Law Day 2022 Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change
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Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO of 50/50 Women on Boards, is seen at City Club LA in Los Angeles in 2021. A Los Angeles judge ruled that California's landmark law mandating women be placed on corporate boards is unconstitutional. Berkhemer-Credaire lobbied in support of the law, which was closely watched in Illinois and other states. – Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via AP, File

California law mandating women on boards ruled unconstitutional

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California’s landmark law requiring women on corporate boards is unconstitutional.
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Pritzker signs legislation aimed at curbing organized retail crime

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Friday that is aimed at cracking down on high-profile “smash-and-grabs” and other organized retail theft.
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Get to know newly appointed justice Lisa Holder White

A new chapter is upon the state of Illinois as the longest-serving judge in the state will step down and the first Black woman Supreme Court justice will step in.

How I Did It

Lessons from coming out in a job interview

As a young would-be associate, Eric Ledbetter sought a law firm that welcomed diverse attorneys. More than 15 years later, his experience revealing his own identity in a job interview informs how he leads as managing partner of Quarles & Brady’s Chicago office.

How Lisa Madigan, Kirkland investigated Minneapolis police

Lisa Madigan, who advocated for police reform as Illinois attorney general, says communities can’t rely on the federal government to address racial equity issues. With fellow Kirkland & Ellis partners Eric L. White and Robert W. Pommer III, she led a 5,300-hour effort by Kirkland to dig into issues of systemic racism within the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD).

Chicago archdiocese settles sex abuse suit for $1.2 million

The Archdiocese of Chicago has agreed to pay $1.2 million to a man who alleged that he was sexually abused when he was 12 years old by a defrocked priest who was convicted of sexually abusing several boys, the man’s attorney announced on Tuesday.

Pritzker signs bill requiring serial numbers on ‘ghost guns’

Owners of firearms that do not have serial numbers, referred to as ghost guns, will have 180 days to take them to a federal firearm dealer to have them serialized or they will risk being charged with a misdemeanor.

State Farm had duty to defend in wrongful death case, panel rules

State Farm had a duty to defend a construction company in a wrongful death suit where a 13-year-old boy was fatally struck by a dump truck as it was returning to a road construction project, a state appellate panel ruled.

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Trial Notebook

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Motion alleged eavesdropping by doctor

The doctor hired to conduct independent medical evaluations of two minors in a tort case against a school district paused outside the closed door of a waiting room and heard one of the children talking to an adult who later introduced himself as the child’s attorney.

For the Defense

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Duty, breach, foreseeability and the difficulty in defining tort law in Illinois

A bold title indeed, and a topic more suited for a law review article or even a book, but a central and evolving issue in Illinois tort law that was discussed in oral argument this past week before the Illinois Supreme Court in Quiroz v. Chicago Transit Authority, No. 127603.

Insurance Matters

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Employment and statutory exclusions found inapplicable to BIPA class action

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently held that liability policy exclusions for employment practices and certain statutory violations are not effective to exclude coverage for a claim that the insured violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act in the insured’s handling of fingerprints taken from employees for timekeeping purposes.

Cotter's Corner

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This is not acceptable conduct: Protest if you want, but leave justices in peace

You may strongly disagree with the draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Take steps to try to save Roe. But do not take to the justices’ homes. We must stop this downward spiral of reckless, dangerous conduct masked as upset. It is after all a republic, if we can keep it. We cannot have folks threatening folks on the Supreme Court, their families and homes. We can and must do better, period.

Opening Statement

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‘Last Hermanos’ delves into brotherly love, sibling rivalry

There’s an old joke about two brothers lined up before a firing squad, about to be executed as prisoners of war.

Opening Statement

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Joffrey Ballet, Lyric Opera bring 2 American classics to life

Premier dance company Joffrey Ballet signed a contract in 2017 to be the resident ballet company with the most distinguished Lyric Opera of Chicago and is at last in its inaugural season.

Opening Statement

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‘Intimate Apparel’ sheds light on outskirts of society

Skokie’s Northlight Theatre recently announced that it will be showing “Intimate Apparel” through May 15. Relax. This is not a titillating fashion show hosted by lingerie and beauty retailer Victoria’s Secret.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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College basketball, women’s soccer seek to level playing field for female athletes

Significant recent developments across women’s sports signal that female athletes may finally be starting to get their due.

Opening Statement

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‘1883,’ ‘TO BE’ celebrate historical eras with gusto

If you fancy a good Western film like I do, you’ll certainly enjoy Paramount’s TV series “1883,” a 10-episode drama about a group of German and Eastern European immigrants making their way from Texas to Oregon in a wagon train — embarking on a dangerous journey through the untamed American frontier in 1883.

Social Scene

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Nordic Law Club hosts honors

The Nordic Law Club held its annual dinner honoring Scandinavian honorary consuls general at the University Club on May 12. From left: Karin Moen Abercrombie (Sweden), NLC Secretary (Hon.) Diane Larsen (ret’d.), NLC President Lynne Ostfeld, Deputy Counsel Rikke Krogh Andresen (Denmark), Einar Steinsson (Iceland), Susan Meyer (Norway). Photo by Mark Dobrzycki/courtesy Nordic Law Club
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ISBA talks diversity at member appreciation event

More than 200 legal professionals participated in ISBA’s members-only program in celebration of its Member Appreciation Month. Dana and Keith Cutler, attorneys and hosts of courtroom show “Couples Court with the Cutlers,” spoke about implicit bias, microaggressions and attitudes that can impede a diverse and inclusive legal profession. The program was moderated by ISBA President Anna P. Krolikowska. Photo courtesy ISBA
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Judge awarded for service

Cook County Circuit Judge Mark J. Lopez (center), the Distinguished Judicial Service awardee, joined HLAI board members (left to right) Dora Cornelio, Andrea Belard, Jennifer Crespo, Janneth Lanini, and Jocely Pacheco at the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois annual Judicial Reception. Photos courtesy HLAI
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Cook County Circuit Court marks Law Day

The Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge’s Office hosted a Law Day event Tuesday. Shown are Lori Roper, Cook County Bar Association Law Day co-chairperson, from left, with Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, holding a token of appreciation from the CCBA; Cannon Lambert, president of the Cook County Bar Association; and Kenya Jenkins-Wright, CCBA Law Day co-chairperson. Photo Courtesy Office of the Chief Judge

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