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Post Authored by Natalie Elizaroff Amidst a global pandemic and social distancing concerns due to Covid-19, more and more individuals are going online. Videoconferencing software such as Zoom and WebEx have become household names for businesses, educators, and even government officials. [1] As the demand for alternative software increases, Virtual Reality (VR) may emerge as a mainstream solution. VR allows users to immerse themselves and interact with a 3D virtual environment by using a head-mounted…
In more than one way this year, we as citizens of the United States can make our voices heard and accounted for. You may have already filled out the Census this year, but there’s one more civic duty to do: VOTE! But what do you need to do in order to vote in Illinois? Check out the video or the informational post below to learn more: Publice Service Announcement brought to you by the Young…
By Michelle Parthum, Benjamin Woodring, and Elizabeth Clarke In-house lawyers spend their days in near-constant communication with business colleagues, counterparties at other organizations, outside counsel, and many others.  Many of those communications involve sensitive, confidential information—including information that may be protected by the attorney-client privilege, attorney work product doctrine, and related doctrines. The battles over whether such communications are properly protected under such doctrines are typically fought by outside counsel in the context of active…
Post Authored by Teresa M. Dettloff Restrictive covenants, or covenants not to compete, are common in physician-hospital contracts for employment. When a dispute about whether a restrictive covenant should bind a physician who has left employment at the hospital arises, the first step for a court, before considering the terms of a restrictive covenant, is to determine 1) whether the restrictive covenant is ancillary to a valid contract; and 2) whether the restrictive covenant is…
Post Authored by Brian M. Bentrup The legal world is currently grappling with how much of the practice of law can be done virtually, how much needs to be done in person, and how much can be placed on hold indefinitely. There is an immediacy associated with guardianships meaning petitions cannot wait indefinitely and certain aspects of the process can only be done in person. Furthermore, some petitions are filed on an emergency basis, which…
Post Authored by Kasim Carbide While it began its journey as an obscure financial technology, in a little over a decade, Bitcoin has revolutionized financial technology and security, while capturing global headlines.[i] Although the price of Bitcoin is extremely volatile day-to-day, the virtual currency has held onto most of the value it has gained over the years. As Bitcoin becomes more widely adopted by customers and businesses, it has already begun to make its…
Interviewed by Kenny Matuszewski Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s 40 Under Forty recognizes rising stars in the legal community. Past winners come from all practice areas and settings, including the government, private practice, and in-house. The one thing they all share is their commitment to excellence and dedication to the legal profession. Judge LaShonda A. Hunt, United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Northern District of Illinois, has spent most of…
Post Authored By Laura Wibberley Now that vaccines designed to protect against the virus that causes COVID-19 have entered clinical trial stages, the question now posed is, can the government mandate that the public receive the vaccine? The classic case of Jacobson v. Massachusetts, posed the question in the context of a state law that required adult citizens to obtain the small pox vaccination or face a fine. 197 U.S. 11 (1905). The United State…
Post Authored by Brian Bentrup On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that protected transgendered individuals from workplace discrimination. This has brought the rights of transgendered individuals and, more broadly, rights of the LGBTQIA+ community to the forefront of the national consciousness. This article examines some of the issues facing transgendered individuals. For the purposes of this article, the term “transgender” applies to…