RSHC in the news

    • July 2020

    Patricia Brown Holmes Named to Illinois Judicial Conference COVID-19 Task Force

    RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes has been chosen to serve on the Illinois Judicial Conference’s COVID-19 task force to guide the court system through its court-reopening processes. The 14-member team comprised of judges and lawyers from different practice areas and different communities will evaluate and make recommendations about technology options for jury selection and trials and remote proceedings while maintaining due process and safety during the pandemic.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes Named to Illinois Judicial Conference COVID-19 Task Force
    • June 2020

    RSHC Offices Closing to Honor Juneteenth

    Like many companies showing solidarity, we are closing our offices on Friday, June 19th in recognition of Juneteenth—a commemoration of the day when the last enslaved Americans in Texas learned of their freedom. We will use the time to study and celebrate African Americans’ contributions to the economic, social, and cultural richness of this nation.
    Full story: RSHC Offices Closing to Honor Juneteenth
    • June 2020

    ISBA Publishes Analysis from Valerie Brummel on Qualified Immunity for Police

    Writing in the Illinois State Bar Association Bench & Bar Newsletter, Valerie Brummel offers a brief history of the doctrine that shields government officials, including police officers, from liability for civil damages. In the wake of the death of George Floyd in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, many advocates are calling for changes to the laws that hinder the ability of victims of police misconduct to recover damages in civil lawsuits.
    Full story: ISBA Publishes Analysis from Valerie Brummel on Qualified Immunity for Police
    • June 2020

    Bruce Wagman Published in Marin Independent Journal About Recent Win for Birds Across America

    The federal government has been mandated by federal law to protect birds in commerce since 2002. However, it was not until this year that the American Anti-Vivisection Society and Avian Welfare Coalition finally won its fight to force the government to enact regulations that will cover birds sold commercially and used in exhibitions, public shows, and zoos.
    Full story: Bruce Wagman Published in Marin Independent Journal About Recent Win for Birds Across America
    • June 2020

    Patricia Brown Holmes Featured in Law Practice Today

    RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes took part in a virtual roundtable discussion with six other women in law firm leadership positions to explore the opportunities and challenges facing women in legal careers today. They discussed why authenticity and creativity are important to creating a sustainable environment for future leaders and how they've used their positions to drive change.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes Featured in Law Practice Today
    • June 2020

    Deborah Bone and Kelly Warner Offer Insights on Limiting Liability for Remote Learning Providers

    Writing in the tech industry outlet Built In, RSHC Partners Deborah Bone and Kelly Warner offer some best practices for technology platforms to avoid litigation over student data privacy concerns.
    Full story: Deborah Bone and Kelly Warner Offer Insights on Limiting Liability for Remote Learning Providers
    • May 2020

    RSHC to Present Webinar for Lloyd's Market Association

    RSHC Attorneys Edward Casmere, Jennifer Steeve, Jeff Morof, Shalem Massey, Meghan McMeel, and Jeff Williams will be hosting an online webinar on June 8, 2020 for the Lloyd's Market Association on “Social Inflation, Punitive Damages, and U.S. Litigation Trends: Where are claims and verdicts headed?”
    Full story: RSHC to Present Webinar for Lloyd's Market Association
    • May 2020

    Ed Casmere Moderates ABA TIPS COVID-19 Webinar

    Products Liability Partner Ed Casmere moderated the “COVID-19: Facts, Myths and Hypotheses” webinar hosted on May 20 by the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee. Dr. Michele Carbone, a former National Institutes of Health Fellow in viral pathogenesis, provided an update on the latest medical and scientific evidence around COVID-19, followed by a Q&A session.
    Full story: Ed Casmere Moderates ABA TIPS COVID-19 Webinar
    • May 2020

    Chicago Lawyer Magazine Features Shandice Sluch

    Shandice Sluch recently discussed how her observation and predictive skills from playing Division I volleyball at South Carolina State University help her in preparing for litigation with Chicago Lawyer magazine. A childhood dream, Shandice plans to blend her passion for fashion with law by practicing trademark and copyright law in the fashion industry.
    Full story: Chicago Lawyer Magazine Features Shandice Sluch
    • May 2020

    RSHC Honored as “Midsize Heavyweight” by BTI Consulting

    Legal industry consultants BTI Consulting Group have honored RSHC as one of just 37 midsize firms nationwide that business clients say give them “the same level of confidence and reliability as the big firms.” In the Midsize Heavyweight list released this week, BTI notes that these firms “are uber-responsive, dig deep, hard, and fast to find the answers” and that clients look to them “for a wide variety of risky, delicate, and thorny matters – including highly customized advice about reopening and related issues.”
    Full story: RSHC Honored as “Midsize Heavyweight” by BTI Consulting
    • May 2020

    Bruce Wagman Speaker at NJC Animal Law: Livestock Webcast

    On May 20 RSHC’s Bruce Wagman will present to judges nationwide through the National Judicial College, a webcast summarizing the exemplary state laws addressing the use and treatment of animals raised for food. This is the tenth in a series of animal law judicial educational sessions supported by RSHC’s work, providing legal education covering a variety of topics in the growing field of animal law.
    Full story: Bruce Wagman Speaker at NJC Animal Law: Livestock Webcast
    • May 2020

    Kelly Warner Speaker at MER Conference, Offers Insights on Preparing for Rule 30(b)(6) Records Custodian Depositions

    RSHC Partner Kelly Warner will be a speaker at the May 5, 2020 MER Conference Virtual session, “Preparing for Your Rule 30(b)(6) Records Custodian Deposition.” The panel will discuss how records custodians should prepare to testify to avoid potential traps and pitfalls, in particular in the context of a challenge to the sufficiency of a party’s document production.
    Full story: Kelly Warner Speaker at MER Conference, Offers Insights on Preparing for Rule 30(b)(6) Records Custodian Depositions
    • April 2020

    CARES Act and Title IX and Title VI Compliance: Considerations for Independent and Faith-Based Schools Receiving Funds

    Independent and faith-based schools applying for and receiving Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) funds should be mindful that as recipients of federal funds, they need to comply with certain federal nondiscrimination laws, including Title IX and Title VI. COVID-19 has created new and complex legal issues for the education community with obtaining and utilizing government funding opportunities under the CARES Act.
    Full story: CARES Act and Title IX and Title VI Compliance: Considerations for Independent and Faith-Based Schools Receiving Funds
    • April 2020

    Craig Jeffrey Selected for Law360’s 2020 Real Estate Editorial Advisory Board

    RSHC is proud to announce that Craig Jeffrey, a real estate partner with two decades of experience, has been selected to serve as a member of Law360’s 2020 Real Estate Editorial Advisory Board. Craig looks forward to supporting Law360 in improving its news coverage.
    Full story: Craig Jeffrey Selected for Law360’s 2020 Real Estate Editorial Advisory Board
    • April 2020

    Law360 Publishes Commentary from RSHC’s Valarie Hays on Nursing Home Liability Risks

    Partner Valarie Hays, a former federal prosecutor, offers insights into how nursing home and assisted living operators can prepare for the increased scrutiny they face in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and increased civil and criminal enforcement actions.
    Full story: Law360 Publishes Commentary from RSHC’s Valarie Hays on Nursing Home Liability Risks