7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William J. Bauer (right) talks about his career as a prosecutor and judge with U.S. District Judge Charles P. Kocoras Thursday at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse as part of a special program marking the 200th anniversary of the federal court being established in Chicago. Bauer, 92, has been in public service for 67 years. – Jordyn Reiland

Bauer's 67 years serving the public was well worth it

It is not true, William J. Bauer quipped Thursday, that he was with the federal court in Chicago when it was established 200 years ago. But Bauer’s service on the federal bench has lasted nearly one-fourth of that time.

Bernie Judge, former CDLB publisher, dead at 79

Bernard M. Judge, one of the most influential editors in the Chicago newspaper business in the last half century and one of the last links to a bygone era of Chicago journalism, died at his Chicago home early Friday of pancreatic cancer. He was 79.

Law School Notes

New DePaul grad completes 1K volunteer hours

During her three years of law school, Mandi Moreland volunteered 1,000 hours to various causes. The 29-year-old recorded more service hours than anyone in her law school graduating class of about 260 students.

Court finds stalking law unconstitutional

The Illinois Supreme Court two years ago axed a stalking law it said criminalized innocent conduct. But a piece of the statute that remains isn’t constitutional either, an appeals court ruled this week.

ARDC board calls for disbarment for bad behavior

A trial attorney’s habit of filing frivolous pleadings in two separate civil cases is grounds for disbarment, an Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission Hearing Board found.

Bid to toss mental health center's computer policy rejected

A Cook County judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit last week challenging whether the Elgin mental health facility’s prohibition on the use and possession of personal computers violates state and federal law.

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Trial Notebook


Absent info, lien dispute remanded

Thane Hunt injured his back twice while working as a Peoria police officer: first in September 2009 when his patrol car was rear-ended by Maurio Herrod and then in January 2010 during a training exercise.

Backward Glances

Law Bulletin headlines this week in history.

Black Girl Magic is Hard Work


Minority women seem unable to ascend the corporate ladder

Why aren’t the achievements of black women, like Kamala Harris, translating into a collective rise in black women holding executive-level leadership positions?

Legal History


June 12

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

Opening Statement


Unusual production shows us how far we've come as nation

I’ve had an interesting, and contrasting, several weeks of theatergoing. This week, I suddenly I found myself face to face in an encounter with the outrageous Joan Jett Blakk, who is running for president of the United States as “the first queer, black drag-queen presidential candidate.”

Non-Billable Hours


‘Rocketman’ takes a trip through Elton John’s highs and lows

“Rocketman,” the life story of Sir Elton Hercules John, born Reginald Dwight, is an old-style movie musical that juxtaposes the spangly world of a 1970s rock star against the solitary existence of a pudgy piano prodigy, pounding away on a parlor upright in a drab inconsequential corner of postwar London.

Opening Statement


An ode to Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson in ‘Style and Grace’

More often in smaller venues and cabarets, shows have a theme where they emulate, rather than imitate, those to whom they pay musical homage. Such is the case at the Black Ensemble Theater in Ravenswood, where “Style and Grace: In Tribute to Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson,” is being presented through June 30.

Social Scene


Expungement summit

Several Cook County Circuit Court judges participated in an expungement summit on June 1 at Westinghouse College Prep High School in East Garfield Park. The judges reviewed fee waiver applications from residents seeking to expunge a criminal record. Pictured (left to right) are Circuit Judges Diann K. Marsalek, Daniel O. Tiernan, Lloyd James Brooks and Daniel E. Maloney. Photo provided by the Office of Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court

CBA Alliance for Women luncheon

The Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women honored Linda F. Friedman (second from right) and Kathryn C. Liss (second from left) at its annual luncheon May 30 at the Standard Club. Friedman is managing partner of Stowell & Friedman Ltd. and Liss is director of DePaul University’s Family Law Center. They’re pictured alongside Alliance for Women co-chairs Kimber Russell (far left) and Lauren S. Novak and CBA President Steven M. Elrod. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association/Bill Richert

Chicago-Kent Commencement

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Class of 2019 valedictorian Betül Serbest delivers the J.D. commencement address on May 19 at the Chicago Theatre. Serbest currently works for the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office as a Public Interest Law Initiative fellow and will join Reed Smith LLP as an associate. Photo provided by Chicago-Kent College of Law/Teresa Crawford

Bar groups welcome Lightfoot

Nineteen local bar organizations joined together to host a reception Wednesday night at The Standard Club for Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, who took office last week. Lightfoot, a former partner at Mayer Brown LLP, talked about her first 10 days in office and parts of her policy agenda. She’s pictured here with Chicago Bar Association President Steven M. Elrod.

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