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1789 ABA Journal Illinois articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyers charged in Molotov cocktail attack get plea offers; Harvard Law profs launch equality journal

Lawyers charged in Molotov cocktail attack mull plea offers

Two lawyers charged in a Molotov cocktail attack on an unoccupied police car are reviewing plea offers, according to a…

Illinois will end cash bail, require police body cameras in criminal justice overhaul signed by governor
Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed into law an overhaul of the criminal justice system, saying the reforms are a substantial step toward dismantling systemic racism.
Afternoon Briefs: BigLaw firm partners with startup in pipeline program; Trump lawyer’s home vandalized

BigLaw firm partners with Legal Innovators in pipeline program

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is partnering on a pipeline program with Legal Innovators, a startup alternative legal services provider that…

Afternoon Briefs: Law deans want to delay employment reporting; Edelson parody videos tout untraditional mold

Law school deans want more time for reporting employment outcomes

Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, law school deans have asked the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar…

Defendant gets new trial without having to prove bribe-taking judge was biased, 7th Circuit rules
A defendant tried with a co-defendant who paid $10,000 for an acquittal does not have to prove actual bias by the judge to obtain a new trial, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Chicago has ruled.
Jayne Reardon is changing the practice of law by promoting civility and looking toward the future

Reardon is a great listener who gets people’s support by understanding their agendas and emotions. “She plays the long game, not the short game. She never comes in and jams something down people’s throats,” law professor William Henderson says.

Suspended family law attorney is accused of additional sex crimes
A suspended Chicago family law attorney faces additional sexual assault and sexual abuse charges involving attacks on two women he knew through his law practice.
Illinois lawmakers pass sweeping overhaul to criminal justice system
The Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday passed sweeping criminal justice reforms that include the elimination of cash bail and a requirement that police officers in the state wear body cameras.
Afternoon Briefs: First female judge will head Cook County Criminal Court; 2 firms cancel merger

First female judge will preside over Illinois criminal court

Judge Erica Reddick was appointed as presiding judge of the Cook County Criminal Court in Chicago on Monday, marking the first…

Afternoon Briefs: New ACLU lawyer gets arrested; top Chicago lawyer resigns after video uproar

New ACLU lawyer is accused of firing gun at ex-wife’s car

A newly hired lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah was arrested for allegedly firing a gun…

Texas judicial conduct system and Washington bar association grapple with cyberattacks
Cyberattacks affected the work of the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct and a website of the the Washington State Bar Association, according to two recent news stories.
Judge freezes assets of winning ‘Erin Brockovich’ law firm after suit alleges stolen settlement funds
A federal judge has frozen the assets of the law firm Girardi Keese and founder Tom Girardi after a suit accused Girardi of embezzling settlement money to support his celebrity lifestyle.
Afternoon Briefs: Trump seeks to intervene in SCOTUS election case; new LA district attorney touts reforms

Trump seeks to intervene in Supreme Court election case

President Donald Trump on Wednesday sought to intervene as a plaintiff in Texas’ bid to get the U.S. Supreme Court…

Afternoon Briefs: Top state court rejects election appeal; judge allows lawyer’s bias suit against bank

Wisconsin turns down direct appeal in election lawsuit

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Trump campaign could not challenge election results in that court without first taking the…

Afternoon Briefs: Good news for law grad who took bar exam while in labor; Boies Schiller leader leaves

Law grad passes bar exam after taking the test while in labor

A graduate of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law has passed the bar exam, even though she…

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