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Chicago Associates Lauren Caisman and Demetria Hamilton have been selected as inaugural members of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Leadership Academy.

The ISBA Leadership Academy’s mission is to enhance the professional careers of young, diverse members of the Illinois Bar. The program aims to serve the next generation of legal professionals by providing training to become effective leaders in the community.

The ISBA capped the number of Leadership Academy participants at 20 in this inaugural year. Participants were sought from different backgrounds: large, small and solo firms; private and public sectors; different practice areas; and different areas of the state. The 2020 Academy will meet six times, beginning in December and concluding in June 2020 and will cover topics ranging from diversity and inclusion to brand building and executive presence.

Caisman has experience in all aspects of commercial, biometric privacy, products liability and class action litigation. She has broad and substantive litigation experience in state and federal courts, arbitrations and administrative agency proceedings, including in case development and strategy, pleadings and motion practice, written and oral discovery, court hearings and appeals. Clients include those in the food, health care, aviation, luxury goods, banking and pharmaceutical industries. Caisman also has helped clients in the media industry to resolve commercial and contractual disputes, as well as solve First Amendment and other content-related problems. Also experienced on biometric issues, Caisman has helped clients navigate significant class action litigation under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act in addition to implementing biometric privacy-compliant policies and procedures for clients across the country and across all industries. Caisman is a Board member of the Federal Bar Association’s (FBA) Younger Lawyers Division and serves as the chairman of the FBA YLD’s Younger Federal Lawyer Awards Committee and co-chairman of the Membership Committee.

Hamilton focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and labor and employment matters. She has litigated cases involving federal and state discrimination statutes, including Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Section 1981, as well as common law and tort claims, and has represented management at the administrative level as well as in federal court. In addition, she has conducted investigations in employment matters and provides proactive advice to employers relating to compliance. In her commercial litigation practice, Hamilton has litigated all aspects of commercial matters in both federal and state court, and has advised clients on complex issues of privacy, technology and administrative procedure. Hamilton is an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at Loyola University Chicago, School of Law, and serves on the Junior Board of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

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