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The @theBar blog is an online publication of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section (YLS).  On May 16, 2018, the YLS Executive Council approved the creation of the @theBar blog as a project of the YLS Journal. The @theBar blog strives to promote the YLS’s dedication to professional development, ethical practice, the service of our profession, and the well-being of our members.

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…
Post Authored by Michael W. Orescanin The Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and the right to an attorney, also known as Miranda Rights, are one of the most known rights to the average person. These rights are known as Miranda Rights, because of a United States Supreme Court case called Miranda v. Arizona.   The Supreme Court in Miranda v. Arizona held that an officer is required to read specific rights to suspects after taking them…
The Future of the Profession Crossfire Edition is now available! In this edition, co-hosts Jon Amarilio and Jeff Moskowitz are joined by Bob Glaves and Jessica Bednarz from The Chicago Bar Foundation for a lively crossfire about the future of the legal profession and attorney regulation. Bob and Jess argue that the legal profession needs to make dramatic changes to the way it does business and regulates itself in order to adapt to the rapidly…
Article authored by Neil Johnson, originally published in the July/August 2019 issue of the CBA Record Facebook’s mantra, “move fast, break things,” mirrors the current technology industry’s treatment of personal data: collect first and disclose later (if at all)… Click here to continue reading the article.…