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CLE: What’s New in Mental Health Law: Mental Health Issues and Legal Professionalism

Posted on April 13, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Get the updates you need regarding a number of important mental health topics with this half-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on May 16, 2018. Practitioners with all levels of legal experience who are interested in the current regulations surrounding attorneys facing substance abuse or mental health issues (and how to assist them) will benefit from attending and learn: how to help attorneys and law students facing mental illness and/or substance abuse issues; the recent legislative changes and appellate opinions in mental health; the mission of the Lawyer’s Assistance Program to help attorneys facing substance abuse and/or mental health issues through mentoring and other tools; and how disciplinary authorities handle attorney mental health and substance abuse cases.

CLE: The Anatomy of Mechanics Lien Claim

Posted on April 10, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Join your fellow colleagues and local judges in Chicago on May 9, 2018 for an in-depth look at the nuts and bolts of a mechanics lien claim! Learn what it takes to prosecute liens on private and public projects and avoid common pitfalls encountered with claims under the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act.

U.S. Attorney's Office Seeks Assistant U.S. Attorneys

Posted on April 6, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The U.S. Attorney's Office Northern District of Illinois is accepting applications for an assistant United States attorney opening in its Civil Division, primarily to handle bankruptcy and commercial lien cases and matters.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least two years post-J.D. experience in bankruptcy practice. U.S. citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications: Excellent academics, significant litigation experience, bankruptcy law experience, strong legal writing skills, and commitment to public service.

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.

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