7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William J. Bauer (right) talks about his career as a prosecutor and judge with U.S. District Judge Charles P. Kocoras Thursday at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse as part of a special program marking the 200th anniversary of the federal court being established in Chicago. Bauer, 92, has been in public service for 67 years. – Jordyn Reiland

Bauer's 67 years serving the public was well worth it

It is not true, William J. Bauer quipped Thursday, that he was with the federal court in Chicago when it was established 200 years ago. But Bauer’s service on the federal bench has lasted nearly one-fourth of that time.

Bernie Judge, former CDLB publisher, dead at 79

Bernard M. Judge, one of the most influential editors in the Chicago newspaper business in the last half century and one of the last links to a bygone era of Chicago journalism, died at his Chicago home early Friday of pancreatic cancer. He was 79.

Law School Notes

New DePaul grad completes 1K volunteer hours

During her three years of law school, Mandi Moreland volunteered 1,000 hours to various causes. The 29-year-old recorded more service hours than anyone in her law school graduating class of about 260 students.

Jury verdict for hospital in maternal death suit

A Cook County jury rendered a defense verdict in favor of an Oak Lawn hospital after a woman died from a complication related to giving birth.

Pro se litigant sanctioned for frivolous filings

A state appeals panel on Friday sanctioned a pro se litigant who is infamous for filing dozens of frivolous lawsuits and has harassed court employees and accused judges of being corrupt and mentally ill.

Convicted lawyer gets hearing over possible deals with witnesses

A lawyer convicted of conspiring to commit asylum fraud is entitled to a hearing on his allegation that prosecutors offered undisclosed benefits to certain witnesses in exchange for their testimony, a federal judge held.

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Trial Notebook


Lazy review costs plaintiff $185K in forged checks

Designer Direct’s office manager allegedly forged one of its principal’s signature on 39 checks totaling $185,421. But when Designer Direct sued its bankers for allegedly breaching its account agreements by paying the forged instruments without using “ordinary care” to detect the fraud, the defendants scored summary judgment based on the “same wrongdoer” rule.

Balancing Life and the Law


You can’t win if you stand on the sidelines

I recently spoke to a group of wannabe lawyers. Most of them told me they did not want to be trial lawyers. When I asked why not, many of them confessed they would like to make a nice living but hated the thought of long hours and … gulp, “losing.”

Insurance Matters


Premise-based occurrence gives rise to multiple occurrences

Based on the particular wording of an “occurrence” definition, the 1st District Appellate Court recently held that the number of occurrences of asbestos injuries had to be determined based on the number of locations where substantially similar claims arose.

Legal History


June 17

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

Opening Statement


Unusual production shows us how far we've come as nation

I’ve had an interesting, and contrasting, several weeks of theatergoing. This week, I suddenly I found myself face to face in an encounter with the outrageous Joan Jett Blakk, who is running for president of the United States as “the first queer, black drag-queen presidential candidate.”

Non-Billable Hours


‘Rocketman’ takes a trip through Elton John’s highs and lows

“Rocketman,” the life story of Sir Elton Hercules John, born Reginald Dwight, is an old-style movie musical that juxtaposes the spangly world of a 1970s rock star against the solitary existence of a pudgy piano prodigy, pounding away on a parlor upright in a drab inconsequential corner of postwar London.

Opening Statement


An ode to Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson in ‘Style and Grace’

More often in smaller venues and cabarets, shows have a theme where they emulate, rather than imitate, those to whom they pay musical homage. Such is the case at the Black Ensemble Theater in Ravenswood, where “Style and Grace: In Tribute to Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson,” is being presented through June 30.

Social Scene


Reyes hosts externs

On Thursday, 1st District Appellate Court Justice Jesse G. Reyes hosted externs from the city of Chicago Law Department and the Will County Circuit Court. The externs attended oral arguments and had lunch with the appellate court justices. Reyes is pictured with Will County Associate Judge Jessica Colon-Sayre along with the externs. Photo provided by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation/Jeffrey Harris

YLS Walk for Survivors

The Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section held its YLS Walk for Survivors 2019 on June 6, a rally to raise awareness about domestic violence. Dozens of members of YLS joined the mile-long march through the Loop and River North that raised funds for WINGS, a nonprofit that provides housing and services to victims of domestic violence. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association/Bill Richert

Expungement summit

Several Cook County Circuit Court judges participated in an expungement summit on June 1 at Westinghouse College Prep High School in East Garfield Park. The judges reviewed fee waiver applications from residents seeking to expunge a criminal record. Pictured (left to right) are Circuit Judges Diann K. Marsalek, Daniel O. Tiernan, Lloyd James Brooks and Daniel E. Maloney. Photo provided by the Office of Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court

CBA Alliance for Women luncheon

The Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women honored Linda F. Friedman (second from right) and Kathryn C. Liss (second from left) at its annual luncheon May 30 at the Standard Club. Friedman is managing partner of Stowell & Friedman Ltd. and Liss is director of DePaul University’s Family Law Center. They’re pictured alongside Alliance for Women co-chairs Kimber Russell (far left) and Lauren S. Novak and CBA President Steven M. Elrod. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association/Bill Richert

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