The appellate department successfully persuaded the First District Appellate Court to affirm the circuit court’s denial of the plaintiff’s motion to vacate the judgment entered on an arbitration award in Martin v. Wells Fargo Dealer Services, June 22, 2017. The plaintiff had participated in the court’s mandatory arbitration program but had failed to file a written notice of her rejection of the arbitration award within the timeframe set forth in Illinois Supreme Court Rule 93(a).
On May 17, 2017, Stephen W. Heil and Anthony M. Sam obtained summary judgment in a multi-million brain injury case in Cook County, Illinois. The case involved a night club patron who allegedly suffered a traumatic brain injury after a New Year’s Eve party when he was struck by an outward opening door at the night club. The plaintiff sued the night club, its owners/managers and the head of security for negligence in failing to monitor the exit door or post signs regarding the defective door. In granting summary judgment, the judge found that the defendants did not owe a duty to plaintiff under Illinois law.
On April 5, Adam Carter attended the Legislative Reception held by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel at the Sangamo Club in Springfield, Illinois. The Legislative Reception is an annual event in which IDC members have the opportunity to discuss legislation as well as legal and procedural issues with members of the Illinois General Assembly.
On April 6-8, Scott Pfeiffer attended the ABA 26th Annual Spring CLE Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Conference in Arizona where he presented on “The Renewed Resurgence in Personal Jurisdiction Decisions.”
On February 28, Mike Huber completed his term as a panel attorney on the USDC Southern District of Illinois Pro Bono Attorney panel.
On April 26, Cray Huber co-sponsored the IADC Midwest Regional Meeting at the LondonHouse in Chicago. The meeting served as a professional networking event for IADC Members, their guests and attendees of the Corporate Counsel College.
On February 18-19, Anthony M. Sam was a presiding trial judge at the American Mock Trial Association’s Joliet Regional Tournament held at the Will County Courthouse. This year’s competition featured 24 teams from colleges in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Seven teams from the Joliet Regional advanced to compete in the Opening Round Championship Series Tournament at the Kane County Courthouse on March 24-26, 2017 in Geneva, Illinois. The American Mock Trial Association is an organization that promotes intercollegiate mock trial among over 350 universities and colleges.
Anthony Sam was a presenter for the St. John Baptist de La Salle Scholarship Program on January 29 at Lewis University. The presentation was entitled “Flying Beyond Lewis University, Alumni Perspective.” Each year, Lewis University awards at least one St. John Baptist de La Salle Scholarship, a full-tuition award, to an incoming freshman student who demonstrates excellence in the areas of academics, leadership, and community involvement. All students are selected based on their high school grade point average, ACT/SAT score, and a personal interview.
On January 25, Anthony Sam provided a lecture on Closing Arguments to law students in a Trial Advocacy Course at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. The presentation focused on effectively arguing inferences from physical and testimonial evidence and how to use themes to persuade jurors.
On January 20, 2017 Anthony Sam was a guest judge for the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition Team from The John Marshall Law School. The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students’ advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar.