FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 9, 2005
For further information, contact:
Clyde Murphy, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee
PROFESSOR AND AUTHOR, GEOFFREY R. STONE TO ADDRESS CHICAGO BAR
Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP Lawyers to be Recognized for Their Pro Bono Contributions at the August 11, 2005 Annual Meeting of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee Chairman, Linton J. Childs, Partner at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, LLP to Preside
Geoffrey R. Stone, Harry Kalven Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Chicago will give the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee (CLC) on Thursday, August 11, 2005, which begins at 11:30am, and will be held at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois.
Professor Stone will address Chicago’s leading lawyers and law firms on America's tendency in wartime to compromise First Amendment rights in the name of national security. Professor Stone recent book, “Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from The Sedition Act of 1798 to The War on Terrorism,“ identifies six periods of widespread free-speech repression, dating back to the administration of the nation's second president, John Adams, and continuing through the Vietnam era.
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee 2005 Pro Bono Award will be given to the Chicago law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP, in recogniton of the firm’s pro bono contributions to civil rights and it’s new fellowship program. Melvin L. Katten, Founding Partner will be accepting the award.
Chrisotpher J. Stathopoulos, an associate at Winston & Strawn LLP, will be named the Outstanding Young Lawyer of 2005 in recognition of his exemplary contribution to the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee’s Project to Combat Bias Violence. Mr. Stathopoulos represented a couple attacked by four white men on the northwest side of Chicago. The group shouted racial epithets at the couple, and beat the man and threatened to hang him, while another man restrained the woman. Through Mr. Stathopoulos zealous representation of the clients, the crime victims received $80,000 in compensatory damages and $200,000 in punitive damages.
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee also will be recognizing Chicago writer Steve Bogira, author of “Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse,” for his unique illumination of our criminal justice system and how it is affected by issues of race and poverty.
The National Law Journal is the major underwriter of the annual meeting, along with sponsors Blackman Kallick, Huron Consulting Group, and Navigant Consulting. Additional support is being provided by Deloitte & Touche USA, Legalpeople, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, FTI Consulting, and Trialgraphix.
To purchase ticket(s) to the annual meeting ($120.00/person), call (312) 630-9744.
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, a cooperative, pro bono effort of Chicago’s leading law firms, is Chicago’s partnership for equal justice. Annually, over 20,000 hours of donated professional legal services, with a value of 3.5 million dollars, is directed to civil rights issues through the Committee. Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, a cooperative, pro bono effort of Chicago’s leading law firms, is Chicago’s partnership for equal justice. Annually, over 20,000 hours of donated professional legal services, with a value of 3.5 million dollars, are directed to civil rights issues through the Committee.