Trial Notebook


Recusal not justified from article

Forced to join the state bar association in order to practice law when he moved to Wisconsin, Schuyler File sued in Milwaukee alleging the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s mandatory membership rule violated his First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution. Assigned to Judge Lynn Adelman, the lawsuit was based on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, 138 S. Ct. 2448 (2018) (overruling Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, 431 U.S. 209 (1977)), which Adelman mentioned in his controversial critique of the high court — The Roberts Court’s Assault on Democracy, 14 Harvard Law & Policy Review 131 (2019).

Real Estate Law


Mixed reaction to city’s recently passed eviction notice ordinance

Despite vehement objection by several aldermen, property owners’ organizations and developers, the City of Chicago passed what’s come to be known as “The Fair Notice Eviction Ordinance” on July 22 by a vote of 36-14.

Cotter’s Corner


SCOTUS refuses Nevada church’s COVID-19 exemption request

The Supreme Court recently refused a Nevada church’s request for exemptions to the COVID-19 gathering restrictions. The right went apoplectic about Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the damn liberals again, demanding an updated list of Supreme Court automaton candidates, despite no vacancies existing.

Election Law


Federal courts weigh in on state’s Nov. 3 ballot access requirements

As Illinois and other states continue to grapple with the COVID-19 health crisis, it seems likely that the courts will continue to be asked to decide whether ballot access requirements should be relaxed given the realities of social distancing recommendations and restrictions on public gatherings.

Remote ADR


Remote dispute resolution is here to stay as work life changes

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a watershed for attorneys, spilling over every aspect of how and where law is practiced. Videoconferencing platforms like Zoom have made it possible for attorneys to still meet with colleagues, dialogue with clients, conduct depositions and settle disputes through alternative means.

Legal History


July 30

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

Opening Statement


Stumbling on a gem of a film from 1978

Recently two words have been increasingly creeping into our daily conversations, both of which describe an activity that has become most prevalent since the pandemic has confined many of us to our homes.

Opening Statement


The only play this weekend that comes with appellate briefs

William Shakespeare would have turned 456 years old this year were he still alive.

Lex Sportiva

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Student-athlete COVID-19 waivers likely will face court challenges

In early March, the NCAA cancelled the remainder of all winter sports as well as all upcoming spring sports. Despite uncertainties as to whether fall sports would follow suit, the NCAA announced in June that the plan is to proceed with fall sports under the same formats and timelines.

Opening Statement


Online play ‘The Line’ spins a firsthand tale of pandemic

For the past five months we have lived through the chaos and turmoil created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sports Marketing Playbook


NASCAR bans Confederate flag, leagues, brands take own stands

In a year already packed with one shock after another for the sports world, NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag at its events is a welcome — if not surprising — turn of events.

Opening Statement


Disney film only adds to appreciation for ‘Hamilton’

The first time I saw “Hamilton: An American Musical” was during the summer of 2015 in New York at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, when it was just ending its run in previews.
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