Gustavo A. Gelpi, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, speaks about the history of Puerto Rico at the inaugural State of Latinos in the Law symposium at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Friday. – Sarah Mansur

State of Latinos in the Law Symposium looks to lower barriers

The first State of Latinos in the Law Symposium on Friday brought together hundreds of high school, college and law school students, as well as practicing attorneys, to discuss barriers to the legal profession that Hispanic students face and potential solutions to overcoming those barriers.
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Is purging long-forgotten online accounts worth the trouble?

NEW YORK — The internet is riddled with long-forgotten accounts on social media, dating apps and various shopping sites used once or twice. Sure, you should delete all those unused logins and passwords. And eat your vegetables. And go to the gym.

Law School Notes

Steven Ramirez, first Abner J. Mikva Professor of Law

As Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s inaugural Abner J. Mikva Professor of Law, Steven Ramirez said he has a lot to live up to.

Feds get first dibs on fees awarded to Social Security lawyers

The U.S. Treasury Department did not violate federal law when it intercepted fees awarded to attorneys for obtaining disability benefits for their clients and used the money to pay one client’s student debt and the other’s back child support obligations, an appeals court held.

Chicago hotel’s trademark suit with Houston company can go forward

U.S. Judge John Z. Lee declined to throw out claims brought by The Whitehall Hotel that a Texas-based inn deceived Illinois customers with a targeted ad campaign using the name “The Whitehall” in hopes of drawing business based on the Chicago hotel’s reputation.

Fox Rothschild lawyer blends high tech, legal tech

More than 10 years have passed since Daniel L. Farris has changed his career from software engineering to law, but that might not be obvious from his workload.

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Trial Notebook


Tardy filing proves fatal to roof claim

Two months before the general five-year statute of limitations for property damage claims expired, M&S Industrial sued its neighbor, Fred Allahverdi — alleging that roofing flew off Allahverdi’s auto shop during a storm, hit an electrical line and caused a power surge that damaged the computerized control units on M&S’ metal machining equipment.

Cotter’s Corner


Justices who squeeked though nomination now dominate the court

A week ago Saturday, the full Senate voted, 50-48, to confirm Brett M. Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice. The two-vote margin is the second closest of those Supreme Court nominees who have received a Senate vote.

Non-Billable Hours


Even in fourth iteration, ‘A Star is Born’ still shines

It’s an American fable, durable as “Cinderella” and romantic as “Romeo and Juliet.” In this evergreen Pygmalion story of “A Star is Born,” a famous man discovers and marries a talented young woman, then self-destructs when her star eclipses his.

Sporting Judgment


Corporate logo rule will be tested when Cavs’ Smith takes court

When NBA star J.R. Smith takes the court for the Cleveland Cavaliers later this month in the season opener, it won’t be a “Supreme” court. That’s because the league threatened to fine Smith if he doesn’t cover up his freshly inked tattoo of the Supreme logo.

Non-Billable Hours


‘Monsters and Men’ humanizes police and shooting victims

Set in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, “Monsters and Men” provides back-story for the experience of the police and the poor, in a world tilted off its axis by gun violence.

Opening Statement


‘Tootsie,’ ‘Indecent,’ ‘Charlie’ all winners

This week I was fortunate to see three superb productions: “Tootsie,” the pre-Broadway world premiere show about a man masquerading as a woman to advance his theatrical career; “Indecent,” chronicling Shalom Asch’s controversial play about two women in love; and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” adapted from Roald Dahl’s tale of Willy Wonka.

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Cubs find going tough on field, also in copyright fight

It has been nearly two years since the Cubs won the 2016 World Series, but the team was just recently named as a defendant in a case alleging that the marketing of a 2016 World Series ivy leaf commemorative constitutes copyright infringement and unjust enrichment.

Social Scene


Women’s private equity conference

Jane D. Goldstein (left), co-head of the Ropes & Gray LLP’s mergers and acquisitions group for North America, spoke in Chicago during the Kayo Women’s Private Equity Conference earlier this month at the Peninsula Hotel. According to a statement from Ropes & Gray, partners several practices, including health-care practice group co-chair Deborah L. Gersh and Chicago office managing partner and private equity industry group leader Neill P. Jakobe, also participated on panels and in breakout sessions with industry investors. Photo provided by Ropes & Gray LLP via Kayo Conference Series

Caruso addresses McDonald’s franchise owners

Carmen D. Caruso, partner at the Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm, addressed a meeting of more than 300 McDonald’s franchise owners gathered in Tampa, Fla., this week, who assembled to discuss ways they can engage with the Chicago-based corporate burger giant. Carmen’s firm represents individual and multi-unit restaurant franchisees.Photo provided by the Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm

Turow keynotes judiciary’s bicentennial gala

Scott F. Turow, a best-selling legal author and a partner at Dentons US LLP, delivers the keynote address at the Bicentennial of the Judiciary Gala Tuesday night at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. The event marked the 200th anniversary of the date the Illinois General Assembly named four justices to the new Illinois Supreme Court. Photo provided by the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission/Kari Bedford Photography
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Karmeier connects state judicial history to his hometown

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier delivers opening remarks at the Bicentennial of the Judiciary Gala Tuesday night at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. Karmeier shared a story of the ties between early court history and his southern Illinois hometown of Covington Township in Washington County. Photo provided by the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission/Kari Bedford Photography

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