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Using a rope made of bed sheets, Joseph “Jose” Banks made a “daring, dangerous, dramatic escape” from the 17th floor of Metropolitan Correctional Center in the Loop. Captured two days later, the inmate made another bold move. Banks sued the federal government for making it too easy for him to break out of jail.

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In the wake of a highly anticipated 1st District Appellate Court ruling involving frozen embryos last week, two things are clear. Karla Dunston won the right to use them, and Jacob Szafranski plans to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, still objecting to what he considers forced procreation. Apart from that, uncertainty looms for fertility clinics and in-vitro fertilization patients.

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A group of five lawyers led by a former vice chair of Foley & Lardner LLP’s litigation department has joined Reed, Smith LLP’s fast-growing Chicago office.

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Watching a road full of bicyclists wearing red and white leave the start line at the Chicagoland Tour de Cure brings up a range of emotions for Amy B. Manning. The bike ride raises money for the American Diabetes Association to help find a cure for the disease.

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Eight Illinois’ associate judges — five presiding in a single county — will be forced to hang up their robes.

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When it comes to creating frozen embryos in Illinois, your word is your bond. Even if you wish it wasn’t. That’s the essence of a 52-page ruling handed down today by the 1st District Appellate Court in a long-running case in which a man sued his ex-lover to prevent her from having their child through frozen embryos created before the couple ultimately broke up.

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Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens spoke for about 70 minutes in a sold-out Pritzker Auditorium, covering his upbringing in Hyde Park, his education at University of Chicago and Northwestern University School of Law, his time in practice and eventually his career on the nation’s high court.

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A federal jury has awarded $11.1 million to a suburban man who suffered brain damage when the ladder he was using collapsed.

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Last week, after nearly 15 years in state prison, Jason
Strong walked out of Menard Correctional Center a free man. The Northwestern University School of Law Bluhm Legal Clinic had represented him for seven years.
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