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Illinois Appellate Court: School District Not Immune From Liability For Student Fall In “Cafetorium”

The Illinois Appellate Court recently determined that the fact that a school’s “Cafetorium” was used for parties and ceremonies for sports teams and school band, chorus, and drama program performances did not make the...more

Illinois Appeals Court Finds School District Immune From Bullying Lawsuit

The Second District Illinois Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion in a case involving a school district’s alleged response to student-on-student bullying. The court in Malinski v. Grayslake Community High School...more

Potential Institutional Liability to the Accused in Sexual Assault Cases

Recent articles and postings not only highlight the continuing focus on sexual assault cases on college campuses by the victims of those assaults, but also on the threat of litigation by those accused of the assaults. In the...more

Divisional Court Applies Supreme Court’s Guidance on Preferability and Certifies Claim Against Religious Boarding School

In Cavanaugh v. Grenville Christian College (“Cavanaugh”), a group of former students from an Anglican boarding school have alleged that they were subjected to systemic physical and psychological abuse to promote and...more

Professor’s Public Criticism of University Department “Direction and Focus” Was a Protected Matter of Public Concern

A university professor’s “broad proposals to change the direction and focus” of the university’s School of Communications were matters of public concern protected by the First Amendment. Despite the professor’s public...more

School Board Liability for Sexual Abuse of Students by Staff - An Area to be Watched

In the last year, there have been two Ontario trial decisions dealing with sexual abuse of students by teachers. While we are still awaiting the full decision in the second case, it appears these cases may have yielded...more

Your Deposition is Being Taken: Nine What to Know’s and What to Do’s

Your deposition is an important part of your case. I have listed what to expect during a deposition and some things you should and should not do....more

Illinois Appellate Court Finds Schools Not Liable For Student Injury And Deaths In Two Separate Lawsuits

Last fall, the Illinois Appellate Court issued opinions on two different cases involving the tort immunity of school districts. In both cases, the court declined to find the schools liable....more

Ontario Court Makes Rare Decision in Common Issues Class Action Trial

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently released its decision in the common issues class action trial of Ramdath v. George Brown College, 2012 ONSC 6173. This is one of the very few rulings on the merits of a class...more

Shifting Your Legal Fees to Your Opponent: Florida’s Tricky and Prickly Proposals for Settlement

The Proposal works like this: You serve your opponent with an offer to settle the case for a specific amount. Then you wait 30 days. If your opponent doesn’t accept the offer within 30 days, it is deemed rejected. ...more

Another Lawsuit Alleging Misleading Law School Job Statistics Dismissed

The lawsuit alleging that the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago misled prospective students by disseminating incomplete and misleading job placement data was dismissed this week in its entirety. ...more

Illinois Supreme Court in the News: 8/1-15

With the September term approaching and two new civil decisions being filed, coverage of the Illinois Supreme Court has picked up recently in the news and on the blogs....more

Georgia School District Not Held Liable for Student's Suicide

This week the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia ruled in favor of the Murray County School District on their motion for summary judgment in the case of Long v. Murray County School District. The case has...more

Oregon Laws for Pedestrian Right of Way

The laws surrounding pedestrian right of way can be complicated. You need to know 1) when to cross as a pedestrian and 2) when to yield as a motor vehicle driver. Violating any of these laws can cost you big - in both...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: April 20, 2012

Today, the Virginia Supreme Court issued several opinions affecting the practice of Virginia local government law. The cases involve (1) the Gloucester County School Board and the Public Procurement Act, (2) Albemarle...more

5 Social Media Tips for Law School Grads and Solo Practitioners to Help Find a Job and Build a Practice

In light of this challenging economic climate, my law school asked that I co-present a seminar to help third-years find their first job post-graduation. Much of the information that follows about using social media also can...more

School Administrators Had Duty to Warn and to Report Abuse by Former Teacher

An Illinois appellate court ruled that school administrators had a duty to warn another school district and its students of the danger of a former teacher who had molested students. The school administrators also had a duty...more

HOW TO FILE A CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINT

This document shows HOW TO file a civil rights complaint for discrimination....more

CASE RESOULUTION FORM FOR CIVIL RIGHTS INVESTIGATIONS

This document provides guidelines for those whose civil rights have been violated and what appropriate remedies are available to patient/client....more

CASE RESOULUTION FORM FOR CIVIL RIGHTS INVESTIGATIONS

This document provides guidelines for those whose civil rights have been violated and what appropriate remedies are available to patient/client....more

Weekly Law Resume - November 11, 2010: School District Not Liable for Employee's Sexual Misconduct

C.A., a minor et al., v. William S. Hart Union High School District, et al. Court of Appeal, Second District, Division One (November 5, 2010) This case addresses the pleading requirements for proceeding with a...more

School Officials May Be Liable For Suicide of Student Who Was Bullied

There has been a lot of attention recently about a number of recent suicides among middle school, high school, and even college-age students who killed themselves after suffering from pervasive bullying. Most people have...more

New York Injury Cases Against Schools Dismissed - No Liability When Students Hurt in Fights on School Grounds

Parents are always telling their kids before they go off to school: study hard, obey the teachers and behave. Good advice, of course. But what happens when the little darlings do misbehave? When they fight with other...more

Foresight in Hindsight: An Insight into Ahmed v. Stefaniu and De-Biasing Legal Evaluations of Reasonable Care

Abstract: The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Ahmed v. Stefaniu, [2006] O.J. No. 4185 (C.A.) is considered in detail. This case involved a jury verdict of negligence against a psychiatrist who had previously...more

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