Special Section Law Day 2019: Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society
Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner R. Scott Falk takes part in a Chicago Humanities Festival reception in 2017. Falk died May 17. A memorial service will be conducted on Friday at Fourth Presbyterian Church. – Photo provided by Chicago Humanities Festival

Kirkland merger expert, Red Cross leader dies

R. Scott Falk, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP who negotiated multibillion-dollar mergers and acquisitions, died Friday at the age of 55.

The Lightfoot administration begins

Only a few weeks after winning the April runoff election, attorney Lori E. Lightfoot was sworn in Monday morning as mayor of Chicago.

In Chambers

Hylla looks to future after final term as 3rd Circuit chief judge

As a grade-school student, 3rd Circuit Chief Judge David A. Hylla was tasked with convincing the class that the British side was right during the American Revolution.

Law School Notes

Retiring NU professor looks at life after exoneration clinic

Karen L. Daniel — longtime clinical professor at Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions — graduated from Harvard Law School in 1981, when there were no established legal clinics devoted to exonerating wrongfully convicted people.

ABA council increases bar passage standards

The American Bar Association’s national accreditation arm approved stricter standards for law schools, now requiring graduates achieve a 75% bar passage rate within two years instead of five.

Reformatted Juvenile Justice Act aims to reduce detention time

A Illinois state Senate bill making its way through the House modifies the Juvenile Court Act in an attempt to quicken the detention hearing process.

Claims can proceed after mid-flight finger mishap

A man who allegedly tripped and injured his finger during an international flight can pursue his claim against British Airways after a federal judge found the man’s allegations could meet the Montreal Convention’s definition of “accident.”

Courts & Cases

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Trial Notebook


Murky ‘OK’ gives birth to contract

One of R&H Muffler’s employees was reportedly injured at work a month after the company’s insurance producer allegedly told R&H he succeeded in obtaining workers’ compensation coverage for the firm from Travelers Insurance Co. based on an email exchange with a Travelers underwriter. But Travelers insisted that the policy proposal generated when Friedenberg logged into a Traveler’s computer portal was never accepted.

Legal History


May 22

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

Mediation Circus


Ideal fact patterns for bed sore litigation

In my last column, I reviewed basics of bed sore cases. Today, I’ve asked plaintiff’s lawyer Margaret Battersby Black and defense lawyer Laura Lally to give their thoughts.

Lex Sportiva


Avenatti caught in a web created by his doing

Despite significant evidence of wrongdoing by Nike, Michael Avenatti’s information dump has inflicted more legal consequences upon him than Nike or college basketball’s reputation.

Opening Statement


Tony nominees show evolution of musical theater over decades

This week the nominations for the Tony Award for Best Original Musical were announced. The winner of the 73rd annual award will be named on June 9.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Use of athletes’ health data looms large for players, leagues

The collection of data from professional athletes has sparked ongoing discussion about the ownership and use of that data, including the rights of athletes to monetize their own information and how to protect their privacy.

Sports Torts


Exploding shoe enough to make risk-adverse crowd cringe

Zion Williamson, the freshman phenom from Duke, exploded onto the college basketball scene this season. While he will not be competing in next weekend’s Final Four due to his team’s loss to Michigan State, he has captured the country’s attention this March while carrying his team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Social Scene


Edgar talks civility at CBA

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar visited The Chicago Bar Association on May 14 for a Continuing Legal Education program on civility in the legal profession. Edgar, the state’s chief executive from 1991 to 1999, joined a discussion moderated by Jayne Rizzo Reardon, executive director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association/Bill Richert

Kogan Awards

The Chicago Bar Association held its annual Herman Kogan Media Awards on May 15 at Petterino’s, recognizing local news outlets and journalists for their work covering the legal profession and public affairs. Pictured is Timothy P. O’Neill, a retired professor from The John Marshall Law School and longtime CDLB columnist, receiving a career achievement honor from CBA President Steven M. Elrod. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association

CBF Passport to Chicago

The Chicago Bar Foundation held its sixth annual Passport to Chicago event on May 3 at the Chopping Block in River North. Pictured (left to right) are Leonard Aucamp of Vitality Group Inc., Stacie Neeter of Stout and CBF staffers Emme Veenbaas and Jessica L. Bednarz awaiting a chef-made dish. Photo provided by the Chicago Bar Foundation

North Suburban Bar Association hosts judges

The North Suburban Bar Association held its judges’ night on May 7 at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview. Honored at the event were Cook County Associate Judge Marcia B. Orr and former judges Carole K. Bellows and Alexander P. White. Pictured from the event are (rear, left to right) Associate Judge Patrick J. Heneghan; NSBA President John F. Stimson, owner of the Law Offices of John F. Stimson in Skokie; Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans; NSBA past president Richard A. Pullano, owner of Pullano Law Offices; (front, left to right) Orr, White and Bellows.

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