• Congratulations to Fellow Wendi Lazar who will be honored with a 2020 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award on August 2nd in Chicago during the ABA’s Annual Meeting. Celebrating the accomplishments of women lawyers around the country, the Margaret Brent Award recognizes professional excellence, trailblazing efforts and the tireless work of its recipients to improve the profession and pave the way to success for other women lawyers. In addition to Ms. Lazar, this year’s Awards Luncheon will honor Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Executive Director Emeritus, California LAW; Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, Chief Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals; Deborah Epstein, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center; Regina Montoya, CEO, Regina T. Montoya, PLLC.

  • Judge Mark W. Bennett retired as a federal district court judge in the Northern District of Iowa to pursue his long-time interest in judicial, juror and lawyer decision making as the first Director of the Drake Law School’s Institute for Justice Reform & Innovation. He also has a burgeoning arbitration and mediation practice. His tag line is “National experience – Midwestern work ethic and rates.” Before he became a federal judge, Judge Bennett was an active employment law lawyer doing both plaintiff and defense cases, including arguing in the US Supreme Court. He has co-authored an employment law treatise as well as many law review and other articles related to employment litigation.

  • Fellow Sally Griffith Crimini, a national leader in the field of ADR, has been named by her firm, Leech Tishman, as Chair of their ADR Practice Group.

  • On January 16th, Fellow Ruben Garcia spoke at the launch event of the Clean Slate for Worker Power Report. Issued by Harvard Law School and the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program, the Report is the collaboration of academics, attorneys and labor advocates who “sought innovation, boldness and comity” to answer the question – what would labor law look like if, starting from a clean slate, it was designed to empower working people to build a truly equitable American democracy and a genuinely equitable American economy. More about this report can be found here.

  • Fellow Jeremy Glenn has been named a 2020 Client Choice winner by Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO) in the Illinois Employment and Benefits Law category. This is the second time that Mr. Glenn has been honored with this award.

  • Fellow Danny Kaufer was recently conferred with the prestigious designation of Advocate Emeritus (Ad. E.), meaning Lawyer Emeritus. Awarded by the Barreau du Quebec, the distinction recognizes outstanding merit of members of the Quebec professional order of lawyers and acknowledges their professional accomplishments and exceptional career paths, which have strengthened the image and reputation of the profession. Different from the Queen’s Counsel designation, Quebec bestows this honor on a very small percentages of lawyers.

  • Fellow Bill Pilchak, who recently retired from Ogletree Deakins, is now concentrating on publishing his legal thriller novels. The first two are both labor and employment law related. Bill is President of Traveling Keyboard Books.

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