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Clifford's Notes - Summer 2017

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Robert Clifford was part of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation "The Masters of Closing Arguments" who each gave a closing argument judged by their peers. Read more.

Clifford Law Offices' Press Room

Clifford Law Offices' Press Room James C. Pullos joined the firm as a partner at Clifford Law Offices. He had served as an Assistant Cook County State's Attorney for 14 years, including as a supervisor of the Torts and Civil Rights Division.

Pamela Sakowicz Menaker was elected as Second Vice President of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago. She will ascend to the presidency of the organization in 2019-2020.

Craig Squillace was elected to the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly, the governing body of the statewide organization of some 33,000 members.

Charles R. Haskins has joined Clifford Law Offices as an associate attorney. He clerked for the firm as a student at Loyola University School of Law.

Tracy Brammeier has been appointed to the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC). She will be preparing investigative reports on lawyers and judges running for election or retention in order for the JEC to continue →

Twelve Clifford Law Offices attorneys have been selected in 2017 as Leading Lawyers or Emerging Lawyers. Being designated a Leading Lawyer means fewer than 5 percent of registered Illinois lawyers are named by their peers in statewide surveys. Additional recognitions include continue →

Letter to editor: By Robert A. Clifford, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin; March 27, 2017
Congress taking aim at right to trial by jury
While most of the country is pondering the massive changes President Trump calls for regarding health care, immigration, environmental funding and public television, Congress is quietly moving legislation that significantly affects every American's basic right to a trial by jury. continue →

National Hellenic Museum Continuing Trial Series
WTTW, Chicago's public television station, aired The Trial of Antigone (left) in May. Bob Clifford participated in the event sponsored by the National Hellenic Museum. As part of the continuing series, Clifford teamed up again with Dan Webb of Winston & Strawn to win the case of The Trial of the Greek Marbles in 2017.

Approach the Bench: James C. Pullos
It's a story heard over and over - a family of eight grows up on Chicago's South Side in the Beverly neighborhood. His father works round-the-clock in the restaurant business while his mother does the "heavy lifting" of raising six children, working shifts at the restaurant, and pursuing her own nursing career. . . James Pullos recently joined Clifford Law Offices as a partner after working at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office for 14 years. He rose quickly through the ranks continue →

Bill of Particulars
Uber ends self-driving car test after violating state laws and driving unsafely
Many believe that self-driving cars will take over American roads in the very near future. If these changes are to happen, however, automotive companies and government regulators must work closely to ensure the rollout of these vehicles is as safe as possible. The initial signs are not encouraging continue →

Clifford Law Offices Continuing Legal Education Program
Clifford Law Offices' 10th continuing legal education program, "Social Media Ethics Outside and in the Courtroom," was held February 16. More than 3,000 Illinois lawyers attended the free two-hour webinar held at DePaul University. Robert Clifford (standing) served as moderator for the program that offered two hours of professional responsibility credit. Panelists included the (center) Hon. Lynn M. Egan of the Cook County Circuit Court; (right) Mark C. Palmer, Professionalism Counsel of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism; and (left) John M. Barkett, partner at Miami's Shook, Hardy & Bacon continue →

Roughly 2% of Doctors Are Involved in Half of Medical Malpractice Settlements
An alarming statistic was released this year that revealed that about two percent of all doctors are involved in half of all medical malpractice settlements, according to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) that has studied this issue for the past 25 years. The NPDB reported that these settlements represented a total of more than $41 billion. At the same time, however, it was reported that only a small percentage of those reporting to continue →

Clifford Law Scrapbook
SShannon McNulty.jpghannon McNulty spoke on "Class Actions" at the annual ITLA Complex Litigation and Civil Liability for Non-Traditional Torts Seminar. McNulty is handling class action litigation including Pella windows, Volkswagen and talc powder.

Keith Hebeisen gave a mock closing argument.jpgKeith Hebeisen gave a mock closing argument as part of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Masters in Trial Program. Keith also spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Ethics and Professionalism Seminar on "Civility Amongst Lawyers."

Pamela Sakowicz Menaker spoke to a group of pre-law DePaul University students on obtaining a law degree and what it means.jpgPamela Sakowicz Menaker spoke to a group of pre-law DePaul University students on obtaining a law degree and what it means. Other speakers included De Paul Law School Dean Jennifer Rosata Perea and Judge Diann Marsalek, head of the Cook County Traffic Division.

Tracy Brammeier spent a Saturday offering free legal advice on wills to Chicago police officers as part of a program sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section of.jpgTracy Brammeier spent a Saturday offering free legal advice on wills to Chicago police officers as part of a program sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association.

Sarah King introduced the speakers at the luncheon for Women Everywhere, a not-for-profit organ.jpgSarah King introduced the speakers at the luncheon for Women Everywhere, a not-for-profit organization that creates opportunities for women through education and community service. King sits on its Board of Directors.

Bradley Cosgrove spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) annual Damages Seminar and talked about Bradley Cosgrove spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) annual Damages Seminar and talked about"Pre-Existing Conditions."

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