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Banning Facial Recognition in Chicago: A Moral and Legal Necessity

By Michael Drake on Thursday, October 17th, 2019

The right to privacy has been enshrined in human rights instruments since the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.[1] As technology advances, our society has to weigh the costs of reducing privacy against possible benefits such as societal safety, innovation, and economic growth.[2] Among the most controversial new technologies is facial recognition software. While there are…

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“Modern Family” Star’s “Modern” Battle in Family Court

By Madison Hynes on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Colombian native, Sofia Vergara, perhaps most famously known for her role in the hit television series, Modern Family, has involuntarily attracted media attention surrounding a legal dispute with her ex-partner, Nick Loeb.[1] The ongoing dispute involves a child custody battle, but not the type of custody battle that you are probably thinking of.[2] This custody…

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Is It Ethical for Attorneys to Record Telephone Conversations?

By Alberto Bernabe on Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Last year, it was widely reported that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, recorded telephone conversations with some of his clients without their knowledge. In response to the news that he was among those clients, Trump tweeted, among other things, “…inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of &…

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Investigative Alerts Deemed Unconstitutional by Appellate Court

By Emily Komp on Sunday, September 15th, 2019

For years, Chicago Police Officers have used “investigative alerts” to detain and arrest those that the Chicago Police Department suspected had committed a crime. These alerts were issued by the police department internally and came up when someone’s name was run in the police’s database.[1] Two different types of alerts existed, one titled “Investigative Alert/Probable…

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AN OVERLOOKED PROVISION OF ILLINOIS’ CANNABIS REGULATION AND TAX ACT: AN EXEMPTION TO THE SMOKE FREE ILLINOIS ACT

By Evan Kanz on Monday, August 12th, 2019

Following through on one of his biggest campaign promises, on Tuesday, June 25th, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation making Illinois the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana and the first state to do so without a voter-approved referendum.[1] The new law, commonly known as The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (“CRTA”), takes effect on…

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