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Cozen O’Connor attorneys and their translator pose for a photograph with their clients after winning their asylum case and their clients’ right to the stay in the U.S. At far left is attorney Corey T. Hickman, while attorney Julie L. Trester is in the center. – Photo provided by Cozen O’Connor

Cozen attorneys represent asylum seeker, buck Sessions' opinion

Julie L. Trester and Corey T. Hickman, attorneys at Cozen O’Connor, don’t specialize in immigration law. But the pair recently won an asylum case for their client — a 21-year-old Mexican woman and three of her four children.
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Lincoln now takes his place at high court

Nearly 160 years ago, Abraham Lincoln posed for a photo at what is now the Old State Capitol, one month after he won the Republican presidential nomination.
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Injured shopper’s suit against Home Depot proceeds

An injured customer can move forward with his lawsuit against The Home Depot after contract workers allegedly pushed a heavy cart into him as he shopped.

Law Firm Leaders

Legal ethics expert retires after 33 years

Thomas P. Sukowicz spent about 10 years writing his first novel, titled “The Administrator.” The story line involves a murder plot to kill the administrator of an attorney discipline commission by right-wing religious fanatics who want to take over the state agency.

Law School Notes

Following national trend, bar pass rates dip here

Law school graduates are preparing to take the Illinois bar exam next month. Newly released scores from last July’s exam suggest there might be a few more re-takers than a year ago.

$1.25M settlement for police arrest, beating

A former Northwestern University engineering student who was beaten during a 2015 traffic stop and wrongfully arrested over a suspected stolen vehicle has settled his lawsuit against the city of Evanston and four of its police officers for $1.25 million.

Panel affirms Brodsky sanction over 'egregious' behavior

A judge did not overstep her bounds when she sanctioned Chicago attorney Joel A. Brodsky for engaging in “egregious” behavior while representing a client in a civil case, a federal appeals court held.

Pritzker pushes right to abortion in state policies

Nearly a half century after abortion was legalized in some form by the U.S. Supreme Court, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order to make Illinois “the most progressive state for women’s reproductive rights.”

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Trial Notebook

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Three errors cost plaintiff $1M investment recovery

The first of three lawsuits pursued by Peter Dvorak to recover his $1 million investment in a limited partnership started in federal court with one misstep (a mistake about the citizenship of the partnership, which meant the U.S. District Court in Chicago didn’t have diversity jurisdiction) and ended with another (an error in thinking an agreed order that dismissed the case without prejudice didn’t trigger the Illinois one-refiling rule).

Global IP

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2019 IP forecast: Brexit, China and internet accountability

This year promises to be a hot year for international IP issues. But in the early days, there are three holdovers with anticipated deadlines for action within the next 90 days that promise to roil international protection.

Discourse on Divorce

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How state law changes affect your clients

As of Jan. 1, there are more than 250 new laws in Illinois. They cover everything from gun control to animal welfare to health care and education. Many of these laws can have a daily effect on people’s lives.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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Lawsuits over signature dances latest effort at athlete identity

A new twist in the ongoing debate over athletes’ right of publicity may be on the way. Lawsuits over the alleged theft of dance moves were filed in courts last month against the makers of popular video games, including the NBA 2K video game series.

Opening Statement

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Second City’s latest revue full of funny faces that’ll go places

As I recently sat in the darkened space of The Second City’s Mainstage theater, I couldn’t help but wonder: Is this a strange coincidence or what?

Non-Billable Hours

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‘On the Basis of Sex’ shows how a star is born

If Gloria Steinem is the Martin Luther King Jr. of the women’s movement, then Ruth Bader Ginsburg is its Thurgood Marshall.

The Laws of Fitness

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How to stay physically fit during winter months

Avoiding the winter blues by partaking in some fun winter activities here in the Chicago area.

Social Scene

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Jury selection primer presented at CBA

Bradley M. Cosgrove, partner at Clifford Law Offices, and Charles R. Haskins, associate at the firm, spoke Friday at The Chicago Bar Association on “10 Things You Need to Know Before Picking a Jury.” The lunchtime program, sponsored by the CBA Torts Litigation Committee, offered Continuing Legal Education credit. It is available for viewing via the web by visiting chicagobar.org and select Committees-Upcoming Meetings. Photo provided by Clifford Law Offices
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NSBA Holiday party

The North Suburban Bar Association held its annual holiday party Dec. 6 at Maggiano’s Little Italy at Westfield Old Orchard Mall in Skokie. Pictured (left to right) are David P. Pasulka, principal at David P. Pasulka & Associates P.C. and past NSBA president; current NSBA President John F. Stimson, a Skokie sole practitioner; Richard L. Pullano, partner at Pullano Law Offices and past NSBA president; and Cook County Associate Judge Patrick J. Heneghan, NSBA’s president-elect.
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‘Letters to Santa’

Clark Hill PLC participated in Dear Santa Letters, an initiative of The Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section in coordination with Direct Effect Charities. The program collects wish-list letters from disadvantaged Chicago students, then special gifts are bought, wrapped and delivered to those students’ schools. Pictured with 100 donated presents are (left to right) Clark Hill receptionist Marykay Polito, member Ray J. Koenig III, legal assistant Tammy Braun and associate Chris Hopkins. Photo provided by Clark Hill PLC
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ITLA med-mal seminar

Clifford Law Offices partner Bradley M. Cosgrove presents on demonstrative exhibits during a medical-malpractice seminar on Dec. 10 hosted by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association at the JW Marriott Chicago. In addition to Cosgrove’s discussion, the event included presentations from nine other plaintiff’s lawyers and a Cook County judge on topics related to med-mal practice.

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