President Joe Biden signs an executive order on police reform in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, the second anniversary of the death of George Floyd. Floyd’s family and attorneys Antonio Romanucci and Ben Crump were among those attending. – AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Biden signs police reform order on anniversary of Floyd’s death

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday to improve accountability in policing — a meaningful but limited action on the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death that reflected the challenges in addressing racism, excessive use of force and public safety when Congress is deadlocked on stronger measures.

Former Army colonel to tackle search for Supreme Court leaker

When Gail Curley began her job as Marshal of the U.S. Supreme Court less than a year ago, she would have expected to work mostly behind the scenes: overseeing the court’s police force and the operations of the marble-columned building where the justices work.

New maps create challenge for women seeking reelection

Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 thanks to a record showing by Democratic female candidates. Two years later, a record number of GOP women won seats, bringing the number of women in the chamber to a historic high.

How I Did It

Lessons from coming out in a job interview

As a young would-be associate, Eric Ledbetter sought a law firm that welcomed diverse attorneys. More than 15 years later, his experience revealing his own identity in a job interview informs how he leads as managing partner of Quarles & Brady’s Chicago office.

Illinois’ prejudgment interest law ruled unconstitutional

In a highly anticipated ruling in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Judge Marcia Maras ruled Friday that the prejudgment interest law signed in 2021 is unconstitutional.

BIPA suit over Oral-B toothbrush app stays in Illinois

A federal judge declined to move a proposed class-action lawsuit accusing The Procter & Gamble Co. of using a smartphone application on its Oral-B toothbrushes to collect consumers’ biometric data out of Illinois.

Plainfield Central football sex-assault hazing claims dismissed

The parents of two high school football players who were allegedly sexually assaulted by teammates as part of a hazing ritual do not have a case against the coaches or school district under Title IX, a federal judge held.

Former Indiana attorney gets 10 years for investment scam

A former northern Indiana attorney who pleaded guilty to scamming elderly investors as part of a Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison.

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Trial Notebook


Judge grants petition to enforce arbitration subpoena against CBS

Claiming attorney-client and work product privilege for “internal investigation documents” about a sexual harassment claim, CBS Broadcasting asked a federal judge in New York to deny a union’s petition to enforce an arbitral subpoena.

Racial Justice

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Racist views led to murder trial of 22, laid foundation for Zoot Suit riots

On Aug. 1, 1942, after one of them had been beaten up, members of the 38th Street Club returned to Sleepy Lagoon, a reservoir along the Los Angeles River popular with Mexican Americans, to find the perpetrators for payback. The next day, Jose Diaz, was found dead.

For the Defense

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Big decisions await after oral arguments before Illinois Supreme Court, 7th Circuit

The month of May saw numerous and important oral arguments in courts of review in Illinois, which means substantial rulings are on the horizon.

Be That Lawyer

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Are lawyers really like difficult teens?

One of the most wonderful experiences in life is raising children. They’re curious, interested and excited about the day ahead. Watching a child learn and apply what was learned is sometimes more exciting for the parent than for the child. We hope in our heart-of-hearts that they never stop learning and improving.

Opening Statement


Steppenwolf is perfect venue for Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’

The expression “you’ve come a long way, baby,” was a popular Virginia Slims advertising campaign in the early 1970s, designed to entice women to smoke the brand’s cigarettes.

Opening Statement


Jeff Daniels, Richard Thomas star in Nederlander Theatre’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

Aaron Sorkin’s play “To Kill a Mockingbird” was adapted from Harper Lee’s novel depicting the inhuman and prejudicial way Blacks were treated in the South during the 1930s.

Opening Statement


‘Last Hermanos’ delves into brotherly love, sibling rivalry

There’s an old joke about two brothers lined up before a firing squad, about to be executed as prisoners of war.

Opening Statement


Joffrey Ballet, Lyric Opera bring 2 American classics to life

Premier dance company Joffrey Ballet signed a contract in 2017 to be the resident ballet company with the most distinguished Lyric Opera of Chicago and is at last in its inaugural season.

Opening Statement


‘Intimate Apparel’ sheds light on outskirts of society

Skokie’s Northlight Theatre recently announced that it will be showing “Intimate Apparel” through May 15. Relax. This is not a titillating fashion show hosted by lingerie and beauty retailer Victoria’s Secret.

Social Scene


Seminar welcomes government officials

Lincolnwood Trustee Atour Sargon, from left, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, Libertyville Mayor Donna Johnson and Steven Elrod, managing partner of Elrod Friedman LLP, attended the 16th Biennial Seminar for Local Government Officials hosted by the firm. More than 200 officials gathered for discussions and updates on cases and legislation impacting local governments. Photo courtesy Elrod Friedman

ACTL hosts first Diversity in the Courtroom program

Maurice Jenkins, left, of Jackson Lewis LLP in Detroit, and Thomas J. Heiden of Latham & Watkins LLP taught trial advocacy skills to 50 young attorneys at the first Diversity in the Courtroom program hosted by the American College of Trial Lawyers. A national faculty of 18 ACTL Fellows participated. Heiden chaired the event this month in Chicago. Photo courtesy ACTL

CBA celebrates Law Day

The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association hosted a Law Day celebration at Daley Plaza earlier this month. From left: Cook Circuit Judge Nichole Patton, CBA President E. Lynn Grayson, Law Day Event Organizer Margaret Mendenhall Casey, YLS Chair Tracy Brammeier and Chicago Bar Foundation Second Vice-President Kenya Jenkins-Wright. Photo courtesy CBA

Nordic Law Club hosts honors

The Nordic Law Club held its annual dinner honoring Scandinavian honorary consuls general at the University Club on May 12. From left: Karin Moen Abercrombie (Sweden), NLC Secretary (Hon.) Diane Larsen (ret’d.), NLC President Lynne Ostfeld, Deputy Counsel Rikke Krogh Andresen (Denmark), Einar Steinsson (Iceland), Susan Meyer (Norway). Photo by Mark Dobrzycki/courtesy Nordic Law Club

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