U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman swore in the new board of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association on June 3 at the Chicago offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. – Photo provided by the BWLA

Kalia Coleman sworn in as new BWLA president

Kalia M. Coleman wants to use her new role as Black Women Lawyers’ Association President to expand its programming and professional development opportunities, as well as extend the group’s outreach to high school students.

Supreme Court upholds cross on public land in Maryland

A World War I memorial in the shape of a 40-foot-tall cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life.

Law School Notes

New DePaul grad completes 1K volunteer hours

During her three years of law school, Mandi Moreland volunteered 1,000 hours to various causes. The 29-year-old recorded more service hours than anyone in her law school graduating class of about 260 students.

CPS lawyer’s emails open to discovery

A federal judge Wednesday ordered Chicago Public Schools to give a former employee 17 emails discussing her discipline and firing.

EFile IL to take weekend offline for civil court fee overhaul

The state courts’ electronic filing system will spend a few days down at the end of June to prepare for amended court fee schedules taking effect on July 1.

Mulroe resigning as lawmaker to fill Cook County judgeship

Northwest Chicago Democrat Sen. John G. Mulroe will resign from his post as a lawmaker to fill a Cook County Circuit Court judicial vacancy in the 10th Subcircuit.

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Trial Notebook


Job loss suit survives bid for dismissal

More than six months after mass layoffs by Murray Energy and American Coal Co. at two mines in Galatia in far southern Illinois, Jetson Mitchell and Sherman Rider sued for alleged violations of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

Legal History


June 20

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Lawyers' Forum

Marijuana legalization poses real questions for employers

Once recreational sales begin on Jan. 1, Illinois will generate millions in revenue. While state lawmakers — and many of their constituents — are feeling high over the passage of the bill, many employers are left hungry for more information and paranoid about the ramifications the new legislation will have on the workplace.

Legal History


June 19

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Opening Statement


Unusual production shows us how far we've come as nation

I’ve had an interesting, and contrasting, several weeks of theatergoing. This week, I suddenly I found myself face to face in an encounter with the outrageous Joan Jett Blakk, who is running for president of the United States as “the first queer, black drag-queen presidential candidate.”

Non-Billable Hours


‘Rocketman’ takes a trip through Elton John’s highs and lows

“Rocketman,” the life story of Sir Elton Hercules John, born Reginald Dwight, is an old-style movie musical that juxtaposes the spangly world of a 1970s rock star against the solitary existence of a pudgy piano prodigy, pounding away on a parlor upright in a drab inconsequential corner of postwar London.

Opening Statement


An ode to Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson in ‘Style and Grace’

More often in smaller venues and cabarets, shows have a theme where they emulate, rather than imitate, those to whom they pay musical homage. Such is the case at the Black Ensemble Theater in Ravenswood, where “Style and Grace: In Tribute to Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson,” is being presented through June 30.

Social Scene


Reyes hosts externs

On Thursday, 1st District Appellate Court Justice Jesse G. Reyes hosted externs from the city of Chicago Law Department and the Will County Circuit Court. The externs attended oral arguments and had lunch with the appellate court justices. Reyes is pictured with Will County Associate Judge Jessica Colon-Sayre along with the externs. Photo provided by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation/Jeffrey Harris

YLS Walk for Survivors

The Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section held its YLS Walk for Survivors 2019 on June 6, a rally to raise awareness about domestic violence. Dozens of members of YLS joined the mile-long march through the Loop and River North that raised funds for WINGS, a nonprofit that provides housing and services to victims of domestic violence. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association/Bill Richert

Expungement summit

Several Cook County Circuit Court judges participated in an expungement summit on June 1 at Westinghouse College Prep High School in East Garfield Park. The judges reviewed fee waiver applications from residents seeking to expunge a criminal record. Pictured (left to right) are Circuit Judges Diann K. Marsalek, Daniel O. Tiernan, Lloyd James Brooks and Daniel E. Maloney. Photo provided by the Office of Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court

CBA Alliance for Women luncheon

The Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women honored Linda F. Friedman (second from right) and Kathryn C. Liss (second from left) at its annual luncheon May 30 at the Standard Club. Friedman is managing partner of Stowell & Friedman Ltd. and Liss is director of DePaul University’s Family Law Center. They’re pictured alongside Alliance for Women co-chairs Kimber Russell (far left) and Lauren S. Novak and CBA President Steven M. Elrod. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association/Bill Richert

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