COVID-19 Updates Court closures and announcements – with interactive map
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A federal judge in Chicago has dismissed the Southeastern Conference from a proposed class-action suit brought by former University of Florida athletes who allege the conference and the NCAA didn’t adequately protect them from brain injuries. The case was originally filed in Indianapolis, where the NCAA is based, but later moved to Chicago. – Cal Sport Media/Stephen Lew via AP Images

Ex-Florida footballers can proceed vs. NCAA, not conference

The NCAA will go it alone defending against a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging football players at the University of Florida were not adequately protected from the effects of repeated concussions.
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Pritzker to stretch stay-at-home order

As part of the state’s effort to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. J.B. Pritzker will extend the statewide stay-at-home order through the end of April, he announced Tuesday.
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‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic files $94M lawsuit over prosecution

A former Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot has filed a federal lawsuit seeking nearly $94 million in damages, claiming among other things that he was convicted based on false and perjured testimony.

Springfield Dispatch

Comptroller’s new top attorney spent time at various state posts

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza hired Debjani D. Desai earlier this month as her office’s general counsel.

Springfield Dispatch

With law courses complete, Deputy Gov. Mitchell looks ahead

Earning a J.D. was an early goal for Illinois Deputy Gov. Christian L. Mitchell, who completed law school last month.

Law Firm Leaders

Attorney blends chemistry, law into interesting career brew

Caryn C. Borg-Breen, co-founder of Green, Griffith, Borg-Breen LLP, didn’t see herself using her chemistry background to pursue a legal career.

Hospitals, health care workers given civil immunity

An executive order issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday grants broad immunity from civil liability to health care workers and hospitals that are assisting during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Wrongful death claim valid after abortion

A wrongful death case against a surgeon can proceed on behalf of an aborted fetus, a state appeals panel ruled on Tuesday.

Panel: Police name checks not a violation

A police process of checking individuals for outstanding warrants does not run afoul of the constitution, a federal panel has held.

Judge fast-tracks suit to free prisoners at risk of COVID-19 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Corrections have until Monday to respond to a complaint filed in federal court this week that alleges the state is dawdling in its efforts to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in its prisons.

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Trial Notebook

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2nd District rejects privacy order

Eager to keep and permanently use all of the “protected health information,” it was able to hoover-up about plaintiffs during personal injury litigation, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. intervened in two Lake County cases and requested the standard HIPAA “qualified protective order” used in Cook County.

Legal History

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April 2

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

Origination Station

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Going solo: Five steps to ensure success

Whether you’re dealing with slashed hours, compensation reduction or general reduction in legal staff, it’s never a bad idea to get prepared for going solo.

Through Glazed Eyes

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Double down, boast, bully, walk back – just don’t apologize

An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be. — Steve Martin

Opening Statement

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With Broadway lights dimmed, remember legendary Herman

The devastating novel coronavirus continues to take its deadly toll, not only through increasing number of cases and fatalities and an impact on our economy but also the almost total shutdown of cultural, theatrical and entertainment communities.

Opening Statement

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A high school spin on Bard’s tragedy in ‘Teenage Dick’

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times:” the opening line of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” is a reference to life in Paris circa 1859. But it can also refer to what some of us would recall from our days in high school.

Opening Statement

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Lookingglass Theatre has a hit in ‘Her Honor Jane Byrne’

We have all heard the expressions “it sounded like a good idea at the time” and “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

Opening Statement

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Constitution, women’s issues at forefront of Playhouse drama

With Sen. Elizabeth Warren bowing out of the presidential race that once had five major women candidates, Heidi Schreck’s autobiographical play, “What the Constitution Means to Me,” is more relevant than ever.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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Super Bowl ads focused more on substance, less on stunts

On Super Bowl Sunday this year, on-air advertisements focused more on comedic good humor and less on political and social issues than in past years.

Social Scene

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The new associate

K&L Gates LLP intellectual property lawyer Kathryn M. Starshak gets some company during the workday from her associate Wrigley. Share your own work-from-home adventures: editor@lawbulletinmedia.com. Photo provided by K&L Gates LLP
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Erin Clifford talks stress management

Erin Clifford, partner at Clifford Law Offices, presented “Real Solutions to Attorney Wellness: Stress in the Legal Profession” before the First Municipal Advisory Committee’s March 4 meeting at the Daley Center. The program offered tips on managing stress and avoiding anxiety, fatigue and burnout. Photo provided by Clifford Law Offices
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Work-from-home adventures

Corboy & Demetrio Partner Michelle M. Kohut and her family got a drive-by visit from the Lake Bluff Fire Department on March 26th for her daughter Evelyn’s fifth birthday. Michelle’s 6-year-old son, Charlie, is also pictured. The fire department is visiting area children who have birthdays during the statewide stay-at-home order. Document your own work-from-home adventures and send them our way: editor@lawbulletinmedia.com. Photo provided by Corboy & Demetrio P.C.
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New Era Divorce kickoff

Family lawyers and Domestic Relations Division judges volunteered making meals at Ronald McDonald House as part of a March 4 kickoff event for New Era Divorce, a new group comprising attorneys from Berger Schatz, Beermann, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, Griffin McCarthy & Rice, Grund & Leavitt, Davis Friedman, and Jacobson Mediation. NED’s mission is to bring collegiality to the practice of family law. Photo provided by New Era Divorce/Berger Schatz/Schiller DuCanto & Fleck

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