U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor takes questions during her visit to the Harold Washington Library Building just outside the Loop on Friday. Sotomayor emphasized the importance of the Supreme Court remaining committed to the law and to avoiding any form of partisanship. Law Bulletin photo/Jordyn Reiland

Sotomayor on books, partisanship at Chicago public library

As Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor spoke at the Harold Washington Library Center to a crowd of about 800 adults and children, she shared how reading got her to the Supreme Court.

State of Latinos in the Law Symposium looks to lower barriers

The first State of Latinos in the Law Symposium on Friday brought together hundreds of high school, college and law school students, as well as practicing attorneys, to discuss barriers to the legal profession that Hispanic students face and potential solutions to overcoming those barriers.

Law Firm Leaders

Elrod wants CBA to lead profession back to civility

Holland & Knight LLP partner Steven M. Elrod is drawing on the lessons of the law firm’s founder, Chesterfield Smith, as he begins his term as Chicago Bar Association president.

Judge tosses lawsuit over police killing due to late filing

A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a civil rights lawsuit filed by the estate of a man who was killed when he was shot 13 times in the back by Chicago police officers.

Discovery tactics lead to sanctions in kitty litter copycat case

Lawyers who represent a company accused of infringing on a patent for kitty litter must pay the price for engaging in gamesmanship, a federal judge held.

4th Amendment suit over teens’ car can proceed

A federal judge has declined to toss claims that a police search in the south suburbs violated the Fourth Amendment.

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Trial Notebook


Tender offer derails class, ends lawsuit against court clerk

Two years ago the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an unaccepted tender from a defendant doesn’t make a lawsuit moot  — but the Illinois Supreme Court hasn’t reconsidered its 2011 decision, in Barber v. American Airlines, 241 Ill. 2d 450, that an unaccepted tender can kill a case.

Commercial Litigation


Earned bonus proper subject of employee’s wage payment claim

After leaving a lucrative banking position in Florida for a Chicago consulting gig, Steven Simpson soon learned the Illinois job markedly differed from what was advertised.

Settling labor disputes in arbitration

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, 138 S.Ct. 1612 (2018), reaffirmed the now well-established principle that parties can contract to pursue claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act through arbitration.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Active MLB, NBA players to appear in beer ads for first time in 60 years

Marketing — and in particular, sports-related marketing — has always been central to Anheuser-Busch’s business plan.



Nevada gets tough even by UFC standards

The Ultimate Fighting Championship 229 in Las Vegas earlier this month was worth every penny for pay-per-view spectators.

Sporting Judgment


Corporate logo rule will be tested when Cavs’ Smith takes court

When NBA star J.R. Smith takes the court for the Cleveland Cavaliers later this month in the season opener, it won’t be a “Supreme” court. That’s because the league threatened to fine Smith if he doesn’t cover up his freshly inked tattoo of the Supreme logo.

Non-Billable Hours


‘Monsters and Men’ humanizes police and shooting victims

Set in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, “Monsters and Men” provides back-story for the experience of the police and the poor, in a world tilted off its axis by gun violence.

Social Scene


Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Update and Review Seminar

Robert P. Walsh, partner at Clifford Law Offices, spoke on liens at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Update and Review Seminar on Friday at the Westin Chicago River North, 320 N. Dearborn St. Photo by Bill Richert

Hellenic Bar scholarship recipients

The Hellenic Bar Association held its 68th annual scholarship ball Oct. 7 at the JW Marriott Chicago. The bar group’s foundation awarded $70,000 in scholarships. Pictured are scholarship recipients (left to right) Regina Vasilopoulos and Christina Karahalios, students at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law); Sofia Vatougios, from DePaul University College of Law; Basile Manikas, of Loyola University Chicago School of Law; and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law students Anna Karnaze, Maria Fay Karras and Vasiliki Mitrakos. Photo provided by the Hellenic Bar Association/Elios Photography

Women’s private equity conference

Jane D. Goldstein (left), co-head of the Ropes & Gray LLP’s mergers and acquisitions group for North America, spoke in Chicago during the Kayo Women’s Private Equity Conference earlier this month at the Peninsula Hotel. According to a statement from Ropes & Gray, partners several practices, including health-care practice group co-chair Deborah L. Gersh and Chicago office managing partner and private equity industry group leader Neill P. Jakobe, also participated on panels and in breakout sessions with industry investors. Photo provided by Ropes & Gray LLP via Kayo Conference Series

Caruso addresses McDonald’s franchise owners

Carmen D. Caruso, partner at the Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm, addressed a meeting of more than 300 McDonald’s franchise owners gathered in Tampa, Fla., this week, who assembled to discuss ways they can engage with the Chicago-based corporate burger giant. Carmen’s firm represents individual and multi-unit restaurant franchisees.Photo provided by the Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm

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