In This Issue

Kathleen Zellner, the rescuer

Kathleen Zellner represents defendants who have had the book thrown at them. And then she throws out the book on them. A dogged defender of incarcerated individuals she believes are innocent,  Zellner has won more  overturned  convictions than  any private attorney in the country. 2014 was a remarkable, whirlwind year for the lawyer known for  what one opponent calls a “missionary zeal.”

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Schiff Hardin strikes a balance

At Schiff Hardin, profits per partner matter. But other things do, too. Like letting associates spend time rotating practice groups. Focusing on pro bono. Charging government clients less. Not reducing staff during an economic downturn. As the firm celebrates its sesquicentennial, its leaders say that vision will continue to carry it into the future.

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Hall of change

At Lawrence Hall, the impact made on the lives of children can be heard, not just seen. Kids and young adults who have had some contact with the justice system — due to abuse, troublesome behavior or by becoming wards of the state — come to the school and transitional living facility to turn their lives around. The results are evident in their creativity and their conversation.

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Lawyering like a champion — every day

When Craig Martin walks down the stairs in his house, he sees a replica of the famous “Play like a champion” Notre Dame football sign. When he walks into his Jenner & Block office, he shouts, “It’s a great day to be a lawyer.” Martin loves what he does — litigation and community service — and he does it well.

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Turning points: Every change opens new avenues, gives you new vistas

What are some of the major turning points in your career? What is some advice you wish others had given you along the way? Husband-and-wife attorneys Christina L. Martini and David G. Susler talk more about this topic with the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw in this month's Inside Out video.

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Lawyers With Style: Laura Caldwell

Laura Caldwell is a former civil trial attorney and the distinguished scholar in residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is also the director of Loyola’s Life After Innocence project and a published author of 14 novels and one nonfiction book.

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Opening Statement: Frigid flashback … frosty future?

Here at Chicago Lawyer, we’ve reached the finish line of the calendar with our annual Person of the Year edition. With 16 people freed from prison, no private attorney in the country has represented more exonerated clients than Kathleen Zellner. And two of those cases reached results in 2014.

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Spaces: Winston & Strawn

The first impression you get when you visit the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn? Big. With a capital B. With 317 attorneys and 653 employees in all, the general litigation firm is one Chicago’s largest law firms.

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Out & About: For Chicago staples, try the ’burbs

Limit yourself to the Windy City’s borders, and you’ll do your taste buds a disservice. Take a jaunt through River Forest, River Grove and Elmwood Park — suburbs with their own tidbits of charm that are even more enjoyable to explore on a full stomach.

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River North’s shot in the arm: Tired of the trendy? Let Tippling Hall revive you spirits

Just when I thought River North was tapped-out of fresh, fun, non-pretentious and affordable “neighborhoody” dining concepts, the people behind Mercadito Hospitality Group proved me wrong. Their recently debuted Tippling Hall, 646 N. Franklin St., brings a welcomed breath of fresh air to a neighborhood littered with stale and strikingly overpriced options.

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