February 2022 Business Meeting

Registration for the February 10, 2022 CALL Business Meeting is now open. Please see your email or reach out to Philip Johnson for the registration link.

Meeting Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022

Location: Zoom

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Please stay on Zoom after the meeting to network and catch up with CALL friends.)

Cost: free

Speaker: Monica Eng is a reporter for Axios Chicago where she co-writes a daily newsletter with Justin Kaufmann about news, food, health, sports, education, culture and more. Before starting at Axios, Monica was the Curious City reporter at WBEZ, where she reported on food, health, cultural and environmental issues starting in 2013.

Monica started her journalism career in newspapers, writing and editing at the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times from 1985 to 2013. Monica has won multiple writing awards and been nominated for the James Beard Award five times. She is a fourth generation Chicagoan whose children are fourth generation Chicago Public School graduates.

Community Service: In connection with the February business meeting, the Community Service Committee recommends supporting the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

The CAAM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories about Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. Their work challenges negative images of Asian Americans and inspires empathy and inclusiveness. The CAAM funds, produces, distributes and exhibits works on Asian American experiences in film, television, and digital media; provides filmmakers with training, funding, distribution, and access to professional networks; and connects filmmakers to people and communities in schools, community centers, theaters, and neighborhoods.

The Center for Asian American Media accepts donations over the phone, by check through the mail, or online. To donate over the phone or by check, click on the “More Info” link on their online donation web page for instructions. To donate online, go to https://prod3.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/DonationInfo.aspx?doninfo=57~2d5a1bf7-6a80-40a8-bcde-281be6b8d883&epguid=81d92d9b-f2a0-4261-8210-f92ba0c0b947&

Door Prizes: Two gift cards will be raffled during the meeting courtesy of LexisNexis.

Registration ends February 8th.

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Continuing Education Committee Presents Media and Information Literacy: Wading Through Disinformation and Coming Out Victorious

Media and Information Literacy: Wading Through Disinformation and Coming Out Victorious

Description: In “Media and Information Literacy: Wading Through Disinformation and Coming Out Victorious,” Kate Stockert will break down the terminology of misinformation, disinformation, propaganda and fake news, offer a current survey of disinformation processes and tactics, and close with effective solutions identified by researchers in this field and governments around the world.

Presenter: Kate Stockert is the Manager of Reference and Research Services at the global law firm of K&L Gates LLP and is based out of Seattle, Washington. Prior to her time with K&L Gates, Kate served as an Information & Web Content Specialist (a/k/a “Librarian”) for the National Association of REALTORS® in Chicago, IL, and in a similar position for Knowledge Mosaic, a small Seattle, WA-based legal research start-up company (since acquired by LexisNexis). She obtained her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington, Master of Real Estate from Columbia College, and her Bachelor of Arts from Whitman College.

When: Wednesday, January 12th, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Where:  At your desk via Zoom. Registrants will receive webinar details prior to the program.

Register here.

Permanent link to this article: https://chicagolawlib.org/blog/2022/01/05/continuing-education-committee-presents-media-and-information-literacy-wading-through-disinformation-and-coming-out-victorious/

Continuing Education Committee Presents: Finding a Needle in the Haystack – Using Petition.ai to Identify Successful Patent Prosecution Petitions

Finding a Needle in the Haystack: Using Petition.ai to Identify Successful Patent Prosecution Petitions

Description: This presentation will go through a brief background on petitions, the various types of petitions, and then a live demo of Petition.ai’s database.


Julie Burke

In 2020, Julie Burke founded IP Quality Pro LLC, a patent prosecution consulting venture, and provides assistance and guidance to help patent practitioners efficiently and effectively navigate procedural obstacles with the USPTO.

As an advisor to Petition.ai, Julie provides assistance and guidance on the creation and use of the first comprehensive searchable database of patent prosecution documents filed with the USPTO.

Julie was a Patent Scientist at Knobbe Martens from 2015-2020.  She handled patent prosecution matters with a special interest in resolving complex procedural issues across all technology sectors.

From 1995-2015, Julie served as a Primary Examiner, Special Program Examiner and then as Quality Assurance Specialist in Technology Center 1600 of the USPTO, where she drafted petition decisions, reviewed quality of Office Actions and allowances and evaluated patent examination practices to identify targets for quality improvement.

Michael Spector
Co-founder of Petition.ai

Michael Spector is the co-founder of Petition.ai, the first comprehensive searchable database of USPTO patent petition documents. By utilizing Petition.ai’s extensive searchable database, patent attorneys, patent agents, and their support teams can efficiently search through 500,000 petition documents to readily find ones with similar issues and/or fact patterns – the needles-in-a-haystack.  As a result, patent professionals will be able to more quickly and easily craft a petition with an increased likelihood of being granted on the first attempt, potentially avoiding the need to request reconsideration.

Michael is also the Chief Operating Officer at The LISA App, a provider of on-site beauty and wellness services to employees and tenants.  Previously, Michael worked as an Investment Analyst at Castle Creek Arbitrage in Chicago, Scoggin Capital in New York City, and Messner & Smith Investment Management in San Diego. Michael also worked at a start-up technology company and as an Investment Banking Analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Michael earned a BBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Michael co-founded Year Up Chicago’s Leadership Council and served as the Co-Chair for 10 years.

When: Wednesday, December 8th, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Where:  At your desk via Zoom. Registrants will receive webinar details prior to the program.

Please register here

Permanent link to this article: https://chicagolawlib.org/blog/2021/11/29/continuing-education-committee-presents-finding-a-needle-in-the-haystack-using-petition-ai-to-identify-successful-patent-prosecution-petitions/

Community Service Encourages CALL Members to Support the Greater Chicago Food Depository

In connection with the November business meeting, the Community Service Committee is working to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank, partnering with over 700 local agencies and programs, including pantries, soup kitchens and shelters for children, older adults and veterans. Every day they distribute over 267,000 meals, relying heavily on donors and volunteers to make it happen. The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically increased food insecurity throughout the Chicagoland area. To meet the surging demand, the Food Depository is providing food at record amounts. By the end of June 2021, the Food Depository distributed more than 117M pounds of food and 97.5M meals. This represents more than a 25% increase from last year’s total.

The Community Service Committee has arranged several opportunities for our members to help the Food Depository this winter:

 * Virtual Food Drive

We have set up a CALL Virtual Food Drive where you can pick out a virtual shopping cart full of food to donate to GCFD. Our goal is to donate 900 meals ($1 = 3 meals). Make a purchase or check our progress online: http://www.myfooddrive.org/#CALLfall2021

 *Monetary Donations

GCFD welcomes donations of any size online: https://secure.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/Donation2?8743.donation=form1&df_id=8743&mfc_pref=T

 *Volunteer Day at the Food Depository

Joins us for our own CALL Repack Session at the Food Depository on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:45 PM. The Food Depository is located at 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL 60632. All volunteers need to register with GCFD, which includes an Electronic Waiver. Registration link: https://volunteers.chicagosfoodbank.org/index.php?section=indGpRegistrations&action=profile_conditional&fwID=30456

Permanent link to this article: https://chicagolawlib.org/blog/2021/11/18/community-service-encourages-call-members-to-support-the-greater-chicago-food-depository/