Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Ron Vitiello gestures during an interview in Virginia last month. Nearly 70 former judges, including federal judges and state supreme court justices, sent a letter to Vitiello calling for U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally, saying immigrants should be free to visit halls of justice without fearing they will be detained. – AP Photo/Steve Helber

Ex-judges want ICE to stop courthouse arrests

Dozens of retired state and federal judges called today on U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally, saying immigrants should be free to visit halls of justice without fearing they will be detained.

1st Municipal District administrator for 54 years was ‘ray of light’

It’s hard to find a judge in Cook County whose life wasn’t touched by Gene Niezgoda.

Springfield Dispatch

Hutchinson to become president of national organization of legislators

When Sen. Toi Hutchinson first tried her hand at entering the political arena, she unsuccessfully lost a race to become a local township supervisor.

Man settles FELA injury case for $6.1M

A diesel mechanic has settled his lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad Co. for $6.1 million seven years after he sustained lower back and groin injuries when he slipped while working at a rail yard.

Cheesecake Factory wins appeal in injury lawsuit

An appeals court has rejected claims from a man who sued The Cheesecake Factory after a chair gave way under him at one of its restaurants in a Skokie shopping center.

Lightford takes up bill to help people clear marijuana records

Illinoisans who have low-level marijuana convictions could have a chance to get their conviction cleared from their record with permission from a judge.

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Interference charge trips over intent

In a tortious-interference-with-contract case that had what the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called a “unique” set of factual allegations about a futures trader who claims he was fired because of a scheme by his supervisor to develop a book of business in iron ore contracts, the court concluded Nicholas Webb’s complaint against Michael Frawley contained allegations that, if true, would defeat the corporate-officer privilege.

Lawyers' Forum

High court asked to define harm when biomarkers involved

Late last month, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp. and Great America LLC to decide whether a technical violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, without some additional injury, is enough to give an individual standing to sue under the act.

Lawyers' Forum

Illinois Supreme Court mandates proactive law firm management

Can you believe that more than 40 percent of Illinois solo practitioners do not maintain malpractice insurance? Can you also believe that more than 77 percent of Illinois solo practitioners do not have a succession plan for their law practices?

Opening Statement


Going from the mysterious to the ridiculous

The English have certainly had their share of long-playing ‘”whodunits” on its legendary West End where Agatha Christie’s classic, “The Mousetrap” has run continuously since 1952. Their list of authors of mysteries, ghost and horror stories also include the likes of Dorothy Sayers, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Mary Shelley.

Non-Billable Hours


Ins and outs on being a quarterback in pro football

John Feinstein's new book gives the inside scoop of five top NFL quarterbacks.

Non-Billable Hours


‘The Green Book’ director takes light touch to heavy topic

We forget, compartmentalize or never bother to learn of the indignities and domestic terror of racism. Who remembers that in 1956 Nat King Cole, while performing for a white audience of 4,000 in Montgomery, Ala., was attacked by Klan members onstage?

Opening Statement


A South Side Jewish ode to Christmas theater

Among my earliest and fondest memories of Christmas is listening with my friends to the radio broadcast of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” starring Lionel Barrymore as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Social Scene


JMLS Mock Trial Team

A trial team from The John Marshall Law School and one from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Bartlit Center were crowned co-champions of the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Invitational held Nov. 9-12. The John Marshall team, left to right, consists of students Frank Pehlke, Tyler Pearson, Kyle Jorgensen and Shelby Page. Photo provided by The John Marshall Law School

95th annual CBA Bar Show

Showing abogados can be avocados and barristers can be carrots, sure, this salad of solicitors performed “Veggie Medley” at the 95th annual Chicago Bar Association Bar Show from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 at the DePaul Merle Reskin Theatre. The skit featured Kathryn Weber as Food Channel Host; F. Ellen Duff as Asparagus; sole practitioners Richard L. Salon and Daniel Teinowitz as Lettuce; sole practitioner Mark J. Arnecilla as Kale and D. Rainell Rains as Avocado. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association

Morning Lineup Live: Women In Law Conference

Adria East Mossing, partner at Mossing & Navarre LLC, moderates the first of two panel discussions this morning during the Daily Law Bulletin’s Women In Law Conference, part of the “Morning Lineup Live” series. The pictured panelists are (left to right): Dina Torrisi Martin, partner at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym Ltd.; Leslie Davis, partner at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP; Christina Hynes Mesco, of counsel at The Prinz Law Firm; Debra Pickett, founder and principal consultant for Page 2 Communications; Jennifer Rosato Perea, dean of DePaul University College of Law; and Caryn Borg-Breen, partner at Green Griffith & Borg-Breen LLP. Rena Naltsas

‘History on Trial’ display opens

Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy A. Brown (blue dress) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the “History on Trial” informational displays in the Daley Center concourse Monday, highlighting 21 notable cases in Cook County legal history. The program is part of the judiciary’s statewide program to commemorate the Illinois Bicentennial. Joining Brown in holding the giant scissors were Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, 1st District Appellate Court Justice Aurelia Pucinski, Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville Jr. and Cook County Associate Judge Neil H. Cohen. Jordyn Reiland

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