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Law students, public invited to hear oral arguments before military appeals court

Posted on August 7, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
For the first time, The John Marshall Law School will host the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals for a Sept. 1 hearing in the case United States v. Alston. The 3:30 p.m. hearing in the law school's Baim Courtroom, is open to the public. The Army Court of Appeals routinely hears two cases each year at law schools outside of the Washington, D.C., area. This case is being held at John Marshall at the invitation of Lt. Col. Gene Baime, an associate judge on the three-judge appellate panel, who is an alumnus of the law school. The court is reviewing a sexual assault conviction. On May 30, 2008, an enlisted panel sitting as a general court-martial jury at Fort Riley, Kansas, convicted Specialist John Alston of aggravated sexual assault in violation of Article 120, Uniform Code of Military Justice.  Originally charged with rape, Alston was convicted of the lesser included offense of aggravated sexual assault. The court-martial sentenced Alston to reduction to the grade of private, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for 181 days, and separation from the service with a bad-conduct discharge. The case was automatically appealed to the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

Welytok joins Milwaukee firm von Briesen & Roper, S.C. as partner

Posted on August 4, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Daniel Welytok
Daniel Welytok
Daniel S. Welytok, formerly with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has moved his practice to the Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper, S.C. as a partner.  Dan practices in the areas of business, employee benefits and tax. Dan is a 1987 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law school and received his LI.M. from DePaul Law School in 1989.

Weissman to be a featured speaker at ABA's International Senior Lawyers BLA Project

Posted on August 4, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Michael Weissman
Michael L. Weissman
Michael L. Weissman, of Levin & Ginsburg, Ltd., will be a featured speaker at the American Bar Association's International Senior Lawyers BLA Project in Capetown, South Africa, from August 17 to August 27, 2009. The Project, which is undertaken with the cooperation and support of indigenous South African lawyers and law firms, is designed to assist black South African lawyers in enhancing their commercial law skills.

Changes in judgeships

Posted on August 4, 2009 by James R. Covington
Public Act 96-108 took effect July 30, 2009. It amends judgeships in the following circuits: 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 19th, and 22nd. It also creates some new judgeships. Click here for more information.

Hundreds attend ISBA reception at Chicago History Museum

Posted on August 3, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
ISBA President John O'Brien (left) with Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald, History Museum President Gary T. Johnson, National Conference of Presidents Chief M. Joe Crosthwait Jr. and U.S. District Chief Judge James f. Holderman
ISBA President John O'Brien (left) with Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald, History Museum President Gary T. Johnson, National Conference of Presidents Chief M. Joe Crosthwait Jr. and U.S. District Chief Judge James F. Holderman
ISBA President John O'Brien welcomed over 400 members of the American Bar Association House of Delegates to a reception Friday night at the Chicago History Museum. The American Bar Association is holding its Annual Meeting in Chicago through Tuesday. Click here to view the photo gallery from this event.

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Posted on August 3, 2009 by Chris Bonjean

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