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Ex-doctors fail to sway justices on license law
SPRINGFIELD — Rejecting a laundry list of challenges brought by multiple doctors, the Illinois Supreme Court today upheld a law that permanently revokes the medical licenses of health-care workers convicted of certain crimes.
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Chicago-Kent students, alumni square off
Puerto Rican bar holds fundraiser
LCBA hands out pro bono awards
BWLA kicks off bar group year
Missed him by that much
Remembering a fallen officer
On a Sunday night in October 1891, Chicago police officer George Schlinger was killed by an assailant during an arrest at Randolph and Peoria streets. Today, 123 years later, Schlinger’s name and badge are on display along a busy stretch of Michigan Avenue.
Judge’s fact-finding leads 7th Circuit to overturn ruling in ADA lawsuit
A judge overstepped his bounds when he determined that a woman has no case under the Americans with Disabilities Act against her former employer, a federal appeals court has ruled.
For pro se litigants, more help is on the way
The stream of confused people starts bright and early. They are sent by CookCountyCourt.org and IllinoisLegalAid.org, and by judges, lawyers, security guards, janitors, Starbucks employees — anyone who works in the courthouse.
Bar groups split on two retention candidates
Two Cook County circuit judges have received negative retention ratings from several bar groups. But other members of the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening, along with the Suburban Bar Coalition, believe Circuit Judges Ann O’Donnell and Laura Marie Sullivan should be supported by voters.
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.
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Walgreens legal team readies for acquisition
Walgreen Co. has reshuffled its legal department leadership as it moves forward with the purchase and integration of Alliance Boots GmbH, which runs pharmacies and beauty stores in Europe.
In the News
Ropes & Gray LLP advised Immucor, a leading transfusion and transplantation diagnostics company, in its acquisition of Sentilus Inc.
Obama waits for election to name attorney general
Denied a delay, lawyer brings baby to court
Immigration advocates urge judge to block ID theft laws
Justices consider appeals court’s second guessing in patent cases
Administrative law — workers’ comp commission
Admitted evidence — hearsay, medical exception rule
Evidence — prior admission to a crime, hearsay
Civil procedure — consent decree, willing waivers
That’s how much the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles was discovered to have overcharged 180,000 residents. Lawyers for the embattled BMV are now fighting back in an ongoing legal battle involving the state agency errors. Lawyers for the state argued this week that they are trying to correct problems in the agency, but are being stifled by opposing lawyer Irwin Levin. The current lawsuit continues one year after a similar suit — involving overcharges for driver’s licenses — was settled by the state. Levin said Thursday the state is attempting to steer attention away from deep problems within the agency.
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Reasonable doubt query requires care
Exasperated by judges’ repeated attempts to define “reasonable doubt” for jurors, a 1958 Illinois Supreme Court case declared the following ...
‘Sweeney Todd’ makes the cut on stage
I have always been a great fan of composer Stephen Sondheim. But I must confess that his “Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” currently being performed through Nov. 9 by the Porchlight Musical Theatre Company has never been among my favorites.
Scrutiny of EU data-privacy safe harbor could pose problems for U.S.
The introduction of the European Union’s Data Privacy Directive in 1995 presented a host of challenges for U.S. companies doing business in Europe.
Is a city liable for plowing snow onto sidewalk?
It snowed, so the city of Park Ridge went and plowed the streets. In at least one spot, it plowed the snow out of the street and onto the sidewalk.
Bill of Rights and judiciary helped create nation’s foundation
The end of September 225 years ago was a very busy time for the first session of the first Congress of the United States.
This Day in Legal History
See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
How do we grow our next rainmakers?
From the very beginning of their employment with your firm, explain to them that doing good work and billing lots of hours is only the foundation. If they want to be successful and have a thriving career, they will need to learn about client retention and development now.
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Here’s the skinny on Levi’s new high-tech stadium
Slated to host Super Bowl 50 in February 2016, Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, has been called the “future of the NFL” — a $9 billion league that has plans to grow even bigger over the next decade. But is this high-tech, lavish and meticulously designed stadium all that the owners are touting it as — a cutting-edge experience for fans?
Prosecutor: Pistorius offered cash
PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius offered $34,000 to the family of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after he killed her, but the family rejected the funds because they did not want “blood money,” a prosecutor said at the sentencing hearing today for the double-amputee athlete.
NFL compromises on new doping, substances policy
On Sept. 17, the National Football League and the NFL Players Association reached an agreement on the terms of its new doping and substance abuse policy. The new policy culminated a lengthy negotiations period which featured many key contentions from both players and league executives.
Pilot funding returns arts to California prisons
NORCO, Calif. — Christopher Bisbano leaps onto the stage and his body transforms. He cries out for his true love, then contorts his face into a droopy pout as the audience bellows with laughter. Bisbano, 47, is one of the most talented actors on this stage, with years of experience — but he is also a convicted felon.
On the Job
Leveraging legal experience in the business world
After practicing for a while, many attorneys discover they surprisingly enjoy the business side of an industry more than traditional practice. To compete for jobs that also comprise business management skills, how should seasoned attorneys market themselves when they don’t have a business pedigree or practical business experience?
Smoque BBQ serves up authentic eats
On the Northwest Side, there is a small, unassuming barbecue restaurant called “Smoque BBQ” which boasts what many Chicagoans refer to as the best barbecue in the city.
The struggle to reveal personal truth in writing
According to Dave one morning (that would be 11th Circuit Associate Judge David Wayne Butler to you), it was time to get up from judges’ coffee and go to work.
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