While many bar groups across the legal industry strive to find ways to attract younger attorneys into their ranks, provide value to members and serve important policy roles, three of the largest bar associations in the state each have a game plan. The state bar association’s first black president, the city’s legacy-lawyer president and the suburban improv-loving president are figuring out how to make their organizations adapt to the times.
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Karen Shields, a former associate judge in Cook County Circuit Court’s Domestic Relations Division, is now a family law mediator with JAMS Inc. She helps couples determine the terms of their divorce and solve questions on child custody and visiting hours. In a way, she promotes the crying.
In a world where many industries and professions are embracing social media platforms and using them as tools to grow or even launch their brands, social sites are also used on the flip side as a place where ex-customers or ex-clients can make their complaints widely known. That fact alone has some attorneys less-than-impressed with the way grievances can be posted instantly.
After years of building a career as a trial attorney, Dina Rollman saw the potential of getting in on the legal side of the medical cannabis industry. In early 2015, she founded Rollman Law Group, now Rollman & Dahlin — a commercial litigation firm that specializes in counseling and regulatory compliance in the cannabis industry. Rollman also serves as chief compliance officer for Green Thumb Industries, a company that operates two medical cannabis cultivation centers and a retail dispensary in north suburban Mundelein.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s first four years as tenants in 3 First National Plaza were marked by growth and success. This served only as motivation to sign a second lease. But the firm’s partners insisted on contingencies before they signed a six-year lease last September — specifically, significant physical upgrades to the space. As such, Sheppard Mullin’s Chicago office located on the building’s 48th floor looks significantly different than when it first opened its doors in July 2012 (and when it was the subject of this column two years ago).
Madeline Albright famously said, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” While I agree with this statement, it has often been used out of context to support the idea that women do not make good mentors for other women, that men are better mentors for women or that women are not willing to mentor other women. It has also been used to support the theory of the “queen bee” syndrome. This theory argues that when women enter positions of power, they use that power to ensure that other women do not succeed.
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