Melodie Gliniewicz, the wife of a disgraced Illinois police officer who staged his suicide, walks out the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan with her lawyers after a February 2016 hearing. A state appeals panel held this month that the trial judge should have allowed prosecutors to submit what they contend is newly discovered evidence not protected by spousal privilege. Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP

Panel: Prosecutors can make case to use Gliniewicz's texts with wife

Lake County prosecutors will get another chance to prove why text messages between Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz and his widow should be admitted at her criminal trial, an appeals panel held.

More than 1,200 new Illinois attorneys take the oath

A total of 1,283 individuals were sworn in as new lawyers on Thursday, across all the ceremonies in Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Springfield and Carbondale.

Springfield Dispatch

Springfield lawyer enjoys shift from family law to tax

Growing up, Brittany Kink Toigo had a passion for the medical field, with a plan to become a pharmacist or a pediatric dentist. But as she grew up, Toigo wanted to be different than her two brothers who were pursuing degrees in the medical field.

Judge apologizes for disabled inmate’s treatment at courthouse

A man paralyzed from the neck down is entitled to an apology for the “degrading” conditions he endured in the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, a judge concluded.

Abbreviated caption not a spoiler for summons

A plaintiff’s use of the phrase “et al.” in the case caption of the summons she sent to defendants did not doom her lawsuit, a state appeals panel ruled last week.

Woman involved in crash with truck gets $5M

A woman who sustained a traumatic brain injury after her car collided with a commercial truck in 2016 has settled her lawsuit for $5 million.

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Trial Notebook


Bid for new judge found to be proper

On appeal from a bench trial before Judge Jodi M. Hoos in Peoria County that ended with a $191 judgment against a flooring contractor, the unhappy plaintiffs who sued Woodworker’s Shop for $9,000, argued Chief Judge Paul P. Gilfillan erred in denying their pretrial request for an automatic substitution of judge.

Insurance Matters


No coverage for injuries arising out of billing collecting practices

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently held that commercial general liability and umbrella policies did not provide coverage for claims for breach of privacy, credit defamation and bodily injury when those claims occurred in connection with excluded statutory violations.

Cotter’s Corner


Conflicts come to fore with 1 on team Trump

We recently learned that Solicitor General Noel Francisco was granted an ethics waiver on April 24, which had not been previously disclosed.

Opening Statement


Janet Ulrich Brooks wows as Maria Callas in ‘Master Class’

In the past year, I have seen the remarkable Chicago actress Janet Ulrich Brooks in two distinctive TimeLine Theatre productions, each performance as different from the other as night and day.

Non-Billable Hours


New book on Frederick Douglass looks promising

Billed by its publisher as the “definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African-American of the 19th century,” the book is one that everyone should read to understand the life of a truly great American.

Lex Sportiva


New NBA plan could be path away from backdoor deals

The battle between maintaining a college athlete’s amateur status and paying them for profits the university makes off their labor has continued to surge as colleges consistently see increased profits from their athletic departments, while the athletes remain unpaid.

Opening Statement


‘Shayna Maidel’ a story of an immigrant family’s unbreakable bond

"Never forget" was the clarion call to Jewish people and decent people everywhere as a reminder to always remember the horrors and atrocities committed during the Holocaust.

Social Scene


Steptoe partner honored for pro bono housing work

Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner Anthony G. Hopp received the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing’s 2018 Pro Bono Advocate Award earlier this month at the committee’s annual benefit at DLA Piper’s office. Hopp earned the award for his work helping a mother and son relocate from a lead-tainted apartment and sue the landlord for damages. He’s pictured with that client, Kimberly Jackson, as he received the award on Nov. 1. Photo provided by Steptoe & Johnson LLP/Gopho Collective

BatesCarey’s inaugual ‘Tea Talk’

Female attorneys at BatesCarey LLP hosted their inaugural Tea Talk: Women Empowering Women event Nov. 1 at Swift & Sons, focusing on trends in insurance coverage. BatesCarey special counsel Elise D. Allen, one of the event hosts, moderated a discussion on success in the workplace. She’s pictured on the left, joined by fellow hosts Kristi S. Nolley (center) and Agelo L. Reppas, both BatesCarey partners. Photo provided by BatesCarey LLP

LAP Annual Dinner

The Lawyers’ Assistance Program held its annual dinner last Thursday at the Union League Club of Chicago. About 300 attorneys and judges gathered to support LAP’s efforts to promote well-being in the profession. Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton was the night’s keynote speaker. He’s pictured in the center alongside 1st District Appellate Justice Jesse G. Reyes and LAP Executive Director Robin Belleau at the event. Photo provided by Lawyers’ Assistance Program/Ralph Greenslade

LCA Benefit Luncheon

Lawyers for the Creative Arts held its 2018 benefit luncheon Thurday at the Palmer House Hilton. Among honorees this year were Robert A. Clifford of Clifford Law Offices and his wife, Joan, who received the Distinguished Service Award for their support of the arts in Chicago. They’re pictured (center) at the luncheon with LCA board member Kevin J. Conway of Cooney & Conway (left) and LCA Executive Director Jan Feldman. Photo provided by Clifford Law Offices

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