Bar Associations

Post authored by Stephanie Nikitenko The most defining experience of sitting in a law school classroom is learning through the Socratic Method. The Socratic Method is a dialogue that serves as a cooperative argument between individuals. Based on asking and answering questions, it also promotes critical thinking and illuminates the underpinnings of concepts learned in the readings. This method of teaching is helpful for a variety of reasons. First, at a rudimentary level, having someone ask you…
Post Authored by Alex. J. Whitt Most Americans are all too aware of the current student debt crisis.  In 2018, total student debt rose into trillions, with Illinois’ total coming up to over $50 billion.  Around 10% of the loans defaulted, financially straining millions of borrowers. Whether the student debt is owed to the government or a private lender, these creditors can be particularly aggressive.  That pressure is compounded by the fact that student debt…
Post Authored by Marvis Barnes The landlord-tenant relationship is bound to be difficult. Commercial and residential landlords always have and will continue to have a variety of issues with tenants. As an attorney advising a landlord on the steps to take when there is a breakdown of the landlord-tenant relationship, the possibility of evicting a tenant is a topic likely to come up. The Eviction Act (formerly known as the Forcible Entry and Detainer Act),…
Post Authored by Peter Danos In recent years, the United States has seen rapid technological innovations in the biometric field.  In fact, biometric technologies have become mainstream in our current society. While many find these innovations advantageous, biometric technologies have simultaneously generated a multitude of privacy concerns.  These privacy risks are particularly worrisome when a company or third-party entity uses a person’s unique biometric data. To address these concerns, Illinois enacted the Illinois Biometric Information…
“Every entrepreneur knows that first impressions are important, but you may not know just how little time you have to actually make one. Within the first seven seconds of meeting, people will have a solid impression of who you are — and some research suggests a tenth of a second is all it takes to start determining traits like trustworthiness,” according to an article by Forbes contributor Serenity Gibbons.  Seven seconds.  I’ve been waiting over 7 weeks…
Post Authored by Haley Jenkins Personal injury attorneys are undoubtedly familiar with pay stubs, timesheets, and other methods of determining a plaintiff’s lost earnings while recovering from an injury. But many attorneys and their clients may be missing an even bigger case: unpaid wages. Recent media attention and high-profile cases such as those against Uber and Lyft have heightened public awareness of employee misclassification issues and unpaid wages. However, many attorneys may not realize that…
The Angel of Death Row Edition is now available! In this edition, co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Nykoel Kahn are joined by renowned death penalty defense lawyer, author, speaker, professor and former Dean of the Valparaiso University Law School, Andrea Lyon, for a discussion about the politics, sociology and personal stories behind the death penalty in America. Dubbed “The Angel of Death Row” by the Chicago Tribune, Andrea was the first woman to serve as lead attorney in a death penalty…
Post Authored by Katherine V. Schostok One of the many highlights for Health Law Fellows at DePaul University College of Law’s Jaharis Health Law Institute (“JHLI”) is the opportunity to participate in the prestigious Summer Scholars Program. Each summer, JHLI partners with health law employers across the field, including health systems, law firms, medical associations, and pharmaceutical companies.  These organizations throughout the Chicagoland area provide highly selective summer externship placements for Summer Scholars.  The students…
Join the YLS Women in the Law Committee on November 12, 2019, from 12:15pm to 1:30pm for a discussion with host global talent and career management consultant, Betty J. Flasch,  about taking control of and managing your career. The meeting will take place at the CBA Building located at 321 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, Illinois 60604. Free MCLE Credit is available for CBA members. Webcast option available at www.chicagobar.org/cle.…
Interviewed by Kenny Matuszewski Where do you work? Octavio: I run my own law firm, Duran Law Offices. I opened it about a month ago. What do you practice? Octavio: I practice in personal injury. I represent people who are injured in any capacity, whether it’s medical negligence, aviation or construction disasters, or trucking accidents. Why did you decide to start your law firm? Octavio: I’ve always been a bit of an entrepreneur. I also…