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Does your firm have a presence on Facebook? Or maybe a key client's firm or business? If so, check out this article in the National Law Journal to learn about some important -- and imminent -- deadlines. Here's a quote: "Starting Saturday, at 12:01 a.m. EST, Facebook will allow an estimated 200 million users to select any 'usernames,' which can include a trademark, brand name or personal name. And if the owner hasn't registered the trademark first with Facebook, it's up for grabs."
Summer Soiree YLD council members Debra Liss, Heather Fritsch, Adela Lucchesi, Jamie Bas and Arlette Porter
Summer Soiree YLD council members Debra Liss, Heather Fritsch, Adela Lucchesi, Jamie Bas and Arlette Porter
The ISBA Young Lawyers Division held a Summer Soiree to benefit the Illinois Bar Foundation/Young Lawyers Division Children's Assistance Fund on Friday, June 5.  The event, attended by over 100 lawyers and their guests, was held at the Chicago Cultural Center.  A silent auction also helped raise money for the Fund. View our photo gallery of the Young Lawyers Summer Soiree.
Exterior view of Kirkland & Ellis from the south bank of the Chicago River.
Exterior view of Kirkland & Ellis' new world headquarters from the south bank of the Chicago River.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP recently moved its headquarters into a new high-tech building at 300 N. La Salle along the north bank of the Chicago River. The tower was designed by prominent Chicago architectural firm SOM (Sears Tower, John Hancock). Kirkland & Ellis had been based in the Aon Center since 1972 (then known as the Standard Oil Building). The firm has nearly 700 lawyers spread over 26 floors of the 60-story high-rise. The building's environmentally-sustainable design features an exclusive conference center, expanded WiFi and Blackberry service, video conferencing and environmentally-friendly lighting and energy systems. Illinois Lawyer Now visited the new Kirkland offices and compiled a photo gallery of the space. Kirkland & Ellis LLP has 1,500 attorneys around the world representing clients in complex litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, corporate and tax, restructuring, real estate and intellectual property and technology matters. "The law offices of ..." will be a regular feature on Illinois Lawyer Now.
New Harvard Dean Martha Minow~photo credit Justin Ide/Harvard News Office
New Harvard Law Dean Martha Minow~Justin Ide/Harvard News Office
Harvard Law School named Martha Minow as its new dean Thursday. Minow, who has been a member of the Law School faculty since 1981, is the daughter of Newton Minow, senior counsel at Sidley Austin. The Tribune's Chicago Law has the story. Martha Minow replaces Elena Kagan, who became U.S. solicitor general earlier this year, on July 1.
Several law firms are looking to add partners and associates as they expand offices in Chicago. These firms include Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Nixon Peabody and Cozen O'Connor. Law.com has the story.
The anticipated federal overhaul of the nation's health care system has law firms looking to add attorneys with health care expertise. Law.com has the story.
Trial lawyers like Chicago blawgger Mark P. Loftus are cheering the demise of the much-loathed requirement that p.i. plaintiffs provide special notice to the Chicago Transit Authority before filing suit. The change took effect June 1 and applies to causes of action accruing on or after that date.
Western Springs Police Chief Pamela Church (center) received the 2009 Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Monday evening, June 8, during a ceremony at the Western Springs village hall. ISBA President-elect John G. O’Brien (left) and Russell W. Hartigan, a Chicago attorney and ISBA board member who resides in Western Springs, presented the award.
Western Springs Police Chief Pamela Church (center) received the 2009 Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Monday evening, June 8, during a ceremony at the Western Springs village hall. ISBA President-elect John G. O’Brien (left) and Russell W. Hartigan, a Chicago attorney and ISBA board member who resides in Western Springs, presented the award.