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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U.S. Supreme Court takes on racial discrimination in jury selection

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For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Supreme Court is wrestling with a divisive issue within the criminal justice system: race discrimination in the selection of jurors. In an unusual move, a bipartisan group of highly regarded prosecutor have filed a “friend-of-the-court brief” siding with Timothy Foster, who was convicted and sentenced to...
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Bennett & Bangser Partners both named as 2015 Emerging Lawyers in their field

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Bennett & Bangser, LLC is proud to announce that Brad Bennett and Marc Bangser were both named “2015 Emerging Lawyers” by LeadingLawyers.com – a designation that is reserved for the top 2% of lawyers under 40 years old.  Leading Lawyers surveys lawyers and asks who they would recommend to a family member or friend if...
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Appeal on Illinois murder case to be heard by United States Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether an opinion overturning a murder conviction by the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner violated clearly established legal precedent in the process. On October 1, the Supreme Court voted to review Posner’s opinion that overturned the murder conviction of Lawrence Owens after a bench...
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