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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 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…
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…
Join the YLS Family Law Committee committee on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 12:15pm for a presentation from our guest speakers Jessica Martell of Certified Divorce Mediation, LLC and J. Alex Jacobson of Jacobson Mediation Group who will discuss mediation in family law cases. 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. Access the webcast of the…
Post Authored by Alexandra M. Verven Imagine you’re a physician on the receiving end of a medical malpractice lawsuit. You’ve been served with a complaint, supported by a 2-622 written report criticizing your care of the plaintiff. In a deposition, when confronted with these allegations, the plaintiff’s expert admits that the allegations contained in his 2-622 report against you were not only false and without merit, but also unethical and unprofessional. Can you sue the…
Post Authored by Alexandra M. Verven Imagine you’re a physician on the receiving end of a medical malpractice lawsuit. You’ve been served with a complaint, supported by a 2-622 written report criticizing your care of the plaintiff. In a deposition, when confronted with these allegations, the plaintiff’s expert admits that the allegations contained in his 2-622 report against you were not only false and without merit, but also unethical and unprofessional. Can you sue the…
The Young Lawyers Section is partnering with the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) to host immigration relief screening clinics for Chicago residents. The National Immigrant Justice Center is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers including unaccompanied immigrant children and survivors of domestic abuse and violent crimes. NIJC provides direct legal services as well as policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. The clinics will…