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Solo Firm

Job search stalled? Consider hiring yourself

December 01, 2021

Your plan has always been to go to law school, study and work hard, get great grades, and land a solid legal job—the natural result of the careful execution of a good plan. But too many law students are learning the painful lesson of what

Taylor Swift Red

Seeing 'Red' over the state of copyright law

November 12, 2021

What can Taylor Swift's ongoing project to re-record her albums teach us about music copyright, licensing, and the state of the industry? Quite a lot, actually! The underlying composition and the actual recorded track are two different things. Taylor's

Angry Judge

A very cross court: How to survive an angry judge

November 11, 2021

Judges yell. It's a fact of life. And if you're an attorney who has spent a large portion of your career in the courtroom, you've probably had a judge yell at you. Yesterday (or for future readers, November 10, 2021), this axiom played out in

Former Prisoner

You are bigger than your worst mistake

August 06, 2020

If Maya Angelou died at age 20, she would’ve died a prostitute and single mom. If Malcom X died at age 20, he would have died as Detroit Red—a woman beater and drug addict. If Robert Downey Jr. died at age 37, he would have died a repeat

Solo Practice

5 tips for starting your own practice right out of law school

June 16, 2020

As the reality of the COVID-19 economy sets in, many legal employers are cutting back or cancelling new-attorney hiring. With fierce competition for the remaining jobs, many new lawyers aren’t likely to find an attractive position. By necessity, many of these new graduates will consider opening their own

Foster Boy

Chicago attorney examines for-profit foster system in 'Foster Boy'

January 16, 2020

Chicago attorney and playwright Jay Paul Deratany was already a successful practitioner of the law when the case came across his desk.  Something was different about it.  It involved a woman who’d brought a 15- year-old-boy into her home

Patent Office

Understanding the patent landscape: An inside look

August 16, 2019

A patent is a type of intellectual property which protects any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof. A claim cannot be patented if it was previously “patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on

Debbie Harry

Blondie—shaping the landscape of music from CBGB to the DMCA

July 08, 2019

It’s crazy to think that there was once a world before music technology as we know it. But long before there was iTunes and iPods, there were portable CD players and the Sony Walkman. I remember my first Walkman. My Dad bought it for me for my

Guardian ad Litem

The role of a guardian ad litem in a child-centered divorce

June 20, 2019

What children experience in the legal system is something law students often do not personally understand from first-hand experience. Within family law, children often become exposed to the legal system⁠—whether they like it or not. Children who are placed in foster homes, adopted, or attend youth court experience

Prisoner

Who tells their story? Advocating for the wrongfully convicted

May 22, 2019

Sitting in the audience of Chicago’s crown jewel “Hamilton—the Musical," after my highly anticipated yet extremely delayed opportunity to see the show for the first time, I could not help but think about Derrick Shields, my client. As a central theme of the musical is the never-ending battle

Copyright

Copyrights 101: Reviewing the rules of protecting original works

May 15, 2019

A copyright is a type of intellectual property which protects original artistic or literary works that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression, meaning that the work is sufficiently permanent to last for more than a transitory period of time (17 U.S.C. §101). A copyright protects books,

Webinar Replay: So You Want to be an In House Counsel

April 15, 2019

Whether you’re a law student, young lawyer, or transitioning attorney, find out what it’s like to work as an In-House Counsel.