Former Illinois attorney general Lisa M. Madigan (in black) addresses the audience at a panel discussion on improving women’s opportunities to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court. The event was held at Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s River North offices and sponsored by American Constitution Society’s Chicago lawyer chapter. – Jordyn Reiland

ACS panel showcases women who got their moment at SCOTUS

Women who want to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court often need to be their own advocates when seeking out argument opportunities, according to panelists who discussed the issue Thursday.

Fannie May finds sweet success at 7th Circuit

Two consumers who discovered the boxes of chocolate they bought “were not brimming with goodies” do not have a case against a local candy brand, a federal appeals court held.

Law Firm Leaders

Attorney blends chemistry, law into interesting career brew

Caryn C. Borg-Breen, co-founder of Green, Griffith, Borg-Breen LLP, didn’t see herself using her chemistry background to pursue a legal career.

Law School Notes

Loyola Law creates history-focused George Anastaplo professorship

Loyola University Chicago School of Law established a professorship honoring the late George Anastaplo, a former Loyola professor, activist and constitutional law scholar who was denied his law license from the Illinois State Bar during the Red Scare.

Law Firm Leaders

AILA president Lindt talks about her challenges

Marketa Lindt, national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, is on the front lines of defending immigrants’ rights. In her practice at Sidley Austin LLP, Lindt advises U.S. companies on business immigration issues and employment eligibility verification.

Shakman grounded on tax bill

A appeals court rejected a lawyer’s challenge to a tax bill he received when he bought a sailplane and later reregistered the title to a trust.

AG denies bid to boot state’s attorney over name

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office has denied a Rock Island lawyer’s request to remove the Rock Island County State’s Attorney Dora Villarreal from office because her law registration reflects her married name.

Ex-inmate loses appeal blaming prison officials for his condition

A man who tried to strangle a woman to death a week after he got out of prison does not have a case against the prison officials who purportedly failed to treat his mental illness, a federal appeals court held.

Student info protected by FOIA law

Guided by a data-heavy website and public records cases on college football and Boston organized crime, an Illinois appeals court ruled student financial grant recipients’ names were exempt from a freedom of information request.

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Trial Notebook


Expert fails to deliver in his rebuttal

Providing a solid primer on the rules for analyzing the propriety of a rebuttal report from an expert — and explaining why a “structured approach” is “advisable” when drafting these documents — U.S. Magistrate Judge Young B. Kim granted Atrium Medical Corp.’s request to bar testimony from Scott Guelcher, Ph.D., in Randy J. Africano’s product-liability case.

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Lawyers' Forum

How to match marijuana business with Illinois financial institutions

Despite the rapidly growing number of jurisdictions where different forms of cannabis have become legal for medical or recreational use, banks, credit unions and other financial services providers continue to face a complicated puzzle of conflicting state and federal laws governing their activities in this area.

Opening Statement


Paramount Theatre ideal venue for smashing ‘Beauty and the Beast’

With the holidays just around the corner, ‘tis the season to be jolly and it’s the time to spread peace and goodwill to all.

Sports Marketing Playbook


World Series moment helps Bud Light cash in on social media

Bud Light may have just ushered in a bold, new era of viral marketing.

Opening Statement


Play from local writer stands out during season of holiday events

You may have noticed an interesting phenomenon lately in the book business, especially in the publication of illustrated books for children.

Non-Billable Hours


‘Marriage Story’ sets director Baumbach atop divorce genre

A beautiful and kind woman who improves everything she touches, “Marriage Story’s” Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) appears to be the perfect wife and mother.

Lex Sportiva


Pittsburgh’s ‘jock tax’ is on thin ice

A “jock tax” is a state or local income tax levied against a visiting professional athlete who has derived income from that jurisdiction.

Social Scene


DSF Unity Awards

The Diversity Scholarship Foundation held its 2019 Unity Award Dinner on Dec. 3 at the Hilton Chicago. The nonprofit gave awards to former Cook County judge Thomas R. Chiola, a neutral with ADR Systems; Neha Tannan, an associate at Ford & Britton P.C.; Erica M. Kirkwood, vice president and general counsel for GMA Construction Group; Chief U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer and Illinois Deputy Gov. Jesse H. Ruiz. The honorees are pictured with DSF’s president, 1st District Appellate Court Justice Jesse G. Reyes. Photo provided by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation/Bill Richert

Berger Schatz hosts Cervantes performance

Berger Schatz and The Underground co-hosted a performance by Miguel Cervantes — the actor currently starring as Alexander Hamilton in the Chicago run of “Hamilton” — at a Dec. 2 fundraiser benefiting Wisdom Knot, a nonprofit group. The organization helps teens in Chicago explore various career opportunities in sports. Cervantes (center) is pictured at the event with Berger Schatz principals Brian J. Blitz (left) and Leon I. Finkel. Photo provided by Berger Schatz/Lori Sapio

NU students win labor law competition

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law students won the Midwest Regional of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition last month at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse. NU’s team will compete in the national finals next month in New Orleans. Chief U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer judged the competition’s final round. She’s pictured with NU students Linda Sun, Cody Goodchild, Caroline McHugh and Nnenna Onyema. Also pictured is Cozen O’Connor partner Anna Wermuth, the competition’s national vice chair, and Adele Rapport, regional director for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the competition’s regional co-chair. Photo provided by Cozen O’Connor

Dixon donates food to needy

G. Grant Dixon III and his colleagues from the Dixon Law Office gathered at a Countryside supermarket last month to shop for 19 Thanksgiving meals for those in need and donate the food to the Westchester Food Pantry. The personal-injury firm chose the number to commemorate 19 years in operation.

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