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  • Trial Notebook

    Perry Powell’s mother, Leona Smith, was appointed guardian of his person (but not his estate) after a judge ruled Powell was disabled because of severe mental disabilities.
  • Ask Snap-D

    Typically, the firm retreat is not just rest — it’s an opportunity for partners to come together and talk about the current state of the firm as well as its strategic direction.
  • Woodwise Ethics

    Most attorneys can master the art of reading juries, assessing the credibility of witnesses and anticipating opposing arguments to their position, but sometimes they fail to use these considerable powers of discernment when it comes to evaluating prospective clients.
  • Forensic Consult

    The Illinois Appellate Court recently eliminated all doubt about whether the common-design rule has a “shared-intent” requirement: It does not.
  • The Procedural Thicket

    I can recall many times reading an appellate decision where the panel complimented the intellect of the trial judge below. I always thought that was a nice thing to do. And I always thought the trial judge must have loved that.

  • This Day in Legal History

    See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
  • Better Practice

    In almost all respects, Illinois law disfavors offering the jury any external commentary on the credibility of witnesses.
    Sporting Judgment
  • Beyond the Playing Field

    On Aug. 8, in a decision that will undoubtedly have wide-ranging implications in the realm of collegiate athletics, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled that the NCAA’s restraint on student-athletes’ ability to be paid for the use if their name, image and likeness violated antitrust law.
  • Juris Endurance

    If you are on the go, consider dishes with canned fish. Canned crab meat is a good way to get protein and the mineral zinc.
  • Marijuana is casting an ever-thickening haze across NFL locker rooms, and it’s not simply because more players are using it.
  • Non-Billable Hours
  • Kelly‚Äôs Critique

    I visited Lao Sze Chuan in Uptown on a Wednesday evening in August. LSC is a highly rated Chinese chain with celebrity endorsements lining the wall, such as Rahm Emanuel, among others.
  • This great green sauce recipe from Amy Aebersold can stay in the fridge for up to two weeks and works for grilled meats, veggies and potatoes.
  • NEW YORK — It was almost 20 years ago, and actor Jeff Bridges was searching for a movie project that would be a family affair — one in which he could direct his father, Lloyd, and that his children, then around middle-school age, would want to see.
  • In Camera Review

    The holiday season seems to creep up earlier and earlier every year. Sure enough, it’s not even Labor Day and there’s already a movie with “Christmas” in its title now playing in theaters and video on demand.
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