The 7th annual Continuing Legal Education Series sponsored by Clifford Law Offices will be held on February 20th, 2014. The Chicago law firm will be hosting a complimentary webinar on "The Ethics of Client Communications" that focuses on the best communication practices to benefit people in the legal world. The event will also focus on the challenges of ethical communications, such as limitations on what can be said online, how to ethically handle online reviews, dealing with social media friend requests from clients, and more. To help attendees better understand the ethics of client communications, the panel will present a variety of actual and hypothetical cases. The webinar will have Clifford Law's Senior Partner, Robert A. Clifford as the moderator as well as a number of respected panelists, including:
On Jan. 29, 2014, the National Hellenic Museum held "The Trial of Orestes" with an all-star legal cast, including Robert Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices. He and his co-counsel, Dan Webb of Winston & Strawn LLP, successfully defended Orestes on the charge of matricide to a crowd of over a 1,000 spectators. A 16-member special jury panel ended the evening as a hung jury, with an 8-8 tie. Hon. Richard A. Posner acted as the presiding judge of the mock trial and was joined on the panel by the Hon. Charles P. Kocoras and the Hon. William J. Bauer. To read more about this entertaining and insightful philanthropic event, click here: http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/2014/01/30/In-The-News-1-30-14.aspx
In December 2006, Michael S. Krzak, a Chicago accident and aviation law attorney at Clifford Law Offices, had an alarming realization while he was feeding his 5 1/2 week year old daughter. He noticed a discolored hue in her eye. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin retold Krzak's amazing story. The Bulletin said when Michael saw his daughter Emma's eye, there was more than an observation: "He knew that look...from a case he'd tried a few years prior. A girl died of retinoblastoma after doctors mishandled her surgery; Michael represented the girl's parents." Emma was diagnosed with retinoblastoma and underwent chemotherapy for six months to help treat the cancerous tumor. According to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, after Emma's tumor started growing again, she was treated with laser surgery, which caused the tumor to shrink, but then grow again. "There were two options. The first was to remove the eye." The second option was enlisting help from a doctor they had heard of in New York named Dr. David Abramson, "an expert on retinoblastoma who was experimenting with a new form of treatment called intra-arterial chemotherapy." Desperate for a miracle, Michael emailed Dr. Abramson. That same evening the family flew to New York City where for the next 6 weeks, Emma had major surgical procedures, receiving intra-arterial chemotherapy. It worked. Today, Emma is cancer free. With all that the family has been through, they have learned that dreams do become a reality. They have also learned that funding for rare cancer research is highly limited, and sadly, not every story ends in a happy ending. This attorney's biggest case is to help fund this rare research to help more families. The Krzak's have made it their goal to do all that they can to find funding for rare cancer research. They are dedicated to help raising money for cancer research through the help of an annual cycling event held by Cycle for Survival, an organization that dedicates raising money for rare cancer research. This year's Chicago Cycle for Survival event will be held Feb. 8 and 9 at Equinox Fitness, 200 W. Monroe St.. For more information about Cycle for Survival or to learn how to support Emma's cause, please visit: http://bit.ly/1f6wcaZ
Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, teamed up with Dan Web, of Winston & Strawn, in defending Orestes, the son of Agamemnon charged with killing his mother and later admitting it with no remorse, according to myth. In a packed crowd at the UIC Forum in Chicago, audience members got to vote by putting in white chips for innocence and a blue chip for guilty. The chips were collected and later put on a scale of justice, which overwhelmingly weighed in favor of acquittal. Counsel for the prosecution was Patrick J. Fitzgerald of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Patrick M. Collins of Perkins Coie and a former U.S. Assistant Attorney in Chicago. These are the same sides that were drawn in last year's popular Retrial of Socrates hosted by the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago. Judges Richard A. Posner and William J. Bauer of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court Judge Charles P. Kocoras served on the judicial panel of this Greek tragedy based on the play by Aeschylus. Judge Posner served as the Presiding Judge.
Having been aware of a possible problem with a moving flap in the tail-section of Boeing 767 aircraft responsible for aiding in elevation shifts since 2000, the FAA issued a new order in Monday's Federal Register demanding increased inspection and safety tests for these crucial components. This order of inspection comes on the heels of past problems with the movable tailpiece and a desire for greater guarantees of safety, as the loss of control of this piece may result in pilots losing control of the aircraft. These new, more stringent, inspections include the mandate of replacing any parts even near the safety qualifications and mandatory replacement every six years. The FAA is the federal agency charged with mandating changes in airline safety. To read the rest of the NBC News report on the event, click here: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/faa-order-safety-checks-400-boeing-767-jets-wsj-2D11999556
Kevin P. Durkin and Colin H. Dunn, partners at Clifford Law Offices, authored an article entitled "Building Your Case for the Jury" for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. The ABA Litigation News recently published the article online, adapting it from a longer piece the two wrote for the Spring 2010 Issue of Litigation magazine. The original publication is mailed to some 60,000 attorneys across the country. In their article, Durkin and Dunn write about the enormous importance of mock juries and their success in using them prior to trial. Putting together people from the community where the case will be tried can help a lawyer develop the proper theme and test arguments before one's peers. They also wrote about demonstrative exhibits and the need to be visual but not necessarily high tech. They also emphasize to keep it simple and to be yourself during trial. "Learn from others, but always be yourself" is one of their gems of wisdom. To read their entire article, please go to: http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/litigationnews/trial_skills/110210-tips-jury-trial.html
Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Communications Partner at Clifford Law Offices, recently authored an article for the American Bar Association (ABA) entitled "Text Message Sender May Face Liability for Driver's Accident" (Nov. 27, 2013). As a contributing editor for the ABA Litigation News, Menaker wrote about a recent New Jersey case which expanded the concept of duty for texters by identifying specific conditions under which the sender of the original message maybe held responsible along with the driver who causes an accident. The case is Kubert v. Best, which held that the sender of a text message has a qualified duty not to send a text to someone she knows is driving and knows the texting habits of the driver who will likely respond. Such conduct amounts to "aiding and abetting a driver's wrongful conduct," the court found. The decision generated quite a bit of conversation in the legal community. To view the entire article and read the case, go to: http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/litigationnews/top_stories/112713-text-sender-driving-liability.html
In conjunction with the Hellenic Museum of Chicago, Bob Clifford participated in the retrying of the ancient case of Socrates. The event so popular that it demanded a venue change to a larger forum. The team of lawyers from the last trial was so well received that they have been invited back almost in their entirety for the second trial. Bringing light, not only to history and law, but also to deeper philosophical tenets that continue to affect society is just part of an ongoing emphasis on philanthropy, community and civic education for Mr. Clifford, senior partner at the firm.
Question: I still receive phone calls from telemarketers, even though I registered my phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry. What can I do? Answer: Both federal and state laws prohibit telemarketers from contacting you - permanently - if you have signed up on the Registry's Web site. Calls from political organizations, charities and phone surveyors are excluded. By law, all calls must be made after 8 a.m. and before 9 p.m. Telemarketers are required to identify themselves with their name, the company they represent and a phone number at which their company can be reached. For more information or to file a complaint, visit the Illinois Attorney General's Web site at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.com. For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com. If you have a legal question, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit http://www.illinoislawyerfinder.com/legal-faqs