Law Day 2021 Advancing the Rule of Law Now
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Immanuel Baptist Church at 1443 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago. A federal judge denied the city’s motion to strike Reverend Jonathan W. Rich’s report and bar his testimony in a suit filed by the church. The suit claims the city unfairly targeted it with a zoning ordinance that requires religious assemblies to have at least one off-street parking space for every eight seats in their main auditorium. – Jordyn Reiland/Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Clergyman gets OK to testify as expert

A church that alleges Chicago’s parking regulations have hampered its ability to thrive will try to bolster its case with the testimony of a clergyman who has overseen the establishment of 39 churches and helped dozens of others design peaceful “ministry environments.”
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CBA’s Vanguard Awards honor 14 legal standouts

The Chicago Bar Association hosted the Vanguard Awards ceremony last week to honor individuals who have made the law “more accessible to and more reflective” of the Chicago community.
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Judicial nominees, perhaps a potential justice, face Senate

WASHINGTON — Ketanji Brown Jackson is heading to Capitol Hill for an audition of sorts. Lawmakers are grilling her about her nomination to become a federal appeals court judge. But if the hearing goes well, the 50-year-old could someday get a callback for an even bigger role: Supreme Court justice.
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Suit over online classes at IIT denied

An Illinois Institute of Technology student whose classes went virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic does not have a case against the school for breach of contract, a federal judge held.
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Steakhouse fails to get rent suit tossed

A dispute over the decision by Ruth’s Chris Steak House to shut down its Chicago location permanently will continue to be fought out in federal court.

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Bond Fund staff attorney adapts to evolving role

Less than two years after graduating from Harvard Law School Jianing Xie is putting her legal skills to the test in a rapidly evolving sector of the state’s legal system: securing bond for low-income defendants.

Williams’ win sets her on path to ISBA presidency

Sonni Choi Williams won the Illinois State Bar Association’s Third Vice Presidential election on Tuesday, putting her in line to become the first Korean American woman to lead the statewide organization.

Family law group, IBF partner to provide relief for lawyers

The Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers announced a partnership with the Illinois Bar Foundation Monday to provide assistance to attorneys facing financial hardship during the pandemic.

FALA launches initiative to assist frontline workers with power of attorney documents

The Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago this month has launched a pro bono initiative to provide power of attorney documents for frontline workers.

Campanelli joins Lawndale Christian Legal Center

Lawndale Christian Legal Center has named former Cook County Public Defender Amy P. Campanelli its vice president of restorative justice.

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Trial Notebook

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Plaintiffs’ standing justified nationwide class

A nationwide class action complaint against Caterpillar Inc. contends the company installed defective cylinder liners in its C-18 and C-32 engines. But the three named plaintiffs purchased Caterpillar equipment with C-18 engines. Because they didn’t buy C-32 machines, Caterpillar argued that claims involving this model should be dismissed based on lack of standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution. This issue generated split decisions from district judges in Illinois. Caterpillar’s alternative argument — relying on Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(f) (“The court may strike from a pleading an insufficient defense or any redundant, immaterial, impertinent, or scandalous matter”) — asked U.S. District Judge Joan B. Gottschall to strike the class action allegations based on alleged choice-of-law and manageability problems with a potential class that has members in 50 states.

Legal History

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May 6

See if you know what happened on this date in Legal History with Karen Conti.

Post-Pandemic Employer

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Follow all COVID safety protocols with employees, vaccinated or not

As of May 1, more than 31% of all Illinois residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and roughly 33% of Cook County residents were fully vaccinated. As employers debate mandating, incentivizing or encouraging their employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, they also need to decide how their workplaces will operate once most or all employees have received the vaccine.

Prosecution and Procedure

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Battlefield of criminal contempt has well-intentioned casualties

The battlefield of criminal contempt is littered with well-intentioned casualties. Here is a roadmap to avoid the land mines.

Opening Statement

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The Oscars finally embrace diversity

This has been an interesting week. I got a glimpse of what our entertainment world will look like post-pandemic and after a year of becoming socially aware of our racial inequities.

Opening Statement

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HBO Max docuseries goes deep on history of white supremacy

It was one of those strange yet interesting coincidences.

Opening Statement

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Crouch’s work shines online at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

I have seen two productions of playwright Tim Crouch at Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier and found them both extraordinary.

Opening Statement

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A special rendition of a well-known story in ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

In 1797, the famous German author, philosopher and poet Johan Wolfgang von Goethe wrote the poem “Der Zauberlehrling,” known in English as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

Lex Sportiva

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Sports betting app targeted for unfair, deceptive trade practices

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which ultimately prohibited sports gambling in the United States, was unconstitutional. Murphy v. NCAA, 138 S. Ct. 146 (2018). SCOTUS held that PAPSA violated the anti-commandeering doctrine because PAPSA essentially dictated what state legislatures could and could not do. In the few years since Murphy, sports gambling has already been legalized by several states nationwide.

Social Scene

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Women Everywhere court tours go virtual

Nonprofit organization Women Everywhere and Chicago Public Schools virtually hosted its 22nd annual court tours and scholarship projects on April 20 and April 29. Chief U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer opened the program, which hosted about 400 high school girls from more than 20 CPS high schools, discussing the courts and career opportunities in the legal industry. Photo courtesy of Women Everywhere
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IBF Q&A with authors in legal profession

1st District Appellate Court Justice David W. Ellis (top left) and Chicago-based attorney Christie Tate (top center) were panelists on the Illinois Bar Foundation’s Virtual Author’s Q&A Wednesday. The event was moderated by John McNally (top right), managing editor of Chicago Lawyer magazine, a sister publication of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Tate and Ellis discussed their forays into a writing career while maintaining a legal career, their creative process and where they find inspiration. Both authors have graced The New York Times Best Seller list. Zoom screenshot
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YLS CBA’s Got Talent

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP Partner Lawrence H. Aaronson, along with Kermit the Frog, won the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section’s first-ever CBA’s Got Talent competition with a rendition of “Rainbow Connection.” The event raised more than $18,000 for the Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers in the Classroom Program. Tiffani Watson, the program director, plans to use the money to continue the civic education program that links volunteer lawyers with teachers and children in grades 2-8 on their constitutional rights under the law. Zoom screenshot courtesy of the Chicago Bar Association.
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Appellate advocates talk diversity

From top left: Assistant Appellate Defender Beverly Jones; Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Associate Dean of Inclusion & Engagement Shannon P. Bartlett; Perkins Coie Associate Sopen Shah; Northwestern Clinical Assistant Professor of Law David M. Shapiro; Jones Day Of Counsel and former 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams; Appellate Project founder Juvaria Khan; and O’Melveny & Myers Partner Brad Garcia discuss the importance of diversifying the appellate bar. Photo courtesy of Peggy Li of the American Constitution Society.

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