RSHC in the news

    • July 2018

    The Profit in Nonprofits, Best Lawyers Editorial by Patricia Brown Holmes

    RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes shares her opinions and experience with volunteering in nonprofits in Best Lawyers “Women in the Law” Summer Edition 2018 editorial article, “The Profit in Nonprofits.” Volunteer organizations are the lifeblood of the legal profession. Lawyers must participate in nonprofits to help shape the future.
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    • July 2018

    RSHC Partner Steve Hankins begins a four-year term as President of the Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College

    On July 1, RSHC Partner Steve Hankins (’85) begins a four-year term as President of the Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College. He is also serving a second term on the college’s Board of Trustees. Steve says, “We’ll be supporting a new president [Elizabeth Bradley] who has some bold new visions, things every Vassar alum can rally around. We need to ensure that all of our alums feel that they belong. With the right alums engaging our students as mentors, ‘Vassar for a lifetime’ should be clear from day one on campus.”
    Full story: RSHC Partner Steve Hankins begins a four-year term as President of the Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College
    • July 2018

    Cheryl Walker Chair of St. Louis Poet Laureate Selection Committee

    RSHC Of Counsel (and poet) Cheryl D. S. Walker has been appointed Chair of the eight-person task force to select the second St. Louis Poet Laureate. The selected candidate will serve a two-year term and promote the art of poetry and encourage literacy and learning throughout the St. Louis region. Nominations from the public are being accepted through July 20.
    Full story: Cheryl Walker Chair of St. Louis Poet Laureate Selection Committee
    • June 2018

    Patricia Brown Holmes CCBA Ida B. Platt Award Recipient

    To be a first and a female role model. The Cook County Bar Association awarded RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes the Historic Ida B. Platt Award at their June 22 104th Annual Installation and Awards Banquet held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes CCBA Ida B. Platt Award Recipient
    • June 2018

    RSHC Attorneys Named 2018 Illinois Leading Lawyers and Emerging Lawyers

    We are proud to announce that the Law Bulletin Media Leading Lawyers has named 19 of RSHC’s Illinois attorneys as Leading Lawyers and seven as Emerging Lawyers. RSHC adds two new names this year, as Valarie Hays and Tal Chaiken were named a 2018 Illinois Leading Lawyer and Emerging Lawyer, respectively.
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    • June 2018

    7th Circuit Upholds NCAA ‘Year in Residence’ Rule

    The NCAA’s ‘Year in Residence” Rule permits Division I football student athletes to apply to transfer to different schools and to play at their new school after a year in academic residence. The rule operates to prevent trading from year to year like professional athletes. On June 25 the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected antitrust claims stating the NCAA’s eligibility rules define the status of student athletes and preserve the amateur character of college athletics. Congratulations to the NCAA and Greg Curtner on this victory.
    Full story: 7th Circuit Upholds NCAA ‘Year in Residence’ Rule
    • June 2018

    Progress for Women and Minorities in Big Law

    RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes was featured in the June 21 American Lawyer story, “Data Shows Female Lawyers Are Moving Up Faster in #MeToo Era.” "Sexism and racism in the law industry is real,” said Holmes. “The world overall is changing and the law business eventually will catch up.” She expressed, “We are moving in the right direction.”
    Full story: Progress for Women and Minorities in Big Law
    • June 2018

    RSHC Recognized for Leading the Way in Attracting and Retaining Minority Women Lawyers

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP ranked a top ten firm in Law360’s annual 400 survey as a firm outpacing its peers on attracting and retaining women of color. With women of color making up 19.1% of its workforce, RSHC ranked ninth in the survey. Visibility, community, a voice at the table, and a balanced ladder are hurdles women of color face, and RSHC proactively tries to create an environment at the firm that “engages everyone and creates a camaraderie,” said Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes.
    Full story: RSHC Recognized for Leading the Way in Attracting and Retaining Minority Women Lawyers
    • June 2018

    RSHC Named A Best Firm for Minority Attorneys

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP ranked sixth in Law360’s Glass Ceiling Report for best law firms for minority attorneys with 20-149 attorneys. At RSHC we believe the power of diversity is the power of collective wisdom. We are proud of our start, but it is just the beginning.
    Full story: RSHC Named A Best Firm for Minority Attorneys
    • June 2018

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila Adds Former Fortune 500 Company Senior Counsel to Its Business Transactions Team

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP (RSHC) continues to grow its business transactions team with the latest addition of Lisa A. Houdyshell, who has joined RSHC as Of Counsel. A former senior counsel for a Fortune 500 global mining company, Lisa’s 25 years of commercial and real estate transactions experience in the U.S. and other countries will further strengthen the firm’s business transactions practice.
    Full story: Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila Adds Former Fortune 500 Company Senior Counsel to Its Business Transactions Team
    • June 2018

    Patricia Brown Holmes to Receive Rainbow PUSH Coalition's Business Leadership Award

    RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes will be awarded Rainbow Push Coalition's (RPC) Business Leadership Award at their 47th Annual International Convention, "Make America Fair and Equal: The 2018 Global Agenda," on Thursday, June 14, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes to Receive Rainbow PUSH Coalition's Business Leadership Award
    • June 2018

    Patricia Brown Holmes, Special Session Panelist at The Future of Law Firm Leadership and Management Conference

    The changing business of law and new operational and organizational models … are you geared up to keep pace? RSHC Managing Partner, Patricia Brown Holmes, will be a co-panelist for the June 19-20 HSBC “The Future of Law Firm Leadership and Management” conference special session, “Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion,” to be held at the The Yale Club in New York.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes, Special Session Panelist at The Future of Law Firm Leadership and Management Conference
    • June 2018

    Former Fortune Global 500 Company VP, Associate GC and Secretary Joins RSHC

    Joseph J. O’Hara, Jr., former Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Secretary for a Fortune Global 500 company that is a leading manufacturer of packaging products, has joined the national law firm of Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila (RSHC) as Of Counsel in the Chicago office. He will focus on wide-ranging trial work and emphasize the representation of clients who have been wrongfully convicted and seek justice in the criminal and civil courts.
    Full story: Former Fortune Global 500 Company VP, Associate GC and Secretary Joins RSHC
    • June 2018

    Jake Kahn, moderating “Crypto Derivatives” at the annual Chicago Bar Association’s Futures & Derivatives Law Committee

    RSHC Partner Jacob Kahn will moderate a panel on “Crypto Derivatives” on June 8 at the annual CLE seminar for The Chicago Bar Association’s Futures & Derivatives Law Committee. The panel includes representatives from CME Group, Cboe Global Markets, and Bcause LLC, and will discuss the cryptocurrency futures contracts currently being traded at CME and Cboe, the CFTC’s recent advisory on crypto derivatives, and what the future may hold in this evolving space.
    Full story: Jake Kahn, moderating “Crypto Derivatives” at the annual Chicago Bar Association’s Futures & Derivatives Law Committee
    • June 2018

    Drahcir Smith, A 2018 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty Honoree

    RSHC Partner Drahcir Marie Smith was selected as one of this year’s most talented young attorneys practicing in Illinois by Law Bulletin Media’s 40 Under Forty Committee. This year’s 19th annual competition was more challenging because 1,500 nominations were received for attorneys throughout Illinois.
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