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Associate Board Member Odell Mitchell III Continues to Feed his Passion for the Arts

Odell Mitchell III, Esq. practices in the heart of Chicago, IL. He earned a BM in Music Business and an independent study in graphic design from Millikin University. He earned his JD from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 

Prior to founding Thirdinline Legal, Odell operated as a manager, recording engineer, producer and creative director. As a musician and visual artist himself, he understands the needs of the creative entrepreneur firsthand. With over 10 years of experience in the arts and entertainment industries, Odell is pleased to unite his passions of creativity and the law to provide excellent legal services to other entertainment, business, and creative professionals.

Associate Board Member Amy Adler - A Major Proponent of Live Music and the Chicago Arts Scene

Amy Adler is currently legal counsel at Shure Incorporated. At Shure, Amy primarily focuses on a variety of transactional matters and Shure’s trademark portfolio. Prior to joining Shure, her practice concentrated on trademark and copyright litigation and prosecution, domain name disputes and transactional matters for clients and their businesses. Amy is also an Adjunct Professor at Harper College, where she teaches Intellectual Property and Contract Law for paralegals. She graduated from The John Marshall Law School and served as the Symposium Editor on the Review of Intellectual Property Law. Amy has enjoyed counseling and working with LCA clients since 2016. 

LCA Remembers Joe Segal

We at LCA were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Joe Segal, founder of Jazz Showcase and one of the luminaries of Chicago Jazz. In 2013 Board Member Tom Leavens had the honor of presenting Segal with our Distinguished Service to the Arts Award at our Annual Benefit. Below are the remarks delivered by Leavens as he presented Joe Segal with the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award.

Associate Board Featured Member: Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown is an Intellectual Property Associate at Mayer Brown, where he focuses his practice on M&A transactions and trademark and trade dress prosecution and enforcement. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Jonathan practiced corporate transactions, advising multinational enterprises on operational and strategic considerations associated with M&A, restructurings and intellectual property and tax matters. Jonathan attended Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, where he was honored to deliver the commencement address to he graduating class. Prior to joining LCA’s Associate Board, Jonathan was pleased to offer pro bono legal services to LCA clients working in music, film and entertainment.
 

Gwen Hochman Stewart

Gwen Hochman Stewart is an associate in the IP Litigation group at Sidley Austin LLP.  Her practice focuses on patent litigation but also includes other complex litigation involving technology or other IP issues. Gwen attended Harvard Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, and she clerked for the Hon. William Alsup at the U.S.

LCA Executive Director Jan Feldman Featured on WGN

Lawyers for the Creative Arts’ Executive Director Jan Feldman recently appeared on WGN’s Wintrust Business Lunch Hour with John Williams to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the arts community. Williams and Feldman addressed some of the new concerns of artists, with Feldman noting that “since the virus hit it’s been a whole new panoply of issues, most of which don’t have as much to do with arts as basic survival.”

Acknowledging the uncertain prospects for many individuals in the arts community, Feldman added “The devastation that has been visited on the arts community as a result of this virus is obvious if you look at any boarded-up theater or music venue.” Even as the CARES Act continues to provide some financial relief for the arts community, Feldman emphasized the importance of addressing the needs of the arts community as organizations face the prospect of re-opening amid continuing uncertainty about attendance and audience comfort.

We at Lawyers for the Creative Arts stand with the individuals and organizations expressing their communal revulsion over the tragedy in Minneapolis. We join them in seeking ways to replace the systemic racism that led to the death of George Floyd, and of others in similar circumstances, with the rule of equal justice under law.  

The arts and other non-profit groups have identified resources for those desiring to assist individuals on the frontlines of protest and to advocate for change. We’ve collected several of those resource listings below.

The arts have a unique role in expressing the deepest human feelings, including those arising from the crisis, protest, and societal trauma our country is now experiencing. The many murals and graffiti-style portraits of George Floyd that have emerged from the current protests are good examples*.  LCA is proud to support all those in the arts in their too-often under-appreciated contributions to helping us get through difficult times and envision a better future.

*See: "...Street Artists Around the World Are Painting Murals to Memorialize George Floyd..."



RESOURCES TO SUPPORT AND ADVOCATE

Resources compiled by First Floor Theater

Act Blue

Assata's Daughters

Black Lives Matter Chicago

Black Visions Collective

Brave Space Alliance

BYP 100

Campaign Zero

Chicago Community Bond Fund

Chicago Freedom School

Color of Change

Equal Justice Initiative

Higher Heights for America

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Reclaim the Block

Showing Up for Racial Justice

the conscious kid

 

Resources Compiled by Forefront

Champaign County Bailout Coalition

Crossroads

My Block, My Hood, My City