Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law President John Bouman, pictured in this Chicago Lawyer magazine file photo from February, started as leader of the group’s advocacy program in 1996 and has headed the organization since 2007. Bouman last week announced he’s stepping down at the end of 2019. – Rena Naltsas

Shriver Center leader says goodbye

John M. Bouman has been a constant for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

New laws will change how we drive

SPRINGFIELD —Three new laws aimed at protecting drivers. bicyclists and pedestrians will take effect at the start of 2019.

Attendants’ suit remains up in the air

A fair-wages suit filed by a group of flight attendants has another chance after an appeals panel revived some of its previously dismissed claims.

Law Firm Leaders

What a divorce lawyer tells clients about new tax laws

The Republicans’ tax overhaul, or the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, will bring changes to the federal tax code in 2019. Among those changes is the fact that spouses who pay alimony, or spousal support, can no longer claim that payment as a tax deduction.

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.

Bank cleared of blame for death in Iraq

An appeals panel has declined to revive claims against a banking giant over alleged ties to terrorism and the death of a U.S. soldier.

Suit alleging prison officer called man a snitch revived

A federal court panel revived a First Amendment case brought by a Wisconsin prisoner who charged a prison officer retaliated against him by falsely labeling him a snitch.

ARDC board requests 30-day penalty in complicated repayment complaint

A Chicago attorney should be suspended for 30 days for alleged misconduct that included misappropriating $818 in client funds and improperly loaning a client $1,200 for living expenses, an Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission Hearing Board found.

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Expert helps put blame on insurer’s act

The crucial ingredient in Charter Properties’ successful quest for sanctions from Rockford Mutual Insurance Co. under Section 155 of the Illinois Insurance Code — which provides an extracontractual remedy for “vexatious and unreasonable” delay of payment — was an expert witness who testified the insurer violated an often overlooked regulation on improper claims practices: 50 Ill. Adm. Code 919.50(a)(1).

Lawyers' Forum


American soccer academies look to be treated as all others are

Soccer star DeAndre Yedlin has progressed to heights that few American players have ever reached. Now the case of whether his Seattle-area youth club will be compensated for its role in his development has become one of the most interesting, and potentially groundbreaking, stories in the business of American soccer and youth player development.

Origination Station


Being own rainmaker best way to succeed

It’s happening every day. Change. Just read the Daily Law Bulletin or National Law Review. New law firm mergers and buyouts are becoming commonplace. Law firms are looking more like a business and less like the Wild West. It’s a reality that the firm you work at today, may not be the same firm tomorrow.

Book Review


‘American Prison’ offers inside look at for-profit confinement

Can private prisons in the United States do a better job for a lower price than public prisons? A new insider’s account states that they don’t and instead offer conditions that are frightening and dangerous to both inmates and employees.

The Laws of Fitness


How to avoid holiday burnout

With the end of the year and holidays coming up, many attorneys are cramming in as much work (and billable hours) as they can. But we should remember to place our mental and physical health first during this stressful time of year. Here are some tips to help stay balanced during the holidays:

Sports Marketing Playbook


Fanatics teams with others as merchandising pioneer

This year alone, Fanatics has partnered with both traditional and emerging sports leagues, reaching agreements in the United States, Europe and Asia and has launched a groundbreaking sports merchandise deal with Ticketmaster.

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.

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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