2013 NIU Law Review Symposium Speakers

Jesse AldermanJesse Alderman, Associate, Foley Hoag LLC

Jesse Harlan Alderman is an associate in the Administrative Law Department at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston, where he advises clients in a wide range of state and federal regulatory compliance matters in the environmental, real estate and healthcare industries. He clerked for Justice Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and has served as an adjunct professor of Environmental Law at Boston College. Prior to Law School, Jesse was a reporter for the Associated Press in its bureaus in Boston and Boise, Idaho, and for the Durango Herald, in Durango, Colorado. Jesse has written twice before on the subject of the First Amendment right to record public police activity, authoring "Police Privacy in the iPhone Era? The Need for Safeguards in State Wiretapping Statutes to Preserve the Civilian’s Right to Record Public Police Activity," 9 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA FIRST AMENDMENT LAW REVIEW 487 (Spring, 2011) and “Filming Police: Wiretapping Laws and the Collision of the First and Fourth Amendments," AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION'S THE PUBLIC LAWYER (August 2012). His other publications include "Winters and Water Conservation: A Proposal to Halt 'Water Laundering' in Tribal Negotiated Settlements in Favor of Monetary Compensation," 30 UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL (forthcoming 2013) and "Crying Wolf: The Unlawful Delisting of Northern Rocky Mountain Gray Wolves from Endangered Species Act Protections," 50 BOSTON COLLEGE LAW REVIEW 1195 (Sept. 2009).

Stephen BakerStephen Baker, Legislative Liaison, Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

Steve Baker is currently the Legislative Liaison for the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender. He is a 1978 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. Out of law school, Mr. Baker was an Assistant States Attorney in Rock Island County. In 1987, he became the Chief Public Defender of Du Page County and worked in that position until 2003 when he became the Cook County Public Defender Liaison. He took up the Legislative Liaison position for the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2008 while he practiced privately until 2009. In 2009, Mr. Baker took up the Cook County Public Defender’s Legislative Liaison position again and he remains with the office presently. Mr. Baker was also the Past President of the Illinois Public Defender Association Board, and is presently a member of the ISBA Criminal Justice Section Council, the ISBA Legislation Committee & ISBA Special Committee on Juvenile Justice Initiatives, and an IACDL Board Member.

Andrew BashiAndrew Bashi, Executive Director, Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights

Andrew Bashi is a staff member at Defending Dissent Foundation (DDF), a D.C. based organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the right to dissent. As the organization's program and communication associate he leads its efforts to sound the alarm and defend freedom as it has for over 60 years. A licensed attorney in Illinois, he is a dynamic organizer, independent columnist, and speaker.

Prior to joining DDF in 2012, Andrew was a Public Interest Legal Fellow at the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights where he acted as the organization's interim director. He has worked as a legal intern at the Chicago civil rights firm, People’s Law Office (PLO) where he worked hands-on with cases of police brutality, confessions obtained through torture, and wrongful convictions. In 2011, he became an Ella Baker Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York. At CCR, Andrew broadened his experiences with government misconduct cases, focusing on protecting the First Amendment rights of activists through a constitutional challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (Blum v. Holder) and legal research on the use of drones to kill individuals abroad. He received his J.D from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2012 where he served as research assistant to constitutional law scholar John Nowak.

In 2011, Andrew was the recipient of the C.B. King Award for Student Leadership, granted yearly to one student nationwide that has worked diligently to advance the cause of the National Lawyers Guild. He currently serves on the board of directors for the organization’s Chicago chapter. He is also recipient of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee's Patriot Award.

Andrew’s columns have been featured in numerous media outlets including The Indypendent and In These Times Magazine, where he also served on the editorial team as an intern.

Daniel J. CollinsDaniel J. Collins, Partner, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP

Dan Collins was an Assistant United States Attorney from 2003 to 2013, most recently serving as Deputy Chief of the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section. As an AUSA, Dan led the investigation and prosecution of multiple defendants responsible for the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, that resulted in the death of approximately 166 victims, including six Americans, and injuries to hundreds more, as well as a conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack against a newspaper facility in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Chicago Tribune described the case as the “most important terrorism case ever prosecuted in Chicago.” The defendants included Ilyas Kashmiri, a top al Qaeda commander who was reported to be a potential replacement for Osama bin Laden following his death, top leaders of the Pakistani terrorist organization Lashkar e Taiba, and United States citizen David Headley, who PBS Frontline has described as the “Perfect Terrorist.” Dan currently is a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where he is a member of the White Collar Criminal Defense & Corporate Investigations Team.

Dan is an experienced trial attorney, having tried complex cases to verdict in criminal and civil proceedings in both federal and state court. Prior to becoming an AUSA, Dan was the founding partner of a trial firm, and practiced commercial litigation for nine years. Dan has lectured extensively on a variety of criminal law enforcement issues. Dan provided training to prosecutors and legislators from the Czech Republic and Slovakia on the FCPA and export control laws. He also has shared best practices with terrorism prosecutors from Indonesia. While an AUSA, Dan was a faculty member at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center, where he spoke about complex issues in FISA/CIPA litigation. As an Adjunct Lecturer at two Chicago law schools, Dan has taught courses in National Security, Computer Crime, and Trial Advocacy. Dan graduated with honor from DePaul University College of Law, where was an editor of the law review and a member of the Order of the Coif.

Dr. Saby GhoshrayDr. Saby Ghoshray, Director, World Compliance Company and Founder, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies

With over a decade of corporate experience with premier investment banks and fortune 50 corporations, Dr. Saby Ghoshray founded the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies to foster and disseminate advanced legal scholarship premised on multidisciplinary approach. Besides serving in various executive positions from Global Mergers & Acquisitions to Corporate Compliance, he has been a prolific researcher in multi-faceted disciplines. His current work focuses on emerging challenges from technological innovation, especially in areas of intellectual property law and constitutional law. His transactional expertise stems from his specialization on cyberspace transactions and evidentiary issues in electronic medium.

Dr. Ghoshray is the author of numerous law review articles and book chapters including most recent articles exploring application of Fourth Amendment in the smartphone world, Doctrinal Stress or in need of a face lift: Examining the Difficulty in Warrantless Searches of Smartphones Under the Fourth Amendment’s Original Intent, 33 WHITTIER L. REV. 571 (2012), as well as an evolving view of the First Amendment in the context of electoral participation, Examining Citizens United’s Expansive Reach: Looking Through the lens of Market Place of Ideas and Corporate Personhood, 57 WAYNE L. REV. 373 (2011). His main scholarship searches for equality in the legal process vis-à-vis the prism of gender, class and ethnicity, which is echoed in his work on diverse subsets of International law, Comparative Constitutionalism, Cyberspace Law and emerging views of the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment, among others.

Dr. Ghoshray’s work has been published in various prestigious journals, such as the Albany Law Review, ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, Fordham International Law, Santa Clara Law Review, European Law Journal ERA-Forum, Toledo Law Review, Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review, Catholic Legal Studies, Santa Clara Law Review, Loyola Law Journal, Michigan State International Law Journal, Georgetown International Law Review, and Miami Law Review, among others. He studied Law at Cornell University where he received an MBA from the prestigious Johnson Graduate School of Management, besides completing his PhD. in Chaos Theory from Florida International University. Dr. Ghoshray is multi-lingual and has travelled extensively while lecturing as both Panel Chair and Moderator in numerous legal symposiums in wide-ranging topics of Law, Policy & Corporate Governance.

Steve HelleSteve Helle, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Journalism

UIUC Distinguished Teacher/Scholar Steven Helle is Professor Emeritus and former head of the journalism department at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He is co-author of Last Rights: Revisiting Four Theories of the Press and has published numerous articles on communications law in, among others, Duke Law Journal, Journalism Quarterly, Villanova Law Review, University of Illinois Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Illinois Bar Journal, Journalism Educator, and DePaul Law Review. A former head of the Law Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Helle has also been named to the Board of Editors of the Illinois Bar Journal, Journalism Monographs, and Communications Law & Policy. He is past chair of the Human Rights Section Council and of the Media Law Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association. Helle was the national Freedom Forum Journalism Teacher of the Year for 1998, and he has received the UIUC Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching three times since 1982, the most of any professor. His J.D. and M.A. in journalism are from the University of Iowa.

Bob LoebBob Loeb, Criminal Defense Attorney, The Law Office of Robert Loeb

Robert Loeb is a graduate of Bowdoin College and DePaul University College of Law. He served as an Assistant State's Attorney for 10 years in Cook County, and has been in private practice ever since as a criminal defense attorney in Chicago.

Mr. Loeb is a past chair of the Illinois State Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section and of the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. He is an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law. He has written and lectured on eavesdropping law in Illinois, and has testified before legislative committees in Springfield regarding Illinois eavesdropping law.

Joe McMahonJoe McMahon, Kane County State’s Attorney

Joe McMahon is State’s Attorney for Kane County. Joe began his legal career in the State’s Attorney’s Office originally as an intern and worked as an assistant state’s attorney in the traffic and misdemeanor division, felony trial unit, the gang unit and served as Chief of the Criminal Division. In addition he was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois, serving as Deputy Chief of Criminal Prosecutions, where he prosecuted public corruption, healthcare fraud and provided trial assistance to state’s attorneys in downstate counties. As a prosecutor Joe has personally tried cases ranging from misdemeanor to first degree murder. Before returning to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office, Joe spent 9 years in private practice as a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson and McMahon Williams. As State’s Attorney, he serves as the Chief legal and law enforcement officer in Kane County, Illinois and is the State Director for the National District Attorneys Association. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, the John Marshall Law School and the University of Notre Dame.

David MiltonDavid Milton, Civil Rights Attorney, The Law Offices of Howard Friedman, P.C.

David Milton is an attorney at the Law Offices of Howard Friedman, P.C., in Boston, a three-lawyer civil rights firm concentrating on police misconduct and prisoners’ rights litigation. David brings individual and class action cases alleging police brutality, false arrest, inhumane prison conditions and practices, and First Amendment violations. Along with the ACLU of Massachusetts, David represented Simon Glik in the landmark case Glik v. Cunniffe, 655 F.3d 78 (1st Cir. 2011), which affirmed that the right to videotape the police is “a basic, vital, and well-established liberty safeguarded by the First Amendment.” Before joining the Law Offices of Howard Friedman, David worked at a small a civil rights law firm in New York City, where he practiced police misconduct, First Amendment, and employment discrimination litigation. David also worked in the HIV Unit of South Brooklyn Legal Services, where he represented low-income people with HIV/AIDS in housing, benefits, and other wide-ranging civil matters. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Allyne R. Ross, a United States District Judge in Brooklyn, and to the Honorable Theodore H. Katz, a United States Magistrate Judge in Manhattan. David graduated from NYU Law School in 2001, magna cum laude, and from Brown University in 1993.

Jeffrey ParnessJeffrey Parness, Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University College of Law

Jeffrey Parness teaches a variety of civil procedure courses as well as administrative law at Northern Illinois University College of Law. He taught for six years at the University of Akron School of Law prior to arriving at Northern Illinois University in 1982. He has been appointed a visiting professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Case Western University School of Law, The John Marshall Law School (Chicago), and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He served as law clerk to Judge James B. Parsons of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois from 1974-1976. His primary areas of scholarship include federal and state civil procedure laws, maternity and paternity laws, the legal status of the unborn, state constitutional equality laws, crime victim registration, witness abuse in civil litigation, and judicial rulemaking. In January, 2006 Professor Parness was named by The Chicago Lawyer as among the 10 Best Law Professors in Illinois.

The Honorable Stanley SacksHonorable Stanley Sacks, Circuit Court of Cook County, Criminal Division

The Honorable Stanley Sacks has been a judge in the Cook County Circuit Courts for over 24 years and practiced law for over 21 years prior to being elected. He went to Roosevelt University for his undergraduate course work and received his law degree from John Marshall Law School. He began his legal career in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office and maintained a solo practice in criminal defense for several years thereafter. He was a senior attorney at the Corporation Counsel’s Office in the General Litigation Division defending city and police officers in civil rights cases prior to being elected judge in 1988. Judge Sacks began his judgeship in the Juvenile Division, then became a supervising Judge in the Night Narcotics Court Division, and is currently in the Felony Trials Division at 26th and California in Chicago. By the time of this writing, Judge Sacks will have over 20 years of experience in this division alone and will have presided over more than 500 felony jury trials.

Karen SheleyKaren Sheley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Illinois

Since 2008, Karen Sheley has worked as an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. She represents the ACLU and its clients in First Amendment and national security cases. Ms. Sheley graduated from Columbia Law School in 2004. After graduating, she joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton as an associate. She then served as a law clerk for the Honorable David G. Trager of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Prior to joining the ACLU, she was an associate at Meites, Mulder, Mollica and Glink, representing plaintiffs in employment discrimination and ERISA litigation.

Babak SiavoshyBabak Siavoshy, Clinical Teaching Fellow, The Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the University of California Berkeley School of Law

Babak Siavoshy is a fellow and supervising attorney at the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Law, and an expert on the constitutional and legal implications of emerging technologies. He has worked on technology and privacy issues for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and as an associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington D.C., where he co-wrote the respondent's brief in the Supreme Court's landmark GPS tracking decision, United States v. Jones. Siavoshy has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown Law's Center on National Security and the Law, where his research focused on biometric identification technologies. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, earning bachelor’s degrees in English and in philosophy in 2004, and a law degree in 2008.

Trevor TimmTrevor Timm, Activist, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Co-founder and Executive Director, Freedom of the Press Foundation

Trevor Timm is an activist and writer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He specializes in surveillance, free speech, and government transparency issues. Trevor is also the co-founder and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which supports and funds independent journalism organizations dedicated to transparency and accountability in government.

Before joining the EFF, Trevor helped the longtime General Counsel of The New York Times, James Goodale, write a book on the First Amendment. He has also worked for the former President of the ACLU and at The New Yorker. He graduated from Northeastern University and has a J.D. from New York Law School. In addition, he co-operates the @Drones Twitter account, which reports on surveillance drones in the US and the secrecy surrounding military drones around the world.