The Brookport Bridge over the Ohio River, connecting Illinois and Kentucky. – Flickr/cmh2315fl, “Brookport Bridge,” via CC-BY-NC 2.0

Evidence withstands border question over arrest on bridge

The official border between Illinois and Kentucky is the low-water mark on the north side of the Ohio River as it existed in 1792, when the Bluegrass State gained statehood.

No duty to woman who parked near hydrant, tripped in pothole

The city of Chicago owes no duty to a woman who was injured by a pothole while getting out of her illegally parked car, a divided state appeals panel ruled Friday.

In Chambers

Cook County judge gives back through projects with students

Dressed in a black three-quarter sleeve dress shirt and black skirt sans robe, Cook County Associate Judge Jeanne M. Reynolds welcomed a bustling crowd of onlookers in the jury room Thursday morning at the Skokie courthouse.

Law School Notes

Chicago-Kent’s new dean sees herself first as education leader

This fall, Illinois’ law school community will experience some historic firsts.

Seized gun suppressed after pot smell doubted

Questioning the credibility of two Evanston police detectives, a federal judge suppressed a firearm found in a car the men searched after purportedly smelling marijuana.

Reformatted Juvenile Justice Act aims to reduce detention time

A Illinois state Senate bill making its way through the House modifies the Juvenile Court Act in an attempt to quicken the detention hearing process.

Claims can proceed after mid-flight finger mishap

A man who allegedly tripped and injured his finger during an international flight can pursue his claim against British Airways after a federal judge found the man’s allegations could meet the Montreal Convention’s definition of “accident.”

Courts & Cases

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Trial Notebook


Union local lease found to be void

Wiping out a $2.6 million judgment in a breach of contract case against Teamsters Local 700 (as Local 726’s successor), the Illinois Supreme Court concluded that a lease/purchase agreement with 1550 MP Road LLC that was signed by Local 726’s secretary-treasurer — and authorized by a majority of the local’s executive board — was void ab initio based on failure to comply with the Property of Unincorporated Associations Act.

Legal History


April 24

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

Origination Station


Harrowing life, death event not needed to set your goals

I’m sure you have read about people who were given a second chance at life? Well, I’m one of those people.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Use of athletes’ health data looms large for players, leagues

The collection of data from professional athletes has sparked ongoing discussion about the ownership and use of that data, including the rights of athletes to monetize their own information and how to protect their privacy.

Sports Torts


Exploding shoe enough to make risk-adverse crowd cringe

Zion Williamson, the freshman phenom from Duke, exploded onto the college basketball scene this season. While he will not be competing in next weekend’s Final Four due to his team’s loss to Michigan State, he has captured the country’s attention this March while carrying his team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Lex Sportiva


College admissions scandal’s real harm: concept of fairness

Getting into college is hard enough without worrying that your seat might be taken by someone deemed a “special admit.”

Opening Statement


Goodman’s ‘Sweat’ tells of small-town economic troubles

On Nov. 8, 2016, what some considered to be a seemingly impossible event took place.

Social Scene


SIU Law honors Mills

U.S. District Judge Richard H. Mills of the Central District of Illinois smiles as a portrait of him is unveiled at the Southern Illinois University School of Law’s ceremonial courtroom in Carbondale on April 19. The 89-year-old judge has supported a scholarship at the school for many years and was named an honorary alumnus in 1988. Photo provided by SIU School of Law/ Steve Buhman

Project CivicsWorks 2019

Former state Rep. Sidney H. Mathias (right) talks with Mundelein High School students MacKenzie Stewart and Eva Tejeda about their entry in Project CivicsWorks, a history fair-like contest built around public policy proposals. The Mikva Challenge-sponsored program in its second year held its showcase event Wednesday night at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. Mathias, a retired Buffalo Grove attorney, served as a contest judge along with several other current and former government officials, policy professionals and journalists (including CDLB’s editor, a Stevenson alumnus). Marc Karlinsky

CBA hosts sports GCs

The Chicago Bar Association hosted a luncheon and panel discussion with general counsel from major Chicago sports organizations on Tuesday at the Standard Club. Pictured are (left to right) the Bulls’ Ram Padmanabhan, the Cubs’ Michael R. Lufrano, CBA President Steven M. Elrod, the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Lydia E. Wahlke, John P. Corvino of the White Sox and the Bears’ Cliff M. Stein. The discussion addressed the in-house lawyers’ workdays as well as player contracts, doping, betting and replay technology. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association/Bill Richert

ITLA Women in Springfield

Members of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Women’s Caucus traveled to Springfield last Tuesday to meet with lawmakers. The group was led by caucus chair Sara M. Salger of Gori Julian & Associates P.C. in Edwardsville and by vice chairs Sarah F. King of Clifford Law Offices and Kathryn L. Conway of Power Rogers & Smith LLP. Photo provided by Clifford Law Offices

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