From left, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Chief Justice John Roberts participate in a moment of silence during a private ceremony in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court in Washington on Monday morning, where the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens lies in repose. – AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, pool

Stevens praised as ‘brilliant man’ at SCOTUS ceremony

Retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens was remembered as a “brilliant man” with a “deep devotion to the rule of law” during a ceremony today at the court where he served for nearly 35 years.

Boeing to take $4.9B charge over 737 Max

Boeing said Thursday it is booking a $4.9 billion charge to cover possible compensation to airlines that have canceled thousands of flights since the 737 Max jet was grounded after two deadly accidents.

Law School Notes

NIU launches program to coach minority students on LSAT prep

The Northern Illinois University College of Law has launched a new program aimed at diversifying the legal profession, funded by a $125,000 grant from the nonprofit AccessLex Institute.

Law School Notes

Northwestern elevates deputy counsel to associate VP title

Northwestern University this month announced it has named Priya J. Harjani associate vice president and deputy general counsel.

7th Circuit: Aiming gun not physical restraint

A robber must do more than point a gun at someone and order that person not to move before facing an enhanced sentence for physically restraining the victim, a divided federal appeals court held.

Two plaintiff payouts get first OK, one involving girl's death

Chicago aldermen on Monday gave the first nod to a $4 million payout to the estate of a 7-year-old girl killed when by a city-contracted tractor driver in May 2016.

Raoul joins other states, asks FDA for pot standards

Illinois is among nearly a dozen states that have legalized recreational marijuana, and Attorney General Kwame Y. Raoul is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate the manufacturing and marketing of the product.

ARDC board wants suspension over misuse of client’s funds

A southern Illinois attorney should be suspended for a year for misusing about $3,470 in client funds, an Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission Hearing Board found.

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Trial Notebook


Difference of opinion on bus issue

It’s tough to flunk the rational-basis test when a law that conceivably furthers a legitimate government interest and doesn’t step on a fundamental right is attacked as violating the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause.

Legal History


July 23

See if you know what happened on this day in Legal History with Karen Conti.

Federal Courts


Railroad employee’s death on way to job site not negligence

In today’s case, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals addressed two questions under the Federal Employers Liability Act in the death of a railroad employee who was hit by a snowplow while on his way to clear railroad tracks of snow.

Lex Sportiva


NBA Finals MVP Leonard takes on Nike over logo

Even after winning the 2019 NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors and being named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, Kawhi Leonard has found himself occupied in an intellectual property dispute with his former sneaker and apparel endorser, Nike.

Opening Statement


Classic ‘Music Man’ is Polyannish to modern eyes, but done right

For the past several weeks I have written about the state of musical theater today, pointing out the emergence of the popular “juke box” musicals and shows based on successful motion pictures. I am happy to now report that an old-time musical is being presented at the Goodman Theatre through Aug. 18.

Non-Billable Hours


Beatles-inspired ‘Yesterday’ is nice — just don’t overthink it

“Yesterday” is a charming bauble. Not a diamond. Perhaps a rhinestone — sparkling and attractive, yet unable to withstand any scratching of its surface.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Tech drives the secondary market for sports tickets

Weeks before tonight’s MLB All-Star Game, the hosting Cleveland Indians issued a warning to fans looking to buy tickets for the event from secondary market vendors: Stick to StubHub, MLB’s official secondary ticket market partner. Otherwise, fans could find out their tickets aren’t accepted at the gate.

Social Scene


Reyes hosts UNAM students

1st District Appellate Justice Jesse G. Reyes hosted students from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico at the Bilandic Building on July 18., where the students attended oral arguments. Reyes answered students’ questions about similarities and differences between the Mexican and American legal systems. Photo provided by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation/Abigail Sue

Cooper installed as NWSBA president

The Northwest Suburban Bar Association installed its new officers on June 13 at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington. Miriam E. Cooper (center), owner of the Law Office of Miriam Cooper & Associates LLC in Rolling Meadows, is the new president. She’s pictured with other officers (left to right): treasurer Kenneth C. Apicella, partner at Drost Gilbert Andrew & Apicella LLC in Palatine; first vice president Gary A. Newland, partner at Newland & Newland LLP in Arlington Heights; secretary Anthony F. Calzaretta of Calzaretta Law P.C. in Arlington Heights; and second vice president Mohammad “Moe” A. Ahmad, owner of the Ahmad Law Firm in Arlington Heights.

Saper Law Immersion Program

High school and college students get a tour of Cook County Circuit Judge Joel L. Chupack’s chambers at the Daley Center on June 27 as part of Saper Law’s immersion program. The five-day summer camp was started by Saper Law principal attorney Daliah Saper as a way to expose students to the legal profession through negotiation and writing exercises, field trips and mock legal proceedings. The firm will host a second session in August. Photo provided by Saper Law

SBE oath of office

On July 1 in Springfield, former Illinois 7th Judicial Circuit Judge Leslie J. Graves (left) administered the oath of office to former state Sens. William R. Haine and Laura Kent Donahue as new members of the State Board of Elections. William J. Cadigan, a Chicago attorney who served as the board’s chairman, was sworn in for a second term.

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