In This Issue

Dollars for democracy

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation does a lot. It heavily underwrites National Public Radio. It funds groups fighting  human rights abuses abroad. It backs local cultural events. Now, the nonprofit is setting its sights on a bigger goal: Fixing  American politics. It’s a tricky issue to navigate, and it has its legal team parsing the tax code and other weighty regulations.

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In-house, in their own words

Call it inside info. For more than two years, our sister publication, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, has featured weekly profiles on in-house counsels — how they got to where they are, what they look for in law firm work and more. See highlights of the best things recent subjects have had to say.

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Seattle’s best … in Chicago

In 12 years, Perkins Coie grew from no presence in Chicago to having 110 lawyers here. How? By slowly building its base with trusted acquaintances. And  a workplace environment more like a tech venture than a stuffy corporate office didn’t hurt, either.

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King Lehr caps off 63-year career

One of the city’s most prolific trial lawyers, Louis Lehr, is calling it quits after 63 years in the field. He spent 59 of them at the firm at which he is now a name partner, Arnstein & Lehr. The legal giant has taken time in recent months to reflect on his career   — and write a comprehensive history of his law firm.

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Lawyers With Style: Jonathan Bedi

Jonathan Bedi is a criminal defense attorney with the Cook County public defender’s office assigned to the felony trial division at the Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th Street and California Avenue. He has tried numerous bench and jury trials to verdict and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Chicago Inn of Court.

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Inside Out: Defining success in the law

What has remained constant in defining how to achieve success in the law? What's changed? And what do lawyers need to know going forward? Here’s another installment of Inside Out with law firm partner Christina Martini and in-house counsel David Susler. And watch them talk more about this topic with Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association in our video.

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Opening Statement: Off the deep-dish end

When Antonin Scalia came to Chicago in February and struck down deep-dish pizza, he became another native New Yorker to say that our inverted mix of sauce and cheese is not, well, pizza. Tasty, yes. Pizza, no.

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Destination neighborhoods: Logan Square and Avondale

As Chicago natives who grew up on the North Side are quick to point out, Logan Square wasn’t the nicest — or safest — place to hang out a decade ago. What a difference a few years and an influx of young, middle-class Chicagoans make.

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Spaces: Every jersey tells a story in this office

The goal? More jerseys. Always more jerseys. For Adam Klein, the head of Katten Muchin Rosenman’s national sports law practice, the authentic sports jerseys that adorn his office wall are his own measure of success.

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Social Scene: Chicago lawyers meet with pope

In anticipation of the 50-year-anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the 1965 declaration from Pope Paul VI dictating relations between Christians and non-Christians, two Chicago lawyers met privately with Pope Francis at the Vatican in February.

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Counsel’s Table: Bravo, Baffo

Tucked gracefully beside the bright lights and crowds of Eataly is a new shining gem, Baffo, brought to us by the B&B Hospitality Group — celebrity chefs and restaurateurs Mario Batali and Lidia and Joe Bastianich.

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