B&B Partners Published in State Bar Newsletter

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We are excited to share the March 2016 Child Law Section Council Newsletter for the Illinois State Bar Association, where Brad and Marc’s articles were both featured!  Congratulations to our named partners for their achievements and contributions to the most prestigious bar association in the state. To read their articles, please head to the ISBA Website...
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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Chicago man’s embryo battle against ex-girlfriend

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Chicago resident Jacob Szafranski’s bid to prevent his former girlfriend, Karla Dunston, from having a child using embryos that the couple created together. The couple had a verbal contract and signed a medical consent form with the fertility clinic, stating that the embryos couldn’t be used without consent from...
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U.S. Supreme Court weighs recusals and former prosecutor-turned-judge’s role in murder case

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In January 1986,newly elected Philadelphia District Attorney Ronald Castille decided to pursue the death penalty against an 18-year-old, Terrance Williams, accused of beating a man to death and setting him on fire.  26 years later, Castille, now the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice, refused to recuse himself from hearing an appeal of the same case alleging...
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Court requires divorce lawyer to give earned fees to opposing counsel

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For nearly 20 years, “leveling the playing field” has been part of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, containing a provision intending to bridge the gap between divorcing spouses of varying income levels so that one side cannot “out-litigate” the other. This provision took on another shape in a recent decision by the...
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Top 10 legal stories of 2015

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As the ABA Journal staff looked back over the past year, these were the 10 legal stories which seemed the most important and prominent. ABA Journal legal affairs writer Victor Li provides a summary of each in the ABA Journal.  Stories about marriage equality, Bar Exam rates trending downward, Syrian refugees and more.  To see the...
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Supreme Court set to make pivotal rulings in politically charged cases

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With the nation having entered into an election year, the Supreme Court is set to decide half a dozen politically charged cases in 2016 on such topics as abortion, contraceptives, affirmative action and immigration.  In several cases, conservatives are hoping the high court will shift current law to the right or block President Obama’s policies,...
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Court battle being waged over the release of police-involved shooting video

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In the wake of images of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being fatally shot by a police officer being made public, another court battle is being waged over footage of another teenage shooting victim.  Attorneys said surveillance cameras captured a police officer shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman as he fled from officers in the South Shore neighborhood in...
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Bennett & Bangser, LLC Partners to present at the “Make A Difference” Event tonight at 4:30 p.m.

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Partners Brad Bennett and Marc Bangser were asked to speak at the “Make A Difference-Family Law Networking Reception” event today at 4:30, co-hosted by the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County and aLawCenters. The inaugural event’s focus is to learn about being a court-appointed advocate as well as providing a networking opportunity for...
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“Love Your Lawyer Day” – it’s a real thing!

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We here at Bennett & Bangser, LLC are pleased to announce that today is “Love Your Lawyer Day” — a designation focused on “spreading love to lawyers everywhere” and has actually been in effect for the last 15 years.  2015 is the first year, however, that the day has been recognized by the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Council,...
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