Law Day 2022 Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change
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Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO of 50/50 Women on Boards, is seen at City Club LA in Los Angeles in 2021. A Los Angeles judge ruled that California's landmark law mandating women be placed on corporate boards is unconstitutional. Berkhemer-Credaire lobbied in support of the law, which was closely watched in Illinois and other states. – Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via AP, File

California law mandating women on boards ruled unconstitutional

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California’s landmark law requiring women on corporate boards is unconstitutional.
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Pritzker signs legislation aimed at curbing organized retail crime

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Friday that is aimed at cracking down on high-profile “smash-and-grabs” and other organized retail theft.
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Get to know newly appointed justice Lisa Holder White

A new chapter is upon the state of Illinois as the longest-serving judge in the state will step down and the first Black woman Supreme Court justice will step in.

How I Did It

Lessons from coming out in a job interview

As a young would-be associate, Eric Ledbetter sought a law firm that welcomed diverse attorneys. More than 15 years later, his experience revealing his own identity in a job interview informs how he leads as managing partner of Quarles & Brady’s Chicago office.

LA Fitness must face claims for not using AED on patron, high court rules

The Illinois Supreme Court issued six opinions Thursday, including ruling in a personal injury case where a woman was left with permanent brain damage after suffering cardiac arrest at an LA Fitness in Oswego.

Metra approves $12M settlement in fatal 2015 crash

The families and injured in a collision of a train and car that killed two people in Chicago will receive a $12.25 million settlement approved by the Metra Board of Directors Wednesday.

Wisconsin Supreme Court broadens who can carry guns

A unanimous Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday broadened who can legally carry concealed weapons in the state, overturning a lower court’s ruling dealing with a man whose license was revoked due to a domestic violence conviction.

Appellate panel revives petition where former defense attorney became prosecutor

A man’s petition for post-conviction relief on a charge he was an armed habitual criminal should be revived because the county state’s attorney was the former post-conviction counsel in the same case, a state appellate panel held.

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Trial Notebook

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New York court dismisses privacy law claim

Tamara Wilson’s class action against Triller Inc. alleged that the video-sharing company violated the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 — a Reagan-era law aimed at “video tape service providers” — by disclosing users’ “personally identifiable information” to Facebook and AppsFlyer, a marketing analytics company.

Racial Justice

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Zoot Suit Riots flared from racial antagonism in 1940s Los Angeles

On May 30, 1943, the first of a series of what became known as the Zoot Suit Riots erupted between white sailors and Mexican youth in Los Angeles. While the attacks on Zoot Suiters focused mostly on Pachucos — Mexican-Americans who wore zoot suits or similar attire — no Mexican was immune from attack, zoot suit or not. Even boys as young as 12 and 13 years old were beaten up.

IP News Challenge

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Mouthwash maker tackles a parody

Welcome to today’s Intellectual Property Challenge, where we pose a question and you guess the answer.

For the Defense

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Duty, breach, foreseeability and the difficulty in defining tort law in Illinois

A bold title indeed, and a topic more suited for a law review article or even a book, but a central and evolving issue in Illinois tort law that was discussed in oral argument this past week before the Illinois Supreme Court in Quiroz v. Chicago Transit Authority, No. 127603.

Opening Statement

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Jeff Daniels, Richard Thomas star in Nederlander Theatre’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

Aaron Sorkin’s play “To Kill a Mockingbird” was adapted from Harper Lee’s novel depicting the inhuman and prejudicial way Blacks were treated in the South during the 1930s.

Opening Statement

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‘Last Hermanos’ delves into brotherly love, sibling rivalry

There’s an old joke about two brothers lined up before a firing squad, about to be executed as prisoners of war.

Opening Statement

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Joffrey Ballet, Lyric Opera bring 2 American classics to life

Premier dance company Joffrey Ballet signed a contract in 2017 to be the resident ballet company with the most distinguished Lyric Opera of Chicago and is at last in its inaugural season.

Opening Statement

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‘Intimate Apparel’ sheds light on outskirts of society

Skokie’s Northlight Theatre recently announced that it will be showing “Intimate Apparel” through May 15. Relax. This is not a titillating fashion show hosted by lingerie and beauty retailer Victoria’s Secret.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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College basketball, women’s soccer seek to level playing field for female athletes

Significant recent developments across women’s sports signal that female athletes may finally be starting to get their due.

Social Scene

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CBA celebrates Law Day

The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association hosted a Law Day celebration at Daley Plaza earlier this month. From left: Cook Circuit Judge Nichole Patton, CBA President E. Lynn Grayson, Law Day Event Organizer Margaret Mendenhall Casey, YLS Chair Tracy Brammeier and Chicago Bar Foundation Second Vice-President Kenya Jenkins-Wright. Photo courtesy CBA
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Nordic Law Club hosts honors

The Nordic Law Club held its annual dinner honoring Scandinavian honorary consuls general at the University Club on May 12. From left: Karin Moen Abercrombie (Sweden), NLC Secretary (Hon.) Diane Larsen (ret’d.), NLC President Lynne Ostfeld, Deputy Counsel Rikke Krogh Andresen (Denmark), Einar Steinsson (Iceland), Susan Meyer (Norway). Photo by Mark Dobrzycki/courtesy Nordic Law Club
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ISBA talks diversity at member appreciation event

More than 200 legal professionals participated in ISBA’s members-only program in celebration of its Member Appreciation Month. Dana and Keith Cutler, attorneys and hosts of courtroom show “Couples Court with the Cutlers,” spoke about implicit bias, microaggressions and attitudes that can impede a diverse and inclusive legal profession. The program was moderated by ISBA President Anna P. Krolikowska. Photo courtesy ISBA
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Judge awarded for service

Cook County Circuit Judge Mark J. Lopez (center), the Distinguished Judicial Service awardee, joined HLAI board members (left to right) Dora Cornelio, Andrea Belard, Jennifer Crespo, Janneth Lanini, and Jocely Pacheco at the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois annual Judicial Reception. Photos courtesy HLAI

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