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Chicago-Kent Alumni in the News

This blog features news on Chicago-Kent alumni accomplishments and mentions in the media. Please send any news articles or press releases to alums@kentlaw.edu for posting.

CINCINNATI (November 7, 2012) – Chris Muth, a partner in Dinsmore’s Cincinnati office, was recently appointed to serve a three-year term on the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) Board of Directors. As a member of the Board, Muth will serve on the finance, facilities and development committees for the CSO. Founded in 1895, the CSO is the fifth oldest orchestra in the United States and the oldest orchestra in Ohio.

Muth is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate Department and has extensive corporate and transactional experience in representing publicly and privately held buyers and sellers in mergers, asset acquisitions, divestitures, stock purchase transactions and corporate finance. Outside of his practice, he is actively involved in the community serving several other professional and civic organizations.

About Dinsmore
Dinsmore is comprised of more than 475 attorneys practicing in 13 cities throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington D.C. For more than a century, Dinsmore has provided a broad range of integrated services to meet the needs of both large and small businesses as well as institutions, associations, governments, professional firms and individuals. For more information, please visit www.dinsmore.com.

On October 29, 2012, Jill Roberts ’08 was one of five lawyers dedicated to helping people in need received who received a 2012 Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship.

First awarded in 2007, the CBF awards five annual fellowships of up to $50,000 per fellowship to individual legal aid or public interest law attorneys who demonstrate a commitment to public interest work, academic achievement in law school, and outstanding character and integrity.  The CBF SunTimes Fellowship addresses a crisis facing lawyers in our community who are increasingly finding that a career in legal aid and public interest law is simply untenable from an economic standpoint.

Lawyers graduating today typically have an average of more than $100,000 in law school debt (and it is increasingly common for law graduates to have $150,000 or more in debt), while starting salaries at pro bono and legal aid organizations in the Chicago area average only $49,000.  Through a generous $2 million cy pres award from a case involving the Chicago Sun-Times, the CBF was able to create these fellowships to provide significant loan repayment assistance to those who most need it. “One of our key priorities at the CBF is to help make it possible for dedicated attorneys to pursue and maintain careers in legal aid,” said Bob Glaves, executive director of The Chicago Bar Foundation. 

“These attorneys have made enormous personal financial sacrifices to ensure that the most vulnerable people in our community have access to the protections of our justice system.  Many of them face mortgage-sized law school debt.  The CBF Sun-Times Fellowship aims to help alleviate some of these financial concerns and make it more manageable for these exceptional attorneys to continue their careers in legal aid.”  

Jill Roberts works for Cabrini Green Legal Aid, where she represents clients facing eviction as well as those who need assistance with family law matters.  Jill graduated summa cum laude from Saint Mary’s College and, in 2008, received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a Certificate in Public Interest Law.  She received the Dean’s Distinguished Public Service Award for completing over 250 hours of community service while in law school.  Following graduation, Jillcompleted a one-year judicial clerkship with the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review at the Detroit Immigration Court. 

She then spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA attorney at LAF, where she worked on the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children.  In 2010, Jill joined CGLA as a staff attorney.  She currently holds a unique position with dual roles in CGLA’s family law and criminal records programs.  Her work includes managing a high-volume caseload of divorce, order of protection, custody, visitation, parentage, expungement, sealing and clemency cases.  JIll also is the only Spanish speaking attorney on staff, and her language abilities have enabled CGLA to serve a broader population of clients. 

About The Chicago Bar Foundation

The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) mobilizes Chicago’s legal community to ensure that everyone in the Chicago metropolitan area has equal access to justice, particularly the low-income and disadvantaged people who most critically need the protections of the legal system. Through grants, advocacy, pro bono and partnerships, the CBF takes a system-wide approach to improving access to justice.

As the charitable arm of The Chicago Bar Association, the CBF’s work is made possible by the generous contributions of thousands of dedicated individuals, more than 200 law firms and corporations, and many other committed partners. Thanks to that strong support, the CBF awarded more than $4 million in grants in 2012 and continues to play a lead role in a number of innovative access to justice initiatives. 

In January, 2011, Jamie Freveletti '85 was tapped by the Estate of Robert Ludlum to write the next in the Covert One series. That novel,The Janus Reprisal, was released on September 11, 2012.

From Jamie Freveletti:
It begins with a terrorist attack. Covert-One operative Colonel Jon Smith is attending a conference in The Hague on infectious diseases, together with leading scientists and political figures from around the world. Without warning, the conference hotel is consumed in a bloodbath. Smith is caught in the crossfire, and barely escapes…but not before discovering a picture of himself and two other targets in the pocket of one of the shooters.

But the hotel is not the only target under attack in The Hague. Bombs are going off at the train station, the airport, and the International Criminal Court, where Pakistani warlord Oman Dattar is being held while he’s tried for crimes against humanity. In the resulting chaos, the prisoner escapes.

Dattar nurses a special hatred for the United States and its allies. With his freedom, and access to a mysterious new weapon, Dattar puts in motion a murderous, ambitious plot to exact his revenge and bring down the West once for all—unless Covert One can stop him.

The fourth in her series, Dead Asleep will be released on October 30, 2012.

Querry & Harrow Welcomes Douglas C. Giese '97

Monday, September 10 2012 08:48:50 AM

Querrey & Harrow welcomes Douglas C. Giese '97 as an associate attorney in its Chicago office. Mr. Giese practices in general civil litigation in both state and federal courts, with a focus on Creditor’s Rights and post-judgment enforcement. Mr. Giese has handled all types of business disputes, including breach of contract, mortgage foreclosure, mechanic's lien enforcement and defense, and obtaining and enforcing judgments.

Mr. Giese is an active member of the Illinois Creditors Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association, and a volunteer attorney with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services as a panel referral attorney. He is also a certified mediator through the Center for Conflicts Resolution, and has represented clients in ADR before the American Arbitration Association and other private alternative dispute resolution panels.

Mr. Giese obtained his JD from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law in 1997, his paralegal certificate from Roosevelt University- Legal Assistant Program in 1989, his BS in Business Operations/Personnel Management from Northern Illinois University in 1987, and his AA from College of DuPage in 1985.

Querrey & Harrow is a full service law firm serving the Chicago metropolitan region, including Northwest Indiana.

Aaron Priest '08 and co-founder Adam Seithel recently launched a new Chicago business, RayGun. The company compiles reports comparing academic textbook editions so students can evaluate what information changes from edition to edition -- giving them to potentially save more money buying used copies of older editions.

The business was recently profiled in Crain's Chicago Business (http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120814/BLOGS06/120819914/kids-duds-online-interior-design-daily-deal-resales-and-more#ixzz24I4Zn11u) and Education News (http://www.educationnews.org/technology/raygunreports-com-aims-to-save-students-money-on-textbooks/).

For more information about RayGun, visit their website at RayGunReports.com.

Following a national search, Tom Herbert has been named Miami University's vice president for university advancement. Currently vice president for development at Dartmouth College, he will begin his new role Oct. 1.

At Miami, Herbert will lead an advancement staff of 92 in the areas of advancement services, alumni relations, development, and stewardship and donor relations. He will also serve as the executive director of the Miami University Foundation.

“I am very excited and privileged to join Miami University. I've long admired its deep commitment to the undergraduate experience. It is truly a unique place, and the opportunity to join President Hodge, his outstanding team and the advancement staff is very special,” said Herbert.

Herbert has served at Dartmouth since 2010. He began his development career in 1995 as a gift-planning officer at Drake University, where he also studied finance and management.

Herbert was the associate vice president for individual giving before assuming the role of vice president at Dartmouth. Prior to Dartmouth, he served in various roles at Indiana University from 2002-2009, including executive director of development and alumni programs for the college of arts and sciences, and vice president for universitywide programs for the Indiana University Foundation. He also served as the assistant vice president for development at the University of Michigan.

"Tom is an experienced development professional who has served at top universities. He has the vision and drive to further elevate the success of our advancement division. I am excited to work with him to deepen our connections with our alumni and friends," said David Hodge, Miami president.

Herbert has a bachelor’s degree in history from Northwestern University and a doctor of jurisprudence with honors from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Baker & McKenzie Partner Richard Saines '96 was recently invited to be one of the newest members of the Global Agenda Council (GAC) on Climate Change of the World Economic Forum (WEF).


Mr. Saines is Head of the North American Environmental Markets and Climate Change Practice at Baker & McKenzie, bringing more than a decade of experience in international climate change law.  He represents multinational companies, financial institutions, funds and project sponsors on carbon and environmental market transactions within the international, regional and voluntary markets. Mr. Saines also advises major global corporations on climate change policy, sustainable development and global corporate greenhouse gas compliance and management.


“As the world continues to grapple with how best to make the necessary transition to a low-carbon economy, the increasing need for innovative solutions to improve the climate resiliency of our most vulnerable populations is now an essential part of that conversation," said Mr. Saines.  "I am honored to represent Baker & McKenzie on the Council and excited to work with the other Council members.”


"Richard is a thought leader on the social and legal issues surrounding climate and adaptation," said Dr. Juan José Daboub, WEF Climate Change Council Chair and Founding CEO of the Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN.org). "He understands how important it is for both local communities and global businesses to adapt to urbanization, population growth and a changing climate. Richard will bring practical ideas to the WEF and a valuable voice from the private sector.”


About the World Economic Forum


WEF’s Summit on the Global Agenda, the world’s largest brainstorming session that provides the intellectual framework for the development of the program of the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, will be held November 12-14 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. WEF’s Network includes the world’s leading global thought leaders from business, academia, government and civil society. The network consists of more than 80 councils that provide insight and strategic recommendations to address critical global issues such as climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions. Findings of the councils inform WEF’s programming and set the direction for global, regional and industry agendas.


About Baker & McKenzie's Climate Change Practice


Baker & McKenzie was one of the first law firms to respond to client demands for counsel in connection with global efforts to address climate change and the regulation of carbon emissions.  Today, our Global Climate Change Practice consists of an integrated team of more than 60 lawyers from a broad range of backgrounds and specialties. Click here to learn more about our Climate Change Practice.

About Baker & McKenzie

Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie advises many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organizations through more than 3,800 locally qualified lawyers and over 5,800 professional staff in 71 offices in 44 countries. Baker & McKenzie is known for having a deep understanding of the language and culture of business, an uncompromising commitment to excellence, and world-class fluency in its client service.  Baker & McKenzie’s global revenues for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, were US$2.27 billion. Eduardo Leite is Chairman of the Firm’s Executive Committee. (www.bakermckenzie.com)

Thomas Carpenter '93 was appointed eastern regional director/assistant executive director and general counsel with the Actors' Equity Association (Equity), effective August 27, 2012. In his new role, Tom oversees the region’s operations, collective bargaining and contracts and leads the New York and Orlando staffs. He oversees arbitrations and manages the Union’s relationships with external legal counsel for labor relations. Previously, Tom was assistant national executive director and chief labor counsel for SAG-AFTRA.

Read the full announcement online at http://broadwayworld.com/article/Thomas-Carpenter-Named-Eastern-Regional-Director-of-AEA-20120813.
ST. LOUIS – Jia “Holly” You '04, a member of Armstrong Teasdale’s International practice group, has been elected partner in a move designed to further strengthen the firm’s Asian expansion.

Based in the firm’s St. Louis office, You’s Asian practice includes commercial transactions, employment and labor, foreign exchange and intellectual property. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Shanghai Dialect Chinese, Wenzhou Dialect Chinese and English, she provides legal services to Chinese businesses investing in the United States as well as U.S. businesses investing in China.

Her election comes as the firm expands its Asian practice to meet the rising demand from its Chinese and U.S. clients in various aspects of law. Armstrong Teasdale recently announced that St. Louis international partner Thomas Bottini was named its Chief Representative in Shanghai and that it had recruited Steven Yu, who previously headed the Shanghai intellectual property practice for London-based firm, as a partner in Shanghai.

You’s partnership in St. Louis will bolster the expansion by increasing the firm’s ability to provide service at all hours to clients in both the United States and Asia.

A Wenzhou (China) native, You received her LL.M., high honors, from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology; LL.B., with honors, the East China University of Political Science and Law. She graduated from the Amsterdam Vrije University Exchange Program in 2003.

She is admitted to practice in Missouri, New York and the People's Republic of China. ###
On Saturday, August 11, 2012, William Hill Gallery’s Grand Opening will present an exhibition of Floating Spaces by visual artist Jeffery M. Leving ‘79 from 4:00-9:00 p.m.

The Floating Spaces exhibition reveals a series of illusionistic spaces where color and surfaces collide and expand into seductive and compelling art forms using visceral mark-making. These images reflect the visual expression of Leving’s innovative aesthetic.

Leving’s art has evolved into a unique acrylic, enamel and oil painting style with mythological content inspired by primitive and surrealistic art. His art fluctuates between representational and abstract modes of expression, capturing the chaotic, disjointed nature of existence. Named one of “America’s Best Lawyers” by Forbes Radio™, Jeffery Leving recently hit #1 on Amazon’s Best Selling Author’s list for his groundbreaking book, Fathers’ Rights. He also authored Divorce Wars and his newly released book How to Be a Good Divorced Dad, which earned praise from President Barack Obama and an endorsement from Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Event: Floating Spaces Exhibition
When: Saturday, August 11, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Where: William Hill Gallery, 6436 S. Dorchester Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

Find Jeffery Leving on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Leving-Gallery/156162391093729.

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