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  • Trial Notebook

    The trustee in Timothy Thorpe’s bankruptcy case insisted that the bankruptcy estate included Timothy’s half–interest in the house he and Belva Thorpe purchased in Silvis, 160 miles west of Chicago, after they got married.
  • Expert Opinions

    It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. — Henry David Thoreau
  • Lawyers' Forum

    The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will soon hear an appeal from Indiana in which it will decide whether a state can specify the reasons a woman can terminate her pregnancy.
  • Mediation Circus

    In addition to having served as the U.S. Tennis Association’s former board chairman, president and CEO and having such “unpleasant” duties as having to attend every U.S. Open, my friend Jon Vegosen (also co-founder of Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman & Dunn Ltd.) acquired a great deal of experience in advising clients on preventing and investigating sexual and other harassment.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    After 37 years serving the Northern District of Illinois, retired U.S. District judge Milton I. Shadur died on Jan. 15 at the age of 93. Some of Shadur’s high-profile cases dealt with court-ordered school desegregation in Chicago, improving jail conditions in Cook County and addressing the rights of prisoners.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    An Illinois high school student has filed a petition for a rehearing of a recent 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision on a disability discrimination claim against the Illinois High School Association.
    Sporting Judgment

  • WASHINGTON — Could the crackdown on tax loopholes clamp down on corporate schmoozing? — Free read
  • Beyond the Playing Field

    On March 5, the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the city of Columbus filed a lawsuit against Major League Soccer and Precourt Sports Ventures, the investor entity for Anthony Precourt, who operates the Columbus Crew. The lawsuit seeks to prevent the Crew’s long-rumored move to Austin, Texas.

  • The coaches, players and TV announcers waited breathlessly for the big announcement, who made it to the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The Big Dance. This was big, big, big. — Free read
  • Non-Billable Hours
  • Opening Statement

    Henrik Ibsen’s play, “An Enemy of the People,” now being performed on the Goodman Theatre’s Albert main stage through April 15, was written in 1882 but remains as current as last Tuesday’s front page of the New York Times.
  • Balancing Life and the Law


    For 27 years, I have often had defense attorneys objecting to the separation of elements for past and future damages. I guess reflecting back on my childhood, I always believed separation benefited all parties involved.

  • Non-Billable Hours

    “Annihilation,” based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel and directed by Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”), is about some very bad times indeed.
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