In his trademark black hat, Justice R. Eugene Pincham (left) returned to practice after stepping down from the bench in 1989. In this Dec. 19, 2005, Associated Press photo, Pincham faces reporters with his client Dwain Kyles, right, owner of the E2 nightclub where a 2003 stampede killed 21 people. – AP Photo/Brian Kersey

R. Eugene Pincham: A restless advocate for social justice

Sometimes we have the privilege of knowing a fellow lawyer who inspires the soul by reminding us that the practice of law is about rectifying the injustices and inequities that plague our society, especially those imposed on blacks and minorities.

Mayer Brown’s new boss has big plans

Britt M. Miller wanted to be the next Steve Jobs.

National day of mourning for Bush affects local federal court operations

The death on Friday of former President George H.W. Bush means Chicago’s federal district court will be closed Wednesday, while the federal appeals court will operate on a skeleton staff for scheduled arguments.

No fee refund required after Janus ruling

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Mark Janus v. AFSCME does not permit home health-care workers to seek dues refunds from their former union as a class.

$21.6M jury award after trucker fell

A Cook County jury awarded $21.6 million to a Texas truck driver and his wife after he sustained a traumatic brain injury while delivering merchandise to a toy store outside of Los Angeles.

Shriver Center loses FOIA appeal to CPS

A state appeals panel last week affirmed the dismissal of three open records requests the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law filed with the Chicago Board of Education.

Nearly quarter of newest lawmakers are lawyers

SPRINGFIELD — Of the 51 newly elected members of the 101st General Assembly, 15 are lawyers — all with different backgrounds ranging from working as an assistant state’s attorneys to owning their own practice.

Drug felony downgrade was too late

California’s decision to reclassify some felony drug convictions as misdemeanors came too late for one woman.
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