April 27, 2012

Jenner & Block Associates Precious S. Jacobs and Erica D. Roberts participated in the Federal Court Tour for Amundsen and Kelly High School students as part of the Women Everywhere Education Program on April 27. The program provides an opportunity for high-school age girls to observe the court system and interact with judges, bailiffs, court reporters, lawyers and other court personnel. Led by attorneys, the  groups of girls visit different courtrooms throughout the city. Over 400 girls participate in the program each year.

Ms. Jacobs and Ms. Roberts spoke to the girls about the judicial system, the difference between federal and state court, admissible evidence, sentencing guidelines, and the appellate process. The girls also had an opportunity to speak with Magistrate Judge Geraldine Brown and District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman. They received a tour of the Seventh Circuit courtroom and spoke with permanent law clerk Mary Cameli. The group observed a change of plea and status hearing in Judge Johnson Coleman’s courtroom and a suppression hearing in Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer’s courtroom. They ended the day with a lunch at the Hotel Allegro where they listened to a keynote address from Fox 32 News reporter Anita Padilla.

Ms. Jacobs is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department. She has experience in bankruptcy, products liability, and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Jacobs recently played a key role on the Bankruptcy team that represented Gus A. Paloian, as Chapter 7 Trustee of Canopy Financial, in the recovery of assets for the bankruptcy estate of Canopy Financial.

Ms. Roberts is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department. She has experience in matters related to securities law, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation. She recently played a key role in the Firm’s representation of Geostar by settling a contract dispute over a resort in the Dominican Republic.