The chapel at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wis. Last week, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to revive a suspended student’s discrimination suit against the school, finding he failed to support his contention that an “anti-male, pro-feminist” culture led Title IX officials to favor female complainants. – Wikimedia Commons photo/Royalbroil, public domain

7th Circuit rejects student’s claim of anti-male bias

A male university student suspended for allegedly assaulting a classmate does not have a case for gender discrimination, a federal appeals court held.

CBA honors five at Stevens Awards

Last month, the Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Foundation presented its highest honor, the Justice John Paul Stevens Award, to five CBA members for their commitment to public service, integrity and the bar.

Program offers aid ahead of housing crisis

A new initiative by the Cook County government and the Chicago Bar Foundation will offer pro bono legal assistance to residents with eviction, foreclosure and tax-debt issues.

High court: Cops can’t get ‘points’ for ticketing

SPRINGFIELD — The state’s highest court has struck down a southern Illinois city’s policy that partly evaluates police officers on the number of citations officers issue, finding it violates an Illinois law prohibiting ticket quotas.

New N.J. law makes judges’ info private

TRENTON, N.J. — A federal judge whose son was slain at their home by an attorney who had stalked her invoked his memory Friday at the signing of a New Jersey law aimed at protecting judges’ personal information from being publicly accessible.

Church has no standing to fight Homewood zoning

A small congregation hoping to open a church can’t challenge Homewood’s zoning rules over a property it hasn’t purchased yet, a federal judge ruled last week.

Airbnb suit has no home here

A lawsuit against Airbnb by victims of a home invasion at a rental property does not belong in Chicago, a federal judge held.

Tavern’s COVID-19 losses not covered by insurance 

The loss of income suffered by a tavern forced to shut down under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s closure orders is not covered by its “business interruption” insurance, a federal judge held.

7th Circuit: Would-be bomber’s 16-year sentence unreasonably light

A judge was too lenient when she sentenced a would-be terrorist to 16 years in prison for crimes that included trying to detonate a bomb in Chicago’s Loop, a federal appeals court held.

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Proposed injunction overreaches

U.S. District Judge Joan B. Gottschall challenged Pow! Entertainment LLC — owner of copyrights on the late Stan Lee’s comic book creations — to justify the broad relief it requested in a permanent injunction against hundreds of defendants who allegedly used PayPal, eBay and Amazon to sell counterfeit merchandise. When the defendants defaulted, Pow asked for money judgments and a permanent injunction obligating non-parties — PayPal, eBay, Amazon and a bunch of financial institutions — to “permanently restrain and enjoin any China or Hong Kong based accounts connected to the defaulting defendants” and hand over all the money in the accounts (including future deposits) until Pow receives full payment.

For the Defense


You got to have appellate jurisdiction

“Because appellate jurisdiction should be defined in as mechanical a fashion as possible, both to enable parties to know when they must appeal and to prevent jurisdictional disputes from overwhelming the disputes on the merits, we stop at the starting place.” Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. v. Elefant, 790 F.2d 661, 664 (7th Cir. 1986).

Remote Trials


Virtual jury trials: Potential pitfalls

This is the second of a two-part series on virtual jury trials. The first part explored the positive aspects of holding virtual jury trials during a pandemic — safety, efficiency and the ability to see people maskless. This part addresses some of the potential downsides of virtual jury trials.

Realty Check


Senior housing can be more than nursing homes, assisted living

I’ve gotten to an age where the term “senior housing” is of some interest to me. Although my daughter and son-in-law insist that when my husband and I become feeble, they are moving in with us and will make a nice bedroom in the basement for us, I am sure I should be considering other alternatives.

Opening Statement


CBA Bar Show brings the funny to virtual format

Finally something happy to write about.

Opening Statement


‘Fiddler,’ ‘Leopoldstadt’ have ties that bind

I hope you have had the chance to view PBS’ “Great Performances” documentary, “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.”

Opening Statement


Sports movies are a ‘Natural’ fit for celebration

It looks like the tumultuous presidential election of 2020 is finally grinding to a conclusion.

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Student-athletes sidelined as coronavirus pandemic plays out

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, high school associations throughout the country were faced with the decision of how, if at all, interscholastic fall sports would operate. These decisions varied greatly nationwide.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Boycotts postpone games, raise questions about political activism

As social turmoil and protests continues around the country, athletes’ social justice demonstrations have morphed into team boycotts disrupting game schedules across multiple leagues — with unprecedented support from the leagues. At the same time, a handful of Black sports figures have resisted calls to boycott their sport in favor of making their own statements.

Social Scene


Protests precede Senate Barrett vote

A protester opposed to the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett is confronted by police after sitting atop the “Contemplation of Justice” statue at the Supreme Court building in Washington on Sunday. Barrett, a judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, is expected to be confirmed to the high court in a floor vote Monday night. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

CLG hosts Red Mass — virtually

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago held its Votive Red Mass of the Holy Spirit on Oct. 6 at Old St. Patrick’s Church in the West Loop. Because of the pandemic, the annual event, which is in its 86th year honoring judges, lawyers and other public officials, hosted 180 guests online and another 50 in person. The CLG honored sole practitioner Tanya Woods (left) as the Catholic Lawyer of the Year, Deacon Dan Welter with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Judge Patricia Mendoza with the Special Service Award. CLG President Kevin Murphy is also pictured. Photo courtesy of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago.

DSF honors judges

The Diversity Scholarship Foundation held a virtual judicial recognition reception on Zoom Sept. 9 to honor three of its committee members, Cook County Associate Judges Amee E. Alonso, Michael J. Hogan Jr. and John A. Simon. Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans served as the event’s keynote speaker. DSF presented the chief judge with the its Spirit Award for his work to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and in the community. Screenshot provided by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation; photo modified to remove computer cursor

Damage downtown after a night of unrest

Signs of unrest dot the Loop on Monday after looters damaged property across downtown overnight. The county and federal courts closed as a result of the unrest and security closures. Photo provided by Aaron Sidrow

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