Kathleen Zellner was chosen as Chicago Lawyer Magazine's Person of the Year in 2014. In 2005, Avery was arrested for the murder of Wisconsin photographer Teresa Halbach. He was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. He has exhausted his appeals at the state level. In January 2016, a new team of defense attorneys was announced, with Kathleen Zellner taking on his case.