In This Issue

Second chances in the Second City

For more than 3 million Illinoisans, their past still haunts them. They made a mistake — perhaps many mistakes — that left them with a criminal record. Now, those actions keep them from finding jobs, housing or other assistance that could get them back on track. They need legal help — help a coalition of law firms is working to provide through a novel pro bono effort.

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A new game of risk

Litigators work. Clients pay them. That’s how big-ticket corporate lawsuits have always worked. But litigation finance firms like Longford Capital are adding a new variable to the equation. They’ll foot a company’s litigation bill if law firms take on some risk — and the company agrees to cut the investors a hefty slice of the verdict or settlement pie.

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Wherever they go, help and hope follow

A decade and a half ago, a group of women in the legal field wanted to show how crucial they were to the community. Their realization? Power comes through volunteering.

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Walking to the pro bono beat

Neal Gerber Eisenberg partner Jonathan Quinn has found plenty of success in the courtroom. But he also finds great satisfaction in helping public-service organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League and Equip for Equality.

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Lawyers With Style: Doug Prochnow

Doug Prochnow is a partner in the litigation department of Edwards Wildman. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial and health-care-related claims, financial disputes, indemnity actions, insurance and reinsurance disputes, professional negligence matters, toxic torts and product-liability suits.

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Staying one step ahead … always: Know the situation, know your clients and never stand pat

What does it mean to be proactive as a lawyer? What ways can lawyers be proactive for their clients? Watch husband-and-wife attorneys Christina L. Martini and David G. Susler talk more about this topic with the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw.

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Opening Statement: It’s time to make time for volunteering

I’m a busy person. Just like you. There are some days that move at such a fast pace that it feels like only three hours have gone by. But mentally and physically, I know it’s been a long day.

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Spaces: Tailoring the tower space to a collegial culture

For most businesses, having an office in the Willis Tower has several positives. But for Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, there was one rather significant problem with the tower: the sheer size of the floor plan.

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Out & About: Far North Side

The Far North Side is one of those areas considered “far away” by many people — annoying to visit, especially on a traffic-heavy Saturday afternoon. It’s too bad for those who don’t come north to explore this part of the city.

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Noodles, broth, heaven: Chicago catching on to ramen

My love for street food began while traveling throughout Japan. Chicago-style hot dogs, cheesesteaks from Philly, NYC slices, falafels in Jerusalem, Santorini gyros, funnel cakes at the state fair and my ultimate favorite — my street food of street foods — Japanese ramen noodles.

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