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Bob Clifford Writes Article about Picking and Talking to a Jury

Senior Partner at Clifford Law Offices, Robert A. Clifford, wrote an article for GP Solo, a publication of the American Bar Association (ABA), "How to Pick and Talk to a Jury: Plaintiff Perspective." In the article, Clifford goes into detail in regards to the jury. He discusses the role of the jurors, the ethics of voir dire, the importance of juror questionnaires, and more. He even provides several real-life examples of jurors in the courtroom. In his ABA article, Clifford advises to acknowledge the jurors and thank them, as they took time from their personal, daily lives to be part of the jury. He says, "Coming across as professional and prepared goes a long way toward establishing your credibility. This means your command of the process has a direct impact on your impression. To this end, have a full understanding of how your judge conducts voir dire." Robert A. Clifford has had extensive firsthand experience with the American Bar Association. He served a nine-year term as the Illinois State Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. He was inducted in 2005 and completed his third and final three-year term this year. To read the ABA article in its entirety, please visit:

Robert Clifford Teaches at Fred Lane's ISBA Trial Technique Institute

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner of Clifford Law Offices, was one of the "celebrity" instructors at Fred Lane's ISBA Trial Technique Institute. Clifford lectured on the subject of opening statements. The institute, sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association, focuses on improving trial skills by hands-on learning. The students, who are practicing attorneys, practice trial techniques that are consistent with the Federal Rules of Evidence and Illinois' Rules of Evidence. Fred Lane, a respected trial attorney and author, has been teaching these programs for years. His program qualifies for a total of 54 hours MCLE credit, including 54 hours PMCLE credit. To learn about Fred Lane's ISBA Trial Technique Institute, click here. To learn more about Robert A. Clifford, click here.

Housing Law For Service Pets

Question: My condominium rules prohibit unit owners from keeping pets unless they are service animals or for medical reasons. What constitutes a "medical reason?"   Answer: Under the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act, condominium boards must allow a reasonable accommodation for trained service animals or emotional support animals. While emotional support animals do not have to be trained, an applicant - in order to keep one in his or her unit - typically must show proof of a mental impairment that substantially limits his or her major life activities. Often this requires a written statement from a mental health professional.   For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to

Robert Clifford Appointed by Federal Court to Lead Pella Window Class Action Lawsuit

Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, has been named the lead counsel in the class action fight against Pella window company for allegedly defective, leaking windows. Law 360 reported on the decision by U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel.  To read more about this story, see the following story below.

Former Cook County Circuit Court Judge Named Managing Partner at Clifford Law Offices

Clifford Law Offices welcomes the Hon. Henry R. Simmons (Ret.), former judge of the Cook County Circuit Court. He served for nearly two decades on the bench, including the Law Division. Prior to that time, he was an Assistant Cook County State's Attorney for 13 years. Just prior to his joining the firm, he worked as a Certified Mediator with ADR Systems of America, one of the most highly respected mediation firms in the country. To read more about Judge Simmons' (Ret.) tremendous career, including his recognition's and awards over his 35-year professional career, please visit our website: The office welcomed him Tuesday with a breakfast at the office at his first day "on the job." We are so happy to have him join the Clifford Law family.

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