Blackhawks center Michal Handzus is surrounded by teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the 2014 Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings. Roughly around this same moment, a patron at Kinkade’s threw a beer bottle at the ceiling. – AP Photo/Daily Herald, Bob Chwedyk

Bar destroying video of injury gives second shot for damages

A man injured at a Lincoln Park bar during a Stanley Cup Playoffs game will get another chance to recover damages.

Lawsuit means Obama center plan no sure thing

Odds may still favor the eventual construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million museum and library in a public park along Chicago’s lakeshore, but it’s no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks-advocacy group.

Law School Notes

DePaul law class gives students a sense of the real world

The first time Thibaut Giret and Jason Whitehead II sat down and met their client, the client brought another person to the meeting. They weren’t expecting that.

Law School Notes

Deans push back on changes to bar passage rules

For the second time in two years, the American Bar Association House of Delegates voted down a resolution that would have required 75 percent of a law school’s graduates who sit for the bar to pass it within two years.

Native American inmate loses suit over religious rite

A federal appeals court rejected a Native American inmate’s argument that an injunction should have ordered prison officials to provide him fresh game meat as part of a religious celebration.

Panel upholds Chicago’s ‘bubble zone’ ordinance

A Chicago ordinance creating a “bubble zone” around patients approaching medical facilities passes muster under the First Amendment, a federal appeals court held.

Minimum wage hike bill heads to governor's desk

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is just one month into his tenure, and he can already check off one of his major goals: raising the minimum wage to $15. 

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Trial Notebook


Old reasons didn’t block new defense

Relying on the “mend the hold” doctrine — as broadly articulated by the Illinois Supreme Court in 1912 — Izumi Saika and Mohammad Shakibai argued that Ocwen Loan Servicing should be barred from asserting a defense it did not mention before they sued the company for allegedly breaching a loan modification agreement.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: CDLB is playing favorites among justices

Dennis H. Dohm is a former Cook County judge. He writes about a particular judge he believes makes our pages too frequently.

Letter to the Editor

Blackface, #MeToo and the presumption of innocence

Michael S. Baird is a partner at Stotis & Baird Chtd. He writes in the wake of the recent scandal surrounding Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who is facing calls for his resignation over photos showing people wearing racist costumes on his page in a medical school yearbook.

The Laws of Fitness


Can you pass your elementary school fitness test today?

I still remember running a mile, doing pushups, situps and chinups in elementary school as part of the Presidential Fitness Challenge program. How would you do if you had to do the challenge today?

Sports Marketing Playbook


MLB’s biometric ticketing move runs headlong into court ruling

Biometric identification of fans entering sports venues isn’t the future, it’s now a reality.

Non-Billable Hours


Having such a good time, having a ball at ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

It doesn’t really matter that this musical depiction of the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) isn’t a great movie. It’s a great time.

Cotter’s Corner


Four Founders give their view on U.S. in 2019

Joseph Ellis is one of the great Founding Fathers historians.

Social Scene


Society of Trial Lawyers ball

The Society of Trial Lawyers held its 84th annual dinner dance on Feb. 9 at the Langham Chicago. The society’s current president is Levin & Perconti founding partner Steven M. Levin (second from right), pictured at the event with fellow Levin & Perconti partners Margaret P. Battersby Black (far left), Susan L. Novosad (second left) and Michael F. Bonamarte IV (far right). Photo provided by Levin & Perconti

AAJ in Miami

Local plaintiff’s lawyers escaped the cold to attend the American Association of Justice’s 2019 Winter Convention in Miami Beach, Fla., running from Saturday through Tuesday. Pictured are the Illinois-based attendees, gathered for a reception hosted by Preferred Capital Funding. Among those pictured are John A. Stefani, managing partner at Levinson & Stefani; Heidi L. Wickstrom, associate at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.; Miranda L. Soucie, partner at Spiros Law P.C. in Danville; Katie A. Hubbard, associate at Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli P.C. in Edwardsville; Antonio M. Romanucci, partner at Romanucci & Blandin LLC; Ronald Kalish, partner at …

JABA happy hour

The Japanese American Bar Association Chicago Committee hosted its new year’s happy hour and membership drive with Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. at the firm’s downtown office on Jan 24. Photo provided by Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

Temps plunge

Commuters at the Sheridan Station in Uptown wait for a Red Line ‘L’ train on Monday. The plunging temperatures expected this week that have forecasters especially concerned. Wind chills could dip to negative 55 degrees in northern Illinois, which the National Weather Service calls “possibly life threatening.” AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato

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