This artist sketch depicts White House counsel Pat Cipollone speaking in the Senate chamber during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. Dana Verkouteren via AP

For senators, being silent jurors is hard

A widespread struggle with attention late Tuesday and early this morning as arguments in the abuse and obstruction trial stretched past midnight is a challenge anyone who’s served on a jury might understand, but senators try not to complain, given the enormous political stakes of the impeachment trial during the 2020 election year.

Oak Park Democrat Harmon takes top Senate position

When Sen. Donald F. Harmon was sworn in as the 39th Senate president on Sunday, Sangamon County Associate Judge Rudolph M. Braud Jr. instructed the newly minted leader to raise his right hand.

Springfield Dispatch

With law courses complete, Deputy Gov. Mitchell looks ahead

Earning a J.D. was an early goal for Illinois Deputy Gov. Christian L. Mitchell, who completed law school last month.

Law Firm Leaders

Attorney blends chemistry, law into interesting career brew

Caryn C. Borg-Breen, co-founder of Green, Griffith, Borg-Breen LLP, didn’t see herself using her chemistry background to pursue a legal career.

Class certification denied in 'Empire' JTDC suit

Two juvenile detainees suing Cook County for placing them in lockdown to film the TV show “Empire” will have to pursue their lawsuit alone for now after Chief U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer denied them class status.

AG Raoul files amicus brief to halt courthouse arrests

The state’s top attorney is supporting a lawsuit that seeks to block federal agents from making civil immigration arrests inside and around state courthouses.

‘Frivolous’ lawsuit against Costco, Melrose Park officials dismissed

A federal judge last week dismissed a suit brought by a man who sued more than three dozen defendants after he was ticketed by police for leaving a Costco store without paying for the shrimp he allegedly ate.

Ex-student’s claims against foreign veterinary school tossed again

A federal judge has turned away an ex-student of a Caribbean veterinary school who claimed he was misled into enrolling and kicked out for exposing cheats.

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Trial Notebook


Court OKs divvying up ADA work claim

Brigid Ford’s principal argument on appeal to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from partial summary judgment and a jury verdict in her hostile-work environment case under the Americans with Disabilities Act against the sheriff’s office in Marion County, Ind., was that the district judge erred by divvying up her ADA claim into two episodes.

Lawyers' Forum


Home ownership, dividing asset can be difficult during divorce

After handling numerous short sales and loan modifications over the past 12 years, I have come to the conclusion that none is as trying as those between divorcing parties.

Federal Courts


$30M FTCA med-mal award put on hold over comparative fault

Today’s case looks at whether the judge in a bench trial in a Federal Tort Claims Act medical-malpractice action properly determined the plaintiff’s own comparative negligence or whether a remand was necessary in order to do so.

Cotter’s Corner


Roberts’ role during impeachment is source of curiosity

Last week, we took a look back at the Warren Court and the large influence that it had on a variety of areas. The week before, we looked back on the prior decade. We return to the present day with a variety of historical events and a number of continuing discussions about the court.

Opening Statement


Broadway-bound ‘Lehman Trilogy’ a sharp retelling of financial history

Recently, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to see a film presentation on the Northwestern University campus of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s live production of “The Lehman Trilogy” which is scheduled to open for a limited engagement on Broadway March 7 at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in New York City.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Top 10 sports marketing developments in the last decade

As the year 2020 ushers in a new decade, it’s evident that the past decade has seen numerous game-changing developments in sports and sports marketing, including unprecedented evolution in communication, technology and analytics to promote athletes, teams, leagues and brands.

Opening Statement


Brazen ‘Dance Nation’ doesn’t find the rhythm at Steppenwolf

American theater, television and film audiences have held great and somewhat salacious interest in watching high school girls compete for athletic championships, academic or talent scholarships and the attention of the best-looking schoolmate.

Lex Sportiva


Ex-NFL players’ health-care scheme indictment a warning to all

On Dec. 6, the Department of Justice filed charges against 10 former NFL players alleging they operated or assisted in a fraudulent scheme that resulted in defrauding $3.9 million from the NFL’s health-care benefit program for retired NFL players. If the alleged scheme articulated in the indictments is found to be true, it is likely those involved will face prison time.

Opening Statement


Theater productions that have ‘three criteria’ in harmony

If there is anything I have learned from writing this column for the past 30 years, it’s that there are at least three basic criteria by which one can judge the merits of a production of a play or musical.

Social Scene


Clifford Law Offices hosts wellness seminar

Clifford Law Offices partner Erin Clifford spoke Thursday on “Sane Lawyering: Building Hardiness in the Provision of Legal Services” at a lunchtime program at her firm’s office. The program was sponsored by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago and provided wellness advice on how to help someone or their colleagues excel personally and professionally. Photo courtesy of Clifford Law Offices.

Ropes & Gray holds #MeToo panel

Ropes & Gray LLP hosted a panel on Wednesday to explore legal issues surrounding workplace sexual misconduct. Laura G. Hoey, managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office, moderated the discussion. On the panel were Boston-based partner James P. Dowden and New York-based partner Joan McPhee, who together led the U.S. Olympic Committee’s independent investigation into the abuse of gymnasts. Also on the panel were Boston-based partner Megan Bisk in the firm’s labor and employment group and Harlan A. Loeb and Patrick Hillman from the public relations firm Edelman.

Novack and Macey volunteers help at GCFD

On Saturday, volunteers from Novack and Macey LLP’s Women’s Initiatives Group repacked food for distribution at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The group is co-chaired by partner Rebekah H. Parker and associate Hannah B. Griffin.

Salvi II speaks at Colorado seminar

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard Chicago Managing Partner Patrick A. Salvi II delivered a speech Dec. 13 at the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s Depositions: the ABC’s from VIPs seminar in Denver. Salvi’s speech was entitled “Expert Depositions: How to Attack Damages Experts,” was one of several presentations providing plaintiff’s attorneys with skills to use in auto, medical malpractice, products, employment, civil rights and other cases. Photo courtesy of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard

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