Thursday, July 28, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Loves Chicago

Summertime Chi: Lakeview

Chicago's shore of Lake Michigan is one of the city's most prized possessions.  The Lakeview dining scene is no different.  This week, we are highlighting eateries in Lakeview, as we continue touring the north side of the city.  We've even got some non-restaurant selections this time...

Let us know what you think.

Special thanks to Anne Szkatulski, Emily DeYoe, and Cathy Yu --fellow legislative attorneys and Chicago enthusiasts-- for their great contributions to this series.
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LAKEVIEW
Restaurants

Half Shell. 676 W Diversey Pkwy.
Cheap fresh seafood, great dive appearance! When I just want to stuff my face with crab and oysters and nothing else, this is where I go.

La Creperie. 2845 N Clark St.
Really cute but slightly pricier creperie. Good date place. Accordion player on the weekends.

Yuki Hana. 2920 N. Clark St.
Great prices, good quality fish – don’t go out of your way to get here

Erwin. 2925 N Halsted St.
Contemporary American, always solid nice-ish dinner.
Crisp. 2940 N. Broadway.
Korean – bi bim bop, wings – the wings are insanely good, but also insanely bad for you – get bi bim bop, share wings with a friend. 

Panes Bread Café. 3002 N. Sheffield Ave.
ED: Probably my favorite sandwich shop in Chicago – the tomato bread is unreal.
CY: My favorite sandwich place in the city – sweet French bread (“sweet” as in “they put sweeteners in it” and also as in “awesome”).

Matilda/Baby Atlas. 3101 N. Sheffield Ave.
ED: Good beer, good food, decent crowd – over 23 to get in – better than average lakeview bar with an AMAZING teeny tiny dance club in the basement. 
AS: The only bar in Lakeview that I would go out of my way for. Perfect for pre- and post-shows at the Vic.

Kickstand Espresso Bar. 824 W. Belmont.
Great tattoo spotting.

Shiroi Hana. 3242 N Clark St.
Favorite cheap sushi place.

Yoshi’s Café. 3257 N Halsted St.
Contemporary American, maybe my favorite “nice” place.

Sheffields. 3258 N. Sheffield Ave.
My favorite bar in the city – fantastic beer garden, excellent beer selection, nice staff, good crowd.

Wishbone. 3300 N Lincoln Ave.
Southern brunch. So delicious.

Wakamono. 3317 N. Broadway.
A bit of a splurge, dark/romantic sushi bar, sultry bar attached.

Thai Classic. 3332 N. Clark St.
Better than average thai food, better than average prices.

Saugatuck Coffee Company. 3344 N. Halsted St.
A bit sterile, but friendly service, strong coffee, and a great egg salad sandy – plus a great selection of magazines and newspapers to peruse.

Home Bistro (HB). 3404 N. Halsted St.
The best go-to for a slightly nicer occasion, but not so expensive that you need someone else to pay for you – Wednesdays are prix fixe, and best of all – byob. Also, the owner and chef are the nicest couple in the universe

Cozy Noodle. 3456 N. Sheffield Ave.
Favorite thai place in the city – very cutesy, BYOB, cheap.

Angelina Ristorante. 3561 N. Broadway.
Sunday bottomless mimosa brunch – fabulous gay-spotting.

Tango Sur. 3763 N. Southport.
ED: Cheap, romantic, fun.  Get the empanadas to start.
AS: I came here for NYE one year and the service was top-notch. Meat-palooza. Come hungry. And the fact that it’s BYOB puts this place over the top.

Diner Grill. 1635 W. Irving Park Rd.
The best diner I’ve found in Chicago – and I’ve been on an 8 year quest to find the best in the city.  No frills, just a counter, very greasy/dirty, great people watching, great coffee.

Bars

Kafka Wine Shop. 3325 N. Halsted St.
150 wines under $15.  Across the street from HB – dudes who work here are amazing.

Other
Unabridged Books. 3251 N. Broadway.
New and used books – a really fantastic magazine selection and the best travel section I’ve seen in Chicago.

Twosided. 2958 N. Clark St.
A great gift/card shop – excellent selection of cards and postcards and tons of cute wrapping paper, plus fabulous map collection.



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Law

How Is Social Media Affecting Law Practice?

Today, we have so many options for improving the practice of law.  By being open to these options, lawyers can find their jobs to be just a tad easier.  From web search engines for case law and statute, to electronic docketing, law practice is moving into the 21st century.  But, are these new features all good or all bad?  Neither.


Making the Job Smoother
Like we learn in law school, sometimes the best answer is a simple "maybe" or "depends".  The same is true here.  On the positive side, social media allows for the easiest connecting we've ever seen.  We can find old clients, make new ones, stay connected to law school buddies, and promote our businesses.....within legal limits, of course.  Social media and technological advancements are also helping to make law practice more efficient.  Electronic storage programs are helpful for the lawyer on-the-go, and having easy access to data and files is always appreciated.


Lots of Compromise
On the down side, social media and technology perks leave opportunity for integrity to be compromised.  This is the same for many industries-- not just law.  Privacy can often be compromised.  Not having top security over documents and client information can make for bad relationships and outcomes.  Business branding will suffer here as well.  Soliciting customers can get dicey, and sometimes the line between professional and personal can be blurred.  As we learned in Professional Responsibility, monitoring your marketing is essential.  We must all be sure not to compromise our own integrity, nor the integrity of the profession.  


Some Tips:
In order to make sure you are taking advantage, but not abusing social media in your law practice, we have some tips to share:
1. Err on the Side of Caution
If you aren't sure, hold off, wait, ask a tech savvy person.  Do whatever you must to protect yourself and your legal brand.


2. Socialize Securely
Always check for the padlock on the screens you use and upload onto with electronic file storage mediums.  This feature ensures you are working in a safe area.  Check for the "s" after "http" on sites, too.


3. Communicate with Clients
Clients' information is what keeps your practice alive.  They have to know what's going on at all times, and it's your duty to tell them.  Giving them information on how their information is protected is important in a positive attorney-client relationship.  It is beyond necessary to make them as comfortable as possible.


4. Be Adventurous
Although protecting information to the highest degree is most important, trying new technology and social media outlets is more necessary than we sometimes realize.  The days of books and paper are slowly moving into our rear-view mirrors.  Attorneys, like professionals in other businesses are almost nothing without some sort of presence on the web.  If you haven't gotten your feet wet in promoting yourself through social media, or trying out web-based products for research, ask someone who has, and enjoy the adventure.  It'll change your life!


We hope these tips are helpful to you, and if you have any others to share, let us know!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 15 WNBA Players of All Time

This past weekend, the WNBA continued celebrating its amazing 15 years on the scene by announcing their 15 greatest players of all time at the All-Star Game.  Since we are all about girl power here, we had to publish the list.


The league began in the summer of 1997 with the slogan "We Got Next!".  Well needless to say, these ladies have taken the game to the next level, and made women's professional basketball a mainstay in American sports.  More than 700 women have played in the league over the years with many more to come.

Thanks a million to the women of this amazing league.  We wish you another successful 15 years and beyond!

Current Players
Seattle Storm
1. Sue Bird
2. Katie Smith
3. Lauren Jackson

Indiana Fever
4. Tamika Catchings

Los Angeles Sparks
5. Tina Thompson
6. Ticha Penicheiro

San Antonio Silver Stars
7. Becky Hammon

Phoenix Mercury
8. Diana Taurasi

New York Liberty
9. Cappie Pondexter

Tulsa Shock
10. Sheryl Swoopes

Retired Players
Houston Comets
11. Cynthia Cooper

Los Angeles Sparks
12. Lisa Leslie

New York Liberty
13. Teresa Weatherspoon

Charlotte Sting
14. Dawn Staley

Seattle Storm
15. Yolanda Griffith

Congrats and thanks to these ladies for blazing a trail for little girls everywhere!


Friday, July 22, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

Jewelry Lovers Can Now Find Quality Pieces From Emerging Designers In One Convenient Location


DeVawn Accessories Launches an E-commerce Fashion Jewelry Website

New York – July 18, 2011 – Jewelry lovers understand how difficult it can be to find quality pieces of unique, yet trendy, jewelry at a reasonable price. While online jewelry is available, the quality of the goods is usually quite low, while the prices are high. DeVawn Accessories is proud to announce its new online store, which is designed to close this gap.


At DeVawn Accessories online boutique, [www.shopDeVawn.com], shoppers can find unique, emerging name-brand jewelry from many designers. In addition to the simple online shopping interface, DeVawn allows customers to sign up for a newsletter service that keeps clients up-to-date on new developments in the jewelry design world. When they sign up, the newsletter will introduce them to up-and-coming designers, new products, and popular fashion trends.


DeVawn also gives customers the best prices on the Internet. DeVawn has very little overhead, which means the prices can be lower than most retail locations. The definition of fashion is so broad and so is the variety of jewelry offerings. Customers will find that all of their jewelry needs are met on shopDeVawn.com.


When asked what made her online store special Ashley Bonds, owner, stated:

“We have designed the new online store to be fun, bold, and exciting with features that allow our customers to interact with the site and view the products in videos and in photos. We do not bombard our customers with ads, or other gimmicks that many online stores make their clients deal with. At DeVawn, we love jewelry, and we want our customers to come to our website to share in that passion.”


About DeVawn Accessories
DeVawn is an online fashion jewelry boutique that features numerous unique pieces created by emerging designers. To see what pieces are currently available for sale, visit www.shopDeVawn.com.

Remember, the jewelry here at DeVawn is guaranteed to make a statement, giving you the power to be bold, be true, and be you!


If you would like more information regarding this topic please contact:


Ashley Bonds

DeVawn Accessories

Thursday, July 21, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Loves Chicago

Summertime Chi: Lincoln Park

This week our Chicago restaurant and bar highlights head to the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  They've got more than just a zoo up there, and we have the list to prove it.


If you have any others to add, please let us know!!

As always, special thanks goes to Anne Szkaulshi, Emily DeYoe, and Cathy Yu --fellow legislative attorneys and Chicago enthusiasts, for their major contributions to this series.
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LINCOLN PARK

Restaurants

Ja’ Grill. 1008 W. Armitage Ave.
Decent food, great for a fun drink

Sai Café. 2010 N. Sheffield Ave.
Best miso ever.

Greentea. 2206 N. Clark St.
Teeny tiny restaurant, maybe the best sushi I’ve had in Chicago – certainly some of the best prices.

Athenian Room. 807 W. Webster.
Greek, cash only, cheap, delicious.

Sweet Mandy B’s. 1208 W. Webster.
I don’t care for cupcakes, but I cannot resist the frosting from this place.

Floriole Café and Bakery. 1220 W. Webster.
Get a coffee, get a piece of shortbread, get a loaf of bread, sit in the open store
front, love your life.

Deli Boutique (AKA No Name Sandwich Shop). 2318 N Clark St.
Bombay Chicken sandwich – heaven on a baguette.

Hema’s Kitchen. 2411 N. Clark St.
Indian – 1 location on Devon, 1 at Clark and Fullerton.  Indian friends like it.

Sushi Mon. 2441 N. Clark St.
Hidden gem – dirt cheap, delicious, don’t let the outside fool you.

Noble Tree Coffee. 2444 N. Clark St.
A cozy old house.

Sultan’s Market (also in Wicker Park). 2521 N Clark St.
The falafel sandwich might be my last meal on earth choice

Kyoto. 2534 N. Lincoln Ave.
Solid quality fish, below-average prices (at least it used to be, they’ve since been featured on Groupon and have kind of blown up).

Hai Yen. 2723 N. Clark St.
Vietnamese – great pho.

Red Hen (also in Wicker Park). 500 W Diversey.
Bread.

Bars

Local Option. 1102 W. Webster.
Great beer, great fries, no DePaul kids.

Galway Bay. 500 W. Diversey.
In a basement, cheap beer, great bartenders, NOT a typical LP bar.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Law

Trademark Trivia - Cereal Boxes and...Drug Bags?

We love having guest posts and contributing editors enhance our site and today is no different.  The abstract below is a preview of a great article written by a coworker of mine, who also has an eye for intellectual property law.  Please enjoy this abstract and check out the full text via the link below.

Thanks Tom!
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The Effects of "Blue Magic":  A Call to Punish Criminal Organizations That Benefit From the Use of Trademarks
By: Thomas J. Kelley

Where can you see tigers, bumble bees, rabbits, leprechauns, and professional athletes all at once?  The cereal aisle, of course.  These various animals, mythical characters, and celebrities grace the boxes of the cereal we all eat for breakfast.  For example, if you want your Frosted Flakes for breakfast, you look for a blue box with Tony the Tiger on it and pull it off the shelf.

Now, let’s make your decision a little more difficult.  You still want Frosted Flakes, but this time you walk into the cereal aisle and all the boxes look exactly the same: same size, same color, same weight, same everything (except the cereal in the box is still different).  How do you find the Frosted Flakes?  Sure, you could go around opening every box to check, and upon your glorious moment of finding your favorite cereal exclaim “They’re GR-R-REAT!”  Or, if you like to live on the edge, you could play “cereal roulette” by picking a random box off the shelf, and opening it up the next morning to reveal your surprise breakfast.  Either way, I’m sure we’d all like to see Tony on the box, making the decision easier.

The above scenario proves just how integral trademarks are to us when we make decisions as consumers.  If we like Frosted Flakes, we will seek out that product over and over.  This process benefits both you (the consumer) and Kellogg’s (the company that makes and sells Frosted Flakes).  You’ll always get a breakfast you’ll enjoy, and Kellogg’s will continue to get your money.  This is good for everyone, and is the reason companies like UPS, McDonalds, and Coca-Cola protect their trademarks with such ferocity.  (Trivia question: Where did UPS get the idea to paint its trucks brown?)

Putting a trademark on a cereal box is fairly innocuous.  But what happens when a trademark is on a bag with cocaine in it, and that bag is being sold by a criminal enterprise?  The simple answer is that the same thing happens: drug users will seek out a drug with their preferred trademark because they prefer it over other “brands.”  The criminal enterprise selling that brand will then get a steady stream of customers and income, based on that trademark.

Almost everything a drug dealer does to further his “business,” is illegal, while legitimate businesses are free to engage in the same activities.  For example, it is illegal for a drug dealer to even possess narcotics, while Kellogg’s is obviously free to possess its cereal.  The same goes for manufacturing, transporting, and selling activities.  However, the same is not true for marketing activities, like placing a trademark on the product’s packaging.  Drug dealers (and bootleggers during Prohibition) have been using this marketing technique for years.

In my comment, I discuss two examples of this activity, and suggest a couple of solutions to the problem.  Let’s hear your thoughts, B.A.F.F.L.E.D. readers.

Answer to trivia question:  UPS began painting its trucks Pullman Brown in 1917, after the Pullman Railroad cars.  Pullman painted its railroad cars brown to hide the dirt they would pick up in transit.  UPS founder James Casey took the advice of his business partner, Charlie Soderstrom, to paint their trucks the same brown color for the same reason.  Since 1998, that same distinguishing brown color has been a trademark registered to UPS (U.S. Trademark No. 2131693).
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For the full text of Tom's amazing article, click here!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Reasons Fashion Legislation May Still Need Some Threading~

Over the last 5 years, efforts have been made in Congress to offer further intellectual property protection to fashion designers.  Currently, their best form of protection is trademark.  Designers can use the "TM" on their logos and trade dresses for no charge and without federal registration--to show they are using the brand in commerce.  After establishing themselves, it is recommended they do federally register, authorizing them use of the (R).

We are all about protecting one's IP, and believe innovation, creativity, and product should receive credit where credit is due.  As fabulously put by Harper's Bazaar: "Fakes are NEVER in Fashion".  So, with recent legislation in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and American Apparel & Footwear Association testified for 3-year copyright protection for fashion designs.  Although narrowly tailored, we find a few reasons why this legislation may still need some work:

1. Copyright Is The "Lightest" Form Of IP Protection 
A piece of tangible work is technically granted copyright protection as soon as it is created.  In spite of the automatic protection, attorneys do suggest federal protection/registration for those precious pieces, especially if they will be used in commerce and widespread (i.e. books, music, etc).  Always protect your products!

2.  Trademark Is Better
Even though the "TM" can be used without federal registration, trademark use in general is a heightened form of protection for a brand or product.  It lets consumers know who created the brand, gives them an idea of its quality, and sets the brand a part from others.  Policing trademarks and increasing vigilance would be a greater advantage to fashion designers, similar to what is proposed in the PROTECT IP legislation.

3. Counterfeiting Should Be Policed
Counterfeit goods span from the fashion industry to the drug scene, and is not good on either front.  Heightening the vigilance of counterfeits, especially those crossing national borders would also prove beneficial to fashion designers-- primarily to prevent compromised brand integrity.  True, up and coming designers do not have the ability to protect themselves in the same way the big brands do, but with the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law, B.A.F.F.LE.D., Lawyers for the Creative Arts, and other outlets offering help for the rising designers, guidance is certainly available.  Protecting against counterfeits would prove to be a much better avenue, especially in our unique economic state, than a 3-year copyright in an ever changing market. 

4.  Fashion Changes Fast
Faster than we realize.  As just mentioned, counterfeit vigilance is where the real protection of the brand and image come in.  Copyright protection would cover a design, but not necessarily speak for the entire collection.  Further, fashion and fashion trends change like clockwork.  A 3-year copyright may not be as beneficial when a design can be "out of style" within months!  Designs are for a season, brands are for a lifetime!

5. Different Shoppers - Different Markets
Although companies like Forever 21 have been in valid disputes for trademark infringement and causing confusion in the market, similar designs at different price points and in different markets is not the problem it appears to be.  First, some stores, trends, and designers are regional --in the States and globally.  Therefore, the sharing of designs and inspiration from one to another is harmless when no one will lose out on designs similar to theirs, but not in the same market.  Second, many people shop at different price points for different items:  designer purses, discount t-shirts, moderately priced dresses and suits, etc.  Consumers like to feel they are in control and can buy what they want at whatever price they see fit, not the designer.  Third, there's room in the market for everyone.  With big designers serving globally, and new global designers joining the ranks all the time, there's room at the top...and in the middle as well as at the ground level.  In all, without harm to the brand through counterfeiting and clouding brand integrity, there's room for everyone.

For more on fashion law and legislation, stay tuned to B.A.F.F.LE.D. as well as these other Fashion Law Faves!







We're all watching :)





Friday, July 15, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Talent

Model Minority Music

We love highlighting amazing talent, and this group is no different.  Their unique style and story is taking listeners by storm, and we hope to see them continue to climb to the top!
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MODEL MINORITY is proud to present THE TIGER SONS Tape, following up on their previous release, THE MODEL MINORITY REPORT.



On THE TIGER SONS, emcees D-One, Grand Master Chu, and Inglish continue to speak about the lives of young, modern, Asian-Americans with their signature wordplay. Humorous, self-deprecating, and thoughtful, they address a range of subjects from growing up in Asian-American households (Battle Hymn of the Tiger Sons), online romance (Twitter Girl), historical struggles against racism (Vincent Chin.), and drop bilingual party tracks like Xian Kan Kan Wo (a Mandarin cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now”) and Ooh It’s Just Genetic, Girl.

The lead single from THE TIGER SONS, Invisible People (Where’d You Go?), and its accompanying music video, are dedicated to those people whose voices and stories have been lost or ignored. With a music video shot in San Francisco, directed by Angela Yu, the song sees the three rappers speaking out against injustice in the classroom, courtroom, and media.

THE TIGER SONS Tape is available for free download & streaming at http://grandmaster.bandcamp.com/album/the-tiger-sons
The INVISIBLE PEOPLE music video is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tqpEF9-_lw

Contact links:
D-One (@DavidBFung) - http://www.youtube.com/davidbfung
Grand Master Chu (@JasonGLChu) - http://www.facebook.com/grandmasterchu
Inglish (@AndrewJFung) - http://www.youtube.com/andrewjfung

Thursday, July 14, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Loves Chicago

Summertime Chi:  Heading North

This week we are highlighting Chicago faves just north of Downtown.  We'll be heading even further north next week.  The list is by no means exhaustive, but does make note of some "must frequents".

Thanks again to Anne Szkatulski, Emily DeYoe, and Cathy Yu--fellow legislative attorneys and Chicago-enthusiasts for contributing.

Let us know if you have more!

RIVER NORTH



Restaurants



Cyrano’s Bistrot. 546 N Wells St (between Grand Ave & Ohio St).

Super frenchy bistrot! My dad, who wishes he was French, used to dine here about once a week. Lots of personality and good for long weekday lunches. Also fun to go for a glass of wine after work.



Yolk. 747 N Wells.

Where I go when I want an overwhelmingly large menu and huge portions (everything comes with a side of full-size pancakes). *Also a Michigan Ave. location just north of Roosevelt Rd.



Kiki’s Bistro. 900 N Franklin St.
Classic French Bistro – I think my favorite in the city.

OLD TOWN

Restaurants

Bistrot Margot. 1437 N. Wells.
Go for brunch only.  Excellent eggs Florentine and mimosas.

Thai Aroma. 417 W. North Ave.
Better than average thai, terribly decorated – carry out if possible.

Shiso. 449 W. North Ave.
Good quality fish, byob, decent prices

Bars

Old Town Ale House. 219 W. North Ave.
Super divey, nude photos/pictures all over the place, cash only, tons of dirty old men – basically the best place in the universe.


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