Jeannice Williams Appenteng, the first black woman to serve as magistrate judge in the Northern District of Illinois, reflected on her journey to the bench, including the interruption of her Tulane University law school education by Hurricane Katrina. – Photo by Jim Slonoff

Appenteng praised as ‘full package’ at Northern District investiture

At her investiture as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Northern District of Illinois, Jeannice Williams Appenteng reflected on what it means to be a Black woman serving on the bench.

BIPA reform is ‘huge step in the right direction,’ proponents say

The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) is near a significant reform in language related to claim accrual, a win for Illinois businesses facing mounting litigation and for the attorneys who represent their interests.

Pritzker administration says all revenue options remain on table

While the governor’s office instructed its agency directors to prepare for $800 million in potential budget cuts last week, all facets of his plan to raise $1.1 billion in revenue to avoid those cuts remain under consideration.

Biden marks Brown v. Board of Education anniversary

President Joe Biden marked this week’s 70th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that struck down institutionalized racial segregation in public schools by welcoming plaintiffs and family members in the landmark case to the White House.

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Sharon Oden Johnson hones persuasive speaking in improv class

Despite her accomplishments within the judiciary, Justice Sharon Oden Johnson said she sometimes struggles with being shy and reserved.

5 judges promoted to preside over Cook County divisions

Five Cook County acting presiding judges have been elevated to presiding judge in their divisions effective immediately, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced Thursday.

Student cannot sue UIC med school over dismissal from program

A former student does not have a discrimination suit against the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine for allegedly failing to accommodate her disabilities, which she claims resulted in her failing a test and being dismissed from the school’s medical program.

BIPA suit over cosmetics company’s virtual feature to move forward

An online cosmetics company must face a lawsuit in federal court in Chicago accusing it of violating the privacy of potential customers with the handling of its website’s “Virtual Try-on” feature, a federal judge held.

DOJ alleges illegal monopoly by Ticketmaster, Live Nation

The Justice Department filed a sweeping antitrust lawsuit against Ticketmaster and parent company Live Nation Entertainment on Thursday, accusing them of running an illegal monopoly over live events in America — squelching competition and driving up prices for fans.

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Restatements differ on test for vicarious liability in case over racial slur

In a vicarious liability case against a McDonald’s franchisee for an employee’s use of “a profoundly offensive racial slur” during a furious tirade against two customers, each side asked the Maine Supreme Court to apply a different version of the Restatement of Agency.

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When plaintiffs seek expedited trials, defendants must act in kind

Last year, while the General Assembly was seeking to amend Section 1007.1 of the Code of Civil Procedure to allow greater opportunities for certain classes of plaintiffs to seek expedited trials, concerns regarding third-party defendants and the right of those parties to obtain a continuance in order to have adequate discovery were raised in this space on April 27, 2023, and responded to in a letter to the editor from Patrick Salvi II on May 9, 2023.

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Foreclosure law amendment opens door to online sales

Legislative notes indicate that this General Assembly session may very well see a change to the Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law.

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Leopold and Loeb – 100 years after ‘the crime of the century’

On May 21, 1924, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb murdered a 14-year-old named Bobby Franks. Newspapers called it “the crime of the century.” But what happened afterward?

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‘Seinfeld’ actor plays attorney in wickedly funny ‘Judgment Day’

If you’re a fan of the late Neil Simon and his many successful stage comedies like “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple” and “The Sunshine Boys,” you’ll probably enjoy the world premiere of “Judgment Day,” playing through May 26 at the Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

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Roberto Clemente family battles Puerto Rico over license plates

Trademarks can provide a lucrative revenue stream for sports stars and generate significant income for their families long after the athletes’ deaths. Conflicts over trademark rights usually erupt between an athlete’s family and businesses seeking to capitalize on a player’s brand.

Opening Statement


‘Purpose’ brings family drama, politics to light

In the playbill for the Steppenwolf Theatre production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ world premiere of “Purpose,” artistic directors Audrey Francis and Glenn Davis announce that “since the beginning, family drama has been this company’s signature.”

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Goodman’s ‘Penelopiad’ makes myth beautifully contemporary

In 2005, celebrated author Margaret Atwood (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) responded to Canadian publisher Jamie Byng’s commission to solicit contemporary authors to rewrite ancient myths with “The Penelopiad.” The novella set forth her current interpretation of Homer’s classic “The Odyssey,” the tale in which Odysseus leaves his bride, Penelope, for 10 years to fight in the Trojan War.

Opening Statement


‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ ‘Flyover Chicago’ offer entertainment for entire family

The late Robin Williams has always been one of my favorite actors and comedians. His brilliant career included many celebrated performances such as those in “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Dead Poets Society,” as well as Academy Award-winning in “Good Will Hunting.” Unfortunately, his career tragically came to an end when he committed suicide at 63.

Social Scene


Taft remodel wins award

The Taft Chicago office remodel and expansion by contractor Valenti and designer HED received the Chicago Building Congress “Interior Build-Out” award at the organization’s Merit Awards on May 9. The annual awards celebrate the building industry by singling out outstanding projects in the Chicago area. Valenti completed the addition and remodel of Taft’s 105,000-square-foot Wacker Drive space in March 2023. Photo courtesy of Taft

Hot topic: Taylor Swift and the law

The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and Lawyers for the Creative Arts hosted a “Pay Equity for Artists (Taylor’s Version)” CLE and an “Eras”-themed networking reception last month at the Instituto Cervantes. The panel discussed Taylor Swift’s legal cases, including the re-recordings tactic and her impact on the legal landscape. Shown are Rick Morris, from left, Jennifer Nacht, Elsa Hiltner, WBAI President Whitney K. Siehl and Cynthia Pietrucha. Photo courtesy of WBAI

CBA hosts Vanguard Awards

The Chicago Bar Association hosted its annual Vanguard Awards on Tuesday at the Union League Club honoring 16 members of the legal community from various bar associations. Among the recipients are (top row, from left) Janaan Hashim, Mary Alice Melchor, Erika N.L. Harold and Monica Llorente and (bottom row, from left) Judge Jerome C. Barrido, Jennifer L. Rosato Perea, Marvet M. Sweis, Tara M. Raghavan, Nancy E. Sasamoto, Soo Yeon Lee, Judge Jonathan Clark Green and Judge Nancy Katz, who appeared on behalf of the late Judge Patricia Logue. Grace Barbic/Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Catholic Lawyers Guild president installed

Pamela Rubeo of the Office of the State Appellate Defender’s office was sworn in as the 2024-25 president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago at its annual meeting May 8 at Jenner & Block. Shown from left are Pamela Sakowicz Menaker of Clifford Law Offices, a former CLG president; Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans; Elise Rubeo; Pamela Rubeo; Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Jane Theis, who swore Rubeo into office; Mena Rubeo; and Pamela’s parents, Theresa and Daniel Wardzala. Photo courtesy of the CLG

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