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Court: Juvenile transfer rules need new look
Note to Illinois lawmakers: Consider giving judges more power to decide when a child should be tried as an adult. That’s the message the state’s top court sent in a written opinion Friday.
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Nordic Club hosts Probate Night
Chicago-Kent students, alumni square off
Puerto Rican bar holds fundraiser
LCBA hands out pro bono awards
BWLA kicks off bar group year
Widow’s suit over plane crash allowed to proceed
A state appeals panel has cleared the way for the widow of a man killed in a 2006 plane crash in the northwest suburbs to sue the estates and businesses run by the plane’s owners.
Judge rules no coercion found in counsel’s letter
Lawyers defending a motel chain accused of eavesdropping on telephone calls were within their rights to contact motel employees about the allegations, a federal judge has ruled.
Remembering a fallen officer
On a Sunday night in October 1891, Chicago police officer George Schlinger was killed by an assailant during an arrest at Randolph and Peoria streets. Today, 123 years later, Schlinger’s name and badge are on display along a busy stretch of Michigan Avenue.
Judge’s fact-finding leads 7th Circuit to overturn ruling in ADA lawsuit
A judge overstepped his bounds when he determined that a woman has no case under the Americans with Disabilities Act against her former employer, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Fee arrangements structured to fit client’s needs
Stephanie A. Genuardi was seeking an innovative solution as she faced a career crossroads last year. Soon, she realized the answer was at the tip of her keyboard in this day and age of easy remote access.
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Ironman veteran meets her toughest challenge
As Amanda J. Wendorff pumped stroke after determined stroke, fighting through the 624 jostling women swimming beside her in the Pacific Ocean just off the island of Hawaii, tropical fish and coral shimmered beneath the surface.
In the News
Jenner & Block LLP partner Craig C. Martin will be honored by the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago at an awards dinner Thursday.
Downstate court provides addicts new opportunity
Minority program makes earning J.D. a possibility
Denied a delay, lawyer brings baby to court
Immigration advocates urge judge to block ID theft laws
Fourth Amendment — vague, unspecific warrant
Administrative law — ambiguous provision
Civil procedure — timely filing, certificate of service
Administrative law — workers’ comp commission
Wisconsin taxpayers have paid nearly $900,000 in legal fees related to the John Doe investigation of coordinated campaign efforts between the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker and his supporters, according to a (Madison) Capital Times report. The John Doe probe is investigating coordinated campaign activity between the governor’s campaign and outside groups. Prosecutors say the coordination was illegal, but Walker and the conservative groups say it wasn’t, and they have portrayed the investigation as politically motivated.
—From The Associated Press
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Leaky claim sinks suit on leaky drum
Pre-emption based on the federal Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and the Hazardous Materials Regulations knocked out Steven Noffsinger’s state law claims against Valspar Corp.
How lawyers can help businesses of disadvantaged entrepreneurs
There are major corporations and government agencies that seek business from companies owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
Panel weighs in on motor carrier insurance issue
Last month, we discussed the distinction between the tests applied under Wisconsin and Illinois law to determine whether independent contractors hired by motor carriers are engaged “in the business of” the carrier for the purposes of determining whose insurer is on the hook for damages resulting from accidents involving the contractors.
Hungarian Holocaust survivors seeking justice through courts
Just three days before Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, Holocaust survivor Magda Brown slipped quietly and without fanfare into the spectator’s benches of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals courtroom on the Dirksen Federal Courthouse’s 27th floor.
This Day in Legal History
See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
‘Sweeney Todd’ makes the cut on stage
I have always been a great fan of composer Stephen Sondheim. But I must confess that his “Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” currently being performed through Nov. 9 by the Porchlight Musical Theatre Company has never been among my favorites.
Scrutiny of EU data-privacy safe harbor could pose problems for U.S.
The introduction of the European Union’s Data Privacy Directive in 1995 presented a host of challenges for U.S. companies doing business in Europe.
Sports Marketing Playbook
Here’s the skinny on Levi’s new high-tech stadium
Slated to host Super Bowl 50 in February 2016, Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, has been called the “future of the NFL” — a $9 billion league that has plans to grow even bigger over the next decade. But is this high-tech, lavish and meticulously designed stadium all that the owners are touting it as — a cutting-edge experience for fans?
Prosecutor: Pistorius offered cash
PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius offered $34,000 to the family of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after he killed her, but the family rejected the funds because they did not want “blood money,” a prosecutor said at the sentencing hearing today for the double-amputee athlete.
NFL compromises on new doping, substances policy
On Sept. 17, the National Football League and the NFL Players Association reached an agreement on the terms of its new doping and substance abuse policy. The new policy culminated a lengthy negotiations period which featured many key contentions from both players and league executives.
Pilot funding returns arts to California prisons
NORCO, Calif. — Christopher Bisbano leaps onto the stage and his body transforms. He cries out for his true love, then contorts his face into a droopy pout as the audience bellows with laughter. Bisbano, 47, is one of the most talented actors on this stage, with years of experience — but he is also a convicted felon.
On the Job
Leveraging legal experience in the business world
After practicing for a while, many attorneys discover they surprisingly enjoy the business side of an industry more than traditional practice. To compete for jobs that also comprise business management skills, how should seasoned attorneys market themselves when they don’t have a business pedigree or practical business experience?
Smoque BBQ serves up authentic eats
On the Northwest Side, there is a small, unassuming barbecue restaurant called “Smoque BBQ” which boasts what many Chicagoans refer to as the best barbecue in the city.
The struggle to reveal personal truth in writing
According to Dave one morning (that would be 11th Circuit Associate Judge David Wayne Butler to you), it was time to get up from judges’ coffee and go to work.
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