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November, 2013
NAMWOLF Newsletter
Volume 5 | Issue 2
In This Issue
By Justi Rae Miller, Berens & Miller, PA, Minneapolis, MN
The 2013 Annual Meeting held on September 21-25 at the Hilton in the heart of downtown Minneapolis was a hit featuring excellent speakers, plentiful CLEs, lots of networking opportunities and terrific off site events.
Highlights of the annual meeting included: Link
spotlightCorporate Spotlight - Target
By:  Crystal L. Van Der Putten, Livingston Law Firm, Walnut Creek, CA
From toothpaste to books and movies, from fresh produce to toys and tools, you can find pretty much anything you might need at a Target store - including diversity. Target opened its first store in Roseville, Minnesota over 50 years ago and in 2011 became a multinational company when it expanded into Canada. Part of Target's success over the years stems from the company's core values, one of which is fostering an inclusive culture.  Link
Maurice Grant, Grant Schumann, LLC
memberMember Spotlight: Maurice Grant of Grant Schumann, LLC is Selected as Chicago United's Business Leaders of Color for 2013
By Marquettes Robinson, Thacker Martinsek, LPA, Cleveland, OH
Maurice Grant, founding principal of Grant Schumann, LLC, was recently selected to be one of Chicago United's Business Leaders of Color for 2013. This is a great accomplishment for Maurice which puts him in the company of such nationally known leaders as Valerie Jarrett (2003) and Michelle Obama (2005). Link
fmlaNew FMLA Regulations Concerning Military Families,
Airline Flight Crews, And Intermittent Leave Take Effect
By Lori Rittman Clark, Schwartz Hannum, P.C., Hartford, CT
The U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") has issued new Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") regulations that expand military family leave, provide an alternate method for determining the eligibility of airline flight crews, and impose heightened requirements for intermittent leave. These new changes take effect immediately.  Link
disreguardDisregard Diversity at Your Financial Peril: Diversity as a Financial Competitive Advantage
By: Sheryl L. Axelrod and James M. Payne, The Axelrod Firm, Philadelphia, PA
Supposedly the business case for diversity is weak. It's mainly "wishful thinking." That was the conclusion reached by the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession in its 2011 report, "The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?" While the report considered many factors, it failed to look at the profitability of diversity directly. When diverse and non-diverse firms are compared in terms of revenue, profits, and customer figures, the business case for diversity is overwhelming.  Link
readyforanythingIs Your Company Ready for Anything?  Enforcing trademark rights in the new Internet age
By: Dina Leytes, Griesing Law, Philadelphia, PA
From the earliest days of the Internet, brand owners have taken steps to enforce their trademark rights and prevent bad faith actors from registering domain names that are confusingly similar to their legitimate trademarks. A change to the domain name landscape will require brand owners to revisit their online enforcement strategies. In June 2011, the organization that oversees the world's global internet, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), approved an unprecedented expansion of available domain names by creating a process for private entities to buy their own .anything online space. The first of these new generic top level domains (gTLDs) will start going live later this year.  Link


Good afternoon,


The latest edition of the NAMWOLF  Newsletter is above for your reading pleasure.  Please remember to circulate this email to all the members of your firm. This newsletter is being published in a new e-mail friendly format. Click on each of the links above for the full text of the article. The deadline for submissions for the next newsletter is November 15th.


Thank you to the Newsletter committee, Crystal Vanderputten (The Livingston Law Firm, Walnut Creek, CA), Marquettes Robinson (Thacker Martinsek, Cleveland, OH), Jane Kalata (NAMWOLF) and continuing help from Past Editor, (Justi Miller, Berens Miller, Minneapolis, MN).


Please feel free to share your comments and suggestions.


Sonjui L. Kumar

Kumar, Prabhu, Patel & Banerjee, LLC - Atlanta, GA


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