• Faegre, Baker, Daniels LLP has added nine lateral partners here, an exclamation mark to a growth period that has seen its office swell to 56 lawyers from 32 at the beginning of last year.
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  • Trial Notebook

    Relying on a grand jury statute and rule, a letter from the circuit clerk and a 1913 Illinois Supreme Court case, Ronald Kliner — who was convicted in 1996 of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder — petitioned for post-conviction relief in 2011, arguing the convictions are void.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    It is an all too common occurrence when an employer’s failure to properly document the decision-making process when terminating an employee ultimately prevents it from obtaining summary judgment.
  • Sole Speak

    Recent statistics suggest roughly half of all Illinois attorneys are self-employed. Although national, state and local bar groups maintain sections that support sole practitioners, there is no bar association devoted exclusively to promoting the interests of this ever-increasing segment.
  • Woodwise Ethics

    Lawyers who only read the “zealous” part of the rules, or who believe aggressive tactics are just part of effective advocacy, run the risk of going too far and damaging their reputations and their credibility in the process. 
  • This Day in Legal History

    See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
  • Ask Snap-D

    The best way to make a splash is to get involved in the community. Learn about and get involved in the local chamber of commerce as well as community organizations.
  • Jeff's Sidebar

    In November, I will have been practicing law for four decades. I have had some very interesting experiences. I decided to write them down while I still remembered most of the details. And as I did, I thought these vignettes would make for fun reading and that a perfect forum would be a column in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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  • Time-out

    The Chicago Bears are, in fact, continuing their “marriage” with Jay Cutler as the team’s starting quarterback for the 2015 NFL season. And in this case, it doesn’t look like the pair is staying together for the kids (or the fans).
  • Lawmakers in the Oregon House voted unanimously late last week to outlaw the use of drones for hunting or fishing in the state.
  • LOS ANGELES — Former NFL star Darren Sharper removed all doubt Monday that he drugged and raped women, taking the first of several legal steps to own up to sex assaults in four states that will send him to federal prison for about nine years.
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  • Balancing Life and the Law

    I am by no means a movie critic. As my wife aptly points out, my skill sets are limited. But one I saw recently struck a chord with me and brought me back to my childhood, some 40 years ago.
  • Talking Pictures

    On the hunt for a good crime thriller, I finally found one in “Headhunters,” a 2011 Norwegian-Swedish film based on the 2008 novel of the same name.
  • On the Job

    Legal resumes were once restricted to one page, no matter how many years an attorney practiced. Exceeding that was considered a breach of protocol. Today, seniority generally determines a resume’s length.
  • Literary Argument

    My last two columns concerned nonfiction’s contribution to the literature and law conversation. So, as with good fiction and good poetry, these nonfiction experiences cause me to think, well, about me, and in this circumstance, my mistakes.
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