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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.

Post Authored By: Laura Wibberley Illinois is now one of the few states that require caps on insulin prices for consumers. Senate Bill 667 was sponsored by Senator Andy Manar and passed by a 48-7 vote in the Illinois Senate followed by a 100-13 vote by the Illinois House of Representatives. Illinois Governor J.B Pritzker then signed this bill into law on January 24, 2020, which officially went into effect this year on January 1,…
Post Authored By: Ava Caffarini In many cases, the request or production of electronically stored information (“ESI”) during the discovery phase of litigation may not seem like a daunting task. Indeed, ESI discovery is unremarkable in most lawsuits. The producing party simply searches its computers and produces what it finds. There is no departure from the discovery scheme created by Illinois Supreme Court Rules 213 and 214. Carlson v. Jerousek, 2016 IL App (2d) 151248,…
Post Authored By: Kasim Carbide While many states have legalized cannabis for recreational use, federal law continues to classify it as an illegal substance.[i] Despite this fact, legal dispensaries have become ubiquitous in states that have legalized cannabis. As a business, dispensaries encounter typical operational issues, but credit and debit cards present a unique challenge that have yet to be elegantly resolved. This is largely because federal law conflicts with state law. So, when…
Article Authored by: Brian M. Bentrup I was sworn in to the Illinois bar in 2015 and never did I anticipate devoting much time, if any, to pro bono work. The end goal for many law students is a high-paying job. A significant number of 3Ls want to pass the bar, join an Am Law 100 Firm and make six figures immediately as a first year associate. With a new bar admittee’s attention devoted to…
Post Authored By: Kenny Matuszeski and Michael Beltran As the novel coronavirus continues to affect citizens’ health, careers, and housing security, citizens may rely on several forms of relief to prevent eviction or foreclosure on their mortgages. First, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued an order, effective September 4, 2021, temporarily halting residential evictions of tenants, lessees, and residents of residential properties.[1] In order to receive this relief, citizens must meet…
Post Authored By: Alexandra M. Verven The anxiously anticipated General Administrative Order (“GAO”) 20-9 was released by the Cook County Law Division on December 17, 2020. The 42-page order is loaded with information and this blurb serves to highlight what Chicago litigators need to know. First and foremost, all jury trials set from March 17, 2020, through June 30, 2021, are converted to trial setting dates, at which time the case will be assigned a…
Interviewed by Kenny Matuszewski Now celebrating its 21st 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. The Nightingale Pledge is a statement of the nursing profession’s ethics and principles. Nurses must: Adhere to the…
Post Authored By: Brian M. Bentrup In late 2018, the Illinois Legislature amended the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (the “Act”), which became law on January 1, 2019 to little fanfare. We remain in the middle of a generational pandemic in which all non-essential workers are encouraged to work remotely; the question on many minds is to what extent must an employer reimburse employees to initially configure, and to maintain, telework conditions? Unfortunately, the…