The Chicago Bar Association

Founded in 1874, The Chicago Bar Association is one of the oldest and most active metropolitan bar associations in the United States. The Association's voluntary membership of 20,000 consists largely of lawyers and judges from Cook County and the State of Illinois. However, we do have a growing out-of-state membership of lawyers who want to take advantage of the Association's many membership services and benefits.

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Post Authored by Kenny Matuszewski On July 23, 2019, the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion and affirmed the validity of two design patents owned by Ford in Automotive Body Parts Association v. Ford Global Technologies, LLC, No. 2018-1613 (Fed. Cir. July 23, 2019). The design patents, USD489,299 and USD501,685 (“design patents”), respectively protected an exterior of a vehicle hood and vehicle headlamp. USD489,299 – Exterior of Vehicle Hood USD501,685 – Vehicle Head Lamp Automotive…
The YLS Intellectual Property Committee is excited to announce the first of its monthly committee meetings for the 2019-2020 bar year. Join Tanya Miari, Senior Counsel in Marketing & Intellectual Property at McDonald’s Corporation, for a discussion on opportunities and advice on breaking into intellectual property law and leveraging that background as an in-house counsel. Topics will include the pathway to in-house, the daily life of an in-house lawyer, and what an in-house lawyer needs…
Post Authored by Haley Jenkins In the last three years, state and federal courts in Illinois have seen an increase in litigation under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), 740 ILCS 14/1, et seq. BIPA represents the Illinois legislature’s intention that sensitive biometric data necessitates special protections. In 2007, the Illinois legislature, alarmed by the risk that the millions of fingerprint records amassed by technology company Pay By Touch would be sold as an…
The Scarlet A Edition is now available! At least one in four American women will have an abortion in her lifetime, and the Supreme Court deemed it a constitutional right in Roe v. Wade nearly five decades ago, yet the stigma is such that we’re unable to have a civil conversation about the topic. In this edition, co-hosts Jon Amarilio and Chastidy Burns are joined by Katie Watson, a lawyer, professor, bioethicist, and the author of “Scarlet A: The Ethics,
Post Authored by Yara Mroueh The National Labor Relations Board has significantly shifted labor law with its August 14, 2019 decision in Cordúa Restaurants, Inc., which held that an employer may create a mandatory arbitration policy in response to employees who have joined a collective or class action under federal or state wage and hour laws. 368 NLRB No. 43 (Aug. 14, 2019). Additionally, an employer may inform employees that failing or refusing to sign…
The YLS Health & Hospital Law Committee is excited to announce the first of many committee meetings for the upcoming year. Join young attorneys for a discussion on opportunities and advice on breaking into a career in the in-demand and exciting field of health law. Topics will include multiple aspects in health law including both regulatory compliance and medical malpractice litigation. Panelists include attorneys from Barnes & Thornburg, LLP; Johnson & Bell; Barker, Castro, Kuban…
Post Authored by Laura Wibberley In Illinois, the general rule is that minors, individuals under the age of 18, cannot consent to receive medical treatment,[1] and that consent must be obtained by a parent or guardian. This includes medical services rendered by licensed physicians, chiropractors, registered nurses, or physician assistants. However, the recent nationwide trend has been to expand the rights of minors in the area of healthcare. The theory is that many minors…
Post Authored by Max Barack The #metoo movement has been a powerful force in highlighting the plight of victims of sexual harassment and assault in all areas of life, including the workplace. The movement has given these victims the courage and support to come forward and discuss the sexual harassment and/or assault that they suffered. In some cases, the #metoo movement has also allowed the victims of workplace sexual misconduct to pursue justice in the…
Post Authored by Tisha Delgado, brought to you by CourtFiling.net Without a doubt, when you want to improve your client services, you hire a paralegal. Maintaining a balance between your professional and private responsibilities is a challenge, especially if you are a sole-practitioner or work in a smaller office. You need to bring in business, network, market your services, but you also need to get the work done. Maybe it’s time to hire a paralegal.…
Post Authored by Stephanie Nikitenko On June 24, 2019 and in a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down a long-held provision of the Lanham Act prohibiting trademark registration for marks deemed “immoral or scandalous” in Iancu v. Brunetti. [1]  This language could be found in § 1052(a), among others, that prohibit trademark registration: No trademark by which the goods of the applicant may be distinguished from the goods of others shall be refused registration on the principal register on account of its…