People protest outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will take up the Trump administration’s plan to end legal protections that shield nearly 700,000 immigrants from deportation, in a case with strong political overtones amid the 2020 presidential election campaign. – AP Photo/Susan Walsh

With DACA before SCOTUS, all eyes on Roberts

The U.S. Supreme Court is taking up the Trump administration’s plan to end legal protections that shield 660,000 immigrants from deportation, a case with strong political overtones amid the 2020 presidential election campaign.

Judge grants USWNT class status in discrimination lawsuit

The U.S. women’s national team has been granted class status in its lawsuit against U.S. Soccer that alleges gender discrimination in compensation and working conditions.

Illinois adds 1,459 attorneys to the bar

It’s off to the races — or at least billable hours — for the 1,459 new attorneys sworn in by the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday.

Law School Notes

Loyola Law creates history-focused George Anastaplo professorship

Loyola University Chicago School of Law established a professorship honoring the late George Anastaplo, a former Loyola professor, activist and constitutional law scholar who was denied his law license from the Illinois State Bar during the Red Scare.

Law Firm Leaders

AILA president Lindt talks about her challenges

Marketa Lindt, national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, is on the front lines of defending immigrants’ rights. In her practice at Sidley Austin LLP, Lindt advises U.S. companies on business immigration issues and employment eligibility verification.

Law School Notes

Northwestern law joins national diversity initiative

One purpose behind the partnership between Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and a new national diversity initiative is to work with scholars in the field to design experiments and analyze the data.

Jury gives $10M for cardiac incident

A Cook County jury awarded $10 million in a wrongful-death case involving a 39-year-old man who died after going into cardiac arrest.

Construction fall nets $2.1 million

The family of a carpenter who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a work-related fall has settled their lawsuit for $2.1 million.

Romanian receives another chance to pursue visa

Immigration officials failed to show that a Romanian man’s hasty and brief marriage to an American citizen was a sham, a federal judge held.

Illinois high court will examine Jardines’ extent in dog sniff case

SPRINGFIELD — This week, the state’s high court will review the question of whether a police dog’s sniff from outside a motel room amounts to an unconstitutional search when drugs are found inside the room.

Courts & Cases

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Be in the know. These must-read insider briefings will keep you
email envelope icon
informed of the latest legal developments in Chicago. Sign up today!


Trial Notebook


Deputy fails to implicate marshal in FTCA claim

Stephen Linder’s lawsuit against the United States for malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress — based on allegedly tortious conduct by the U.S. marshal for the Northern District of Illinois and several other federal employees — relied on an 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals case that concluded the discretionary-function defense provided by Section 2680(a) of the Federal Tort Claims Act doesn’t apply to assault, battery, false imprisonment, false arrest, abuse of process or malicious prosecution by federal law enforcement officers.

Legal History


November 13

See if you know what happened on this day in Legal History with Karen Conti.

Lawyers' Forum


Litigation over failure to disclose known conditions with property

Failure-to-disclose litigation, fraudulent misrepresentation and fraudulent concealment in real estate transactions have become more prevalent. It is unclear whether buyers have become more aware of the obligations sellers have to be truthful in representations during the transaction or whether there are more sellers who believe they can sell property with impunity, without fully disclosing the known condition of a property.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Aside from beating foes on the field; IP game just as important

A recent lawsuit over the sale of a Chicago Cubs souvenir is a departure from the usual intellectual property infringement dispute. Instead of a sports organization heading to court to protect its copyright or trademark from counterfeit merchandise or an allegedly infringing upstart, this time it’s the little guy who’s filing suit.

Opening Statement


‘The Inheritance,’ ‘Hadestown’ highlight N.Y. theater scene

I just came back from the city that “never sleeps… king of the hill… top of the heap.” That’s right — New York, New York. While I was there to attend the conference of the American Theatre Critics Association, I was able to take in some great Broadway hits for my annual report to our readers.

Lex Sportiva


Biometrics increasingly play bigger role in pro, college sports

While the use of biometrics in athletic competitions and sports is quite common, players at both the professional and collegiate level are concerned about whether their biometric information is entitled to privacy and whether their data can be used against them.

Opening Statement


Lenny Bruce tribute, Leguizamo ‘lecture’ bring out the laughs

It was 1958 on Rush Street, or as one cab driver put it, “when Rush Street was still Rush Street.”

Social Scene


Reed Smith honored for work with ‘Doomsday Clock’ group

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists honored two Reed Smith LLP attorneys for their pro bono efforts at its annual dinner last week at the Palmer House Hilton. Partners Lowell E. Sachnoff (center) and Austin L. Hirsch (left) are board members for the nonprofit organization that publishes information about manmade threats. According to Reed Smith, firm attorneys have handled the organization’s publishing contracts and intellectual property rights — including the famous Doomsday Clock. And they’ve advised on governance, lease contracts and data security. Hirsch and Sachnoff are pictured with John Balkcom, the Bulletin’s board chairman.

Advocates Society hosts Judges Night

The Advocates’ Society of Polish American Lawyers held its annual Judges Night on Oct. 17 at the Polish Museum of America in the Noble Square neighborhood. Pictured at the event are (left to right) Illinois Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville Jr.; 1st District Appellate Court Justice Aurelia Pucinski; Jonathan Clark Green, a Chicago assistant corporation counsel supervisor and the Advocates’ Society’s first vice president; former Cook County circuit judge and Chicago alderman Thomas R. Allen, now a neutral with ADR Systems; and 1st District Appellate Court Justice Michael B. Hyman. Photo provided by the Advocates’ Society

Loyola’s Corboy Fellows win tourney

Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Corboy Fellows in Trial Advocacy won the 2019 Tournament of Champions sponsored by the National Board of Trial Advocacy last weekend in Washington, D.C. Teammates (left to right) Brian Baloun, Miya Saint-Louis, Madeline Beck and Joseph Tennial competed against 15 other law schools in six rounds as student advocates and witnesses. Baloun and Saint-Louis tied for the board’s Best Advocate Award, the first time in tournament history the title has been shared by two advocates from one team. Photo provided by Loyola University Chicago

Evolution of Dissolution

Berger Schatz hosted “The Evolution of Dissolution” last Friday, a panel discussion about creating a more positive divorce process. Partner Brendan J. Hammer moderated a panel discussion that included psychologist Kerry Smith, former Cook County circuit judge Michele Francene Lowrance, Los Angeles divorce attorney Laura Wasser, Hoffenberg & Block attorney Vanessa L. Hammer and David Lynch Foundation manager Chris Busch (not pictured). Photo provided by Berger Schatz

Special Publications

Career Center

Photo gallery with Top Stories