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Prior guilty plea no bar to rights suit
A man who alleges police trampled on the Fourth Amendment when they ordered him back into the car he had just exited has been given another chance to pursue his civil rights lawsuit.
Hellenic bar hosts fall kickoff
CRFC hosts awards benefit
Nordic Club hosts Probate Night
Chicago-Kent students, alumni square off
Puerto Rican bar holds fundraiser
Government interaction practice group taking shape at Greensfelder
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale P.C.’s management wanted to provide more comprehensive legal representation to clients who deal with government agencies. That desire has led to the creation of a government interaction practice group.
Helping students succeed with support from a posse
Patricia Brown Holmes could have used a posse. In the fall of 1979, Holmes arrived at the University of Illinois. After finishing No. 1 in her class at Corliss High School in the South Side neighborhood of Pullman, she chose U. of I. for its industrial engineering program.
Establishing rapport, 140 characters at a time
The best corporate legal advice is often described as concise and understandable. By that logic, would the best lawyers be the best tweeters? W. Andrew Douglass hopes so. His nearly 750 Twitter followers are tuned into tweets he calls “sound bites” about developments in the law around employee benefits compliance.
— Today's free read
LCA takes arts support to the house
Jennifer M. Mikulina of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP spotlights the Lawyers for the Creative Arts’ annual benefit and South by Southwest raffle.
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
Special court justice: ‘Progress really is being made’
International criminal courts are sometimes criticized for taking too long to bring perpetrators to justice and failing to prevent future crimes. If that reasoning were applied locally, should Illinois stop prosecuting crimes for robbery, rape and murder? It’s a question Shireen Avis Fisher posed to highlight the absurdity of giving up on the concept.
In the News
Edwards, Wildman, Palmer LLP added Rebecca L. Dircks as an associate in its litigation department.
Downstate court provides addicts new opportunity
Mortgage firm’s practices bring agency charges
Seed company receives new chance in corn suit
Scandal reaches high court bench in Pennsylvania
Torts — jury awards, allowing a trial court’s finding
Jury instruction — consideration of self-defense claim
Contracts — Uniform Commercial Code, clauses
Employment law — arbitration clause, jurisdiction
Healdsburg has become the first city in California to ban the sale of tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported the city council voted 4-1 this week to pass the ordinance. The council’s action happened at the urging of doctors and the American Lung Association. The new rule raises the age from 18 to 21 for a person to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products. It also includes electronic cigarettes. Casting the dissenting vote was Councilman Gary Plass, who argued the city is opening itself up to lawsuits from the tobacco industry and retailers.
—From The Associated Press
AP Breaking News
Pre-emption defense only goes so far
Midwest Trading Group hired GlobalTranz Enterprises to transport two shipments of Android tablets worth $610,000. When thieves stole the merchandise, Midwest sued GlobalTranz.
An office in need of a morale pick-me-up
There are many things that you can do to make your work place a better environment. The idea is to foster a positive culture that will remain intact during the firm’s natural ups and downs and keeping attorney-staff morale at an even keel.
Life in the Workplace
Speedy response undermines suit claiming hostile work environment
Under federal law, the standard governing employer liability for a hostile work environment depends on whether the alleged harasser is a supervisor of the complaining employee or someone else, such as a co-worker, customer or other third party.
Plan for the future of your practice
If you become ill, who will handle your cases? What would happen to your practice if you became disabled? How long do you intend to practice law? Who will be your successor?
Overcoming obstacles to early negotiations in a case
Most lawyers agree that negotiating a dispute at the earliest appropriate time is generally in a client’s best interest. According to John Lande, of 32 respected Midwest lawyers surveyed, most supported this idea.
This Day in Legal History
See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
Through Glazed Eyes
Professor’s menacing behavior leads to his firing, courtroom loss
John Kao, a Princeton-educated mathematics Ph.D., took workplace diversity seriously. He was the type who not only raised the issue of a lack of diversity with his employer, the University of San Francisco, he submitted a written complaint alleging racial discrimination and harassment.
Beyond the Playing Field
Should municipalities play at regulating college sports?
In September, the Boston City Council approved a groundbreaking, and potentially controversial, ordinance directly aimed at student-athlete welfare in NCAA athletics.
Off the starting line: Tips for beginner runners
When starting out, think walk/runs. It will improve your fitness by extending your workout time. You will build muscle strength and cardiovascular capacity.
Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison
PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows today to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
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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