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May 31, 2012

Justice Stevens’ Reasoned Takedown of Citizens United | ACS

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chuck @ 8:39 pm

Justice Stevens’ Reasoned Takedown of Citizens United

May 31, 2012by Jeremy Leaming

At some point perhaps soon the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative wing will have to reckon with some of its sweeping assertions in its controversial 2010 Citizens United v. FEC majority opinion.

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in a methodical, thoughtful speech at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Services detailed why he thinks some of the holding in Citizens United is due for reconsideration.

via Justice Stevens’ Reasoned Takedown of Citizens United | ACS.

Further proof that being a Cubs fan does not impair one’s ability to reason well. Justice Stevens was right to retire, but we miss him. Citizen’s United is one of the worst things to ever happen to American electoral politics.

Bankruptcy issues relating to personal injury cases | Illinois State Bar Association

Bankruptcy issues relating to personal injury cases | Illinois State Bar Association.By  Brett J. Swanson

Despite difficult economic times, the American Bankruptcy Institute has noted the number of bankruptcy filings has dropped across the country. However, a recent opinion from the Illinois Appellate Court confirms that trial lawyers from both sides of the bar should be aware that bankruptcy filings can, and will, impact your case. In Berge, the First District found that the doctrine of judicial estoppel bars a plaintiff from proceeding with a cause of action in state court where the plaintiff fails to disclose the action as an asset in a bankruptcy petition. Berge v. Kuno Mader and DMG America, Inc., 354 Ill.Dec. 374, 957 N.E.2d 968 (1st Dist. 2011).

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Mr. Swanson is a smart guy. Thanks to ISBA for publishing this. Go read the full article in the Bar Journal. The federal courts here in the 7th Cir. will apply judicial estoppel to inchoate civil rights claims. Which is why I learned to, and now ask my prospective employment clients whether they have ever filed a bankruptcy claim!

May 18, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chuck @ 7:58 pm

I know I have seen cases like this – but they are subtle and difficult to prove.

The Situationist

From Harvard Business Review (part of an op-ed written by Lauren Stiller Rikleen):

The new millennium has not brought much progress for women seeking top leadership roles in the workplace. Although female graduates continue to pour out of colleges and professional schools, the percentages of women running large companies, or serving as managing partners of their law firms, or sitting on corporate boards have barely budged in the past decade.

Why has progress stalled? A recent study suggests the unlikeliest of reasons: the marriage structure of men in the workplace.

A group of researchers from several universities recently published a report on the attitudes and beliefs of employed men, which shows that those with wives who did not work outside the home or who worked part-time were more likely than those with wives who worked to: (1) have an unfavorable view about women in the workplace; (2)think workplaces…

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