Harvard President Claudine Gay, left, and University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill listen during a hearing of the House Committee on Education on Capitol Hill this week in Washington. – AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

Harvard president apologizes for remarks on antisemitism, pressure mounts on Penn

Harvard University’s president apologized as pressure mounted for the University of Pennsylvania’s president to resign over their testimony at a congressional hearing on antisemitism that critics from the White House on down say failed to show that they would stand up to antisemitism on campus.

Senators tackle gun violence as Feinstein’s ban on assault weapons fades into history

One of the first votes new Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich cast was against legislation from Sen. Dianne Feinstein to reinstate an assault weapons ban in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Former House speaker says he’s leaving Congress by year’s end

Two months after his historic ouster as U.S. House speaker, Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday that he is resigning and will leave Congress by the end of the year.

O’Connor impressed, inspired Chicago judges, legal leaders

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor continued to earn admiration and respect after stepping down from the high court 17 years ago, with many local leaders remembering encounters with her as she continued to advocate for civics education and the judiciary.

Beyond the Bench

Justice Eugene G. Doherty aims to ‘call ’em like you see ’em’

Justice Eugene G. Doherty is the first of his family to be born in the United States, giving him a perspective he says helps him on the bench — and sparking an interest in genealogy.

Cook County transportation tax dispute returned to circuit court

A state appellate panel returned a lawsuit over Cook County’s use of transportation tax revenue to the Cook County Circuit Court, writing that it was unable to determine whether or not the county’s expenditures complied with a constitutional amendment limiting government spending.

Chicago utility pushes back against state oversight, requests further rate increase

Chicago utility Peoples Gas is requesting a multimillion-dollar bump to its already record-high rate increase approved by regulators last month.

Hunter Biden indicted on 9 tax charges after failed plea deal

Hunter Biden was indicted on nine tax charges in California as a special counsel investigation into the business dealings of President Joe Biden’s son intensifies against the backdrop of the 2024 election.

Attorney who lost job offer over Palestine comments accuses Foley & Lardner of bias

An attorney whose job offer at Foley & Lardner in Chicago was rescinded over her comments on the Israel-Hamas war alleged Wednesday that she was the target of racial and religious discrimination, while the firm stood by its decision to protect what it called its core values.

Courts & Cases

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Trial Notebook


Court considers standards for compelled speech

In a compelled-commercial-speech case where a federal judge permanently enjoined California from enforcing a law that requires cancer warnings for products containing glyphosate, an active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, the state’s attorney general asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to apply the most lenient First Amendment standard of review.

For the Defense

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High court jettisons precedent for insurance coverage cases

The Illinois Supreme Court issued decisions in four civil cases last week and granted a petition for leave to appeal in one more. These cases cover important issues across the spectrum of civil litigation.

Law and Public Issues

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250 years ago, Boston Tea Party signaled thirst for independence

On Dec. 16, 1773, Boston held the most famous tea party in history. Bostonians boarded the East India Tea Company’s cargo ships and threw 342 chests of tea into the harbor.

Cotter’s Corner

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7th Amendment and ‘chutzpah’: SCOTUS weighs SEC challenge

The Supreme Court heard two hours and 15 minutes of oral argument in an important Seventh Amendment case, Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jarkesy.

Opening Statement


‘The Lion in Winter’ is not a typical Christmas tale

The scene takes place on Christmas Eve in 1183. But forget any visions of sugar plums or thoughts of peace on earth and goodwill towards men in this production of James Goldman’s “The Lion in Winter,” playing through Dec. 3 at the University of Chicago’s Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave.

Opening Statement

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Steppenwolf’s ‘POTUS’ is bawdy look at sex, politics

One of my favorite one-liners: “Behind every great man is a constantly amazed woman.” That statement somewhat applies to a show playing through Dec. 10 at the Steppenwolf Theatre.

Opening Statement


From The Magic Parlour to Taylor Swift, Chicago entertains

Hallelujah! After four months of home confinement, with full-time care after suffering a brain injury from a fall this past summer, I’m returning to one of my favorite activities — reviewing theater and the entertainment scene for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. It’s a beat I have covered for more than 30 years.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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Generative AI promises more innovation and legal headaches

Artificial intelligence applications have become part of the sports toolbox. But AI is quickly moving beyond learning to recognize data and patterns and on to using those data and patterns to create new content.

Opening Statement


‘No Man’s Land’ gives nod to existentialism

“To attempt a faithful description of this play is a daunting task.” Thus began the first sentence of the program guide notes for Steppenwolf Theatre’s current production of Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land.” Directed by Les Waters, the show is playing through Aug. 20 on Steppenwolf’s downstairs main stage.

Social Scene


UIC Law dean sworn in as Illinois attorney

UIC Law Dean Nicky Boothe, right, was sworn in Tuesday as a licensed attorney for the state of Illinois. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Joy Cunningham administered the oath of attorney as UIC Law alumni, faculty, staff, students and members of the Chicago Bar Association gathered to witness the occasion. Boothe relocated to Illinois to take her current job, which she started in 2022. Photo courtesy of UIC

Polish-American attorneys host fundraiser

The Advocates Society, an association of Polish-American lawyers, hosted its annual Scholarship Foundation fundraiser last week at Maggiano’s in Chicago. Shown are Alexandra Golota, attorney and president of the Legion of Young Polish Women, from left; John Pikarski of Gordon & Pikarski; 1st District Appellate Court Justice Cynthia Y. Cobbs; Maureen Pikarski of Gordon & Pikarski; Ted Makarewicz, retired; and Klaudia Stolarczuk, attorney and recording secretary of the Legion of Young Polish Women. Photo by Bogdan Dola
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CBF holds fall benefit at museum

Nearly 2,000 attendees from Chicago’s legal community gathered Saturday to support and celebrate the Chicago Bar Foundation’s mission at the Museum of Science & Industry. Shown are event co-chairs Robert Collins of Latham & Watkins and Kathy Malamis of Zurich North America. Photo courtesy of the CBF

Clifford scholar named at DePaul

Seattle University law professor Seth Katsuya Endo, left, spoke on “Professional Conduct Rules as Procedural Gap Filler” at DePaul University. Endo received the 2023 Clifford Scholar-in-Residence Award from Wendy Netter Epstein, associate dean of research and faculty professional development at the DePaul College of Law. The program is named for Robert A. Clifford, a graduate of the law school, for his contributions to advance legal scholarship. Photo by Lori Wolan

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