The Journal of The DuPage County Bar Association

From the Editor

Tis the Season
By Azam Nizamuddin

Welcome to the December issue of the DCBA Brief. By now, we are well into the winter season in DuPage County. As I write this essay, we eagerly anticipate the first snowfall of the season. On the other hand, I’d rather be in a warmer climate. Speaking of warmer climates, I was in New Orleans last month for a trial. Unlike any other time I had been involved in a trial, I was not directing or cross-examining witnesses. Rather, as general counsel, I was the one on the witness stand. I was the one being led through direct examination by my counsel and then grilled on cross by my client’s opponent. It was a peculiar position to be in, but one I actually enjoyed. I think my litigation background prepared me to testify with comfort and confidence. Of course like anything else, being prepared and being familiar with the facts and documents helps.

Last month, we talked about mentorship, this month is the time of holidays, family, and feasting. December offers the DCBA legal community many opportunities to spend some quality time with members of the legal profession. On December 6, the DCBA will be having its annual Holiday party. In conjunction with the holiday party, Lawyers Lending a Hand will be having its annual Toy Drive. Just bring any new, unwrapped toy and drop it off at the Holiday Party or DCBA office by December 18. Finally, the DuPage Bar Foundation has its annual breakfast on December 14, 2017.

For our December issue, we would like to thank Associate Editor Brian Dougherty as the Articles Editor. As usual, we have several important articles this month. We begin with our trend of constitutional issues with Constitutional Challenges by Wayne Brucar. Next up is a timely article on the Copyright Law’s Work for Hire Doctrine by Andrew Murphy where he provides a nice history of the Copyright Act. Transaction attorneys Ken Clingen and Tom Sisul help unwrap the thorny issue of member-managed and managermanaged LLCs under the recently revised Illinois LLC Act. We conclude our articles with a comprehensive discussion of the role of Supreme Court Rule 23. Thanks to Paul E. Wojcicki, Sara R. Strom, Jaime L. Padgett, and Patrick F. Sullivan for providing a terrific overview of this important Rule. We appreciate their timely and helpful contribution to the DCBA Brief. Thanks also to our colleague Jordan Sartell for the case law updates in December.

As a reminder, keep those substantive articles coming! Also, you can earn necessary MCLE credits for your contribution.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a safe and joyous new year.

Azam (“Az”) Nizamuddin is General Counsel with the American Trust Corporation and Chief Compliance Officer for Allied Asset Advisors in Oak Brook, Illinois. Previously, he practiced commercial litigation and family law with large firms, small firms, and as a solo practitioner. He is an active member of the DCBA, and serves on the DCBA Business Law Section. He also serves on the ISBA Corporate Law Section and previously served on the ISBA ARDC Committee. He was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, Language Access Committee. He is also Adjunct Professor at Loyola University
and frequently lectures on the intersection of law and religion.

Azam Nizamuddin
Brian Dougherty
Associate Editor


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