Esau Sinnok of Shishmaref, Alaska, speaks at a news conference after the Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in Anchorage in a lawsuit that claims state policy on fossil fuels is harming the constitutional right of young Alaskans to a safe climate. Sinnok and 15 other Alaska youths in 2017 sued the state claiming human-caused greenhouse gas emission leading to climate change is creating long-term, dangerous health effects. They lost in Superior Court, but appealed to Alaska's highest court. – AP Photo/Mark Thiessen

Alaska Supreme Court hears youth climate change lawsuit

An Alaska law promoting fossil fuel development infringes on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer told Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday.

$5.5M for fatal equipment explosion

The family of a man who died in a construction site explosion in Springfield settled its lawsuit for more than $5.5 million.

Waukegan attorney mentors student during college hunt

When Elizabeth R. Olszewski was a Wisconsin high school student navigating the college application process, she did so largely alone. Now, one bachelor’s degree and a J.D. later, Olszewski decided to fill that mentor-type role for others.

Law School Notes

Northwestern law joins national diversity initiative

One purpose behind the partnership between Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and a new national diversity initiative is to work with scholars in the field to design experiments and analyze the data.

Law Firm Leaders

ABA cannabis chair: Negotiating the legal minefield will be tricky

With Illinois soon to become the 11th state with legalized recreational marijuana, lawyers at the American Bar Association have been considering how legalization creates new ethical problems for the profession.

Law School Notes

Chicago-Kent immigration law clinic reopens

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law has reopened its immigration law clinic with the arrival of Victoria Carmona. Carmona will serve as the next supervisory attorney for the clinic.

Airline employee must arbitrate overtime dispute

A Southwest Airlines Co. employee must arbitrate her dispute over her employer’s alleged failure to pay overtime wages, a federal judge held.

Foxx’s office to contest ‘alerts’ ruling

An appeals court has doubled down on its decision to outlaw investigative alerts, used by Chicago police as “a deliberate end-run around” to get arrest warrants from judges.

Security agency hit with $3.6M verdict

The mother of a 24-year-old man who was fatally shot outside a Near West Side housing complex by a security officer received $3.6 million from a Cook County jury.

Judge tosses suit contesting sunscreen’s ‘shake well’ label

A woman who alleged consumer fraud over a sunscreen label that instructed her to “SHAKE WELL before use” does not have a case against the manufacturer, a federal judge held last week.

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Trial Notebook


High court sweeps out two actions in transport crash case

Vacating an appellate opinion and a trial court order in a case with several improper procedural maneuvers, the Illinois Supreme Court explained that the counterclaim Professional Transportation Inc. filed — along with a matching set of affirmative defenses — as its response to Mary Terry Carmichael’s complaint (about alleged failure to provide her with the required amount of underinsured motorist coverage) wasn’t a “true counterclaim” and should have been stricken “as duplicative of PTI’s affirmative defenses.”

Legal History


October 11

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Sports Marketing Playbook


From catchphrases to eyebrows, getting trademark no slam dunk

By now, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is probably used to getting what he wants. But one thing he won’t be getting is the trademark for the term “Taco Tuesday.”

Non-Billable Hours


Zellweger brings ‘Judy’ alive — the sadness, tragedy and tears

“Judy,” starring Renee Zellweger as the big-voiced, doe-eyed, tissue-frail Judy Garland, portrays the last year of Garland’s life, bridging the summer of 1968 until her death from a barbiturate overdose at age 47 in 1969.

Opening Statement


Goodman’s ‘Bernhardt/Hamlet’ finds unisex role doesn’t work

There has always been some question among Shakespeare scholars about the exact age of Hamlet at the time of the play. Some believe he was a young lad of 19 while others maintain he was the mature age of 30.

Opening Statement


Impressive ‘Oslo’ has TimeLine gearing up for its new location

Ever since its founding in 1997, TimeLine Theatre has always presented excellent productions while remaining true to its mission statement “to present stories inspired by history that connect to today’s social and political issues.”

Opening Statement


Mercury’s medieval-mockery musical ‘Spamalot’ is one to see

As a midsized venue, Lakeview’s Mercury Theater has been quite successful in presenting musicals with complex and unusual special effects, costuming and characters.

Social Scene


Lyndsay Markley principal at Ignite 2019

Lyndsay Markley, principal of Lyndsay Markley Law, was a guest speaker and panelist Tuesday and Wednesday at Ignite 2019, a national child abuse prevention conference hosted by Darkness to Light in Boston. Ignite 2019’s goal was to unite “child sexual abuse professionals and experts, researchers and individuals from a wide variety disciplines who share a commitment to the prevention of child sexual abuse.” Markley spoke on a panel with New York Court of Claims Judge Richard A. Dollinger (left). Photo courtesy of Lyndsay Markley.

Fischel Kahn celebrates a century

Fischel Kahn threw a celebration on Oct. 2 for its 100th anniversary. Pictured (from left to right) offering a toast are principals Morris G. Dyner, Robert W. Kaufman, Joel H. Fenchel and David W. Inlander. Photo provided by Fischel Kahn

New CBA-CBF task force

Chicago Bar Foundation Executive Director Robert Glaves speaks Monday during an event to announce a new Illinois task named the Illinois Sustainable Practice of Law & Innovation. It was developed by the CBF and The Chicago Bar Association and will identify regulatory reform recommendations to enhance access and more affordable legal services to the public. With Glaves from left to right: task force co-chair E. Lynn Grayson of Nijman Franzetti LLP, co-chair and retired Illinois appellate judge Mary Anne Mason, executive director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism Jayne Reardon. Photo courtesy of The Chicago Bar Association.

CLG Red Mass

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago held its 85th annual Votive Red Mass of the Holy Spirit on Oct. 1 at Holy Name Cathedral. The centuries-old church tradition honors and celebrates judges, lawyers and other public officials. Pictured during the mass are CLG President Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, a partner at Clifford Law Offices, and her brother, the Very Rev. Greg Sakowicz, pastor at Holy Name. They’re joined by Cook County Circuit Judge E. Kenneth Wright Jr. and 1st District Appellate Justice Mathias W. Delort, and behind them is the Leo Catholic High School choir. Photo provided by the Catholic Lawyers Guild/Bill Richert

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