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Taylor Kuether is a writer, editor, digital storyteller and editorial director. She’s written for Super Lawyers, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Society, HuffPost, The Washington Post and more.

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20 & Counting

Five Chicago attorneys look back on two decades of life and law

To mark the 20th edition of Illinois Super Lawyers, we caught up with five Chicago attorneys who have graced our pages over the last two decades: Thomas A. Demetrio, Patricia Brown Holmes, E. Lynn Grayson, Flint Taylor, and—our first-ever cover subject—Robert A. Clifford. Below, the lawyers recall 20 years of growing, changing, and practicing—and consider what’s ahead. Practice, Practice, Practice Flint Taylor, People’s Law Office; Civil Rights: We’ve continued to do the same kind …

A Moral Obligation

Why Catherine Mohan helps immigrant children and families

In 2016, Catherine Mohan felt compelled to become more active in pro bono—specifically, by representing children in immigration court. It might seem an odd choice for the chair of McCarter & English’s Products Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions group; but for Mohan, the cause is personal. “I am a first-generation American,” she says. “My father emigrated from Ireland. … America was great to my dad, he raised five great kids, and I had the most unbelievable …

Protecting the Unprotected

Joe Monahan’s ongoing campaign for mental health and people with disabilities

In 1978, Joe Monahan was running a child welfare agency that handled everything from foster care to counseling and school interventions. Right after starting the job, he pitched a new group home for troubled youth. “I remember the first night I walked into the town, they had an emergency board meeting because the neighbors were all upset, and they protested to not permit us to open,” he recalls. So Monahan suggested another location, then another. “The last place the board of directors …

Vending More Than Chips & Sips

Robert Greenberg’s nonprofit helps people with disabilities

Robert Greenberg has had a lifelong involvement working with people with disabilities. His younger brother, Matt, has autism, so Greenberg and his parents were always involved in his brother’s programs—like The Arc Montgomery County. “All the things that Matt’s been interested in, we’ve tried not only to help him get involved,” says Greenberg, “but also partake and be a part of that as well.” As Matt started to age out of the educational system, Greenberg and his family looked …

‘The Cool Thing About Pro Bono Work’

Iana Vladimirova took a transgender prisoner’s case hoping to enact change

Like many lawyers, Iana Vladimirova entered law school hoping to make the world a better place. “But, oftentimes, we end up in practice areas where we can’t,” she says. “Pro bono work gives you the ability to help underserved populations fight for the rights you believe in and also work in an area of the law that is underdeveloped.” That’s what attracted Vladimirova to represent Nicole Rose Campbell in Campbell v. Kallas. “I was drawn to this case because it dealt not only with …

Navigating an ‘Irretrievable Breakdown’

What to know when you’re considering a divorce

Dea Coka’s first advice for anyone looking to hire a family law attorney is to assess their goals.  “Figure out where you are in your relationship. Do you want to get divorced, or do you want to move forward with some form of marital therapy or counseling?” says Coka, an attorney at Todd & Weld in Boston. “If the counseling has not worked out, that’s when I recommend a family lawyer be consulted to talk a little bit more deeply about what that client’s future goals are going to …

From the Ground Up

Raysheea Turner works to help others build generational wealth

When Raysheea Turner was growing up in the projects in Brooklyn, she dreamed of someday helping others who looked like her and who had lived a similar experience. In one recent case, that’s exactly what the real estate attorney did. Turner’s client was purchasing a home that was in disrepair. “It was her first time purchasing a home, and to buy a home that is not even anything that you can live in before you invest a substantial amount of money … she was really nervous,” Turner says. …

‘It Finally Hit Home’

How Kim Scott and the ACLU came to represent 1,400 Iraqis deported by ICE

In June 2017, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), arrested more than 100 Iraqis in raids throughout metropolitan Detroit. The American Civil Liberties Union sued, arguing that if the petitioners, many of whom were Chaldean Christians, returned to Iraq, they face persecution, torture or death. “They were to be deported within a few days,” says Kim Scott, a litigator at Miller Canfield. “The local legal community rallied to find volunteer attorneys to represent them in …

The Community Lawyer

Mariah Thompson helps make systemic change

Though attorney Mariah Thompson’s legal background is in international human rights law, she ultimately felt drawn to effecting change in her own backyard in San Joaquin Valley. “I decided I had a duty to address inequitable conditions where I lived,” Thompson says.  So, at her firm, she started working in housing law but ultimately wanted to do something that would encourage systemic change. As a staff attorney at nonprofit law firm California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), she gets to …

What to Know About Business Bankruptcy in California

And the alternatives to consider first

Lillian Stenfeldt, partner at Rimon Law’s Silicon Valley office, considers bankruptcy a last resort. “There’s a lot you can do pre-bankruptcy,” she says.  First, have a backup plan—and a backup plan for the backup plan. “I always urge companies to have an expert come in as soon as possible so they know what alternatives are out there so they can plan accordingly,” Stenfeldt says. “Even if they think their revenue is going to increase with, say, some big new marketing campaign, …

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