• For those coming to grips with the scale of the student debt problem in America, there’s an eerie parallel — the subprime mortgages that sparked the Great Recession.
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  • Trial Notebook

    In a negligent hugging case, Penny Parks tried to hold the far north suburban Crystal Lake Jaycees vicariously liable for the carelessness of Dennis Brinkman, who was working as a Jaycee volunteer in an Oktoberfest beer tent when he allegedly gave Parks a hug, lifted her onto his shoulder, toppled over and fell on top of her.
  • The Procedural Thicket

    I tell law students that effective lawyers remember what they learned in fifth grade. There, you learn all of the many rules governing the English language and grammar. Recalling and applying these rules in briefs and in arguments improves clarity and enhances effectiveness.
  • Woodwise Ethics

    When we read about lawyers being sanctioned, we never think that we would do the things they did.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a bankruptcy judge could make proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law in matters where the bankruptcy judge lacked constitutional authority to enter a final order adjudicating the underlying dispute.
  • This Day in Legal History

    See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
  • Ask Snap-D

    Rainmakers have large networks. You need to work your network — don’t let them collect dust in your desk drawer.
  • Life in the Workplace

    The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a ruling that evidence presented at trial by a plaintiff who was not hired for an in-house electrician job was insufficient to prove racial discrimination.
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    Make sure to refuel after your run. Hydration is important. You need to eat, too. I recommend a ratio of 4-to-1 of carbs and protein within two hours of exercise.
  • MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer without pay for three games this season and plan to donate $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups in response to former punter Chris Kluwe’s allegations of anti-gay slurs and taunts made by Priefer.
  • DALLAS — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now.
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  • LOS ANGELES — Even though Rupert Murdoch’s $76 billion bid for rival media giant Time Warner Inc. has been rejected, that doesn’t mean how you watch TV shows and movies will stop changing any time soon.
  • When Zach Braff took to Kickstarter to fund his new movie, “Wish I Was Here,” he explained to fans where their money would go: It would ensure his creative control, allow him to cast the actors he wanted and enable him to shoot in Los Angeles, rather than someplace cheaper.
  • Prepared pizza dough makes this recipe from Amy Aebersold a snap to prepare.
  • Literary Argument

    The fine art of forgetting children comes in various iterations, all of them essentially sad, too many of them infuriating.
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