Ron Safer and Eli Litoff are proud to be part of the team that secured Bernard Williams’ release from Cook County Jail on Friday. In February, the Court of Appeals vacated Mr. Williams’ murder conviction and granted a new trial, but a Cook County Judge ordered that Mr. Williams be held without bail until his new trial was completed. RSHC attorneys appealed that decision, arguing that Mr. Williams should be released in light of the Court of Appeals’ ruling that Mr. Williams was unlikely to be convicted based on the evidence against him. Last week, the Appellate Court granted Mr. Williams’ motion, reversed the Cook County Judge’s decision, and ruled that Mr. Williams was entitled to bond. Although the fight for his freedom is not over, we are proud that Mr. Williams, now 40 years old, is out of prison and with his family for the first time since he was arrested at the age of 17.
The power of diversity is the power of collective wisdom.
For us, diversity starts with the names on our door, extends through our partnership and associate ranks, and informs our recruiting, staffing, and vendor choices. We believe that lawyers from different backgrounds provide a better perspective on the problems that our clients face. We are committed to serving our clients with superb lawyers who offer a variety of cultural, racial, and gender perspectives. Simply put, we believe that the more diverse our teams, the better the solutions and the greater the value that we produce for our clients.
We are proud of our start. While several partners lead our diversity efforts—including Patricia Brown Holmes, Ron Safer, and Josh Lee, all of whom have won awards honoring their commitment to diversity—all of our lawyers carry this banner. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining, nurturing, and advancing lawyers from all groups and walks of life. We have an inclusive culture that we intend to maintain and expand.