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Biden mulls Supreme Court pick; at least 3 judges on short list

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is eyeing at least three judges for an expected vacancy on the Supreme Court as he prepares to quickly deliver on his campaign pledge to nominate the first Black woman to the nation’s highest court, according to aides and allies.
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Justices to hear challenge to race in college admissions

The conservative-dominated Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions, adding another blockbuster case to a term with abortion, guns, religion and COVID-19 already on the agenda.
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Cook County judge put on restricted duties over disparaging comments 

A Cook County judge who mocked an attorney in comments broadcast live on YouTube has been placed on restricted duty off the bench.

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.

Cook Circuit Judge Moshe Jacobius to retire from bench after 31 years 

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Moshe Jacobius, presiding judge of the Chancery Division, is retiring from the bench after 31 years.

Loyola announces new law school dean

Loyola University Chicago has appointed Michèle Alexandre as dean of the School of Law effective July 15, the university announced Thursday.

Illinois high court accepts 20 PLAs, including civil case in police shooting

The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear six civil cases in its latest Petition for Leave to Appeal dispositions, including a case where the City of Chicago may have to pay $1 million to the estate of a man police killed in an unsuccessful burglary and face a civil lawsuit by his accomplices.

Jussie Smollett to be sentenced March 10 for lying to police

Jussie Smollett, who was convicted last month of lying to police about a racist, homophobic attack that authorities said he staged, will return to court for sentencing March 10, a judge said Thursday.

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Trial Notebook

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Settlement demand wasn’t privileged

Representing a fellow who said he was sexually abused by a teacher at a Pennsylvania boarding school, Mitchell Garabedian sent two letters to the school’s headmaster in 2018 detailing the allegations and requesting a $1 million settlement. The correspondence seemed to qualify for protection under the litigation privilege. Yet when the teacher, Matthew Ralston, sued Garabedian and his client for defamation, U.S. District Judge Mark A. Kearney rejected their request for summary judgment.

Realty Check

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Real estate taxes take different shape for clients who paid off their loans

When a residential property is free of liens, lenders are no longer assuring that an escrow is in place to pay real estate taxes and insurance. They may monitor the payments, but they are no longer making those payments out of an account specially set up to cover those costs.

For the Defense

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Damages means damages, not attorneys’ fees

Following on its line of cases culminating in Synder v. Heidelberger, 2011 IL 111052, in which the Illinois Supreme Court held that a single injury triggers the statute of limitations against attorneys and that the alleged injury must be real and tangible, the court held last week in Suburban Real Estate Services, Inc. v. Carlson¸ 2022 IL 126935, that the statute of limitations began to run when a judgment was entered against the legal malpractice plaintiff, not when the legal malpractice plaintiff began to incur attorneys’ fees in defending the suit that allegedly arose out of the defendant lawyer’s malpractice.

Cotter’s Corner

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Filibuster of the filibuster: Senate rejects move to add one more to 160 exceptions

Sixteen years is not a long period of time in the grand scheme of our nation or generally. But on Capitol Hill, the sea shift in how our bodies operate have indeed changed mightily. One need not look any further than the failed battle late last week in the Senate over voting rights.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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Top prep football player’s surprise switch highlights new trend for HBCUs

Georgia high school student Travis Hunter is considered by many to be 2022’s No. 1 overall prospect in college football. So the cornerback’s decision to flip his longstanding commitment from Florida State University to Jackson State University in December shocked many in the college football world.

Opening Statement

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A dark journey into secrets of ‘The Moors’

“The Moors,” Jen Silverman’s play at A Red Orchid Theatre through Feb. 27, can be described in three little words — odd, weird and dark.

Opening Statement

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Philosophical ‘Pooh’ will be just what we need in March

As Chicago’s live theaters continue to go dark for now because of the COVID-19 surge, there is a little light out there to brighten us. “Winnie-the-Pooh” is scheduled to open onstage March 15 at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport.

Opening Statement

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For now, it’s back to video for our theater fixes

It’s déjà vu all over again. With new strains of the COVID-19 virus plaguing our world and the number of cases increasing every day, the winter looks uncertain at best for live theater.

Opening Statement

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Here’s hoping we can enjoy live theater highlights of 2022

It is traditional this time of year to look back on the past year to review the good things that took place. Unfortunately, 2021, like 2020 that preceded it, does not have a lot to commend.

Social Scene

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Sotomayor to speak via Chicago Public Library

Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor holds her new children's book “Just Help! How to Build a Better World” on Capitol Hill last week. The book, her third for young readers and published in both English and Spanish, comes out Tuesday. Sotomayor will appear in a Zoom conversation hosted by the Chicago Public Library at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 with Chicago author and sociologist of education Eve L. Ewing to discuss her life and her writing. Visit chipublib.org for more information. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
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WILPOWER panel examines paid family leave

Lauren Tuckey, president of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, speaks at a panel discussion about how to pass a paid family leave bill in Illinois. The discussion and fundraiser was organized by WILPOWER, a political action committee of the WBAI. Sarah F. King, partner at Clifford Law Offices, serves as chair of the PAC. Among the speakers at Dentons in Chicago on Dec. 22 were U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Illinois Reps. Kam Buckner and Eva Dina Delgado, and New Trier Township Supervisor Gail Eisenberg. Photo courtesy of Clifford Law Offices
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Family Law Foundation awards $5,000 grants

James M. Quigley, left, partner at Beermann LLP and president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), presents a check to Susan Shulman, executive director of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic in Highland Park. The AAML Foundation provided $5,000 grants to the clinic and to WINGS, a support and advocacy organization for survivors of domestic violence. Photo by Shin Lim/Courtesy AAML
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Smokeball celebrates 4th Season of Giving

Alison Lupel, center, director of client quality assurance at Smokeball, presents a check for $22,500 to Richard Klos, institutional giving manager, and other members of the Howard Brown Health team. Every year, Smokeball legal practice management software donates to charity as part of its Season of Giving event. HBH and Equip for Equality, which works to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with disabilities in Illinois, were the 2021 beneficiaries. — Photo courtesy of Smokeball

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