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Chicago Bar Association-Solo & Small Practitioner Committee Meeting

It was fantastic to close the Fiscal Meeting Year out with a great presentation by Dan Saavedra, who gave his Ten Tips for Bringing in More Clients Online. We all learned something we didn’t know before and Dan, as always, did a fabulous job of interacting with us and providing real world tips…
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Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! This is a time of year when we are pleased to give thanks to those around us who have made the past year rewarding, worthwhile, and successful. The New Year provides us the impetus to look inward and evaulate, plan, and dream, while also surrounding us with family, friends, and compa…
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Chicago Tribune Letter--Jury Duty Worth More than $17.40 a Day

My letter to the Chicago Tribune, concerning their unfortunate and inaccurate portrayal of Illinois’ compensation system for jurors, was published Saturday: Your editorial “Small pay raise for Illinois jurors, big payday for lawyers” was unfortunate, yet predictable. The bill to increase j…
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Solo & Small Practitioner's Seminar

May 25th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. I am proud to announce the Solo and Small Practitioner’s Committee of the CBA is hosting our annual seminar at the CBA featuring Dustin Cole. Details on CBA site.
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Why YOU Should Care About Workers' Compensation

Recently, an article of mine was published in the suburban Chicago newspaper, What’s Happening. Just in case you cannot access this link to the article, it is featured on page 19 of the online edition. While it involves a subject many feel does not pertain to them, I hope my exploration and an…
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Workers' Compensation Reform--Continued

This gives a nice summary of some of the changes that will become law September 1st. Readers of this blog are well-aware of our feelings about these changes and their negative effect on the workers of Illinois. Workers’ Compensation ActHouse Bill 1698(Raoul, D-Chicago; Bradley, D-Marion) rewri…
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Ok, Now What?

Many of you who have followed all of our posts on the continuing saga of workers’ compensation “reform” in Illinois have asked about whether the Governor has signed the bill (HB 1698 and all of its amendments) yet. The answer, surprisingly, is “no.” What does this mean?…
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Negligence Re-defined?

In an interesting recent opinion, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the current version of Illinois Pattern Jury Instruction 105.01 does not accurately state the law on institutional negligence. Studt v. Sherman Health, Docket No. 108182 is the case. Because, let’s face it, the general publ…
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Medicare Reined in by a True "Haro"

A huge win for injured individuals, as well as their lawyers, is a rather complex and mind-numbing decision that came down recently in the case of Haro v. Sebelius, No. CV 09-134, TUC DUB, United States District Court D. Arizona, May 5, 2011. To explain this decision in a fairly simple way, this mea…
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Free CLE-Great Meeting on Twitter, Blogging, and Social Networking for Lawyers

The Chicago Bar Association Solo and Small Practitioner Committee, of which I am co-chair, is proud to hold it’s last meeting of this fiscal year on Tuesday June 7th at 12:15 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association at 321 South Plymouth Court. The topic is How to Implement Twitter, Blogging, and S…
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