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Craig C. Martin, Thomas J. Miles, Sarah M. Konsky and David Strauss
Craig C. Martin, Thomas J. Miles, Sarah M. Konsky and David Strauss
Jenner & Block and the University of Chicago Law School are pleased to announce the opening of the Jenner & Block University of Chicago Law School Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic, a rigorous education and training program for University of Chicago law students to help litigate cases before the United States' highest court.

The Clinic represents parties and amici curiae in cases before the US Supreme Court and other appellate courts. Students participate in the researching and drafting of merits briefs, amicus briefs, and cert petitions, conduct research on cases that may be suitable to bring to the Court, and help prepare and participate in oral arguments.  Assistance is provided pro bono.  Although the Clinic's focus is the US Supreme Court, the Clinic may also handle cases at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois Supreme Court.

Antonio Romanucci
Antonio Romanucci
John Marshall Law School alumnus Antonio Romanucci has given $100,000 to the law school’s Pro Bono Program & Clinic. This first-of-its-kind gift will help fund the clinic for the next two years, John Marshall Dean John E. Corkery announced today.

Romanucci, a leading Chicago plaintiff’s attorney, hopes his gift will make the Clinic’s work more impactful. “I would like to see the Clinic not only help the individual client, but also help insure the right policies are put in place moving forward so society is affected positively by the work we do,” said Romanucci, a 1985 graduate of the law school.

Chief Judge Kathryn E. Creswell announced that the Circuit Judges are accepting applications to fill a vacancy for the Office of Associate Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois, DuPage County. This vacancy is a result of the resignation of Associate Judge Mary E. O’Connor.

Any attorney, who is a United States citizen, is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois, and is a resident of the 18th Judicial Circuit may apply by electronically filing a signed application with the Director of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts on the form prescribed and furnished by the Director. The instructions for submitting an application electronically are available on the Supreme Court’s website:

If unable to submit an application electronically, an applicant must submit two (2) signed
originals of the prescribed application with the Director of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts at the address listed below:

Kent HamptonKent Bronson Hampton, former vice president and general counsel of Marathon Oil Co. passed away early Saturday, July 23, 2016. Born in Mattoon, Il in 1920, he grew up in Evanston. He graduated from ETHS in 1938, and from Grinnell College (Iowa) in 1942. He graduated from the Navy's OCS at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in 1943 and served in the Atlantic and Pacific theatres in WWII as a navigator aboard an amphibious craft and a destroyer escort. He earned a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1949. He joined the Ohio Oil Company (now Marathon Oil Co.) in 1951. His most notable accomplishment was to lead the legal team that thwarted Mobil Oil Co.'s attempted takeover of Marathon in 1981-82. Mr. Hampton first engaged in law practice in Charleston, IL in 1949. He was a member of the Illinois Bar Association for sixty years.

The Illinois State Bar Association will honor the Class of 1966 Distinguished Counsellors on Thursday, Oct. 13. This title is conferred annually upon those ISBA members who are completing their 50th year of practice.

The Board of Governors is pleased to announce the 2016 Class will be honored at a special luncheon on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Union League Club. A reception will begin at 11:15 a.m., and lunch is scheduled promptly at noon.

Tickets to the luncheon are available and may be purchased online at Any questions regarding the luncheon may be directed to Kim Weaver at

Congratulations to the 1966 Class of Distinguished Counsellors:

Join the American Bar Association for their Fall 2016 Meeting, I Should Have Known Better - Construction & Design Defects & Project Delays, October 5-7 at the Swissotel, 323 E Wacker Dr Chicago, IL 60601.

Whether you are a transactional lawyer or litigator, you face projects gone wrong.  Don't miss these valuable sessions:

  1. Cutting-edge "Consecutive" Plenaries that will explain how best to navigate and prevent a project facing delays and defects.
  2. Insurance: Learn about new developments in insurance products and coverage disputes.
  3. Technology: Navigating wearable technology, new FAA paperwork, and your client's document management system.
  4. A View from the Bench: Gain insights on how to best get your point across from a panel of distinguished judges.
  5. Getting Better with Delays: Sharpen your pencil and learn about the latest legal developments and best practices for presenting your delay claim.
  6. Beyond the Shades of Grey: Join a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and top Chicago litigator and learn the fine ethical line between preparing a witness and putting words in their mouth.

Jeffrey M. Friedman
Jeffrey M. Friedman
Jeffrey M. Friedman has transitioned to the position of Counsel at Fox Rothschild LLP in order to take on the newly created role of General Counsel to Core Spaces. He will maintain a law practice in Fox’s Chicago office.

Core Spaces delivers dynamic acquisition, development and management services for urban residential, hospitality and student housing projects. The company operates out of both Chicago and Austin, Texas, and employs a skilled leadership team with significant experience in financing, acquiring, developing and managing real estate projects.

Tom Leahy
Tom Leahy
Join the Illinois Bar Foundation and the Friends of Tom Leahy for a Leahy Memorial Happy Hour on Thursday, September 8 in Chicago to celebrate the life of Tom Leahy. The proceeds from this event will support the Foundation's Legal Fellowships program at Tom's alma mater, Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Tickets are $100 and sponsorship opportunities are available. For tickets and sponsorship information, please call 312-726-6072 or click here. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking an experienced attorney to work as a Division Counsel in the Chicago Field Division of DEA.  The position is part of the staff of DEA, Office of Chief Counsel and is located in Chicago, Illinois.

Job Description: 

The Division Counsel is involved in all legal matters and issues concerning the Chicago Field Division, including criminal, civil, and administrative law.  This includes substantive drug-related and money laundering statutes, investigative methods and techniques, search and seizure, electronic surveillance, interview and interrogation, evidence, discovery, drafting and reviewing legislative proposals relating to criminal law and procedure, and Federal sentencing guidelines, legal training, and legal review of operational policies and procedures.  It also includes matters relating to support of civil and administrative litigation, including regulatory issues under the Controlled Substances Act (21 USC § 801 et seq.), as well as personnel and fiscal law questions.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that four lateral associates have joined the firm’s Chicago office.

Meredith S. Fox joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP from Cassiday Schade LLP, where she was also an associate. She focuses her practice on Medical Negligence and Healthcare. Ms. Fox received her J.D. in 2012 from The John Marshall Law School and her B.A. in 2007 from Haverford College.