Mailboxes for various departments line a hallway as detainees walk through the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga., last week. The rural town is about 140 miles southwest of Atlanta and next to the Georgia-Alabama state line. The town’s 1,172 residents are outnumbered by the roughly 1,650 male detainees that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said were being held in the detention center in late November. – AP Photo/David Goldman

Study finds chaos in immigration courts

Shrouded in secrecy, the immigration courts run by the U.S. Department of Justice have been dysfunctional for years and have only gotten worse.

Pelosi warns Senate not to be Trump’s ‘henchmen’ in trial

The Senate opens its historic proceedings against President Donald Trump today with a formal reading of the articles of impeachment by House prosecutors, followed by the arrival at the Capitol of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who will swear in all 100 senators as jurors for only the third impeachment trial in U.S. history.

Springfield Dispatch

With law courses complete, Deputy Gov. Mitchell looks ahead

Earning a J.D. was an early goal for Illinois Deputy Gov. Christian L. Mitchell, who completed law school last month.

Law Firm Leaders

Attorney blends chemistry, law into interesting career brew

Caryn C. Borg-Breen, co-founder of Green, Griffith, Borg-Breen LLP, didn’t see herself using her chemistry background to pursue a legal career.

Judge rejects 'poisonous tree' defense, maintains evidence untainted

An unlawful search by police investigating a jewelry store robbery did not taint evidence discovered in later searches conducted by officers armed with warrants, a federal judge held.

Board boots Supreme Court candidate off ballot

A Cook County electoral board ruled Thursday that one Illinois Supreme Court candidate did not obtain enough signatures to appear on the March primary ballot.

Review Board stiffens sanction, but scolds ARDC’s counsel

An Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission Review Board recommended a short suspension for an attorney accused of making false statements in court.

New pot law gives state's attorneys shortcut for expungements

One path to a clean record for Illinoisans convicted of a low-level marijuana offense involves approval from two state agencies, a gubernatorial pardon and a chief judge to sign off on a petition filed by the state’s top lawyer.

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Trial Notebook


Rights claim fails against county acts

The validity of Amanda Burger’s federal complaint against downstate Macon County, under Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act of 1871 turned on whether the county could have delegated its policymaking authority to the local state’s attorney and his deputy.

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Broadway-bound ‘Lehman Trilogy’ a sharp retelling of financial history

Recently, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to see a film presentation on the Northwestern University campus of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s live production of “The Lehman Trilogy” which is scheduled to open for a limited engagement on Broadway March 7 at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in New York City.

Commercial Litigation


Out-of-state LLC bid to void foreclosure judgment is rejected

A New Mexico LLC’s attempt to collaterally attack a mortgage foreclosure judgment five years after its entry fell flat when it was rejected by the 1st District Appellate Court.

Lawyers’ Forum


How counsel can cross-examine expert with other medical records

There are two ways to get prior treating opinions into evidence at trial. But did you know there’s a third way?

Sports Marketing Playbook


Top 10 sports marketing developments in the last decade

As the year 2020 ushers in a new decade, it’s evident that the past decade has seen numerous game-changing developments in sports and sports marketing, including unprecedented evolution in communication, technology and analytics to promote athletes, teams, leagues and brands.

Opening Statement


Brazen ‘Dance Nation’ doesn’t find the rhythm at Steppenwolf

American theater, television and film audiences have held great and somewhat salacious interest in watching high school girls compete for athletic championships, academic or talent scholarships and the attention of the best-looking schoolmate.

Lex Sportiva


Ex-NFL players’ health-care scheme indictment a warning to all

On Dec. 6, the Department of Justice filed charges against 10 former NFL players alleging they operated or assisted in a fraudulent scheme that resulted in defrauding $3.9 million from the NFL’s health-care benefit program for retired NFL players. If the alleged scheme articulated in the indictments is found to be true, it is likely those involved will face prison time.

Opening Statement


Theater productions that have ‘three criteria’ in harmony

If there is anything I have learned from writing this column for the past 30 years, it’s that there are at least three basic criteria by which one can judge the merits of a production of a play or musical.

Opening Statement


‘Light in the Piazza’ revival at Lyric Opera House shines bright

“The Light in the Piazza,” the winner of six Tony Awards, has returned in a blaze of glory and talent to Chicago at the Lyric Opera House. The show runs through Dec. 29 under the auspices of the Scenario Two production company.

Social Scene


Ropes & Gray holds #MeToo panel

Ropes & Gray LLP hosted a panel on Wednesday to explore legal issues surrounding workplace sexual misconduct. Laura G. Hoey, managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office, moderated the discussion. On the panel were Boston-based partner James P. Dowden and New York-based partner Joan McPhee, who together led the U.S. Olympic Committee’s independent investigation into the abuse of gymnasts. Also on the panel were Boston-based partner Megan Bisk in the firm’s labor and employment group and Harlan A. Loeb and Patrick Hillman from the public relations firm Edelman.

Novack and Macey volunteers help at GCFD

On Saturday, volunteers from Novack and Macey LLP’s Women’s Initiatives Group repacked food for distribution at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The group is co-chaired by partner Rebekah H. Parker and associate Hannah B. Griffin.

Salvi II speaks at Colorado seminar

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard Chicago Managing Partner Patrick A. Salvi II delivered a speech Dec. 13 at the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s Depositions: the ABC’s from VIPs seminar in Denver. Salvi’s speech was entitled “Expert Depositions: How to Attack Damages Experts,” was one of several presentations providing plaintiff’s attorneys with skills to use in auto, medical malpractice, products, employment, civil rights and other cases. Photo courtesy of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard

Cozen O’Connor’s Tilson honored

Joseph E. Tilson, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment department, was honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association Dec. 12 at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Tilson was recognized for this advocacy and long-standing commitment to servicing the labor and employment field. Tilson is pictured with his son Charlie (left), wife Margaret and his other son Will.

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