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Immanuel Baptist Church at 1443 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago. A federal judge denied the city’s motion to strike Reverend Jonathan W. Rich’s report and bar his testimony in a suit filed by the church. The suit claims the city unfairly targeted it with a zoning ordinance that requires religious assemblies to have at least one off-street parking space for every eight seats in their main auditorium. – Jordyn Reiland/Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Clergyman gets OK to testify as expert

A church that alleges Chicago’s parking regulations have hampered its ability to thrive will try to bolster its case with the testimony of a clergyman who has overseen the establishment of 39 churches and helped dozens of others design peaceful “ministry environments.”
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CBA’s Vanguard Awards honor 14 legal standouts

The Chicago Bar Association hosted the Vanguard Awards ceremony last week to honor individuals who have made the law “more accessible to and more reflective” of the Chicago community.

Judicial nominees, perhaps a potential justice, face Senate

WASHINGTON — Ketanji Brown Jackson is heading to Capitol Hill for an audition of sorts. Lawmakers are grilling her about her nomination to become a federal appeals court judge. But if the hearing goes well, the 50-year-old could someday get a callback for an even bigger role: Supreme Court justice.

Suit over online classes at IIT denied

An Illinois Institute of Technology student whose classes went virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic does not have a case against the school for breach of contract, a federal judge held.

Steakhouse fails to get rent suit tossed

A dispute over the decision by Ruth’s Chris Steak House to shut down its Chicago location permanently will continue to be fought out in federal court.

Generation ESQ

Bond Fund staff attorney adapts to evolving role

Less than two years after graduating from Harvard Law School Jianing Xie is putting her legal skills to the test in a rapidly evolving sector of the state’s legal system: securing bond for low-income defendants.

Sheriff not liable in shootings by correctional officer

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is not liable for the actions of a correctional officer who broke into her ex-girlfriend’s home and shot two people before taking her own life, a federal judge held.

Family law group, IBF partner to provide relief for lawyers

The Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers announced a partnership with the Illinois Bar Foundation Monday to provide assistance to attorneys facing financial hardship during the pandemic.

FALA launches initiative to assist frontline workers with power of attorney documents

The Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago this month has launched a pro bono initiative to provide power of attorney documents for frontline workers.

Campanelli joins Lawndale Christian Legal Center

Lawndale Christian Legal Center has named former Cook County Public Defender Amy P. Campanelli its vice president of restorative justice.

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Boeing engineers a ‘snap removal’

A Norwegian airline sued Boeing and one of its subsidiaries in the Daley Center, five blocks east of the aerospace company’s international headquarters. The lawsuit satisfied all the requirements for diversity jurisdiction and Boeing would have had a right to drag it down Dearborn Street to the Dirksen Courthouse — but for the forum defendant rule, which Boeing tried to dodge by engineering a “snap removal” before it was served with summons. When a civil action is removable solely because of diversity of citizenship, the forum defendant rule says the lawsuit “may not be removed if any of the parties in interest properly joined and served as defendants is a citizen of the state in which such action is brought.” 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1441(b)(2). Boeing justified snap removal based on the “joined and served” clause. Ruling on Norwegian Air Shuttle’s request for a remand, U.S. District Judge Andrea R. Wood joined the debate on the validity of this controversial tactic for thwarting the forum defendant rule.

For the Defense


Sometimes support comes from an unlikely source

Sometimes support for a position comes from an unlikely source. For example, during the debate over the prejudgment interest bills (which, as of this writing, still sits on the governor’s desk) it came to light that there was a proposal from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to amend that state’s prejudgment interest statute to reduce the interest imposed from its current 9% to a one-year constant maturity treasury yield.

Lawyers’ Forum


‘Materially adverse employment actions’ come in many forms

In a recent memorandum opinion and order on an employer’s motion to dismiss an employee’s lawsuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois addressed the standard for what constitutes a plausible allegation of a materially adverse employment action for purposes of employee claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Insurance Matters


No coverage for claim involving admin’s alleged sexual abuse

The 5th District Appellate Court, reversing the trial court, recently held that a liability insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify an insured school district with respect to a claim for sexual abuse of a student by a school administrator.

Opening Statement


The Oscars finally embrace diversity

This has been an interesting week. I got a glimpse of what our entertainment world will look like post-pandemic and after a year of becoming socially aware of our racial inequities.

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HBO Max docuseries goes deep on history of white supremacy

It was one of those strange yet interesting coincidences.

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Crouch’s work shines online at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

I have seen two productions of playwright Tim Crouch at Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier and found them both extraordinary.

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A special rendition of a well-known story in ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

In 1797, the famous German author, philosopher and poet Johan Wolfgang von Goethe wrote the poem “Der Zauberlehrling,” known in English as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

Lex Sportiva


Sports betting app targeted for unfair, deceptive trade practices

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which ultimately prohibited sports gambling in the United States, was unconstitutional. Murphy v. NCAA, 138 S. Ct. 146 (2018). SCOTUS held that PAPSA violated the anti-commandeering doctrine because PAPSA essentially dictated what state legislatures could and could not do. In the few years since Murphy, sports gambling has already been legalized by several states nationwide.

Social Scene


IBF Q&A with authors in legal profession

1st District Appellate Court Justice David W. Ellis (top left) and Chicago-based attorney Christie Tate (top center) were panelists on the Illinois Bar Foundation’s Virtual Author’s Q&A Wednesday. The event was moderated by John McNally (top right), managing editor of Chicago Lawyer magazine, a sister publication of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Tate and Ellis discussed their forays into a writing career while maintaining a legal career, their creative process and where they find inspiration. Both authors have graced The New York Times Best Seller list. Zoom screenshot

YLS CBA’s Got Talent

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP Partner Lawrence H. Aaronson, along with Kermit the Frog, won the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section’s first-ever CBA’s Got Talent competition with a rendition of “Rainbow Connection.” The event raised more than $18,000 for the Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers in the Classroom Program. Tiffani Watson, the program director, plans to use the money to continue the civic education program that links volunteer lawyers with teachers and children in grades 2-8 on their constitutional rights under the law. Zoom screenshot courtesy of the Chicago Bar Association.

Appellate advocates talk diversity

From top left: Assistant Appellate Defender Beverly Jones; Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Associate Dean of Inclusion & Engagement Shannon P. Bartlett; Perkins Coie Associate Sopen Shah; Northwestern Clinical Assistant Professor of Law David M. Shapiro; Jones Day Of Counsel and former 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams; Appellate Project founder Juvaria Khan; and O’Melveny & Myers Partner Brad Garcia discuss the importance of diversifying the appellate bar. Photo courtesy of Peggy Li of the American Constitution Society.

CBA panel on Justice Stevens

From top left: Cook County Circuit Court Judge William H. Hooks, Chicago Bar Association President Maryam Ahmad, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William J. Bauer and 1st District Appellate Court Justice Michael B. Hyman (bottom) discuss the life and judicial career of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Justice Stevens was a Chicago native whose tenure on the high court has been viewed as one of the most important in modern history. Photo courtesy of the Chicago Bar Association

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