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    The first of two questions of law that were certified for immediate appeal to the Illinois Appellate Court in a case against a school bus company, First Student Inc., for the alleged misconduct of a driver accused of sexually abusing a student was whether the corporation owed a heightened duty of care to the child.
  • Letter to the Editor

    When the tragedy is greater, the grief is deeper. And so it is with the death of our beloved colleague Justice Laura Liu. As with the recent passing of Judge Jean Prendergast Rooney, the local legal community has lost another legend-in-the-making.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    (T)he void sentence rule was founded on the theory that an order that does not conform to [a] statute is entirely void, i.e., “from its inception a complete nullity and without legal effect.” The idea that a long-settled sentence may become not just erroneous, but entirely void, creates intolerable paradoxes in the law. — Kristopher Classen & Jack O’Malley, “Filling the Void: The Case for Repudiating and Replacing Illinois’ Void Sentence Rule,” 42 LOY. U. CHI. L.J. 427, 440 (2011) (internal citations omitted).
  • Insurance Matters

    The 3rd District Appellate Court recently held that an additional insured under a liability policy could not establish its right to coverage by relying on allegations contained in its third-party complaint against the named insured.
  • Cotter’s Corner

    In my recent Cotter’s Corner column about Merrick B. Garland, nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, I mentioned that Garland clerked for Judge Henry J. Friendly, who sat on the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Friendly was a well-respected jurist whose opinions, especially in the area of securities law, continue to be cited. This column discusses Friendly and his career and legacy.
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  • When Dave Dickerson’s five-season run at Tulane came to an end in 2010, he joined Thad Matta’s staff at Ohio State to work with one of the most respected coaches in the game, help the Buckeyes win and apply what he learned in his first head coaching job to be more successful the second time around.
  • Lex Sportiva

    During a November 2015 game between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, 49ers’ running back Reggie Bush was pushed out of bounds in the direction of the stands.
  • The Power of Lifting

    Powerlifting and strength training requires overall core strength. Working the trunk is required.
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  • Balancing Life and the Law

    Our family was fortunate enough to travel to Hawaii for spring break last month. As the locals would say, we were able to “island hop” while there, and we climbed Diamond Head — a volcano on the island of Oahu. It was not my idea.
  • Ernest Hemingway left Cuba shortly after Fidel Castro’s revolution, as relations with the United States began to fall into a deep freeze. Over five decades later, the author of “The Old Man and the Sea” returns to the island thanks to the magic of the silver screen.
  • MIAMI — Cuba has loosened a policy banning Cuban-born people from arriving by sea, allowing Carnival Corp. to go forward with the first U.S. cruise to the island in a half-century, the Cuban government and the Miami-based cruise line announced today.
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