From left, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Chief Justice John Roberts participate in a moment of silence during a private ceremony in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court in Washington on Monday morning, where the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens lies in repose. – AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, pool

Stevens praised as ‘brilliant man’ at SCOTUS ceremony

Retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens was remembered as a “brilliant man” with a “deep devotion to the rule of law” during a ceremony today at the court where he served for nearly 35 years.

Boeing to take $4.9B charge over 737 Max

Boeing said Thursday it is booking a $4.9 billion charge to cover possible compensation to airlines that have canceled thousands of flights since the 737 Max jet was grounded after two deadly accidents.

Law School Notes

Northwestern elevates deputy counsel to associate VP title

Northwestern University this month announced it has named Priya J. Harjani associate vice president and deputy general counsel.

Law School Notes

Local scholars break down gerrymandering, census rulings

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week absolving the federal judiciary from adjudicating partisan gerrymandering is either in line with an old tradition or a completely new shift for the nation’s highest court — depending on which legal scholar you ask.

Female prisoners lose strip search lawsuit

A strip search of female inmates that forced the women to spread their genitals before male prison guards did not violate the prisoners’ Fourth Amendment rights, a divided federal appeals panel ruled.

Appeals panel: Illinois law, not Egyptian, controls divorce

A Will County judge erred by letting Egyptian courts dictate an Illinois divorce case, a state appeals panel ruled last week.

Panel holds Nazi beliefs proper factor in sentencing

A judge properly considered a defendant’s white supremacist beliefs in imposing a sentence for a weapons offense, a federal appeals court held.

Pritzker pulls agencies from Title X program over ‘gag rule’

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced last week that Illinois agencies will drop out of the federal Title X program instead of changing policies to comply with Donald Trump’s executive order over Title X funding.

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Out-of-state defense falls in debt case

Between four and five years after Jean Schellenger last made a payment on a Home Depot credit card issued by Citibank that could only be used to purchase merchandise from Home Depot, the bank’s assignee, Midland Funding LLC, sued her for $3,151 — but she fired back with a class-action counterclaim arguing the lawsuit was barred by the four-year statute of limitations set by Section 2-725 of the Uniform Commercial Code for contracts involving the sale of goods.

Legal History


July 22

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

Prosecution and Procedure


No interpreter needed to issue DUI warning

In order to protect the constitutional due process rights of criminal defendants, the Illinois General Assembly has codified the use of interpreters, at county expense, during the trial phase of criminal proceedings.

Lex Sportiva


NBA Finals MVP Leonard takes on Nike over logo

Even after winning the 2019 NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors and being named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, Kawhi Leonard has found himself occupied in an intellectual property dispute with his former sneaker and apparel endorser, Nike.

Opening Statement


Classic ‘Music Man’ is Polyannish to modern eyes, but done right

For the past several weeks I have written about the state of musical theater today, pointing out the emergence of the popular “juke box” musicals and shows based on successful motion pictures. I am happy to now report that an old-time musical is being presented at the Goodman Theatre through Aug. 18.

Non-Billable Hours


Beatles-inspired ‘Yesterday’ is nice — just don’t overthink it

“Yesterday” is a charming bauble. Not a diamond. Perhaps a rhinestone — sparkling and attractive, yet unable to withstand any scratching of its surface.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Tech drives the secondary market for sports tickets

Weeks before tonight’s MLB All-Star Game, the hosting Cleveland Indians issued a warning to fans looking to buy tickets for the event from secondary market vendors: Stick to StubHub, MLB’s official secondary ticket market partner. Otherwise, fans could find out their tickets aren’t accepted at the gate.

Social Scene


Cooper installed as NWSBA president

The Northwest Suburban Bar Association installed its new officers on June 13 at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington. Miriam E. Cooper (center), owner of the Law Office of Miriam Cooper & Associates LLC in Rolling Meadows, is the new president. She’s pictured with other officers (left to right): treasurer Kenneth C. Apicella, partner at Drost Gilbert Andrew & Apicella LLC in Palatine; first vice president Gary A. Newland, partner at Newland & Newland LLP in Arlington Heights; secretary Anthony F. Calzaretta of Calzaretta Law P.C. in Arlington Heights; and second vice president Mohammad “Moe” A. Ahmad, owner of the Ahmad Law Firm in Arlington Heights.

Saper Law Immersion Program

High school and college students get a tour of Cook County Circuit Judge Joel L. Chupack’s chambers at the Daley Center on June 27 as part of Saper Law’s immersion program. The five-day summer camp was started by Saper Law principal attorney Daliah Saper as a way to expose students to the legal profession through negotiation and writing exercises, field trips and mock legal proceedings. The firm will host a second session in August. Photo provided by Saper Law

SBE oath of office

On July 1 in Springfield, former Illinois 7th Judicial Circuit Judge Leslie J. Graves (left) administered the oath of office to former state Sens. William R. Haine and Laura Kent Donahue as new members of the State Board of Elections. William J. Cadigan, a Chicago attorney who served as the board’s chairman, was sworn in for a second term.

Rice honored at Pride event

Cook County Circuit Judge Judith C. Rice was honored June 24 at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office 10th Annual Pride Recognition & Awards Ceremony at the Center on Halsted. Pictured are (left to right) Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Martha-Victoria Jimenez, sole practitioner Curtis Bennett Ross, Associate Judge William Stewart Boyd, Circuit Judge Diann K. Marsalek, 1st District Appellate Justice Jesse G. Reyes, Circuit Judge Grace G. Dickler, Rice and Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jamie G. Dickler. Photo provided by the Office of the Chief Judge

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