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Transgender Issues in Schools and the Workplace: Personal Records
Bar Briefs KCBA
April 2016
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.

The Assessment Squeeze
Lawyers are busier than ever appealing property assessments
Chicago Lawyer
September 2015
Ares Dalianis was featured in the article “The Assessment Squeeze” in the September 2015 issue of Chicago Lawyer.

Illinois’ New Concussion Legislation
Legal Issues in High School Athletics
September 2015
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.

"Law Firm Diversity: Professionals Roundtable"
Insight Into Diversity
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.

Eric White Joins Franczek Radelet as an Associate
June 12, 2015
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.

Former Illinois State Board of Education General Counsel Joins Franczek Radelet
April 30, 2015
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 Board
April 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.

Award of Excellence From Loyola University Chicago School of Law's Education Law and Policy Society
February 1, 2015
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 Promotes Two Associates to Partner
January 20, 2015
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.

Capturing All of Your Revenues
Illinois ASBO UPDATE Magazine
Winter 2015
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.

Franczek Radelet Attorney Jackie Wernz Provides Chicago Tribune Commentary on One-To-One Programs
September 28, 2014
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.

100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys
Human Resources Executive
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.

Patricia J. Whitten Elected To Board of Directors for the Council of School Attorneys
April 11, 2014
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 Attorneys Named Among Illinois Super Lawyers
March 17, 2014
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.

Notifying Parents at the Conclusion of a 504 Investigation
SpecialEdConnection.com
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 Law
October 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.

Jennifer Dunn Named One of the Top 40 Lawyers Under the Age of 40 to Watch in Illinois
October 7, 2013
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 Action
NSBA'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.

Loyola University Chicago School of Law Alumni Profile
Amy K. Dickerson is profiled on the Loyola University Chicago School of Law - Civitas ChildLaw Center website.

"The U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin"
The Federal Lawyer
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.

“Rules of the Game”
American School Board Journal
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.

Partner Promotion Announcement
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
May 6, 2013
Brian Crowley was mentioned in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for his recent promotion to equity partner.

Authoritative Resource on Property Tax Litigation
Real Estate Litigation
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).

Professional Development Plans as Evaluation Tool
IASA Leadership Matters
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.

Locked out...Strategies for Complying with the Facebook Password Law
Illinois School Board Journal
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.

When a Small Employer Gets Sued by a Former Worker
Bloomberg Businessweek
October 22, 2012
Jeff Nowak was quoted in the article, "When a Small Employer Gets Sued by a Former Worker" published by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Jim Franczek: The Go-To Labor Guy
Chicago Sun-Times
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'".

"Take These Steps to Address Chronic Student Absences in the Coming School Year"
Special Ed Connection, IEP Team Trainer
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.

Franczek Radelet Partner Dana Fattore Crumley Among Chicago Women In Law Making An Impact
Law Bulletin Publishing Recognizes 15 Chicago Women Attorneys Who Are Making An Impact
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.

"Education Reform in Illinois: Making Performance Count"
Illinois Public Employee Relations Report
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.

No Such Thing As A Free Aide: The Risks Associated With Parent-Paid Providers on School Grounds
Inquiry & Analysis
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.

Franczek Radelet Attorneys Named Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
March 1, 2012
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

Chicago-Kent College of Law Honors Patricia Whitten with Professional Achievement Award
November 18, 2011
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.

"10 Tips To Craft Individual Safety Plans For Students With Disabilities"
August 1, 2011
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).

Investigating and Responding to Bullying and Harassment Allegations
Minnesota Public Radio
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.

Addressing Disability Harassment
Amy K. Dickerson Quoted in LRP Publications
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.

Sally J. Scott Named To Chicago Women In Law: Women Making An Impact
Law Bulletin Publishing Recognizes 12 Chicago Women Attorneys Who Are Making An Impact
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.

What To Consider When Using Metal Detectors
Darcy Quoted in LRP Publications
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 Quoted in Today's School Psychologist
December 7, 2010
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 Quoted in California Special Education Alert
November 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 Quoted in American School Board Journal
October 22, 2010
Darcy Kriha was quoted in the article "The Top 10 Legal Issues" published by the American School Board Journal in October 2010.

Shelli L. Anderson Named to Law Bulletin's Annual 40 Under 40 List
Law Bulletin Publishing Names its Annual 40 Lawyers Under the Age of 40
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 Schools
August 19, 2010
James C. Franczek Jr. mentioned on NPR segment reporting on the Chicago Teacher Union's lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools.

Article by Jackie Wernz published in School Planning & Management Magazine
"Gone to the Dogs?"
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.

Feature Spotlight on ELA Member: Darcy L. Kriha
ELA Notes
Second Quarter 2010
Darcy L. Kriha - ELA member spotlight profile in Second Quarter 2010 issue of ELA Notes.

Franczek Radelet Represents Indiana School Districts in Lawsuit Against the State of Indiana
Three Indiana School Districts Have Filed Suit Against the State of Indiana Alleging Inequitable Funding Formula
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.

Darcy Kriha Publishes Article on Allergies in Schools for the Education Law Association
Allergies in Schools: A Changing Legal Landscape
School Law Report
February 2010
Firm partner Darcy L. Khira authored article on allergies in schools for Education Law Association's monthly newsletter School Law Reporter

Attorneys Faulkner and Crowley Co-Author IICLE Chapter on Illinois School Law
Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
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)

Attorneys Darcy Kriha and Jennifer Smith Make Headlines With "The New Section 504" Seminar
More students qualify for education plans
Northwest Herald
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.

New Franczek Radelet Education Podcast
Keeping You Up to Date on Education Law Issues
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
September 2009
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.

School Districts Obtain Temporary Restraining Order That Closes Dangerous Bus Stop
September 3, 2009
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.

Firm partner Kriha lauded for pro bono efforts on behalf of Westmont Educational Foundation
WEF Becomes Tax Exempt
Tribune Local/Westmont
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.

Darcy Kriha featured in article on student allergies published by Special Ed Connection
August 6, 2009
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.

Franczek Radelet Attorneys Secure Settlement Victory for School District Clients
August 3, 2009
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.

Darcy Kriha featured in article on bullying published by Special Ed Connection
Apply these 7 practices to address on-, off-campus bullying
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.

Swine Flu Update
May 5, 2009
Suggestions, information, and links to resources for school districts regarding the magnitude and potential spread of the H1N1 swine influenza.

The Nuts & Bolts of a Tax Appeal with a Mock Hearing
April 3, 2009
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."

Patti Whitten Makes Presentations on Student Confidentiality, Special Education
February 27, 2009
On February 27, 2009, Patti Whitten made presentations to staff at Illinois School District U-46 and New Trier Township High School District 203.

School Board Prevails on Summary Judgment Against Teacher Claiming Discrimination
Green v. Board of Education for Community Unit School District No. 201
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.

Darcy Kriha co-authors "Keep it or delete it? How to handle e-records"
Illinois School Board Journal
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.

University of Chicago Prevails in Jury Trial Against Former Ph.D. Student
Allegations of Violations of the University Student Policy Manuals Are Rejected
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.

Darcy Kriha Co-Authors Article in Library Media Connection
Library Media Connection (Vol 26, No. 5)
February 2008
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 al
2007
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.

True or False: Teachers are Part of the Solution, Not the Problem, in School Reform
Chicago Tribune Magazine
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.