“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett arrives a news conference after a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building this morning. Smollett attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a statement that Smollett’s record “has been wiped clean.” Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs. – AP Photo/Amanda Seitz

Smollett’s attorneys say all criminal charges dropped

Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett said today that charges alleging he lied to police about a racist and homophobic attack have been dropped.

$5M award to estate of man fatally shot by police

A Cook County jury on Thursday awarded more than $5 million to the daughter of a man killed by Chicago police in May 2014.

In Chambers

Suburban judge has a flair for the academic

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Anderson once bought a beer for Antonin G. Scalia.

Jury awards $23.5M for birth injury

A Cook County jury awarded more than $23.5 million to a young girl who was born with brain damage after sustaining hours of fetal distress during delivery.

Federal bench ‘firsts’ discuss their journey

By 1994, Ruben Castillo had built up a resume that earned him a nomination to the federal trial court in Chicago.

Bill looks to expand voting initiative to jailed inmates

SPRINGFIELD —A measure that would expand voting rights for jail inmates is making its way through the legislature after a nearly identical bill was vetoed last year by the former governor.

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Trial Notebook


Dollar figure ships lawsuit back to state

To keep Cynthia Weiskopf’s personal-injury case in federal court after removal from the Sangamon County courthouse based on diversity of citizenship, Menard Inc., a Wisconsin corporation, had to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the amount in controversy exceeded $75,000.

Insurance Matters


Multiple limits on declarations pages results in stacking

The 5th District Appellate Court recently held that the listing of liability limits twice in the declarations pages of an automobile insurance policy required that the limits be stacked, so that twice the limits set forth in the policy would apply to the underlying claimants’ claims.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Denied mandamus shows justice is two-tiered

Patrick F. Cassidy is an attorney from Berwyn. He writes in response to the Daily Law Bulletin’s coverage last week of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Raoul v. Gaughan mandamus petition.

Opening Statement


‘Little Shop of Horrors’ back on stage

Just when you thought it was safe to walk into a flower shop again, “Little Shop of Horrors,” with music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, has returned — this time to the stage of the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave., in Lakeview, and running until April 28.

Non-Billable Hours


A low-stakes ‘Captain Marvel’ backstory now to save the universe later

Captain Marvel” has one job. That job is to explain the origin story of its titular shero well enough to justify her role in saving the universe when “Avengers: Endgame” opens on April 26.

Opening Statement


‘Choir of Man’ rocks, but ‘Bronx Tale’ not as meaty as ‘Todd’

Did you hear the one about the theater critic who walked into a bar? Sounds like the setup to a punchline — but in fact that’s what critics and audiences are doing this month at Chicago Shakespeare on Navy Pier.

Non-Billable Hours


Close, but no cigar: Where’s the Academy’s love for Glenn?

Glenn Close’s 2019 Oscars dress weighed 42 pounds — 4 million tiny glass beads, hand-sewn on sheaths of golden fabric formed into a shimmering caftan — the vestment of a Hollywood high priestess.

Social Scene


ITLA women’s volunteer day

Fifteen lawyers from the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Women’s Caucus participated in the group’s first volunteer day, preparing dinner Friday at Sarah’s Circle, a nonprofit in Uptown that supports homeless women.

Salvi Law at career day

Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C. partners Tara R. Devine and Jennifer L. Ashley presented about the legal profession during a career day program last week at Butterfield School in north-suburban Libertyville. The two helped students hold a mock trial in the case of B.B. Wolf v. Curly Pig. Photo provided by Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

ABA’s Carlson at DePaul

American Bar Association president Bob Carlson, a shareholder with Corette Black Carlson & Mickelson P.C. in Butte, Mont., visited with students at the DePaul University College of Law on March 12. Photo provided by DePaul University/Jeff Carrion

WBAI judicial reception

The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois hosted its annual judicial reception on March 7 at the Chicago Cultural Center. This year, WBAI honored four judges: (left to right) Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner, former Cook County Circuit Judge Russell W. Hartigan and 1st District Appellate Court Justice Joy V. Cunningham.

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