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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.

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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 North Star, one of the oldest and most famous stars of all, is not only one of the brightest stars in…
Post Authored By: Natalie Elizaroff Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have recently come under spotlight and people are split between spending millions and wondering whether they are worth the investment. What are NFTs? To understand NFTs, you have to understand fungibility. Fungibility or fungible items are assets that can be interchanged at a fixed price point.[1] Bitcoins, dollars, and the like will all exchange at the same rate – so $100 will still be $100 (whether that…
Post Authored By: Laura Wibberley On January 13, 2021, at 3:00 am, the Illinois General Assembly passed House Bill 3360 without any hearing or public comments. HB 3360 imposed a 9% per annum prejudgment interest to be recovered by plaintiffs on all damages set forth in a judgment or verdict. This includes any action brought to recover damages for personal injuries or wrongful death asserting negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, intentional conduct, or strict liability.…
You may have watched the Oscar-nominated film about The Chicago 7, but we’ve got the inside scoop on one of the most pivotal trials of the century from two of the men who lived it: Assistant U.S. Attorney, Dick Schultz, who prosecuted the case and, John Froines, one of the last two living members of The Chicago 7. Host Jonathan Amarilio and co-host Jennifer Byrne Bland bring you the interviews in our epic 3-part series,…
Post Authored By: Brian M. Bentrup The United States Congress passed three pieces of legislation designed to counteract the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Former President Donald J. Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) into law on March 18, 2020, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) into law on March 27, 2020. The FFCRA is employee-focused and aimed at providing financial relief for aid sick…
Post Authored By: Shannon Luschen Illinois is only one of a handful of states where courts may require parents to contribute to their child’s college education.  This “non-minor support” is codified in Section 513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and applies to those parents who are undergoing a divorce, have already been divorced, or were never married. Pursuant to this statute, the court may order certain educational expenses to be paid…