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  • Trial Notebook

    Sentenced to 36 years in prison after he was convicted of sexually assaulting an employee of the treatment facility where he lived as a 15-year-old ward of the state, Ronald Patterson challenged the constitutionality of the statute that automatically transferred his case from juvenile to criminal court.
  • Law and Public Issues

    Today is the bicentennial of the Treaty of Ghent. On Christmas Eve 1814, emissaries of His Britannic Majesty and the U.S. formally agreed to a treaty ending the War of 1812.
  • This Day in Legal History

    See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
  • Privacy, Technology and Law

    Companies with online sites and services that expressly target a young audience, such as websites and mobile apps providing entertainment, games or educational enrichment specifically oriented toward children, should already be very familiar with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the Federal Trade Commission’s COPPA rule.
  • Federal Courts

    Today’s 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion involves a frequent and often confusing question about coverage against underinsured motorists: What amount may an insured recover under a UIM policy if there are two other sources of recovery available?
  • Lawyers' Forum

    The Internet is “one large catalyst for rumor, innuendo and misinformation,” and evidence from it is “adequate for almost nothing” — or so said the court in St. Clair v. Johnny’s Oyster & Shrimp Inc., an early decision addressing authentication of Internet evidence.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    Here’s a quick summary of how the Cook County circuit clerk’s office operates.
    Sporting Judgment
  • Agent of Change

    Without a doubt, the question that I am most often asked by law students and recent law school graduates is: “How can I obtain a job as a sports agent?” My answer is always the same. Unless you are related to the next coming of Michael Jordan, it is extremely difficult and, in most cases, not worth your time and financial investment.
  • The role of the enforcer in the National Hockey League is seemingly going down without a fight as speed and skill on every line have become the norm. In a league that is also facing head injury concerns — and lawsuits — is it finally time to say goodbye to the goon?
  • Beyond the Playing Field

    A former Notre Dame College Prep football player has filed a class-action lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the Illinois High School Association. 
  • Non-Billable Hours
  • On the Job

    You landed your dream job! You worked like a crazy person to obtain the position you now own. Your efforts were masterful. But the honeymoon’s over. Now that you know the dimensions of the frying pan, you’re surprisingly ready for a new fire, a new direction.
  • LOS ANGELES — Sony’s decision to cancel “The Interview” in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business.
  • WASHINGTON — Don’t want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar.
  • Amicus Scriptor

    You think by now we’d be over it. How many times have we been told, it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game? That we play for the love of the game, that even reputedly “very talented” teams can hit a losing streak?
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