RSHC in the news

    • July 2018

    Chicago Victory Protects Status as Welcoming City

    On Friday, July 27, Judge Leinenweber of the Northern District of Illinois entered a permanent injunction against the Trump Administration’s attempts to force the City of Chicago’s cooperation with federal immigration enforcement efforts as a condition of receiving federal grant funding. The Court’s injunction invalidates three conditions that the Administration imposed on Byrne JAG funding, and will allow Chicago to receive and use these critical funds for local law enforcement efforts.
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    • July 2018

    Dalenberg, Holmes, and Warner Named Among Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers 2018

    Breaking boundaries, leading by example, and committed to making a difference, RSHC Partners Heidi Dalenberg, Patricia Brown Holmes, and Kelly Warner were selected as three of Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Business. Crain’s recognized 150 legal industry leaders who have served with distinction for decades, demonstrate the power to effect change, and serve as role models and mentors to others. Join us in congratulating Heidi, Patricia, and Kelly, and thanking them for their leadership and dedication to our clients and RSHC.
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    • July 2018

    Patricia Brown Holmes Named A Savoy 2018 Most Influential Black Lawyer

    RSHC Managing Partner Patricia Brown Holmes has been named to Savoy Magazine’s 2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers list, the “best of the best” of Black lawyers within leading national law firms and corporate and general counsel from Fortune 1000 corporations. Join us in congratulating Patricia and all those selected for their professionalism, protection of rights, and community service.
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    • July 2018

    Layla Dotson Lumpkin Selected A 2018 National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

    RSHC Associate Layla Dotson Lumpkin has been selected to the 2018 National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 and recognized for her leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as an outstanding black lawyer younger than the age of 40. Only 40 black lawyers and non-black attorneys that promote diversity from each state are selected for membership each year. Please join RSHC in congratulating Layla on this well-deserved recognition.
    Full story: Layla Dotson Lumpkin Selected A 2018 National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
    • 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

    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

    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

    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
    • May 2018

    RSHC Named A Top Ranked Firm for Gender Diversity

    RSHC ranked 13 in Law360’s Glass Ceiling Report for best law firms for female attorneys with 20-149 attorneys. The firm pledged and continues to prove its commitment to making gender diversity a workplace reality. In addition to electing the first African-American woman managing partner to lead and have her name on the door of a major law firm that is not women, or minority-owned, RSHC has above-average women representation at every level of the firm.
    Full story: RSHC Named A Top Ranked Firm for Gender Diversity
    • May 2018

    Drahcir Smith Elected 2018-2019 BWLA Board Member

    We are proud to announce that RSHC Partner Drahcir Marie Smith has been elected a 2018-2019 Board Member at Large for the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. (BWLA). The installation ceremony for the incoming Officers and Board of Directors will take place on June 4.
    Full story: Drahcir Smith Elected 2018-2019 BWLA Board Member
    • April 2018

    Patricia Brown Holmes Elected RSHC’s First Managing Partner

    The Partners of Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP are proud to announce that name partner Patricia Brown Holmes has been unanimously elected as the firm’s first managing partner. A former judge, top tier litigator, and nationally prominent advocate for law firm diversity, it is believed that Patricia is the first black woman to lead and have her name on the door of a major law firm that is not women- or minority-owned.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes Elected RSHC’s First Managing Partner
    • April 2018

    Patricia Brown Holmes, Panelist at USDC-CBA Symposium on Women Lawyers in the Courtroom

    RSHC Partner, Patricia Brown Holmes, will be a panelist for the “Managing Partners” session at the April 12 “May it Please the Court: Symposium on Women Lawyers in the Courtroom.” The United States District Court and Chicago Bar Association in conjunction with the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and the Black Women Lawyers’ Association are sponsoring this complimentary half-day program to discuss and promote strategies and best practices to empower women lawyers as lead counsel and trial counsel in litigation. Patricia will also be presenting the Closing along with the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve.
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    • April 2018

    RSHC Attorneys Presenting at the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law #MeToo Event

    RSHC Partner, Drahcir Marie Smith, will be a panelist at the April 17th Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law panel event, “Navigating the Gray Area in the World of #MeToo,” to be held at Katten Muchin Rosenman, in Chicago. The event is designed to foster an open discussion about sexual harassment in the workplace. The in-person event is free and also available to be watched via livestream. RSHC Associate and moderator, Stephanie Jones, will guide the panel to focus on the “what now?” in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Panelists from diverse employment backgrounds will share their insights from the perspective of counsel, advisor, employee, employer, journalist, investigator, and even victim.
    Full story: RSHC Attorneys Presenting at the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law #MeToo Event