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  • Trial Notebook

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    Unanimously reversing a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that dismissed as tardy Charmaine Hamer’s appeal in her employment discrimination case against Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago and Fannie Mae, the U.S. Supreme Court explained that the 7th Circuit “tripped over our statement [...] that the taking of an appeal within the prescribed time is mandatory and jurisdictional.”
  • Mediation Circus

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    I really enjoy helping lawyers with case problems. Recently, I heard from a plaintiff’s lawyer asking what to do about a cruddy client.
  • Modern Family

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    Under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act (750 ILCS 60/101, et seq.), a civil order of protection is available to victims “abused” by persons with whom they have a dating, familial or household relationship.
  • Beyond the Playing Field

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    In early September, Nike announced that Kaepernick, who has a pending grievance against the NFL for collusion, would be the face of its 30th anniversary Just Do It campaign.
  • Insurance Matters

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    The 1st District Appellate Court recently held that Illinois’ “estoppel doctrine” does not apply to claims-made policies where the reporting of the claim is made outside of the reporting period.
  • Cotter’s Corner

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    Happy Constitution Day. For anyone asking what that is, it’s the day that commemorates the occasion 231 years ago when 39 brave delegates from the 12 states represented at the Constitutional Convention signed the great document.
    Sporting Judgment

  • An endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate last Tuesday as sports fans reacted to the apparel giant backing an athlete known mainly for starting a wave of protests among NFL players of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues. — Free read
  • Sports Marketing Playbook

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    As a handful of states allow sports gambling/wagering, the National Basketball Association has named MGM Resorts International its official gaming partner, the first deal between a professional sports league and a casino operator in the United States.
  • Lex Sportiva

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    Tyrone Keys, a former professional football player from 1983 to 1989, recently filed a lawsuit in the Middle District of Florida alleging that the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan and the NFL Player Disability and Neurocognitive Benefit Plan wrongfully stopped his disability payments and, subsequently, refused to reinstate the payouts.
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  • Opening Statement

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    As I have frequently noted in the past, one of my most memorable moments in theater was April 6, 1968, when I was attending a touring production of “Mame” at the Shubert Theatre following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the city was torn by riots.
  • Practice in the City

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    It has been quite some time since I put pen to paper for anything not related to the law or the legal profession. Ironically, I do enjoy writing, but like with many things in our adult lives, hobbies take a back seat to more pressing commitments.
  • Non-Billable Hours

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    Adolf Eichmann, one of the main architects of the Holocaust, did not follow his Fuhrer’s lead at the end of the war in 1945 by killing himself to cheat justice.
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