The United States District Court, in conjunction with the Federal Bar Association, will present Employment Opportunity Project Director Laurie Wardell with an Award for Excellence in Public Interest Service on Friday, April 20, 2007. At the same time, the United States District Court, in conjunction with the Federal Bar Association, will present Aimee Anderson of Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon LLP with an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service for her exceptional work in the Lawyers' Committee's Settlement Assistance Program. These awards will be presented at the eighth annual Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service ceremony, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the James B. Parsons Memorial Courtroom, room 2525, of the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse, 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago. The keynote speaker will be Karen Mathis, President of the American Bar Association.
April 25, 2007 from 11:30-1:30
The Role of the Directors and Running a Board Meeting
May 8, 2007 from 9:00 -12:00
Legal and Tax Issues for Nonprofit Events Planning
On April 19, 2007, Judge Gottschall issued a remedial injunction Lewis, et al. v. City of Chicago.
In summary, the Judge ordered the City to: hire 132 class members over the next two years; award these 132 class members retroactive seniority for most purposes; pay a share of back wages to class members who are not hired in accordance with her April 19, 2007 order but who submit a valid and timely claim form; appoint a CFD incumbent as an ombudsman to address the needs of class members hired pursuant to the April 19,2007 remedial order.
Please note that back pay will not be distributed until 2009. Please also note that because the back wages for 132 positions will be distributed to a very large class--a class of over 6,000 class members--the share that any one class member receives will be small. The City has the right to appeal the April 19, 2007 remedial decision, as well as the earlier decision that determined that the 1995 firefighter exam was discriminatory.