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Tort Law Section Presents Hot Topics in Trial Webinar

Posted on April 5, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The ISBA Tort Law Section Council presented a webinar, Hot Topics in Trial:Jury Selection and Jury Questions, on Wednesday, April 4. Jurors ultimately decide the fate of a case, which makes jury selection one of the most important parts of a jury trial. During the webinar, attorneys and judges discussed what is the most important issues in jury selection and jury questions.

Hon. Robert E. Ginsberg 1945-2018

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Judge Robert E. Ginsberg, age 73, died March 17, 2018. Judge Ginsberg was a retired United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, where he served for 18 years. Previously, he was a professor at DePaul University Washington College of Law. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gail Ginsberg, his loving daughters, Deborah and Dana Ginsberg, grandchildren, David Ginsberg and Aurora Buntain, sister, Marion Levine, brothers-in-law, Bruce Cohen and Irwin Muskat, and many nieces and nephews, cousins, close friends and former colleagues.

CLE: The Cyborgs are Coming! Ethical Concerns from Technology Disruptions

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Many speakers warn about run-of-the-mill ethical concerns with technology, but only a select few understand the cutting-edge concerns that are shifting the practice of law and causing ethical headaches for sophisticated lawyers. Join Stuart Teicher in Chicago or via live webcast on April 20, 2018 as he explains both the expanding ethical pitfalls and the evolving ethical duties that lawyers face when using new technology. Attendees will learn about:

  • The Dangers that Don’t Get Discussed. Learn about the paradigm shift that’s being caused by Wikileaks and Snowden, as well as the pitfalls from the LinkedIn/Microsoft merger;
  •  Using Artificial Intelligence Safely…in Plain English. Every tech guru tells you that you need to understand artificial intelligence, but not a single one of them knows how it fits into the attorney ethics rules. Gain a better understanding of the ethical issues you may face with data mining, machine learning, automated tasks, and more (Rules 8.4, 5.3, 1.1)
  • Phish-Hooked: The Ethical Implications of Getting Scammed Online. Whether it’s ransomware, bogus escrow agent arrangements, or fake disciplinary notices, lawyers need to be aware of the hustles being used to scam lawyers. This section helps clarify an attorney’s obligation when becoming a target of online trickery. (Bar Opinions from Alaska #2016-1, Ohio #2016-8, D.C. Bar #371).
  • Twitter Traps You Didn’t Consider. The pressure to tweet is immense, even if you want to resist…and the ethical concerns with using the medium are growing. Don’t miss this discussion on the ethical implications of retweeting (Rule 4.1), the pending terrorism criminal case that could have ethics implications for lawyers, the triggering concerns of Rule 3.6; and more.

Roberts Reopens Wheaton Firm

Posted on April 3, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Chuck Roberts
Chuck Roberts

DuPage County divorce attorney Chuck Roberts recently announced reopening of his law firm, Roberts PC, in Wheaton, Illinois. Located for more than thirty years at the Gateway to Wheaton, the firm has reopened its offices at 104 E. Roosevelt Road, Suite 202 in the Wheaton Professional Center.

Chuck Roberts has represented clients in the DuPage County area since 1983 in cases involving divorce, family law, civil litigation and securities fraud.

Attorney Roberts has leveraged his extensive experience in business litigation into a unique niche in the divorce field protecting business owners, professionals, sports figures and officers and directors of publicly traded companies and their spouses.

Grim Joins Tomasik Kotin Kasserman

Posted on April 3, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Patrick Grim
Patrick Grim

Patrick Grim recently joined Tomasik Kotin Kasserman as a trial lawyer with its practice. Grim joined the Chicago personal injury firm as a law clerk in December 2016 before starting as an attorney in November 2017.

In his career, Grim has worked on a range of complex civil litigation matters including multi-district CTE concussion litigation against the NFL and NHL. He intends to focus his practice on cases involving wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, premises liability, and automobile collisions.

Grim received his juris doctor from Loyola University in Chicago in 2017. While in law school, he was a Corboy Fellow in Trial Advocacy, captain of Loyola’s nationally ranked mock trial team, and served as Executive Director of the school’s Mock Trial Board. Academically, Grim was a CALI recipient and five-time member of the school’s Dean’s List. Outside of the classroom, he taught pre-law classes at Hubbard High School on the City’s southwest side and helped coach the students to a city-wide mock trial championship.

Brinkmeier Joins Kathryn L. Harry & Assocaitions, P.C

Posted on April 3, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Alexandra Brinkmeier
Alexandra Brinkmeier

Alexandra C. Brinkmeier joined Kathryn L. Harry & Assocaitions, P.C. last fall. A resident of Elmhurst, Illinois, Brinkmeier joined the law firm in September, 2017 as an associate attorney.

Oak Brook, Illinois, lawyer Alexandra Brinkmeier received her Juris Doctor in 2016 from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. She previously earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2013.

Brinkmeier worked for a year as an Associate Attorney in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She also served as a certified mediator for the Law Offices at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and as a judicial extern for the Honorable Helaine L. Berger (Ret.), Associate Judge of Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

CLE: 5th Annual Elder Law Bootcamp: Basics and Beyond

Posted on March 30, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Back by Popular Demand! Don’t miss ISBA’s two-day elder law bootcamp in Chicago on April 26-27, 2018 that gives you the guidance and information you need to effectively represent your aging clients.

Durkin Wins AIOPIA Award for Client Satisfaction

Posted on March 29, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA) has recognized the exceptional performance of Albert E. Durkin, Illinois personal injury attorney,  as 2018 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction.

Volunteer for Ask A Lawyer Day

Posted on March 29, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Not all heroes wear capes. You can make a difference in your community by volunteering for Ask A Lawyer Day, our annual event that recognizes and celebrates Law Day, on April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. As a volunteer, you will answer calls and field general legal questions from Illinois residents. This is a state-wide public relations effort that helps enhance the image of the profession and receives considerable attention from the public and the media.

Volunteers are needed to answer calls at the Illinois Bar Center offices in Springfield*. There are also opportunities to volunteer remotely by answering questions by email. Breakfast and training will be provided for volunteers.

To sign up, complete the Ask A Lawyer Day Sign Up form online. Questions may be sent directly to Sara Anderson