Technology and social media have put our lives and businesses online. But the fact remains that information people post and store online may one day become relevant to a potential lawsuit. And that digital nature doesn’t make those texts and vacation photos any less discoverable. Although computers aren’t new to the legal landscape, court practitioners have been working to wrap their heads around the idea of e-discovery in the 10 years since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure first defined a record as electronic.
Expert testimony can make or break a case, especially in medical malpractice, so the processes are smooth and well-honed. The medical community provides ethical and professional guidelines for the witnesses, and legal practitioners have polished their tips and tricks to finding, vetting and handling an expert witness. But even the smoothest processes have bumps, and lawyers and doctors have to find ways to work together when justice hinges on science.
In the latest episode of a long and successful career, Jack O’Malley has gone from enforcing the law to practicing it to helping the practice exist authentically in a fictionalized world. O’Malley, a retired 2nd District Appellate Court justice, is a consultant for the upcoming television show “Chicago Justice.” The show is the latest in a series of Chicago-based shows that exist in the same world, including “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med.”
When Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen was building out its new office space the goal was to bring in a bit of the new while leaving in place a bit of the old. The firm consolidated its two offices — formerly in Greektown and the West Loop — by moving downtown to 440 S. LaSalle St. in July 2016. Those office spaces were highlighted by exposed brick and timber, less characteristic of traditional law firms and more in tune with companies with a younger staff like Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen’s.
For nearly 30 years, attorney Mary Ann Smith has run a law clinic sponsored by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and by Old St. Mary’s and St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic churches. She also works part time as the director of Illinois Tech’s Chicago-Kent Patent Hub, a program that is part of a national network of patent hubs and that matches low-income inventors with volunteer patent attorneys.
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