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Richard M. Daley served as Mayor of Chicago for 22 years, from 1989 to 2011, and is the longest serving Mayor in the City of Chicago’s history. Daley joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in June 2011 as Of Counsel to the firm, where he draws on his vast knowledge, experience and relationships globally to contribute to the continued growth of the firm.
During Daley's two decades as mayor, Chicago was transformed into a prominent player in the global economy. Standard & Poor’s now ranks the city among the world’s Top 10 Economic Centers, and in 2010 Foreign Policy magazine ranked Chicago number 6 among global cities worldwide. He earned a reputation—both in Chicago and around the world—for improving Chicago's quality of life, acting to improve public schools, strengthening its economy and helping Chicago become among the most environmentally friendly cities in the world.
A former state senator and county prosecutor, Daley was elected Mayor on April 4, 1989, to complete the term of the late Harold Washington. Daley was re-elected in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007.
Elected as State’s Attorney of Cook County in 1980, he was re-elected to that office in 1984 and 1988. During that time, he pushed successfully for tougher state narcotics laws and raised the conviction rate dramatically, helped overhaul Illinois’ antiquated rape laws to obtain more convictions, and developed programs to combat drunk driving, domestic violence and child support delinquencies.
Daley began his public service career in 1969, when he was elected to the Illinois Constitutional Convention. From 1972 to 1980, he served in the Illinois Senate, where he led the fight to remove the sales tax on food and medicine, sponsored landmark mental health legislation and established rights for nursing home residents.
Daley has received numerous public service awards. Among them: the National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official from the American Institute for Public Service; the Education Excellence Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice; the Public Service Leadership Award from the National Council for Urban Economic Development; the J. Sterling Morton Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation; the Keystone Award from the American Architectural Foundation; the Martin Luther King/Robert F. Kennedy Award from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence/Educational Fund to End Handgun Violence; the Kevin Lynch Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; a Lifetime Achievement Award for support of the arts from Americans for the Arts and the US Conference of Mayors; the Catalyst Award for Urban Park Leadership from the Urban Parks Institute.
In 2011, Daley was appointed Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where he coordinates a guest lecture series that brings policymakers from around the globe to debate critical urban policy challenges and helps train future policy leaders at the University.
Daley was also appointed co-chair of President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative, which aims to increase dramatically the number and diversify the composition of American students studying in China as a means to enhance people-to-people ties between China and the United States.
Additionally, Daley was named senior advisor to JP Morgan Chase, where he chairs the new “Global Cities Initiative,” a joint project of JP Morgan Chase and the Brookings Institution, to help cities more effectively compete in the global economy. Daley has been chosen as a Harvard University Institute of Politics Visiting Fellow; serves on the Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company; is a co-chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Midwest Task Force on Immigration; and is a speaker with the Harry Walker Agency, which enables him to speak all over the world about leadership, his governing experience, and the challenges and opportunities facing urban cities in the 21st century.
Richard Michael Daley is the eldest son of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley and his wife, Eleanor. He graduated from De La Salle Academy and earned undergraduate and law degrees from DePaul University.
Daley has three children, Nora Daley Conroy, Patrick Daley and Elizabeth Daley, and three grandchildren, Margaret, Jack and Kevin. A son Kevin died in 1981 at the age of three of spina bifida. Daley’s wife of nearly 40 years, Maggie, a noted advocate for children and the arts, died in 2011 after a long battle with breast cancer.
Edward Leamer is the Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management, Professor of Economics and Professor of Statistics at UCLA. He received a B.A. degree in mathematics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. degree in economics and an M.A. degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan. After serving as Assistant and Associate Professor at Harvard University he joined the University of California at Los Angeles in 1975 as Professor of Economics and served as Chair from 1983 to 1987. In 1990 he moved to the Anderson Graduate School of Management and was appointed to the Chauncey J. Medberry Chair. Professor Leamer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Econometric Society. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He is currently serving as the Director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast.
Dr. Leamer has published over 100 articles and 4 books . This research has been supported by continuous grants for over 25 years from the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. His research papers in econometrics have been collected in Sturdy Econometrics, published in the Edward Elgar Series of Economists of the 20th Century. His research in international economics and econometric methodology has been discussed in a chapter written by Herman Leonard and Keith Maskus in New Horizons in Economic Thought: Appraisals of Leading Economists.
Recent research interests of Professor Leamer include the North American Free Trade Agreement, the dismantling of the Swedish welfare state, the economic integration of Eastern Europe, Taiwan and the Mainland, and the impact of globalization on the U.S. economy.
Judge Dan Buckley serves as the Supervising Judge of Civil on the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The last two years, while serving as the Assistant Supervising Judge, Judge Buckley also handled a general civil courtroom. Before the move to the Mosk Courthouse, Judge Buckley sat in Pomona, where he served as the Supervising Judge of the East District, and over the years handled misdemeanor, general civil, felony trial, felony master calendar and probate courts. Judge Buckley teaches trial advocacy at Loyola Law School and both California Civil Procedure and Remedies at USC, and has taught a number of classes to judges on topics including ethics, evidence, criminal law, and technology. He is on two Judicial Council committees: the Advisory Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency for the Judicial Branch and the Court Technology Advisory Committee.
Before taking the bench in 2002, Judge Buckley was a shareholder at the Los Angeles firm of Breidenbach, Buckley, Huchting & Hamblet. He had a general civil defense practice with a concentration of trials in the areas of toxic torts, professional negligence, personal injury and insurance coverage. He also served as managing partner for a number of years.
Judge Buckley attended the University of Notre Dame for his undergraduate and law degrees.