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Bob Clifford Travels to London for 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta

Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, traveled to London as part of an American Bar Association (ABA) trip commemorating the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede. Clifford participated as moderator of a panel discussion entitled "Where Would You Try a Case? A Live Action Primer on Trial Skills in the U.S. and the U.K." focusing on the different approaches taken in the two countries' courts to critical trial skills and their application to civil, criminal and commercial cases. It was held at the Grosvenor House in London. Clifford also traveled to Runnymede to see the actual Magna Carta (Latin for the "Great Charter") preserved under glass. It represents the protection of individual liberties and played a great part in the formation of the U.S. Constitution by America's founding fathers.

Bob Clifford to Appear on FOX News Chicago Tonight at 9 p.m. to Speak about CTA Bus Safety

 Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, was interviewed by Dane Placko, reporter for Fox News Chicago, on the important issue of safety of bus drivers in Chicago. The story became the top of the news when earlier this month a speeding Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) accordion-style bus crashed through a crosswalk and jumped a curb at the crowded intersection of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street during evening rush hour. A 51-year-old mother of two was killed and several others were injured. The family of the mom retained Clifford Law Offices to get to the bottom of what happened.  Media reports have stated that the driver had been on the job since September after only five weeks of training. The head of the CTA subsequently announced that they are looking into further training for its bus drivers as well as the policy that newer drivers are assigned more challenging routes whereas more senior drivers are given routes that are considered easier. Clifford told Placko in the interview that these policies must be more carefully examined by the CTA as well as the union. Clifford noted that this is not the first time this has happened; the firm has represented a number of people over the years who have been victim to being hurt or killed by CTA drivers who were reckless in their carriage of passengers or people nearby. To watch the entire story on this important issue, watch Fox News Chicago at 9 p.m. (Channel 12 for Comcast subscribers).

Sarah King Continues Her Involvement in Women Everywhere (WE)

 Sarah F. King, associate at Clifford Law Offices, introduced the speaker, Lori Lightfoot of Mayer Brown, at the Women Everywhere (WE) annual Education Day, Thursday (April 23). King, who serves as co-chair of the Planning Committee along with Kristin Barnette of Krovolec Jambois & Schwartz and Heather Keil of O'Hagan LLC, planned the event that included tours given by Cook County Circuit Court Judges Diane J.Larsen, Marcia Maras, Neera Walsh, Mary Margaret Brosnahan, Michael R. Panter and Presiding Judge E. Kenneth Wright of the First Municipal District spoke to more than 100 high school girls from the Chicago Public School System. The day also included a tour of the state and federal courthouses as well as them participating in a mock trial and observing court activities. Women Everywhere is a not-for-profit organization based in Chicago comprised of attorneys and judges dedicated to creating opportunities for women through education and community service. King has been involved with the group for several years, including serving as fundraising chair, contributing her time pro bono to help high school students achieve their educational and career goals. The luncheon was held at the River Roast restaurant on North LaSalle Street in Chicago. _________________ For further information, please contact Clifford Law Offices' Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 847-721-0909. www.CliffordLaw.com  

Brad Cosgrove Wins Seat on ISBA Assembly

 Bradley M. Cosgrove, partner at Clifford Law Offices, was elected to the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Assembly representing Cook County for a three-year term in the recent election. Of the 23 candidates running for 21 spots, Cosgrove was the fifth highest vote-getter in his inaugural attempt in running for office for this statewide organization. For all of the results, visit: http://bit.ly/1KSp2qR Successful trial attorney, has been active in a number of organizations, including recently being elected to serve on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He also was recently elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates. "We are very proud of Brad and his continuing accomplishments both in and out of the courtroom," said Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at the firm. "Brad is hard working and is always giving back to the legal community and to the Chicago community in so many ways. He is a lawyer to whom many look up for his professionalism, his dedication and his hard work day in and day out." Clifford Law Offices congratulates all the winners in this annual ISBA election that includes James F. McCluskey of Lisle being elected Third Vice President of the organization in a contested race. Jessica O'Brien also was successful in her contested bid in Cook County for the ISBA Board of Governors. Umberto S. Davi of Western Springs will succeed to the office of President, Vincent F. Cornelius of Wheaton will succeed to the office of President-Elect, and Russell W. Hartigan of Western Springs will succeed to the office of Second Vice President. All of the winners will take office at the Annual Meeting in June to be held in Lake Geneva. Again congratulations to all!

Clifford Law Supports Chicago Police Department in its Annual Run to Remember - Kevin Durkin Heads Team in 5K Race to Raise Money for Officers' Families

Everyone was a winner at Saturday's 5K 11th Annual Chicago Police Department Run to Remember. The run is meant to honor and remember the dedicated heroes of the Chicago Police Department who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. The race is sponsored by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, an organization in which Clifford Law Offices' partner Kevin P. Durkin is very active. He organized this year's Clifford team who ran: *Kevin Durkin, Team Captain, and his son Michael *Robert P. Walsh *Colin Dunn and his wife Carolyn along with their two sons *Jackie Gribbon and her two daughters *Chuck Haskins *Kevin Sowizrol The run was held along Lake Michigan in Grant Park and raised thousands of dollars for this important cause. "Never forget" was Theme of the fundraising run that raised more than a quarter of a million dollars Saturday. The race ended at the memorial wall that has been constructed in Grant Park with the names of every officer who died in the line of duty etched forever in stone. Over the past decade, the race has grown from several hundred runners to several thousand. Durkin is on the Advisory Board of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and is active in its activities throughout the year to help fallen police officers.

Chicago Attorney Representative Handled Skype Calls for ISBA Ask-a-Lawyer Day

This past Saturday, April 25th, Pamela Sakowicz Menaker was the attorney representative for the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) during their 34th Annual "Ask-a-Lawyer" Day. Menaker is the Communications Partner for Clifford Law Offices. She handled calls through Skype from consumers across the state of Illinois from 9am to 2pm. In addition to the Skype platform there were two toll free hotlines and an email address that ISBA volunteers managed during the day to help answer questions. The no cost event was open to anyone who had a legal question and needed to consult with a lawyer. The ISBA sponsored event cooperated with the following associations located in These counties: Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will. These bar associations helped to provide a lawyer through their referral service for consumers who needed legal help. The initial legal consultation meeting is set at a nominal fee.

Sarah King Writes Article on Jurors Asking Questions

Sarah F. King, associate at Clifford Law Offices, authored an article on "When Jurors Ask Questions" for the American Bar Association (ABA) Litigation Journal. The article, which appeared in the Spring 2015 issue that is disseminated to some 65,000 lawyers across the country, discussed the issue of Illinois now joining the ranks of nearly 40 other states that permit the use of written juror questions directed to witnesses. King explains her own experience at trial with the judge stopping the proceedings and allowing jurors to ask screened questions, submitting them in writing to the parties and then to the witnesses. She said it sometimes even led to the trial team's "shift[ing] strategies to focus on issues that were engaging the jury conceptually. We used the facts accepted in the questions to reframe issues that were being misconstrued." She said she found it eye opening that "jurors were targeting clearly relevant information that helped persuade them to solve this problem in our client's favor." Sarah is an experienced writer, having won awards in law school for excellence in Legal Analysis and other classes.

ABA Extends Free Membership to All Law Students - Bob Clifford Chaired Special Committee

The American Bar Association (ABA) is offering free membership to all law students starting in August, waiving the $25 annual dues for those enrolled in ABA accredited law schools across the country. ABA President William C. Hubbard of South Carolina made the announcement in April on behalf of the 395,000-member organization. It comes on the heels of a recommendation of the special Task Force to Examine Association Policies Impacting Recruitment and Retention of Law, chaired by Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices. Clifford was appointed last June by then ABA President James R. Silkenat of New York to examine the policies, strategies and tactics for the recruitment and retention of new members.  Part of the Task Force's duties also was to create a consistent approach and policy to help recruit new members, including law students, and coordinate these recruitment measures with various constituent groups throughout the organization. The Task Force was created as a result of a recommendation of the ABA Standing Committee on Membership. On behalf of the Task Force and as part of its extensive report, Clifford made a presentation in February to the ABA Board of Governors making the recommendation of free membership to all law students. Clifford, who has served three consecutive terms as the Illinois State Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, just stepped down last August after serving nine years, the maximum term limit allowed for state delegates. Law students who take advantage of this free offer will be allowed access to the ABA job board, a subscription to the ABA Journal, discounts on various products such as Sprint cellular plans and other opportunities including webinars and networking events.  Approximately 119,000 law students are currently enrolled and would be eligible for this free offer. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reported on the story in its "Law School Notes" column on April 17, 2015. "ABA to Extend Free Membership to Law Student." Dominic LoVerde, a law clerk at Clifford Law Offices and a second-year law student at Loyola University Chicago College of Law, commented on the new measure to reporter Jack Silverstein stating that, although he already had paid $60 as a first-year law student entitling him to three years of ABA membership, he has found it to be invaluable for gaining practical experience as well as for networking opportunities. To take advantage of the free membership, law students are encouraged to enroll at www.americanbar.org/abalawstudents or by calling the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221. Currently, the ABA also offers the first year of membership free to upon admission to the bar. After that first year, lawyers then choose to become dues-paying members.

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