Writing and Speaking


“Festival Freedom: Legal Steps to Creating Your Own Art Festival,” Art Calendar, Dec. 2008 (co-authored with Mark Allen)

“The Publishing Contract: Clarity Is King,” Art Calendar, Nov. 2008 (co-authored with Coco Soodek)

“Commission Without a Contract,” Art Calendar, Oct. 2008 (co-authored with Coco Soodek and Matthew Petersen)

“E-Filing Your Opponent’s Secrets,” e-Filing Reporter (Thomson-West vol. 9, no. 7), Sept. 2008 (cover feature)

“Privacy by the Book,” LegalTimes (vol. XXIX, no. 29), July 17, 2006 (reprinted in The National Law Journal)

“Halfway to Sunset: The Future of the USA PATRIOT Act,” Illinois Bar Journal, Feb. 2004 (first-place selection in the Illinois State Bar Association’s statewide 45th Annual Lincoln Writing Contest, 2003)

“The Electronic Courthouse in Illinois: Filing, Service, Access and Privacy,” Illinois Bar Journal, Aug. 2003 (cover feature)

“Phelps, Dodge & Palmer and Early Downtown Chicago,” The Check Collector, Apr.-June, 2003

“JULIE, Digger and Liability for Damage to Buried Utilities,” Illinois Bar Journal, July 2002

“Your Court Documents Filed Under Seal: Will They Stay Confidential?” Illinois Bar Journal, Nov. 2001 (cover feature)

An Illustrated History of Nineteenth-Century Industry in Chicago (projected publication 2011)


Keynote speech, Law for Librarians conference, American Library Association, April, 2006

“‘The PATRIOT ACT’ – We Must Be Well Informed...”, speech and panel discussion, American Library Trustees Association Conference, June 26, 2005

“The USA PATRIOT Act and its Impact on Chicago-Area Libraries,” University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 20, 2003

“The USA PATRIOT Act: Civil Liberties and Law Enforcement Powers Today,” McHenry County College, McHenry, Illinois, Sept. 10, 2003

“The USA PATRIOT Act: Can Libraries Still Protect Patron Privacy?” Illinois Library Association 2003 Annual Conference, Springfield, Illinois, October 16, 2003 (co-presenter with Kathy Balcom, Director (ret.), Arlington Heights Memorial Library)

“Patriotism or Paranoia? The USA PATRIOT Act: Balancing Domestic Security and Civil Liberties,” locally televised panel discussion, League of Women Voters, Glenview, Illinois, July 13, 2003 (debate with U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald)

“How to Handle Law Enforcement Requests in the USA PATRIOT Age,” PowerPoint presentation to 30 librarians at Dundee Township Library, Apr. 25, 2003

“The USA PATRIOT Act: Can Libraries Still Protect Patron Privacy?” PowerPoint presentation to 60 library directors at North Suburban Library System, Wheeling, Illinois, Feb. 13, 2003 (generated numerous articles and editorials in suburban press)



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