• The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to review a custody battle between a woman who adopted her daughter from Slovakia and her ex-fiance who acted as the child’s father figure until the couple’s estrangement.  — Today's free read
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    Jane Brais wore shoes with 2-inch heels while walking from a meeting in a Kankakee County administrative building to the courthouse, where she worked as a child-support coordinator, when she tripped and injured her wrist.
  • Opening Statement

    I once thought that the word “qualms” meant a reluctance or misgiving about something. But when I saw that Bruce Norris’ new play (at Steppenwolf Theatre through Aug. 31) was titled “The Qualms,” I decided again to check out the definition.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    “What do you think of the 7th Circuit decision in the Klinger case?” I asked the question to my old friend Sherlock Holmes as we shared a pot of tea.
  • The Procedural Thicket

    I tell law students that effective lawyers remember what they learned in fifth grade. There, you learn all of the many rules governing the English language and grammar. Recalling and applying these rules in briefs and in arguments improves clarity and enhances effectiveness.
  • Woodwise Ethics

    When we read about lawyers being sanctioned, we never think that we would do the things they did.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a bankruptcy judge could make proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law in matters where the bankruptcy judge lacked constitutional authority to enter a final order adjudicating the underlying dispute.
  • This Day in Legal History

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  • Juris Endurance

    Make sure to refuel after your run. Hydration is important. You need to eat, too. I recommend a ratio of 4-to-1 of carbs and protein within two hours of exercise.
  • MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer without pay for three games this season and plan to donate $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups in response to former punter Chris Kluwe’s allegations of anti-gay slurs and taunts made by Priefer.
  • DALLAS — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now.
  • Non-Billable Hours
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  • On the Job

    Remember learning how to drive? You were likely instructed to look past the car’s hood, down the road, seeing the forest view. Nailing a job interview and getting an offer is similar to this simple driving lesson.
  • So let’s start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity. Imagine what it would be like if we could access all of it?
  • LOS ANGELES — Even though Rupert Murdoch’s $76 billion bid for rival media giant Time Warner Inc. has been rejected, that doesn’t mean how you watch TV shows and movies will stop changing any time soon.
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