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Blog Archive : May 2006

Chris Furuya posted a blog on May 30, 2006

National Fair Housing Alliance files brief in support of CLC in CLC v Craigslist

Brief of Amicus Curiae National Fair Housing Alliance in support of Plaintiff. CLCCRUL v. Craigslist case. 

Read a PDF of this brief here.

Jose Aspera posted a blog on May 30, 2006

CLC Welcomes Rachel Marks, Staff Attorney


Jose Aspera posted a blog on May 24, 2006

Upcoming Events: Meeting Expectations: Nonprofit Accountability and Governance

Strategic Legal Thinking for Not-for-Profit Executives

Sponsored by Pfizer


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP

71 S. Wacker Drive - Chicago, Illinois






This seminar will cover the duties & responsibilities of nonprofit boards to structure & operate themselves in a manner that promotes effective governance, compliance with federal & state regulatory requirements, and the responsibilities of boards to oversee finances.


The speakers will provide useful ideas for making your organization's board more effective as well as more accountable.




8:00 - Registration, Continental Breakfast

9:00 - What's New? The Latest National Developments and Trends in Nonprofit Accountability

9:30 - Answering to the IRS: Compensation Practices, Related Party Transactions, Political Activity and Other Accountability Issues Under the Tax Code

11:30 - Lunch Provided by the law firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP

12:30 - Keeping Your Board Accountable: Understanding the Legal Obligations of Your Board and Using Committees and Board Tools to Make Your Board Effective and Accountable

2:30 - LOCAL PROGRAMMING: Accountability Issues - Charities Registration and Reporting, Governance Issues, and Board Liability Under State Law

4:00 Adjournment




Registration Information:

There is no charge for this seminar.


However, registration is necessary.


Please register at one of the following links...







This seminar is also sponsored by:

-Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP

-Community Econonic Development Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.

-United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Chris Furuya posted a blog on May 19, 2006

CLC Files Response in CLC v Craigslist

Memorandum in opposition to defendant’s motion for judgment on the pleadings on CLCCRUL, Inc. v. Craigslist, Inc. case.

A PDF of this document is available here.

Jose Aspera posted a blog on May 2, 2006

Federal Jury Awards $230,000 to Victims of Fox Lake Skinhead Attack


May 2, 2006


Federal Jury Awards $230,000 in Fox Lake Skinhead Attack


A jury in federal court on May 2 ordered three alleged skinheads to pay a suburban family $230,000 in retribution for a vicious racially-motivated attack that occurred in far northwest suburban Fox Lake in 2002. The jury in Northern District of Illinois Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan’s courtroom awarded the five members of the family $100,000 in compensatory damages and $130,000 in punitive damages.


Phyllis Williams and Jimmy Gilmore and their three teenage children sued Shaun Derifield, Harley Hermes and Michael Canlas for attacking the three Williams children because they are African-American. As the three children walked home from a high school football game in August 2002, the defendants called them a racial epithet, told them to get out of their town or they would kill them, and held a knife to Deona Williams’ throat. Ms. Williams testified that she cried and pleaded with the defendants not to kill her. Ms. Williams and her parents testified that the attack shattered their family happiness in what they thought was their dream home.


All three defendants pled guilty to charges in the attack in 2003 and received prison sentences. Among the nine counts in the complaint (Case no. 04 C 5633) were civil rights conspiracy, fair housing intimidation, and violation of the state Hate Crime Act. In December 2005 Judge Der-Yeghiayan granted the plaintiffs summary judgment on all their claims based on the defendants’ guilty pleas in criminal court.


The Williams-Gilmore family is represented by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP. Attorneys from the law firms are representing the family pro bono through the Bias Violence Project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.

Jose Aspera posted a blog on May 1, 2006

New Program Will Provide Free Legal Representation to Civil Litigants in Federal Court

New Program Will Provide Free Legal Representation to Civil Litigants in Federal Court


For immediate release:

For further information contact Laurie Wardell at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, 312-630-9744,


CHICAGO...On May 1, 2006 the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, a consortium of forty five of Chicago’s leading law firms, which handle a variety of civil rights cases on a pro bono basis, will begin offering free legal representation to civil litigants in certain federal court cases. Lawyers from CLCCRUL’s member firms will represent litigants who have been asked to attend a settlement conference in their case, and representation will be limited to the settlement effort.


“It is almost impossible for someone to assess the strengths of his case, to calculate damages, and to communicate effectively in a settlement conference without an attorney. This program will empower litigants to make more informed decisions about their cases, and will give lawyers in our member firms a new avenue for serving the poor,” said Laurie Wardell, Director of the Employment Opportunity Project at CLCCRUL.


The Magistrate Judges of the United States District Court/ Northern District of Illinois created the pilot program last year, with the help of the CLCCRUL member firm Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw. In 2005 and 2006 Mayer Brown provided pro bono representation in and successfully resolved over fifteen cases, before handing over the reins to the program to CLCCRUL. The program is patterned after a similar pro bono program in the Southern District of New York.


Winston & Strawn, one of CLCCRUL’s member firms, is hosting a training for the new program on May 1, 2006. Over seventy attorneys are expected to attend and to participate in the new program.


For over 35 years, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, through its 40-plus member law firms and staff, has fought to eliminate discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. For further information about the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, contact Clyde Murphy at 312-630-9744, or visit