CHICAGO (November 9, 2011) — As the new year draws near, several McDermott Will & Emery LLP partners recently have been named to prominent board and committee positions across a range of local non-profit organizations and community service agencies in Los Angeles, Chicago and Orange County.
McDermott partner Jon Dean, a White Collar & Securities Defense lawyer in the Firm’s Los Angeles office, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Western Justice Center (WJC). The WJC aims to increase the opportunity for peaceful conflict resolution and displace the power of violence in our society. As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Dean will aid the WJC in its mission to design, implement, evaluate and promote innovative methods of conflict prevention and resolution for children, and communities and courts,.
Dan Foster, a partner specializing in Intellectual Property litigation and based in the Firm’s Orange County office, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Public Law Center (PLC). The PLC is committed to providing access to justice for low income residents in Orange County. McDermott has a longstanding partnership with PLC, and helps support PLC's mission of providing free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices.
In addition, Chicago-based counsel Latonia Haney Keith and partner Mary Kay Martire have both joined the board of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. The Chicago Lawyers' Committee is the public interest law consortium of Chicago's leading law firms. From nineteen firms in 1969, the Chicago Lawyers' Committee has grown to 47 members today, providing thousands of hours of donated professional legal services directed to challenge discrimination and other violations of civil rights in both public and private sectors.
In September, Chicago-based partner Jennifer Mikulina was one of the select few to be appointed to the Pro Bono Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA). This year, more than 2,400 volunteers applied to serve on INTA committees. The INTA's main pro bono objective is to coordinate teams of member volunteers, and provide all members with access to invaluable information on how to successfully get involved in pro bono programs on behalf of the association.
“We are extremely proud of Jon, Dan, Latonia, Mary Kay and Jennifer for their dedication to helping better their local communities,” said H. Guy Collier, partner and Chairman of McDermott’s Firmwide Pro Bono and Community Service Committee. “McDermott has a deep heritage of pro bono and community service involvement, and we encourage all of our attorneys to share their talents with those who lack the necessary resources to secure representation. Giving back to our local communities has always been a part of McDermott’s culture, and we’re pleased to be answering the call, especially in this time of great need across the country.”
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