Special Section Law Day 2019: Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society
Demonstrators hold images of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos near their faces during an October protest at Amazon headquarters over the company's facial recognition system, "Rekognition," in Seattle. San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies as the technology creeps increasingly into daily life. Studies have shown error rates in facial-analysis systems built by Amazon, IBM and Microsoft were far higher for darker-skinned women than lighter-skinned men. – AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File

Public safety, civil rights groups battle over facial ID technology

San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that’s creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras.

Mnuchin: Courts will settle Trump taxes fight

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that it’s up to the courts to referee his dispute with House Democrats demanding access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

In Chambers

Hylla looks to future after final term as 3rd Circuit chief judge

As a grade-school student, 3rd Circuit Chief Judge David A. Hylla was tasked with convincing the class that the British side was right during the American Revolution.

Law School Notes

Retiring NU professor looks at life after exoneration clinic

Karen L. Daniel — longtime clinical professor at Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions — graduated from Harvard Law School in 1981, when there were no established legal clinics devoted to exonerating wrongfully convicted people.

Conspiracy claim gets review by high court

SPRINGFIELD — The state’s top court heard oral arguments on whether a man who suffers from lung cancer from exposure to asbestos while employed as a construction worker should get another chance to prove civil conspiracy. 

Reformatted Juvenile Justice Act aims to reduce detention time

A Illinois state Senate bill making its way through the House modifies the Juvenile Court Act in an attempt to quicken the detention hearing process.

Claims can proceed after mid-flight finger mishap

A man who allegedly tripped and injured his finger during an international flight can pursue his claim against British Airways after a federal judge found the man’s allegations could meet the Montreal Convention’s definition of “accident.”

Courts & Cases

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Trial Notebook


Escape cow sets up fight for payment

Kirk Raab’s collision with a cow while driving on Stagecoach Road in northeastern Illinois resulted in a $225,000 settlement with Kenneth Frank, owner of the fugitive critter, and an unusual claim by Frank under the Joint Tortfeasor Contribution Act against landowners David and Virginia Grossen involving two statutes — the Domestic Animals Running at Large Act and the Fence Act — plus a fence agreement that “ran with the land.”

Cotter’s Corner


Quiet Clarence Thomas turns into court’s conservative icon

Until recently, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was often a party of one in his dissents. During the October 2018 term, Thomas has started to ascend as the leader of the right and of the court.

Backward Glances

Law Bulletin headlines this week in history.

Lex Sportiva


Avenatti caught in a web created by his doing

Despite significant evidence of wrongdoing by Nike, Michael Avenatti’s information dump has inflicted more legal consequences upon him than Nike or college basketball’s reputation.

Opening Statement


Tony nominees show evolution of musical theater over decades

This week the nominations for the Tony Award for Best Original Musical were announced. The winner of the 73rd annual award will be named on June 9.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Use of athletes’ health data looms large for players, leagues

The collection of data from professional athletes has sparked ongoing discussion about the ownership and use of that data, including the rights of athletes to monetize their own information and how to protect their privacy.

Sports Torts


Exploding shoe enough to make risk-adverse crowd cringe

Zion Williamson, the freshman phenom from Duke, exploded onto the college basketball scene this season. While he will not be competing in next weekend’s Final Four due to his team’s loss to Michigan State, he has captured the country’s attention this March while carrying his team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Social Scene


Kogan Awards

The Chicago Bar Association held its annual Herman Kogan Media Awards on May 15 at Petterino’s, recognizing local news outlets and journalists for their work covering the legal profession and public affairs. Pictured is Timothy P. O’Neill, a retired professor from The John Marshall Law School and longtime CDLB columnist, receiving a career achievement honor from CBA President Steven M. Elrod. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association

CBF Passport to Chicago

The Chicago Bar Foundation held its sixth annual Passport to Chicago event on May 3 at the Chopping Block in River North. Pictured (left to right) are Leonard Aucamp of Vitality Group Inc., Stacie Neeter of Stout and CBF staffers Emme Veenbaas and Jessica L. Bednarz awaiting a chef-made dish. Photo provided by the Chicago Bar Foundation

North Suburban Bar Association hosts judges

The North Suburban Bar Association held its judges’ night on May 7 at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview. Honored at the event were Cook County Associate Judge Marcia B. Orr and former judges Carole K. Bellows and Alexander P. White. Pictured from the event are (rear, left to right) Associate Judge Patrick J. Heneghan; NSBA President John F. Stimson, owner of the Law Offices of John F. Stimson in Skokie; Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans; NSBA past president Richard A. Pullano, owner of Pullano Law Offices; (front, left to right) Orr, White and Bellows.

Irish American Hall of Fame

Fiona McEntee of immigration law firm McEntee Law Group was inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame 2019 class in the category of Hometown Hero on April 27 at the Irish American Heritage Center. She is shown here with Sen. Billy Lawless, a Chicago-based restaurateur appointed to the Irish parliament to represent the Irish diaspora. Photo provided by the Irish American Heritage Center

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