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12-day defensive hot streak for Swanson, Martin & Bell
A law firm landed four favorable defense verdicts in an 12-day span, protecting two local hospitals and two physicians in different medical-malpractice cases in Cook and McHenry counties.
Hellenic Bar Association ball
JMLS assembles 1970 delegates
Jewish judges host annual dinner
Barristers Big Band shows their best
Corboy & Demetrio honors officer
Annual Symposium with the Judges
Record verdict awarded over big toe amputation
A Cook County jury has awarded a $935,600 verdict to a woman who lost one of her big toes after surgery.
7th Circuit lays out map for proving bias claims
Anti-discrimination laws do not prohibit an employer from demanding that a manager take responsibility for everything that occurs at the facilities he supervises, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Cooking with Chef Jeff
Turning toward his cart, Jeffrey S. McDonald grabs a putty scraper in one hand and drywall knife in the other. The lawyer’s blue eyes light up as he shows off the tools to a crowd. He isn’t presenting evidence in a courtroom, and it’s not a seminar on home improvement.
— Today's free read
Parolee-housing challenge falls short with high court
Illinois’ top court has rejected a challenge to the state’s policy of continued incarceration for parolees who can’t find or afford suitable housing.
What does it take to last 30 years as a successful law firm?
There are many ways for a lawyer to land clients. But when today's client was yesterday's opponent that says something about the respect a firm has within the greater legal community.
Novack and Macey, LLP
Appeals lawyer set for Round 2 in pension fight
You would be hard-pressed to find someone who takes more pride in being an appellate lawyer than Aaron B. Maduff. The 44-year-old partner at Maduff & Maduff LLC said he relishes the role, joking that the “real glory” happens on appeal even though trial lawyers oftentimes get the spotlight.
— Today's free read
In the News
Ice, Miller LLP added Kevin J. O’Shea as a partner in the intellectual property group.
One answer, more questions in Ferguson
What’s next? FBI, DOJ investigation remains; civil suit a possibility
Bay of Pigs vet, others in court for Cuba assets
Once popular attorney general finds herself before grand jury
College judicial boards’ legality cloudy at times
Fee arrangements structured to fit client’s needs
Stephanie A. Genuardi was seeking an innovative solution as she faced a career crossroads last year. Soon, she realized the answer was at the tip of her keyboard in this day and age of easy remote access.
Inside Out Legal, LLC
Labor law — retaliatory discharge, third parties
Torts — slip-and-fall, providing supporting evidence
Labor law — unemployment, procedural missteps
Section 1983 — predicated constitutional violation
The city of Fort Wayne, Ind., will pay $15,000 to the estate of a man who was fatally shot by a police officer nearly four years ago. The federal lawsuit filed by the mother of Yahree Cavin’s son claimed an officer shot him in the back while another officer was using a stun gun on him in late December 2010. Police said officers were called after the 23-year-old Cavin approached two men with what turned out to be a replica gun. An attorney for the city told The Journal Gazette the city will make no admission of fault in the settlement. The Allen County prosecutor determined in 2011 that the shooting was justified.
—From The Associated Press
AP Breaking News
Open danger concept gets court clarity
Walking to an eye clinic on a city sidewalk in downstate Centralia, a few days before her 80th birthday, Virginia Bruns — who reportedly admitted she was looking “towards the door and the steps” of the facility — allegedly tripped and fell because of a long-standing defect: A slab of concrete pushed up by a tree root.
Faulty work not an ‘occurrence’ under commercial liability policy
Today’s 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals case answers two questions which frequently arise under a commercial general liability policy: Is faulty workmanship resulting in suit an “occurrence”? And, when does the “products-completed operations” exclusion bar coverage?
Employment releases and disability
Employees who are unable to continue working due to medical issues often accept severance payments in exchange for releasing their employers from liability. However, by doing so, acceptance of a severance payment in exchange for a release may preclude a subsequent claim seeking disability benefits.
When it comes to removal, is the threshold shifting in Illinois?
While married parents are free to move wherever they want with their children, the same freedom is not available to divorced custodial parents.
A case for voter photo identification
In recent court challenges arising from North Carolina and Ohio, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively enjoined implementation of voter ID for coming too close to impending elections.
Updates to power of attorney for health-care issues in effect Jan. 1
Effective Jan. 1, the updated Illinois Power of Attorney Act brings about new changes in the execution and application of the power of attorney for health care.
This Day In Legal History
See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
Peterson’s appeal set for Dec. 2, but without Goodell
MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson’s hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held on Dec. 2. And it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The Power of Lifting
What to do when your body gives a stop signal
As we get older, we notice minor aches and pains. It’s all a part of aging.
Nike nixes ‘No. 3’ shoe after Iverson protest
PHILADELPHIA — Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA superstar questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he’s endorsed by rival Reebok.
On the Job
Eyeing a career move? Failure is an option
With Thanksgiving approaching, this is a great time to step back and reflect. It’s also a good time to address a question many attorneys regularly ask me: Whether it’s possible (and how) to transition their practices from one area to another.
Mix up a batch of chocolate banana oatmeal
Get into the "refrigerator oatmeal" trend with this recipe from Amy Aebersold.
46.3 million to hit the road for holiday
NEW YORK — The good news for Thanksgiving travelers? The price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news? A lot more people will be on the road.
The mistakes that define the legal profession
In my last column, purportedly about non-fiction literature and the law, I wrote of mistakes as related in memoir, such as Daniel Menaker’s “My Mistake.” I also wrote briefly of one of my own mistakes. With the thought of memoir, mistakes, non-fiction and law in mind, let’s take a slight turn.
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