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A photograph of Abraham Lincoln taken after he won the Republican nomination for president in 1860 is displayed at the Illinois Supreme Court. The ceremony is part of a campaign to have the same photograph in every courthouse in Illinois. Pictured from left to right are 1st District Appellate Justice Michael B. Hyman; Supreme Court Justices Thomas L. Kilbride and Rita B. Garman; Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier; Supreme Court Justices Robert R. Thomas, Anne M. Burke and P. Scott Neville Jr.; Illinois State Bar Association President and DuPage County Associate Judge James F. McCluskey and Illinois Judges Association President and Cook County Associate Judge James E. Snyder. – Adrianna Pitrelli

Lincoln now takes his place at high court

Nearly 160 years ago, Abraham Lincoln posed for a photo at what is now the Old State Capitol, one month after he won the Republican presidential nomination.
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Injured shopper’s suit against Home Depot proceeds

An injured customer can move forward with his lawsuit against The Home Depot after contract workers allegedly pushed a heavy cart into him as he shopped.
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No legal malpractice in baseball league's breakup

A state appeals panel affirmed a Cook County jury’s defense verdict in favor of a law firm sued for legal malpractice by a now-shuttered baseball league.

Law Firm Leaders

Legal ethics expert retires after 33 years

Thomas P. Sukowicz spent about 10 years writing his first novel, titled “The Administrator.” The story line involves a murder plot to kill the administrator of an attorney discipline commission by right-wing religious fanatics who want to take over the state agency.

Law School Notes

Following national trend, bar pass rates dip here

Law school graduates are preparing to take the Illinois bar exam next month. Newly released scores from last July’s exam suggest there might be a few more re-takers than a year ago.

Judge's use of ‘thumps’ earns driver new trial

An appeals court has ruled the judge’s use of “thumps” to describe what the driver heard when he hit and killed a pedestrian with his truck gave rise to an appearance of impropriety, since the word only appeared in a victim statement that wasn’t part of the record.

Family removed from plane can pursue bias claim

A Lebanese-American couple who were kicked off a plane at O’Hare International Airport got the go-ahead to pursue a race discrimination claim against United Airlines Inc.

Three of ‘Englewood Four’ to settle with county for $24M

Cook County commissioners this week are set to settle the claims of the “Englewood Four” — men who coerced into false confessions for a 1994 rape and murder — for nearly $24 million.

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Bid to extend implied warranty of habitability nixed

Trying to persuade the Illinois Supreme Court to extend the implied warranty of habitability beyond the remedy’s original target (developer-vendors of newly constructed residences) to subcontractors, the Sienna Court Condo Association relied on analogies to a tort that doesn’t require contractual privity between plaintiffs and defendants: personal-injury claims against product manufacturers based on strict liability.

Workplace Issues

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Court OKs disability claim by attorney with chronic pain

A recent Utah federal court ruling involving an attorney claiming disability due to chronic pain raised a number of interesting issues.

Lawyers' Forum

Expanding frontier of 'surf-by' web accessibility lawsuits

Every public accommodation serving customers should ask itself this question: Is my business accessible to customers with disabilities in compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Sports Marketing Playbook

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Lawsuits over signature dances latest effort at athlete identity

A new twist in the ongoing debate over athletes’ right of publicity may be on the way. Lawsuits over the alleged theft of dance moves were filed in courts last month against the makers of popular video games, including the NBA 2K video game series.

Opening Statement

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Second City’s latest revue full of funny faces that’ll go places

As I recently sat in the darkened space of The Second City’s Mainstage theater, I couldn’t help but wonder: Is this a strange coincidence or what?

Non-Billable Hours

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‘On the Basis of Sex’ shows how a star is born

If Gloria Steinem is the Martin Luther King Jr. of the women’s movement, then Ruth Bader Ginsburg is its Thurgood Marshall.

The Laws of Fitness

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How to stay physically fit during winter months

Avoiding the winter blues by partaking in some fun winter activities here in the Chicago area.

Social Scene

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Jury selection primer presented at CBA

Bradley M. Cosgrove, partner at Clifford Law Offices, and Charles R. Haskins, associate at the firm, spoke Friday at The Chicago Bar Association on “10 Things You Need to Know Before Picking a Jury.” The lunchtime program, sponsored by the CBA Torts Litigation Committee, offered Continuing Legal Education credit. It is available for viewing via the web by visiting chicagobar.org and select Committees-Upcoming Meetings. Photo provided by Clifford Law Offices
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NSBA Holiday party

The North Suburban Bar Association held its annual holiday party Dec. 6 at Maggiano’s Little Italy at Westfield Old Orchard Mall in Skokie. Pictured (left to right) are David P. Pasulka, principal at David P. Pasulka & Associates P.C. and past NSBA president; current NSBA President John F. Stimson, a Skokie sole practitioner; Richard L. Pullano, partner at Pullano Law Offices and past NSBA president; and Cook County Associate Judge Patrick J. Heneghan, NSBA’s president-elect.
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‘Letters to Santa’

Clark Hill PLC participated in Dear Santa Letters, an initiative of The Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section in coordination with Direct Effect Charities. The program collects wish-list letters from disadvantaged Chicago students, then special gifts are bought, wrapped and delivered to those students’ schools. Pictured with 100 donated presents are (left to right) Clark Hill receptionist Marykay Polito, member Ray J. Koenig III, legal assistant Tammy Braun and associate Chris Hopkins. Photo provided by Clark Hill PLC
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ITLA med-mal seminar

Clifford Law Offices partner Bradley M. Cosgrove presents on demonstrative exhibits during a medical-malpractice seminar on Dec. 10 hosted by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association at the JW Marriott Chicago. In addition to Cosgrove’s discussion, the event included presentations from nine other plaintiff’s lawyers and a Cook County judge on topics related to med-mal practice.

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