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The John Marshall Law School becomes the first Chicago law school to be inducted into the LGBT Chicago Hall of Fame. According to the report of this honor, the designation identifies the law school as one of “non-LGBT-identified individuals and organizations that have contributed to the quality of life of the city’s LGBT community.”

A ceremony will be held in November that will make the LGBT Hall of Fame induction official. The designation for The John Marshal Law School will be as a “Friend of the Community.” The law school has a long history of supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students as well as its current educational offerings and services that impact the LGBT community.

“The school has been really a gay-friendly center of scholarship and community,” said John Marshall’s professor Mark E. Wojcik who is gay and was inducted into the Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame in 2010.

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The U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which had required states with a history of discrimination –most of them in the South — to get advanced federal approvals to allow election laws to be amended. Much of this changed after the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision and the rise in Republican-controlled state legislatures. Voter access was limited by new laws that restricted early voting and same-day registration and that required special identification cards at polling places. These restrictions mostly disenfranchised or affected the voting opportunities of minorities, the elderly, the disabled and the poor in these 17 states.

The U.S. Justice Department challenged voter ID laws in many of these states including North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio, Arizona and Georgia. Recently, federal courts have temporarily staved off some of the toughest requirements made into law in North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin after these federal judges found no evidence of what was called “rampant voter fraud.”  In fact, there is essentially zero in-person voting fraud in the more than half a billion votes that have been cast in the U.S. in the last 4-6 years.

With the Nov. 8, 2016 presidential election and other important federal and statewide elections on the horizon, litigation regarding voter restriction laws in these many states remains knotted up, with U.S. Supreme Court appeals likely. The legislation in the GOP-led Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act to its previous form has stalled.

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Robert Kreisman has been named to the Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Illinois for 2013. No more than 5 percent of the attorneys in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Kreisman has consistently been named as a Super Lawyer.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice areas.

Super Lawyers magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys and the general public in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country. The Super Lawyers list was first published in 1991 and by 2009 the rating service was expanded nationwide.

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Robert D. Kreisman of Kreisman Law Offices has been appointed the newsletter editor for the Professional Negligence Section of the American Association for Justice.

The American Association for Justice works to promote an effective justice system and to support attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.

The association was formed in 1946. Today, the AAJ is the world’s largest trial bar. It AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights–particularly the right to trial by jury–and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. With members worldwide, and a network of U.S. and Canadian affiliates involved in diverse areas of trial advocacy, AAJ provides lawyers with the information and professional assistance needed to serve clients successfully and protect the democratic values inherent in the civil justice system.

The AV premium rating is the pinnacle of excellence earned through strenuous peer-review ratings according to Martindale-Hubbell, legal resource provider. Chicago attorney Robert D. Kreisman of Kreisman Law Offices has been bestowed with this honor after 25 consecutive years of receiving the highest rating from the organization.

In 1987, after the peer review of other professionals and attorneys rated Robert D. Kreisman at the highest level of achievement, he received the AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has maintained that level throughout his years of practice.

Robert D. Kreisman of Kreisman Law Offices has been handling client matters in medical malpractice, product defect matters, and commercial matters for individuals, families and businesses for more than 35 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and surrounding areas, including Zion, Winfield, River Forest, Peoria, Elk Grove Village, and Mundelein, Illinois.

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The November 2011 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal contains an article entitled “Creditors Are Not Freeloaders: The Common Fund Doctrine Does Not Apply to Hospital Lienholders.” The law article was written by Kreisman Law Office principal Robert D. Kreisman. Kreisman has been representing Illinois plaintiffs in personal injury and medical malpractice lawsuits for over 35 years in the Chicago and Cook County areas.

The Illinois Bar Journal article analyzes a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision in Wendling v. Southern Illinois Hospital Services, 242 Ill.2d 261, 950 N.E.2d 646 (2011). The Wendling case was significant in that the court’s decision removed any doubt as to whether or not the common fund doctrine applies to a healthcare services lien; the Supreme Court determined that the common fund doctrine does not apply.

In litigation, the general rule is that each party is responsible for paying his or her own attorney fees and costs. However, the common fund doctrine is an exception to that general rule. Under the common fund doctrine is applied when a common fund is created through the efforts of the litigant’s attorney, which in turn ends up benefiting a third party. When this occurs, the attorney who created the common fund can recover reasonable fees and costs from the third party, even though he/she is not technically the attorney’s client.

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The Union League Club of Chicago has been marking George Washington’s birthday with an annual gala event for 124 years. The ULC George Washington Birthday Gala is meant to be a “salute to patriotism” and aims to not only celebrate America, but also Chicago. This year the keynote speaker was Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Mayor Daley has the distinction of being the longest-serving mayor in Chicago, serving for over 20 years. Daley has been credited with implementing innovative, community-based programs in Chicago, improving the quality of Chicago’s public education system, and working hard to reduce crime in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Mayor Daley addressed the ULC on a number of different topics, including his service to community, his stance on gun control, and his views on public school education. In addition to discussing his own political views, Daley also paid tribute to his father, Richard J. Daley’s, service as the former mayor of Chicago.

In addition to Mayor Daley’s address, the ULC gala event featured the famous bagpipe music of the Chicago Police Department’s Pipes and Drums, along with some songs by soprano Elizabeth Norman. Students from Carver Military Academy, a member of Chicago’s Public School System, presented the flags’ colors to kick off the event.

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In the days leading up to the 2011 Blizzard, Chicagoans were faced with reports of large amounts of snow on the horizon, along with potential flood conditions and thunder snow. However, while some cities would shut down, Chicago bustled on and continued its workday. A city apparently so sceptical of weathermen that we refused to believe the snow was really coming until it came.

It wasn’t until mid-Tuesday that businesses began to close down in anticipation of the impending storm. Kreisman Law Offices closed its doors early on February 1st so its employees would make it home from its loop office before the storm made travel impossible. And, like many other local businesses, Chicago’s Kreisman Law Offices remained closed the following day.

Reports from The Chicago Weather Center indicated that the blizzard of 2011 was the third snowiest storm in Chicago’s history. Taking the first position was the 23.0 inches that fell in the blizzard of 1967, followed by 21.6 inches in 1999. By final count the 2011 blizzard came in third, with 20.2 inches.

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Medical Malpractice Attorney Bob Kreisman of Chicago’s Kreisman Law Offices was the featured speaker at the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) Seminar on November 12, 2010. The MAJ seminar focused on trial strategies for medical malpractice cases.

Chicago attorney Bob Kreisman presented on the topic of “The Reptile, Rules of the Road, and Overcoming Juror Bias.” The focus of his presentation was on how to personalize your trial strategy so that it works best for you, your case facts, and your selected jury. Attorney Kreisman also stressed the importance of building a simple case that highlights the defendant’s “excuses, not defenses.”
The focus of an Illinois medical malpractice case should be humanizing the plaintiff and reiterating that the hospital and doctors treating that patient had a duty not to harm him or her, a duty that they breached when they violated the acceptable standard of care for those specific circumstances. Plaintiff’s attorney should clearly set out the standards, or rules, guiding the medical malpractice’s case facts, and specifically show how the defendants knowingly violated each of those rules. By showing jurors how the rules were knowingly broken, plaintiff’s attorneys can demonstrate that the resulting harm was not simply a freak accident, but was the result of conscious decisions and medical negligence.

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The Union League Club of Chicago’s Public Affairs Committee and its initiative, Safe Youth Chicago sponsored the breakfast event, October 12, 2010, Violence Dismissed: The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Gun Policy, Education Reform Policy and Drug Policy On Youth Violence.

This important dialogue included a distinguished line up including Judge Paul P. Biebel, Jr., Chief Judge of the Criminal Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Kathie Kane-Willis, a professor and researcher at Roosevelt University of Chicago, Dr. Harold Pollack, co-director of The University of Chicago Crime Lab, and Dr. David Prasse, professor and Dean of the School of Education at Loyola University of Chicago.

The panel and guests sparked a wide-ranging discussion interlinking these important policy issues with violence on and by Chicago youth. Each of the guests and Judge Biebel gave opening remarks. Then the audience was asked to provide written questions to the panel.

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