A 2011 photo of the empty bench and gallery inside the U.S. Supreme Court’s chamber. While the court records audio proceedings, video is still off-limits. Two Illinois Democrats in Congress are among the lawmakers pushing to change that policy. – Flickr/Phil Roeder, “Supreme Court of the United States” via CC-BY-2.0, cropped from original

Local lawmakers want SCOTUS to be seen

While the U.S. Supreme Court began audio recordings of its proceedings 64 years ago, the justices have resisted allowing cameras into the courtroom. But two Illinois members of Congress are among the lawmakers pushing to change the rules, exposing more eyes to SCOTUS’ work.

Former WH counsel may have saved Trump from himself

Don McGahn was barely on speaking terms with President Donald Trump when he left the White House last fall. But special counsel Robert Mueller’s report reveals the president may owe his former top lawyer a debt of gratitude.

Law School Notes

Chicago-Kent’s new dean sees herself first as education leader

This fall, Illinois’ law school community will experience some historic firsts.

Law Firm Leaders

Post-merger, Fox Rothschild partners reflect on new roles

Jeffrey L. Widman and Robert M. Fishman, formerly of Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC, became Chicago office managing partner and department chair of the Fox Rothschild’s financial restructuring and bankruptcy practice, respectively, on April 1.

ISIS-link charges stand for two men

A federal judge declined to throw out an indictment accusing two men of plotting to help an informant who falsely claimed he wanted to go to Syria to fight for ISIS.

Reformatted Juvenile Justice Act aims to reduce detention time

A Illinois state Senate bill making its way through the House modifies the Juvenile Court Act in an attempt to quicken the detention hearing process.

Claims can proceed after mid-flight finger mishap

A man who allegedly tripped and injured his finger during an international flight can pursue his claim against British Airways after a federal judge found the man’s allegations could meet the Montreal Convention’s definition of “accident.”

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Trial Notebook


Court trims Drug Dealer Liability Act

In Noah Wingert’s lawsuit against an alleged drug dealer’s estate for his father Michael Neuman’s death from a drug overdose, a Cook County judge concluded that Section 25(b)(2) of the Drug Dealer Liability Act (a subsection called the “area liability provision”) is invalid under the due process clauses of the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions.

Lawyers' Forum

Public officials’ social media accounts newest legal tussle

Public officials and employees who personally create or maintain interactive blogs or social media accounts that communicate with the public about the public body they represent risk Section 1983 exposure if they block a user or censor comments based on the user’s viewpoint.

Cotter’s Corner


Playing politics with the courts

In my book that was published last week, “The Chief Justices,” I open the book and conclude about how politicized the nomination process has become for Supreme Court justices, but it also applies to other Article III judges as well.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Use of athletes’ health data looms large for players, leagues

The collection of data from professional athletes has sparked ongoing discussion about the ownership and use of that data, including the rights of athletes to monetize their own information and how to protect their privacy.

Sports Torts


Exploding shoe enough to make risk-adverse crowd cringe

Zion Williamson, the freshman phenom from Duke, exploded onto the college basketball scene this season. While he will not be competing in next weekend’s Final Four due to his team’s loss to Michigan State, he has captured the country’s attention this March while carrying his team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Lex Sportiva


College admissions scandal’s real harm: concept of fairness

Getting into college is hard enough without worrying that your seat might be taken by someone deemed a “special admit.”

Opening Statement


Goodman’s ‘Sweat’ tells of small-town economic troubles

On Nov. 8, 2016, what some considered to be a seemingly impossible event took place.

Social Scene


Project CivicsWorks 2019

Former state Rep. Sidney H. Mathias (right) talks with Mundelein High School students MacKenzie Stewart and Eva Tejeda about their entry in Project CivicsWorks, a history fair-like contest built around public policy proposals. The Mikva Challenge-sponsored program in its second year held its showcase event Wednesday night at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. Mathias, a retired Buffalo Grove attorney, served as a contest judge along with several other current and former government officials, policy professionals and journalists (including CDLB’s editor, a Stevenson alumnus). Marc Karlinsky

CBA hosts sports GCs

The Chicago Bar Association hosted a luncheon and panel discussion with general counsel from major Chicago sports organizations on Tuesday at the Standard Club. Pictured are (left to right) the Bulls’ Ram Padmanabhan, the Cubs’ Michael R. Lufrano, CBA President Steven M. Elrod, the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Lydia E. Wahlke, John P. Corvino of the White Sox and the Bears’ Cliff M. Stein. The discussion addressed the in-house lawyers’ workdays as well as player contracts, doping, betting and replay technology. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association/Bill Richert

ITLA Women in Springfield

Members of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Women’s Caucus traveled to Springfield last Tuesday to meet with lawmakers. The group was led by caucus chair Sara M. Salger of Gori Julian & Associates P.C. in Edwardsville and by vice chairs Sarah F. King of Clifford Law Offices and Kathryn L. Conway of Power Rogers & Smith LLP. Photo provided by Clifford Law Offices

DirectWomen panel

Scharf Banks Marmor LLC partner Stephanie Scharf (far left) moderated “Breaking into the Boardroom: the Pathways and the Process,” a DirectWomen program at Kirkland & Ellis LLP on April 3. The panelists pictured are (left to right) E. Thames Fulton, managing director of RSR Partners in Northfield; Deborah A. Golden, general counsel at GATX Corp.; and Denise Keane, chair of DirectWomen. Photo provided by Scharf Banks Marmor

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