In This Issue

The diversity discussion: How firms stand out

The complexion of law firms isn’t changing quickly. Overall diversity numbers in the industry lag, but a few Chicago firms have found ways to push forward. One benefits from its global reach. Another emphasizes diverse role models and mentors. And for one, it’s even simpler: Just hire diverse lawyers.

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Judging Ann: Callis tries to go to Washington

Once a person becomes a judge, they tend to follow a certain career path. Ann Callis chose to abandon that courtroom-based route for a political one. After 18 years on the bench, she’s made history by stepping down from her downstate 3rd Circuit chief judge post to run for Congress. Why?

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The law firm name game

At one point in time, what a law firm was called was determined by exact science — the people who worked there put their names on the front door. As firms grew in size and scope, however, that all changed. Now, naming a firm is a tricky task of finding the right formula of names, syllables and acronyms.

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Lawyers With Style: Nicholas Gowen

Nicholas Gowen of Schopf & Weiss represents companies and individuals in disputes involving intellectual property, trade secrets, unfair competition, employment agreements and other business litigation matters. He also counsels businesses on ways to avoid litigation and resolve disputes using alternative measures.

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Making your mark: Leave a legacy by working on causes bigger than yourself

What does it mean to make your mark in the legal profession? And why is making your mark important? 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. To submit a question for future columns, e-mail questions.insideout@gmail.com.

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Opening Statement: Pulling positives from negative numbers

When addressing diversity in the legal profession, the glass is almost always half empty, or the water is murky at best.

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Spaces: Renovation brings extra offices, larger kitchen

When Gerald Kubasiak and his law partners sought someone to tweak the design and floor plan of Kubasiak Fylstra Thorpe & Rotunno, they had the benefit of an attorney who spent 10 years in architectural project management before going to law school.

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Out & About: Hyde Park and Kenwood

The Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods are loaded with culture and character, ranging from the world-class museums to independently owned dive food joints to easy access to Lake Michigan’s bike path and 57th Street beach.

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Two Vietnamese spots for banh mi greatness

Saigon Sisters boasts a full bar, hours that are “open late” and spectacular banh mi sandwiches with a little foodie flair. Or if you’re ready to escape the Loop and try a neighborhood joint, head northwest, ignore the Swedish bakeries (for now) and check out 2 Asian Brothers.

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