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Jennifer A. Smith and Edward N. Druck co-authored, "Transgender Issues in Schools and the Workplace: Personal Records," published in the Bar Briefs KCBA for the April 2016 issue.
Ares Dalianis was featured in the article “The Assessment Squeeze” in the September 2015 issue of Chicago Lawyer.
The article, "School Districts Seeing Stars Over Illinois’ New Concussion Legislation," authored by Jacqueline Gharapour Wernz was published in September issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter and in the October 2015 issue of Legal Issues in High School Athletics, both Hackney Publications.
August 1, 2015
Franczek Radelet's Diversity Officer Michael Hernandez was featured in the article "Law Firm Diversity: Professionals Roundtable" in the July/August 2015 issue of Insight Into Diversity.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome Eric White as an associate in its K-12 and Higher Education Practice Groups. Eric counsels K-12 schools and higher education institutions on general school law matters. He also has experience in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, and government investigations. Previously, Eric was a PILI Fellow in the Educational Equity Project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., as well as an extern at the Office for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to joining the firm, Eric was a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome former Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) general counsel Nicki Bazer as the newest member of its Education Practice Group. Her experience at ISBE will serve as a valuable asset for the firm’s numerous Illinois public school district clients as they navigate the evolving regulations and reform initiatives endorsed by the ISBE.
Andrea Waintroob Nominated by Governor Rauner to Serve as Chair of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations BoardApril 6, 2015
Franczek Radelet is very pleased and extremely proud to announce that our colleague Andrea Waintroob has been nominated by Governor Bruce Rauner to serve as Chair of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB). Pending Senate confirmation, the Governor will appoint her acting Chair. This appointment reflects Andrea’s many accomplishments over the years and the respect she enjoys in the educational community.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law's Education Law and Policy Society recognized Franczek Radelet for its support of legal education and its 20 years of powerful advocacy and exceptional lawyering in the areas of education, employment, and labor relations.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that Amy Kosanovich Dickerson and Jacqueline Gharapour Wernz have been named partner. Both Amy and Jackie are members of the firm’s Education Practice Group, representing Illinois school districts and private schools as well as higher education institutions.
Ares G. Dalianis and Scott R. Metcalf co-authored, "Capturing All of Your Revenues," published in the Illinois ASBO UPDATE Magazine for the Winter 2015 Edition.
In the Sunday, September 28, 2014 edition of the Chicago Tribune, reporter Lisa Black reported on the continuing evolution of student privacy concerns when it comes to schools implementing one-to-one programs. In the article, "Student computer use raises privacy questions," Ms. Black called on Franczek Radelet attorney Jacqueline Gharapour Wernz for legal commentary on this ever changing topic for school districts. The article explored how various school districts are juggling the safety of their students with the privacy issues.
June 16, 2014
For the second year in a row, James C. Franczek, Jr. was named to the annual list of "100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys," published by Human Resources Executive magazine.
Franczek Radelet partner Patricia J. Whitten has been elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the Council of School Attorneys (COSA), part of the National School Boards Association. COSA’s mission is to support school attorneys in their representation of public school boards by providing leadership in legal advocacy for public schools. The organization, which Patti has been involved with for more than 30 years, encourages professional development and closer relationships between school attorneys and their school board clients through continuing education, online publications, writing and advocacy opportunities, and discussion forums.
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce several of its attorneys have been recognized in Law & Politics’ 2014 edition of Illinois Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers selects only 5 percent of all lawyers in the State of Illinois for inclusion in its annual list.
February 12, 2014
Amy Dickerson was quoted in an article published in February by SpecialEdConnection.com which addressed notifying parents at the conclusion of a 504 investigation. “Put internal practices in place where the expectation is that you are notifying [parents] in conclusion of an investigation,” commented Amy.
Patricia J. Whitten Among the 125 Alumni of Distinction Recognized by IIT Chicago-Kent College of LawOctober 31, 2013
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce partner Patricia J. Whitten is among the 125 Alumni of Distinction selected by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. The College is celebrating 125 years of trailblazing, innovative and successful alumni who have helped shape the legal profession, given back to their communities and to the law school and helped raise the profile of Chicago-Kent on a global level.
Franczek Radelet is proud to announce that our partner, Jennifer Dunn, has been named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch in 2013. Jennifer was selected for this honor out of more than 1,350 attorney nominations from around the State. The recognition honors 40 Illinois attorneys younger than 40 who exemplify “intelligence, passion, success in the office, a desire to help the community and, most importantly, a willingness to work hard at one of the country’s most important professions,” according to the publisher of the Chicago Lawyer and Law Bulletin.
Franczek Radelet Attorneys Prepare Amicus Brief in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative ActionNSBA's Legal Clips
September 10, 2013
Franczek Radelet attorneys Patricia Whitten, Jennifer Smith, and Jackie Wernz were mentioned in a Legal Clips article discussing the amicus brief filed by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.
Amy K. Dickerson is profiled on the Loyola University Chicago School of Law - Civitas ChildLaw Center website.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding the consideration of race in college and university admissions in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin was one of the most anticipated rulings from the October 2012 term.
July 30, 2013
The article “Rules of the Game” by Amy K. Dickerson was published in the July/August 2013 issue of the American School Board Journal.
May 6, 2013
Brian Crowley was mentioned in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for his recent promotion to equity partner.
March 27, 2013
Franczek Radelet attorneys Ares Dalianis and Scott Metcalf have authored the chapter, “Property Tax Litigation,” which is included in the 2013 Edition of Real Estate Litigation published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE).
January 21, 2013
Shelli Anderson and Dana Fattore Crumley co-authored the article, "Professional Development Plans as Evaluation Tool," which was published in the January 2013 issue of the IASA Leadership Matters.
December 1, 2012
The article, “Locked out...Strategies for Complying with the Facebook Password Law,” by Jackie Wernz was published in the November/December 2012 issue of Illinois School Board Journal, an Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) publication.
October 22, 2012
Jeff Nowak was quoted in the article, "When a Small Employer Gets Sued by a Former Worker" published by Bloomberg Businessweek.
October 8, 2012
Jim Franczek was profiled in the Chicago Sun-Times on October 8 in the article, "Rahm's Go-To Labor Guy: Leave 'No Footprints'".
July 17, 2012
Patti Whitten and Jennifer Smith co-authored the article "Take These Steps to Address Chronic Student Absences in the Coming School Year" published in the July issue of Special Ed Connection and the August issue of IEP Team Trainer.
May 16, 2012
Franczek Radelet partner Dana Fattore Crumley is one of only 15 Chicago women attorneys recognized in Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s annual Chicago Women in Law: Women Making An Impact. The supplement features the achievements and accomplishments of the nominated women attorneys who are making a significant impact on the Chicago legal community.
April 25, 2012
The article, "Education Reform in Illinois: Making Performance Count," by James C. Franczek, Jr. and Amy K. Dickerson was published in the Winter issue of the Illinois Public Employee Relations Report.
April 1, 2012
John A. Relias and Amy K. Dickerson co-authored the article "No Such Thing As A Free Aide: The Risks Associated With Parent-Paid Providers on School Grounds" published in the April 2012 issue of Inquiry & Analysis.
The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce several of its attorneys have been recognized in Law & Politics’ 2012 edition of Illinois Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers selects only 5 percent of all lawyers in the State of Illinois for inclusion in its annual list. Partner James C. Franczek, Jr. was also named among the Top 100 attorneys in the state as a result of receiving among the highest point totals during the Illinois Super Lawyers review process
The Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Board of Directors presented Franczek Radelet Patricia J. Whitten with the 2011 Professional Achievement Award. This recognition, awarded annually since 1984, is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to one or more of the following fields including the practice of law, the judiciary, public service/government, business/commerce, or the media.
Darcy L. Kriha was quoted in the article "10 Tips To Craft Individual Safety Plans For Students With Disabilities" published in The Special Educator (July 1) and California Special Education Alert (August 1).
July 22, 2011
Dana Fattore Crumley was quoted in an article published by Minnesota Public Radio reporting on a lawsuit filed by students and parents of Anoka-Hennepin School District which claims the district did not investigate or respond appropriately to bullying and harassment allegations claims brought by five students.
Special Ed Connection
July 1, 2011
Amy K. Dickerson was quoted in "Plan For Situations In Which Bullied Student With Disability Fights Back" in Special Ed Connection published by LRP Publications.
May 17, 2011
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce its partner Sally J. Scott is one of only 12 women attorneys recognized by Law Bulletin Publishing Company in a special supplement, Chicago Women in Law: Women Making An Impact. The feature highlights the achievements and accomplishments of the women attorneys who are making a significant impact on the Illinois legal community.
Maintaining Safe Schools
April 18, 2011
Darcy L. Kriha was quoted extensively in the article "Test The Mettle of Steps For Detecting Weapons At School" in Maintaining Safe Schools published by LRP Publications.
Dana Fattore Crumley was quoted in the article, “Improve Transparency of Process to Gain Parent Buy-in,” published by Today’s School Psychologist on December 1, 2010.
Patti Whitten was quoted in "Attorneys: IEP Teams Need More Training On Prior Written Notices" published by the California Special Education Alert on November 1.
Darcy Kriha was quoted in the article "The Top 10 Legal Issues" published by the American School Board Journal in October 2010.
September 27, 2010
Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that partner Shelli L. Anderson has been named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch – 2010. In its 11th year, Law Bulletin Publishing Company reviewed more than 900 attorney nominations from around the State to identify this year’s 40 Under 40.
NPR Quotes James C. Franczek, Jr. on Chicago Teachers Union's Lawsuit Against Chicago Public SchoolsAugust 19, 2010
James C. Franczek Jr. mentioned on NPR segment reporting on the Chicago Teacher Union's lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools.
School Planning & Management
July 1, 2010
The article, "Gone to the Dogs?" by Jackie Wernz was published in the July 2010 issue of School Planning & Management magazine. The article examines the most recommended approaches school districts should take when it comes to suspicion less canine searches.
Second Quarter 2010
Darcy L. Kriha - ELA member spotlight profile in Second Quarter 2010 issue of ELA Notes.
February 23, 2010
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Community Schools and Middlebury Community Schools, filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County against the State of Indiana arguing that their schools are not receiving sufficient funding as a result of the State’s long-held school funding formula.
School Law Report
Firm partner Darcy L. Khira authored article on allergies in schools for Education Law Association's monthly newsletter School Law Reporter
Illinois School Law: Organization, FInance & Property
January 7, 2010
Firm partners Todd Faulkner and Brian Crowley contributed to the 2010 edition of Illinois School Law: Organization, Finance & Property published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)
December 17, 2009
Franczek Radelet attorneys Darcy Kriha and Jennifer Smith were quoted on the front page of the Northwest Herald after hosting "The New Section 504" seminar for McHenry County.
As part of our ongoing effort to offer helpful tools for our clients to stay up to date on quickly changing education law issues, Franczek Radelet launches a new Education Podcast. The Education Podcast will provide an opportunity, free of charge, for clients to listen in as Franczek Radelet attorneys discuss the top issues facing our education clients. The Education Podcast offers a fun and quick way for educators to keep informed.
Attorneys Dalianis & Metcalf Co-Author "Identifying and Mitigating Sources of School Revenue Erosion"Published by the Association of School Business Officials International
School Business Affairs
Firm partner Ares G. Dalianis and associate Scott R. Metcalf co-authored an article with Michael Prombo which appears in the September 2009 issue of SBA (School Business Affairs), which focuses on finance, accounting, and budgeting.
On August 25, 2009, Franczek Radelet attorneys successfully obtained a temporary restraining order on behalf of Argo Community High School District No. 217 and Indian Springs School District No. 109. The order allows approximately 260 students to board school buses from safe locations near their homes within the apartment complex, rather than at a bus stop on a busy, industrial street.
August 7, 2009
Darcy Kriha was lauded by the Westmont Educational Foundation (WEF) for her role in the WEF's efforts to obtain 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as a public charity. It is hoped that this status will assist the WEF in raising funds for a scholarship program for local students.
Firm partner Darcy L. Kriha is quoted in an article entitled "School attorney: Allergies tops list of 5 biggest issues districts face" which appears on the Special Ed Connection® Web site.
After more than a decade of litigation, the Champaign Community Unit School District No. 4 Board of Education in Champaign, IL approved a Settlement Agreement that ended a voluntary federal Consent Decree. The decree stems from complaints filed with the Office of Civil Rights by African-American Plaintiffs in 1996, which alleged racial discrimination.
Special Ed Connection
May 6, 2009
Firm partner Darcy Kriha was quoted extensively in this article which was published in May 2009 on the Special Ed Connection Web site.
Suggestions, information, and links to resources for school districts regarding the magnitude and potential spread of the H1N1 swine influenza.
Ares G. Dalianis will participate in an all-day seminar sponsored by the Appraisal Institute; the program is entitled "The Nuts & Bolts of a Tax Appeal with a Mock Hearing."
On February 27, 2009, Patti Whitten made presentations to staff at Illinois School District U-46 and New Trier Township High School District 203.
December 16, 2008
On December 16, 2008, our firm successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of the Board of Education for Community Unit School District No. 201 in a race discrimination lawsuit filed by a former first-year teacher.
November 1, 2008
An article written by Steven M. Baule (superintendent of CUSD 201 in Westmont, IL) and Darcy L. Kriha which originally appeared in the November/December 2008 issue of the Illinois School Board Journal.
September 30, 2008
Franczek Radelet secured a jury trial victory on behalf of the University of Chicago in the matter of Vernon v. University of Chicago. Following a nine-day trial, a Chicago jury returned a verdict in favor of the University, which was represented by Franczek Radelet & Rose attorneys Jeff Nowak and Bill Pokorny.
The article considers how the Internet and advances in technology have dramatically changed the variables of student speech issues, and it looks at issues, concerns, relevant court cases, and practical issues and actions with respect to free speech in this context, including the importance of an updated Acceptable Technology Use Policy.
Dismissal Verdict Obtained in Joseph Caruso v. The Board Education of Elgin School District U-46 et al2007
Patti Whitten and Scott Cruz recently obtained a dismissal verdict in the Circuit Court of DuPage County on behalf of Elgin School District U-46 in the case of Joseph Caruso v. The Board Education of Elgin School District U-46 et al.
August 18, 2002
Not far from the city's "Union Row," where the headquarters of organized labor dominate Ashland Avenue, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union is standing outside Plumbers Hall and greeting hundreds of her members as they arrive for a monthly meeting. Like any good Irish politician born on the South Side, Deborah Lynch knows the names and stories of many of the teachers, school clerks and other union delegates who pass by her at the entrance of the union hall on West Washington Boulevard. "I like to do this every month because it's a good, informal way to hear what's on people's minds," says Lynch, who quickly switches her attention to an approaching elementary teacher.