In This Issue

Drawing a blueprint for women-owned firms

Twenty-six. In the U.S., there are only 26 majority women-owned law firms of 10 or more attorneys. Scharf Banks Marmor is one of them — but its three name partners are determined to see that number grow. So they’re setting an example for how to do it.

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At the movies with the Right to Die Society

For the group gathered at a downtown Chicago theater, this isn’t the end of “The English Patient.” This is reality. They want doctors to have the power to write lethal dosages of a drug in order to ease suffering at the end of life. They’re campaigning to legalize “the ultimate human right” in Illinois, but the odds look stacked against them.  

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A very Long engagement

Doris Long is still a litigator at heart, but after 20 years, she’s now The John Marshall Law School’s longest-tenured intellectual property professor. The passion for IP that was once on display in the courtroom is now evidenced in the classroom.

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Lawyers With Style: Sarah Flotte Porter

Sarah Flotte Porter is a senior associate in the labor and employment practice group at Michael Best & Friedrich, focusing on employment counseling and litigation. Her practice includes defending employers in state and federal litigation, as well as before administrative agencies.

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Managing different personalities: Listen to what is said, not said and always stay positive

Why is it important to know how to manage different personalities? What are some tips for dealing with more difficult personalities? Husband-and-wife attorneys Christina L. Martini and David G. Susler talk more about this topic in this month's Inside Out.

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Opening Statement: Mark me down as ‘undecided’

The question was as challenging as it is simple. “Who are you voting for?” The questioner was referring to the gubernatorial election in Illinois that arrives on Nov. 4. And for the first time I can recall, I didn’t have a quick answer.

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Spaces: Schopf & Weiss

When you’re a small business litigation boutique firm looking to establish a downtown presence amid the fancy high-rise offices of your larger competitors, how do you distinguish yourself? Build your space in an atrium.

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Out & About: Bronzeville, Chinatown, Bridgeport

One neighborhood experienced an influx of African-Americans fleeing the South. Another has the largest Chinese population in the city. And the third is home to five former mayors. Bronzeville. Chinatown. Bridgeport.

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Final trip down memory lane: Here are my all-time Chicago favorites from bars to bistros

When I first started writing this column five years ago, the plan was to honor old, venerable places that withstood time and passing fancies. But I got away from that. I have to give myself a break though, because our great city is a ridiculous restaurant town.

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