Supreme Court Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts arrived for photos outside the Supreme Court following Jackson’s formal investiture ceremony in Washington Friday. – AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Justice Jackson welcomed to Supreme Court bench with investiture

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson made her first appearance on the Supreme Court bench in a brief courtroom ceremony Friday, three days before the start of the high court’s new term.

Joy Cunningham prepares for move to Illinois Supreme Court

When Justice Joy Cunningham takes her seat with the Illinois Supreme Court in December, she will be the second Black woman to serve on the high court in the state’s history, but she credits many women before her for shattering the glass ceiling.

State Sen. Emil Jones III pleads not guilty in felony bribery case

State Sen. Emil Jones III pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday to three felony counts stemming from an alleged bribery scheme involving a red light camera company.

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.

Ban on drug addicts possessing firearms upheld

A federal law prohibiting drug addicts and people who illegally use controlled substances from possessing firearms does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal judge held.

Ginni Thomas reiterates false election claims, panel chairman says

Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, stood by the false claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent during an interview Thursday with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, the panel’s chairman said.

Former Chicago-area mayor to be released early from prison

A former suburban Chicago mayor in failing health is set to be released from federal prison just three months into a one-year sentence for taking $5,000 to help a red-light camera company.

Chicago attorney fends off attempt to kidnap woman in West Loop

Thomas James, an associate at Foley & Lardner LLP’s Chicago office, was in a Lyft home to the West Loop Sunday morning when he heard a woman scream.

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Trial Notebook


Courts split on cashing of two-party checks

Surveying the even split on a “somewhat regularly occurring legal issue” about two-party checks under the “supposedly uniform” Uniform Commercial Code, a federal judge in Florida considered “whether cashing a two-party check by one co-payee, without the knowledge, involvement, or endorsement of the other co-payee, discharges the party that issued the check from its liability on the check and any underlying contractual obligation.”

Racial Justice

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Remembering Charles W. Mills – equal justice champion, renowned philosopher

One year ago, London-born, Jamaican-raised professor of philosophy Charles W. Mills died at 70.

Letter to the Editor

ABA president responds: Chilling effect of rule on harassment is hypothetical

In your opinion piece titled “The ABA is at it again, advocating to silence lawyers with conduct rule” (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Sept. 21), the author expresses his dislike of ABA Model Rule of Conduct 8.4(g) and, more specifically, the American Bar Association’s amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that asserts that Pennsylvania Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g) is constitutionally sound and should be upheld.

For the Defense

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Pair of decisions from Illinois Supreme Court will shape civil practice for years

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued two decisions, Quiroz v. Chicago Transit Authority, 2022 IL 127603, and Midwest Sanitary Service, Inc. v. Sandberg, Phoenix & Von Gontard, P.C., 2022 IL 127327, that will have a substantial impact on civil litigation in Illinois.

Opening Statement


Two legendary Broadway shows shimmer in Chicago

As many readers of my column are aware, I am a great fan of the classic musicals from the Golden Age of Broadway.

Opening Statement


‘The Garbologists’ celebrates differences, diversity

When I think about plays with two major characters, I generally think about Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” Sam Shepard’s “True West” and Edward Albee’s “Zoo Story.”

Opening Statement


Rhapsody Theater brings more magic to Chicago

Like myself, I am sure that many of you are fascinated by magic and magicians. Making objects and/or people disappear out of thin air, surviving death-defying circumstances, holding your breath underwater for long periods of time and impressive card tricks may all be illusions. But we all have the same reaction — how did they do that?

Opening Statement


‘The Last Movie Stars’ pays tribute to Newman, Woodward

With not a lot happening this past weekend — other than the Chicago Air & Water Show which we had seen plenty of times from our balcony — my wife and I decided to stay in Michigan. We decided to watch a recently released HBO series that I can heartily recommend.

Opening Statement


‘Campaign, Inc.’ brings fake news to a whole new level

Long before Donald Trump charged vote fraud in the last presidential election or claimed that Barack Obama was not born in the United States, there has been a history of dirty political tricks in this country on both sides of the spectrum.

Social Scene


North Suburban Bar Association installs officers

The North Suburban Bar Association swore in President Kilby Cantwell Macfadden and officers and directors earlier this month at its installation dinner. From left are board member Corinne Cantwell Heggie, Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans and Macfadden. Photo by Sherri Whitko

ABOTA Illinois hosts civics education program

The Illinois Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates hosted its inaugural James Otis Lecture Series this month, welcoming 150 Chicago public high school students and teachers to Chicago-Kent College of Law for civics education. The series was organized by President-Elect Jill M. Webb and former President Cathy Reiter. Speakers included, from left, William J. Rogers, president of ABOTA Illinois; the Hon. Sanjay Tailor; Professor Carolyn Shapiro; Webb, and the Hon. Jesse G. Reyes. Photo courtesy of ABOTA

CBA hosts golf outing

The Chicago Bar Association hosted its 97th Annual CBA Golf Outing at the Chicago Highlands Club in Westchester on Monday. Shown from left are Terry Murphy, CBA executive director emertius; Timothy S. Tomasik, CBA president; Edward Austin, co-chair of CBA Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee, and Cook County Circuit Court Judge Thomas V. Lyons. Photo courtesy of CBA
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Polish justice visits Chicago

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Elder Law hosted Justice Mariusz Zalucki of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Poland Wednesday for a lecture on “The Challenges of Present Will Formalities,” followed by a panel discussion. Shown are, from left, McHenry Circuit Judge Michael J. Chmiel, Cook Circuit Court Judge Daniel B. Malone, Justyna H. Regan of Miller Canfield, Justice Zalucki, Elder Law commission chair Kerry R. Peck, Chief Justice Anne M. Burke, Cook Circuit Judge Kenneth E. Wright, Jr. and Agnes A. Ptasznik of Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. Photo courtesy of Illinois Supreme Court

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