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  • Trial Notebook

    This is the first of a two-part column. The second part will be published on Tuesday.

    Creating a split in the Illinois Appellate Court, the 1st District — with Justice Aurelia Pucinski dissenting — disagreed with a 2015 opinion from the 2nd District on whether the “leveling the playing field” provisions of the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act authorize a trial judge to order an attorney to disgorge earned fees in order to even things out in a divorce case where neither spouse can afford to pay all of their lawyer bills.
  • Cotter’s Corner

    On July 20, 1990, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. resigned from the court after serving nearly 34 years (including three months with a recess appointment by President Dwight Eisenhower and two months while his nomination was confirmed).
  • Lawyers' Forum

    Thirty-seven years ago, the Illinois Supreme Court held in Hewitt v. Hewitt, 77 Ill. 2d 49 (1979), that unmarried cohabitants cannot bring claims against each other to enforce mutual property rights because allowing such recovery would violate Illinois’ statutory prohibition against common law marriage.
  • Legal History

    See if you know what happened on this day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
  • The Buzz

    Early this month, the IRS released proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code. If adopted, the proposed regulations will have far-reaching implications in the estate planning world.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    This column discusses the recent Illinois Supreme Court opinion of Blumenthal v. Brewer, which re-examined 37-year-old precedent.
    Sporting Judgment
  • Ryan Lochte’s apology was about as real as his story. — Free read
  • Adilson da Silva of Brazil hit the first shot that put golf back in the Olympics for the first time in more than a century. Inbee Park hit the final putt that capped off two weeks that could not have gone much better for a sport trying to make a good impression. — Free read
  • The Power of Lifting

    Almost 20 years ago, when I returned to lifting and fitness after 10 years of doing nothing, I returned to World Gym. I had no goals or program in mind, except to lift.
  • Non-Billable Hours
  • LOS ANGELES — Hans Zimmer has received more than just a win in a copyright infringement case — he also received an apology from a fellow composer who now says he mistakenly sued the Oscar-winner over the music to “12 Years a Slave.” — Free read
  • Loyal owners of Volkswagen diesel cars understandably felt betrayed when they learned the German automaker had rigged the testing process to bypass U.S. emissions standards. But many are having a change of heart after learning how much VW will pay them to turn in their cars. — Free read
  • Non-Billable Hours

    With summer winding down, sample some rustic and fruity blends with this quick salad fix.
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