively, these programs (known as DAPA and DACA) would provide security from deportation and work authorization documentation for nearly five million individuals.&nbsp; The amicus brief, written on behalf of a group of educators and children’s rights advocates, describes the public interest in the immediate implementation of DAPA and DACA, specifically because of the benefits of those programs not only to the recipients, but also to the US citizen and LPR children whose parents would be eligible for the relief.</p> <p> The brief details the significant harms currently facing US citizens and LPR children because of the actual or threatened deportation of their parents.&nbsp; When parents are deported, these children face a horrible dilemma: remaining behind without parental support or leaving with their parents to a foreign and unknown country.&nbsp; Children living under the threat of their parents’ deportation suffer enduring emotional and psychological harm, including increased occurrences of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, correlating with poor school performance.&nbsp; The brief cites studies concluding that when parents are provided with some form of legal recognition, the harms to children of undocumented parents can be significantly mitigated and educational outcomes improved.</p> <p> <em>Amici</em> include the American Federation of Teachers, First Focus, the National Education Association, ASPIRA, Educators for Fair Consideration, The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Pomona College and The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis.</p> <p> Partner <a href="">Michael W. Ross</a> and Associates <a href="">Jason P. Hipp</a> and <a href="">Breanne K. Long</a> worked on the brief, with assistance from Partner <a href="">Matthew E. Price</a>, Associate <a href="">Christine I. Lee</a> and Paralegal Cheryl J. Kras.</p> 27 Apr 2015 Jenner & Block Partner Paul M. Smith Discusses the 40-year History of Marriage Equality Cases <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="255" mozallowfullscreen="" src="" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="450"></iframe></p> <p> In this <a href="">video excerpt</a>, Jenner &amp; Block partner <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a> recalls the long history of more than 40 years of “step-by-step” efforts toward marriage equality, resulting in the <em>Obergefell v. Hodges</em> case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.</p> <p> Beginning in 1971 when Pacific Telephone &amp; Telegraph Co. announced that it would not hire a known homosexual, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in <em>Baker v. Nelson</em> — in a five-page opinion without dissent — that&nbsp;the Constitution does not protect “a fundamental right” for same-sex couples to get married. It would be 14 years after&nbsp;<em>Baker v. Nelson</em>&nbsp;before the Supreme Court would issue a major ruling on gay rights — in&nbsp;<a href=""><em>Bowers v. Hardwick</em></a> in 1986, upholding a Georgia law that made it a crime for adult gay couples to engage in homosexual acts in private; that decision was overruled in 2003 by<em>&nbsp;<u><a href="">Lawrence v. Texas</a></u></em><u>,</u> when the Court first recognized a constitutional right of privacy for homosexual acts between consenting adults.</p> <p> Mr. Smith successfully argued that landmark gay rights case <em>Lawrence v. Texas</em> in front of the high court.</p> <p> The video is an excerpt from Mr. Smith’s comments last week at the <a href="">American Constitutional Society’s briefing on marriage equality cases</a>.</p> <p> A partner and Chair of Jenner &amp; Block’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice, Mr. Smith has had an active Supreme Court practice for three decades involving matters ranging from free speech and civil rights to civil procedure. His important victories have also included <em>Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Ass’n</em>, establishing the First Amendment rights of those who produce and sell video games.</p> 27 Apr 2015