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Chicago Public Schools Seeks Assistant General Counsel

Posted on February 12, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Board of Education of the City of Chicago, also known as Chicago Public Schools (CPS), has set ambitious goals to ensure that every child, in every community, have access to a high quality education that prepares him or her for success in college and career.

CPS is seeking an Assistant General Counsel to represent CPS and its agents  in state court and various administrative forums. Matters include personal injury cases ranging from slip and falls to sexual assaults and death cases, mechanic’s liens, property tax appeals, construction cases, whistleblower claims, limited employment matters and breach of contract claims.  The Assistant General Counsel will have the following responsibilities: 

Grayson Joins Nijman · Franzetti LLP in Chicago

Posted on February 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Lynn GraysonJennifer Nijman and Susan Franzetti are proud to announce the addition of their highly respected peer, E. Lynn Grayson, to Nijman · Franzetti LLP.

Cook, Boone, Winnebago County Courts Closed Due to Weather, DuPage Courts Remain Open

Posted on February 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Circuit Court of Cook County is closed today, Friday, Feb. 9, due to severe winter weather, according to a statement released by the court. With the exception of Central Bond Court at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago and juvenile detention hearings at the Juvenile Center in Chicago, there will be no court in session in any Cook County courthouse and the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court will be closed.

CLE: Copyright and Student Records Issues in Education

Posted on February 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Are you prepared to advise your clients on copyright issues in the classroom? Anyone working in the education setting (or representing those that do) need to be familiar with several key areas of concern, including copyright use in the classroom, student record laws, and cultural/diversity issues. This half-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on February 28, 2018 offers an overview for those new to this practice area, as well as a refresher for advanced practitioners.

Join the International Academy of Dispute Resolution in March

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The International Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR) is coming to Loyola University School of Law in Chicago this March for its 9th Annual World Mediation Congress, March 6-7, followed immediately by its 17th Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament, March 8-10, co-sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association.

Welch, Charles Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP

Posted on February 6, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP recently welcomed new lateral associations and recent law school graduates to the firm, including ISBA members David J. Welch and Rebecca Charles.

David J. Welch joins the Chicago office to focus on product liability and general trial practice. Welch received his J.D. magna cum laude in 2016 from Chicago-Kent College of Law and his B.S. in 2010 from Fordham University. He previously served as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney.

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee to Hold Public Hearing on March 26

Posted on February 5, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle Street, in Chicago.

Illinois Supreme Court Rules proposals or proposed rule amendments are offered by the bench, bar, or public. They are then reviewed by the Rules Committee and placed on the agenda for public hearing if the proposal is determined to have merit. Public comments on the proposals are invited. Written comments and testimony scheduling requests should be submitted to the committee secretary by e-mail at or mailed to Committee Secretary, Supreme Court Rules Committee, 222 N. LaSalle Street, 13th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601.

CLE: Workers' Compensation Update - Spring 2018

Posted on February 5, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Update your knowledge on a number of important workers’ compensation issues with this full-day seminar in Chicago and O’Fallon on Feb. 19. Labor and employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners attending this seminar will better understand how orthopedic injuries are diagnosed, evaluated, and treated in workers’ compensation claims; the 2017 appellate court decisions that have impacted workers’ compensation law; how to avoid ethical dilemmas in your practice; how to present effective oral arguments before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission; integrating Medicare and workers’ compensation benefits; and how status as employee or independent contractor can affect employment benefits and liability.

William Cousins 1928-2018

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

William Cousins Jr., a prominent figure in Illinois legal circles and a former appellate judge, has died at age 90.

Cousins' daughter, Cheryl Cousins, told the Chicago Sun-Times her father died Saturday in Chicago. She did not give the cause.

As a Cook County judge, Cousins in 1979 declared Illinois' death penalty unconstitutional, deeming it "cruel and unusual" and "freakishly imposed." That was 32 years before the state abolished it.

Charles H. Turner

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Charles H. Turner, who began a distinguished legal career in Chicago under United States Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan, died January 8th at Evergreen Hospice Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. He was six days short of his eighty-second birthday. In more than a quarter-century with the Department of Justice, Turner was the lead prosecutor in several highly-publicized criminal cases. Among these was the prosecution of the American Indian Movement figures Leonard Peltier, Dennis Banks, and Kenneth Loud Hawk in the aftermath of AIM's occupation of the Wounded Knee site in South Dakota.