• The Illinois bar exam is getting harder — but not as hard as previously announced. Now, the cut score will rise only two points this year and another two points for July 2017, bringing the score to 268. — Free read
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  • Trial Notebook

    Exasperated because Country Mutual Insurance Co. failed to comply with orders that allegedly required it to immediately pay the attorney fees and costs incurred by two companies in tort and coverage cases concerning a large hog production facility, a Schuyler County judge ruled that Country Mutual was guilty of indirect civil contempt.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    It is an all too common occurrence when an employer’s failure to properly document the decision-making process when terminating an employee ultimately prevents it from obtaining summary judgment.
  • Sole Speak

    Recent statistics suggest roughly half of all Illinois attorneys are self-employed. Although national, state and local bar groups maintain sections that support sole practitioners, there is no bar association devoted exclusively to promoting the interests of this ever-increasing segment.
  • Woodwise Ethics

    Lawyers who only read the “zealous” part of the rules, or who believe aggressive tactics are just part of effective advocacy, run the risk of going too far and damaging their reputations and their credibility in the process. 
  • This Day in Legal History

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

    The best way to make a splash is to get involved in the community. Learn about and get involved in the local chamber of commerce as well as community organizations.
  • Jeff's Sidebar

    In November, I will have been practicing law for four decades. I have had some very interesting experiences. I decided to write them down while I still remembered most of the details. And as I did, I thought these vignettes would make for fun reading and that a perfect forum would be a column in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
    Sporting Judgment
  • Time-out

    The Chicago Bears are, in fact, continuing their “marriage” with Jay Cutler as the team’s starting quarterback for the 2015 NFL season. And in this case, it doesn’t look like the pair is staying together for the kids (or the fans).
  • Lawmakers in the Oregon House voted unanimously late last week to outlaw the use of drones for hunting or fishing in the state.
  • LOS ANGELES — Former NFL star Darren Sharper removed all doubt Monday that he drugged and raped women, taking the first of several legal steps to own up to sex assaults in four states that will send him to federal prison for about nine years.
  • Non-Billable Hours
  • The Final Draught

    Last year, I wrote about the phenomenon of hyped beers, and Dark Lord, a Russian imperial stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co. in nearby Munster, Ind., may be the granddaddy of them all.
  • Out of the Office

    While Silver Cloud and Cafe Creme remain empty, their signs still on the buildings, the Bucktown space formerly occupied by The Bluebird was quickly transformed into the sophisticated cocktail bar and restaurant Presidio.
  • Recipes

    Amy Aebersold is cooking up an Easter dinner staple with this easy recipe.
  • Balancing Life and the Law

    I am by no means a movie critic. As my wife aptly points out, my skill sets are limited. But one I saw recently struck a chord with me and brought me back to my childhood, some 40 years ago.
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