Timothy S. Tomasik speaks at the Chicago Bar Association’s annual meeting last week at the Union League Club. “As lawyers, we all share the sworn duty to protect our democracy and Constitution, which is why my CBA presidency will place a special focus on protecting the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary,” he said. – Photo by Bill Richert

New CBA president to focus on recruiting, mental-health initiatives

Timothy S. Tomasik is an established trial lawyer, “avid World War II history buff” and the newly installed president of the Chicago Bar Association, where he plans to expand existing initiatives and increase outreach to young attorneys.

Jackson sworn in as 1st Black woman on Supreme Court

Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Thursday, shattering a glass ceiling as the first Black woman on the nation’s highest court.

GOP’s Bailey to face Pritzker in race for governor

Illinois Republicans on Tuesday chose conservative state Sen. Darren Bailey to take on Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire who easily won the Democratic nomination and who spent millions trying to get the rival he wants and increase his already sizable advantage in the state this fall.

How I Did It

Steven Levin describes his return to law firm life after a heart attack

Steven M. Levin, founder and senior partner at Levin & Perconti, had a heart attack while golfing last September. While waiting for paramedics to arrive, a 20-year-old caddy performed CPR, which helped to keep him alive.

Illinois Supreme Court adopts new Code of Judicial Conduct

The Illinois Supreme Court has adopted a new Illinois Code of Judicial Conduct — providing guidance for social media use and changes to required financial disclosures — in the first “top to bottom” update of the code in 50 years.

Rochford, Walker, Mitchell win judicial races; Cook County results tallied

Election results are rolling in following the primary election Tuesday, with several contested races appearing to see definitive outcomes. Results are still unofficial.

Right-to-counsel claim nixed for man who defended himself

The Sixth Amendment does not provide grounds for overturning the conviction of a man who insisted on representing himself in his trial on bank robbery charges, a federal appeals court held.

Temporary tax relief measures to begin Friday in Illinois

Illinoisans will receive some modest tax relief starting Friday when the state’s new fiscal year begins.

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Trial Notebook


Supreme Court settles split on arbitration waiver

Nine U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal adopted a special waiver rule for analyzing mid-litigation arbitration demands. Pointing to the public policy favoring arbitration, they decided that participation in litigation doesn’t waive the right to demand arbitration unless the other party was prejudiced by the delay. Disagreeing, the 7th and D.C. Circuits opted for ordinary waiver analysis, with no showing of prejudice required.

Realty Check

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Real estate partition statute should account for residents as well as owners

I have been involved in a number of partition actions over the years. Partition actions are heard in the Chancery Division, and in my experience, each Chancery judge addresses partition actions differently.

For the Defense

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Bad recent run for medical defendants in Illinois Supreme, appellate courts

Three recent cases from Illinois courts of review all favored plaintiffs on a range of issues worth noting for defense practitioners.

Prosecution and Procedure

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Evidence of other crimes, typically barred, is OK for domestic violence

The general rule in Illinois is that evidence of other crimes is not admissible in a criminal jury trial because we fear that a jury may base its verdict, in part, on propensity. Put another way, we fear a jury may convict under the following train of thought: “If the defendant committed this crime once, he probably committed it again.”

Opening Statement


‘Life After’ has flickers of Sondheim, if not the lush melodies

When Stephen Sondheim passed away last fall, the world lost one of its greatest composers and lyricists. Sondheim had done it all. He composed music, wrote books and songs — the whole shebang. There were others like him (Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter) but they were few and far between, and not many from the current crop of emerging songwriters could measure up to him.

Opening Statement


‘Do the Right Thing, No Worries If Not’ plays it safe at Second City

Here we are again at the beginning of a lazy, hazy hot summer where the hours and minutes can play tricks on your mind.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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Sports world rushing to trademark NFT ventures, but legal questions remain

Rob Gronkowski made a big splash in April 2021 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end became the first professional athlete to launch his own non-fungible token (NFT) trading cards.

Opening Statement


‘Skates’ kicks off new era for renovated Studebaker Theater

Although it took a few negative hits from local theater critics, there are a number of reasons to see “Skates,” a new musical playing through Aug. 28 at the renovated Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Ave.

Opening Statement


Steppenwolf is perfect venue for Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’

The expression “you’ve come a long way, baby,” was a popular Virginia Slims advertising campaign in the early 1970s, designed to entice women to smoke the brand’s cigarettes.

Social Scene


Bohemian Lawyers’ Association of Chicago president sworn in

Mary Cunningham of Kominiarek Bresler Harvick Gudmundson LLC was installed as Bohemian Lawyers’ Association of Chicago president earlier this month. Photo courtesy of the association

ABOTA Illinois recognizes Justice Lavin

Illinois 1st District Appellate Justice Terrence J. Lavin was recognized as Judge of the Year at the spring luncheon of the Illinois Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Lavin spoke and received a special framed War of 1812 American flag. Photo courtesy ABOTA Illinois

Justice group honors Raoul

The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation honored Attorney General Kwame Raoul with its Champion of Justice Award at its annual meeting earlier this month at Jenner & Block. Shown is Raoul with Leslie Corbett, executive director of the foundation. Photo courtesy of the foundation

ISBA officers sworn in

Rory Weiler, left, was sworn in as president of the Illinois State Bar Association in Springfield earlier this month, with Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, communications partner at Clifford Law Offices, serving as emcee. Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne Burke and Justice David Overstreet swore in the officers. Photo by Kari Bedford Photography

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