The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law invites you to our 43rd Annual Meeting, to be held at Palmer House Hilton on Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
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CLC Board Member Alejandro Caffarelli of Caffarelli & Siegel, together with other named partner Marc J. Siegel, have been awarded Illinois Super Lawyers for 2012. Super Lawyers selects its attorneys from more than 70 practice areas, through a multiphase process involving peer recognition and professional achievement. Intended to aid attorneys and consumers, Super Lawyers is well known for presenting a credible, comprehensive, and diverse body of selected professionals. Each year, only 5 percent of all state attorneys are named to Super Lawyers.
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The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee filed an amici curiae brief in the American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock case. Our amici brief was spearheaded by the Campaign Legal Center and joined by other local and national organizations. The plaintiffs in the case are challenging a Montana Supreme Court ruling that upheld a state ban on corporate independent political expenditures after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on such expenditures in Citizens United. Plaintiffs have asked the Supreme Court to summarily overturn the Montana Supreme Court decision. Our amici brief focuses on three primary arguments: 1) undisclosed money gives rise to corruption and the appearance of corruption; 2) these corporate expenditures deny shareholders and citizens the information needed to hold both corporations and elected officials accountable and to make informed decisions in the voting booth; and 3) even when data is disclosed, the disclosure is not timely or accessible enough to enable the electorate to make informed decisions on election day. Our amici brief asks the Supreme Court to deny certiorari or, if certiorari is granted, grant plenary review and reverse the holding of Citizens United.
This case has important implications for campaign finance reform and provides an opportunity for the Supreme Court to revisit Citizens United. As such, the case and our brief have garnered media attention. Last week, SCOTUS Blog’s Lyle Denniston wrote a piece about the case, choosing our brief for the first quote. The blog is available here. Our brief was also highlighted in a New York Times article, available here.
From the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
Chicago – The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, joined by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is asking a state appellate court to reject a claim advanced by the Illinois Attorney General that the State of Illinois cannot be sued in circuit court for employment discrimination. The ACLU position is contained in an amicus curiae brief filed in two cases pending before the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth Judicial District, located in Central Illinois. The cases before the court are Robert D. Lynch v. Illinois Department of Transportation and Timothy L. Storm v. Illinois State Police. The organizations were assisted in preparing the brief by Louis A. Klapp of the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
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Renee Hatcher joined us today as a Staff Attorney for the Initiative for Northwest Indiana (INWIN.) Renee has been volunteering with us since October of 2011.
Renee Hatcher received her Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Management from Indiana University- Bloomington. During law school, Renee participated in the Racial Justice Clinic working with the ACLU's National School-Prison-Pipeline Project. She also was member of the Global Justice Clinic, researching the impacts of U.S. counter-terrorism and national security measures on gender equality. Prior to joining the Chicago Lawyers' Committee, Renee worked for Legal Services Corporation as the Inaugural Helaine Barnett Fellow. Her law school work also includes internships with the International Network for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) and a congressional member of the House of Representatives. Prior to law school, Renee interned with a lobbying firm, Politics Direct, based in London, UK.
"Paul Strauss, from the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law," discussed Lewis v. City of Chicago, a race discrimination disparate impact class action that is resulting in the City of Chicago hiring 111 African-Americans to be firefighters and will result in payments estimated to be between $30-50 million to about 6,000 class members. One of the largest, most important cases of its kind in the last decade, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held that an arbitary written test was used to discriminate against African American firefighters applying to the Chicago Fire Department."
Original article appeared in the CBA Record, and was written by Christina Assi, Chicago Bar Foundation intern.
The 7th Circuit adopts the arguments made by a member firm in an amicus brief filed on behalf of five Spanish-speaking organizations. The court agreed that the Chicago Board of Elections must provide instructional materials in Spanish at the polling places in predominantly Latino wards.