In his trademark black hat, Justice R. Eugene Pincham (left) returned to practice after stepping down from the bench in 1989. In this Dec. 19, 2005, Associated Press photo, Pincham faces reporters with his client Dwain Kyles, right, owner of the E2 nightclub where a 2003 stampede killed 21 people. – AP Photo/Brian Kersey

R. Eugene Pincham: A restless advocate for social justice

Sometimes we have the privilege of knowing a fellow lawyer who inspires the soul by reminding us that the practice of law is about rectifying the injustices and inequities that plague our society, especially those imposed on blacks and minorities.

Mayer Brown’s new boss has big plans

Britt M. Miller wanted to be the next Steve Jobs.

In Chambers

Wood’s devotion to public service led to bench

For many members of the legal profession, U.S. District Judge Andrea R. Wood said, “enjoyment comes from being the advocate and arguing in court and going to the mat for a client.”

$21.6M jury award after trucker fell

A Cook County jury awarded $21.6 million to a Texas truck driver and his wife after he sustained a traumatic brain injury while delivering merchandise to a toy store outside of Los Angeles.

Shriver Center loses FOIA appeal to CPS

A state appeals panel last week affirmed the dismissal of three open records requests the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law filed with the Chicago Board of Education.

No fee refund required after Janus ruling

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Mark Janus v. AFSCME does not permit home health-care workers to seek dues refunds from their former union as a class.

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Trial Notebook


Bankruptcy trustee gets to sue firm

After a bankruptcy judge ruled that the “liquidating fiduciary” exception to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act did not block a $4 million administrative claim filed on behalf of 300 former employees of three affiliated companies referred to as World Marketing, the bankruptcy trustee pursued a malpractice complaint against the Chicago law firm that allegedly failed to advise the debtor-in-possession that it had to comply with the WARN Act before firing the workers.

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.

Lawyers' Forum

1st District refuses to sanction ‘side letter’ pension spike

The 1st District Appellate Court recently considered a dispute between the city of Countryside, its police pension board and several city pensioners. The court’s opinion clarifies how certain preretirement salary increases should be factored into pension calculations for municipal police and firefighters.

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.

Non-Billable Hours


Ins and outs on being a quarterback in pro football

John Feinstein's new book gives the inside scoop of five top NFL quarterbacks.

Non-Billable Hours


‘The Green Book’ director takes light touch to heavy topic

We forget, compartmentalize or never bother to learn of the indignities and domestic terror of racism. Who remembers that in 1956 Nat King Cole, while performing for a white audience of 4,000 in Montgomery, Ala., was attacked by Klan members onstage?

Opening Statement


A South Side Jewish ode to Christmas theater

Among my earliest and fondest memories of Christmas is listening with my friends to the radio broadcast of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” starring Lionel Barrymore as Ebenezer Scrooge.

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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