Monthly Archives: July 2012

Steven L. Daniels attends special ADL delegation to Israel and meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Steven L. Daniels

Steven L. Daniels

Arnstein & Lehr West Palm Beach Partner Steven L. Daniels was recently part of a special Anti-Defamation League delegation to Israel where the group met with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Lieberman, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel and several other members of the military, government and journalists, both Israeli and Arab, regarding matters concerning Israel domestically and internationally.

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Richard N. Kessler of McDonald Hopkins receives Lake County Bar Association’s Distinguished Member Award

Chicago, Illinois (July 24, 2012) – Richard N. Kessler, managing member of McDonald Hopkins’ Chicago office, has been honored with the Distinguished Member Award by the Lake County Bar Association.

The Lake County Bar Association’s distinguished member award recognizes individuals who advance the mission and objectives of the Bar. These attributes include fostering respect for the administration of law, encouraging increased competency of attorneys though continuing legal education, enhancing access to justice, and maintaining the honor and dignity of the legal profession. 

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Samuel H. Levine appointed to CBA Construction Law and Mechanics Lien Subcommittee

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Samuel H. Levine

Samuel H. Levine

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Samuel H. Levine was recently appointed a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Construction Law and Mechanics Lien Subcommittee, which is charged with drafting legislation for bonding over mechanics lien claims. The subcommittee’s purpose is to draft legislation acceptable to contractors, lenders, sureties and owners permitting interested parties in real estate to bond over mechanics lien claims.

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Robert E. McKenzie quoted in Forbes magazine on Romney’s passive activity loss

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Robert E. McKenzie

Robert E. McKenzie

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie was quoted in a July 19 article in Forbes magazine, titled “Both Left And Right Got The Taxes On The Romneys’ Olympic Horse Wrong.” The article discusses Mitt Romney’s 2010 tax return and his claims for passive activity loss on Rafalca, a riding horse that will represent the U.S. in the “dressage” competition in the London Olympics. Mr. McKenzie comments that the Romneys did all the paperwork right and can assert they thought they would make a profit, even if they never do.

To read the article in full, click here.

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Today’s Chicago Woman magazine founder announced as Arnstein & Lehr’s 6th Woman of Vision recipient – award luncheon set for August 2

Arnstein & Lehr recently announced its 2012 Woman of Vision award recipient, Sherren Leigh (pictured right), founder of Today’s Chicago Woman (TCW) magazine and president of the TCW Foundation. Ms. Leigh will be recognized at Arnstein & Lehr’s sixth annual luncheon for women business leaders on Thursday, August 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

The award, sponsored by Arnstein & Lehr’s Diversity Committee, honors groundbreaking, inspirational women who have made a difference in Chicago’s business community. Top female business and professional leaders from across the Chicagoland area will attend this year’s event to honor Ms. Leigh and hear about her success in leading TCW magazine and the TCW Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity that has provided grants to more than 100 local charities assisting women and children in crisis situations.

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Should Law Firms Help Promote Individual Attorneys? An LMA Recap

Last week, the LMA NJ chapter once again piggybacked on to what the NY chapter was doing, and hosted a lunch where we Skyped into a panel presentation focusing on whether law firms should help promote individual attorneys (or just focus on the firm brand as a whole). The panelists included Robert Algeri, the co-founder of Great Jakes, which is listed in his bio as “a marketing communications firm that develops next-generation websites for mid-size and large law firms.” 

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The Emotional Aspects of Elder Care

As lawyers who practice in elder law and in estate & trust litigation, we often see clients whose aging parents or family members require assistance.  For many, the assistance is necessary because the loved one has dementia.  Our primary role is provide the client with information about the legal steps that will help them care for their loved one.  For example, we often bring applications to Court for the appointment of a Committee.

However, in addition to their legal needs, clients also need to know about what to expect from their loved one as dementia progresses.  The loved one’s doctors and other health care professionals can provide guidance, of course, but another excellent source of information is the three part series of articles published on the Diamond Geriatrics website addressing dementia. 

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Ivars Grunte meets with the President of Latvia

On 28 June 2012 attorney at law Ivars Grunte, partner of law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE, together with the members of the Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates had an official meeting with the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš.

During the meeting important topics for Latvian justice system and attorneyship were discussed.

The Latvian Collegium of Sworn Advocates is an independent professional organisation of attorneys at law of Latvia, which unites all attorneys at law practising in Latvia. The Council is the executive institution of the Collegium of Sworn Advocates, which leads the work of the collegium. On 8 April 2011 Ivars Grunte was elected member of the Council of the collegium for the seventh consecutive time.

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Safety Update July 2012

Complete harmony continues to elude safety laws – No one left laughing after practical joke goes ‘horribly wrong’ – Importance of strong safety systems

Complete harmony continues to elude safety laws
Lisa Stewart, Solicitor and Stephanie Nicol, Partner of Gadens Lawyers Sydney.

The process of moving towards harmonised occupational or work health and safety laws remains incomplete.  That is because, to date, not all of the jurisdictions have adopted the Model Work Health and Safety Act and the associated regulations. More…
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Media has no privileges, then why guidelines?

The recent guidelines, which were being framed by the Supreme Court for the media to report ongoing proceedings before various courts have evoked a lot of responses.

Due to frequent media-bashing, these guidelines would have curtailed the media’s right to promote vigorous debate on ongoing proceedings where the accused may be a bigwig like A. Raja or DMK MP Kanimozhi. Luckily, there has been no final word till now. More…

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