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March 2018 Archives

Federal Jurors Get 25 Percent Pay Hike

For the first time in 28 years, jurors in federal court will receive a pay hike of 25 percent. That means that for each day that a person sits as a juror in federal court, he or she will receive a check for $50, up from $40 that has been in effect since 1990.

Clifford Law Offices and Luvera Law Firm Inspected Derailed Amtrak Train with Their Experts

Clifford Law Offices of Chicago and Luvera Law Firm of Seattle, on behalf of their two dozen clients who were victims of the December Amtrak derailment near Seattle, Washington, along with their retained transportation expert Charley Pereira inspected the Amtrak 501 train wreckage with the intention of collecting data that will support their legal efforts to best represent 30 passengers and their families get answers as to the cause of the tragic derailment of the speeding train that left three people dead and dozens injured.

Self-Driving Uber Kills Arizona Woman in First Fatal Crash Involving a Pedestrian

Uber's program of self-driving cars in several cities across the U.S. has resulted in the tragic death Sunday, March 18, 2018, of a pedestrian on a street in Tempe, Arizona, the first death in the U.S. involving self-driving vehicles. Uber released a statement that it was pausing its self-driving car operations in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.

ITLA Launches Women's Caucus

On Feb. 27th, 27 women, including Clifford Law Offices Associate Sarah King, traveled to the Illinois State Capitol for the first-ever Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Women's Caucus Lobbying Day. 

Sarah King to Speak at ITLA Trial & Practice Tips Seminar

sarah-f-king.jpgSarah F. King, associate at Clifford Law Offices and Vice Chair of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Women's Caucus, has been invited to speak at its annual Trial Practice & Tips Seminar Friday, May 4.
King, who was part of the planning committee for the event that is co-sponsored by the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, will be speaking on "Jury Selection." King has tried many cases to verdict particularly in the area of medical malpractice. She also serves as Co-Editor in Chief of the ITLA Trial Practice Notebook used by plaintiffs' lawyers across the state.
The seminar will be held 8:15 a.m.-12:35 p.m. at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort, 3500 Midwest Rd., Oak Brook. The program has been approved for 3.75 hours of continuing legal education credit including one hour of the newly-required ethics/diversity/inclusion and mental health/substance abuse requirements.
To register or for further information, contact ITLA at 800-252-8501 or email

Hospitals in Transition

Hospital executives have to learn to reduce healthcare costs while improving healthcare outcomes because the measure of their success will be defined by the latter in the years to come. That's according to a recent study of more than 300 hospital executives across the country.

Update on Bridge Collapse at FIU

Some disturbing new details have emerged as authorities examine the cause of a bridge that collapse over an eight-lane highway less than a week after it was put in place, killing six people near Miami, Florida.

Bob Clifford Argues the Defense of Megacles

Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner of Clifford Law Offices, and Tinos Diamantatos of Morgan Lewis took on their two legal "rivals," Patrick Fitzgerald and Patrick Collins in the mock trial of Megacles, leader of Athens sponsored by the National Hellenic Museum (NHM) on March 1, 2018.

Polarized Juries?

Much research has been conducted on jurors and how they think. This type of insight helps lawyers to determine trends among the population and make wiser choices in selecting those types of people and personalities who will have a fair and open mind to their cases at trial.

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