Bret Rappaport was an assistant Illinois attorney general from 1986-89, trying cases before all five Illinois appellate courts, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois Supreme Court, resulting in more than 100 published opinions, including Diamond v. Charles, 476 U.S. 54 (1986) and Bank of America v. 203 N. LaSalle, 526 U.S. 434 (1999). In 1992, he was the recipient of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Lawyer of the Year award. Rappaport is also an adjunct legal writing professor of judicial and scholarly writing at DePaul University College of Law. He is currently a partner at Hardt, Stern & Kayne in Riverwoods, IL. He is the director of Wild Ones (National Wildflower Conservation Organization) in Milwaukee and is a nationally recognized expert on wildflower natural landscaping.