WBEZ | lawyers http://www.wbez.org/tags/lawyers Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en New Chicago high school grooms future lawyers http://www.wbez.org/news/new-chicago-high-school-grooms-future-lawyers-104582 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/steakpinball-gavel.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Founders of a new Chicago charter school hope to increase diversity in the legal profession.</p><p>The formula at Legal Prep Charter Academies includes a principal with a law degree, field trips to law firms and a biology class is inspired by the science of crime scene investigations.</p><p>The high school in the city&#39;s West Garfield Park neighborhood opened this year. It&#39;s the city&#39;s first high school with a legal theme. Sam Finkelstein and Rather Stanton are the two attorneys who founded the school. They <a href="http://trib.in/Yy0233" target="_blank">tell</a> the Chicago Tribune it took three years of unpaid 60-hour weeks to make their dream real.</p><p>The first 200 freshmen started in late August. The school will add a new class of freshmen every year.</p></p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/new-chicago-high-school-grooms-future-lawyers-104582 A forgotten home of Clarence Darrow http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-12/forgotten-home-clarence-darrow-104316 <p><p>For the last 30 years of his life, Clarence Darrow lived in an apartment&nbsp;hotel facing Jackson Park.&nbsp;That building has been demolished.&nbsp;But a few&nbsp;miles to the north, at 4219 South Vincennes Avenue, a house that the great lawyer built still stands.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/12-17--Darrow Home.jpg" title="Chicago History Happened Here: 4219 S. Vincennes Ave." /></div><p>Darrow came to Chicago in 1887.&nbsp;He was 30 years old, and had already been active in Democrat politics in his native Ohio.&nbsp;Naturally he became a City Hall attorney.</p><p>In 1892 he moved into the private sector. Darrow landed a job in the legal department of the Chicago &amp; North Western Railroad.&nbsp;Much of his work involved defending the company against lawsuits brought by people who&rsquo;d been injured at grade crossings.</p><div class="image-insert-image ">His wife Jessie wanted a &ldquo;normal bourgeois domestic life&rdquo; for the couple and their young son.&nbsp;At first&nbsp;Clarence obliged.&nbsp;Shortly after going to work for C&amp;NW, he built the two-story graystone dream home on Vincennes Avenue.&nbsp;His&nbsp;career path as a corporate lawyer seemed set.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/12-17--Darrow%20%28LofC%29.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 325px; float: right;" title="Clarence Darrow, 1924 (Library of Congress)" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Over the next five years, everything changed.&nbsp;Darrow quit the railroad. He took his first murder case, defending the man who&#39;d killed Mayor Carter Harrison. He represented labor leader Eugene V. Debs in court in the aftermath of the Pullman Strike. Darrow also found time to run for Congress&ndash;unsuccessfully&ndash;as a candidate of the Populist Party.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">He was spending less and less time on Vincennes Avenue.&nbsp;Jessie rarely saw him, except when he came home to sleep.&nbsp;By now Darrow&rsquo;s father was living in Chicago, and Clarence sometimes found it&nbsp;more convenient to bunk at&nbsp;his place.&nbsp;The marriage deteriorated.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Early in 1897 Darrow sued his wife for divorce, on grounds of desertion.&nbsp;That was a convenient lie&ndash;Jessie hadn&rsquo;t deserted Clarence, he had deserted her.&nbsp;But divorce was still considered shameful.&nbsp;Because Jessie didn&rsquo;t want to hurt her husband&rsquo;s professional or political future, she agreed to go along with the charade.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Jessie got the house and $150-a-month for the rest of her life.&nbsp;Clarence got his freedom.&nbsp;He later remarried and became famous, while his first wife and his son slipped into obscurity.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Clarence Darrow died&nbsp;in his apartment at 1537 East 60th Street in 1938.&nbsp;His ashes were scattered in a Jackson Park lagoon.&nbsp;Today his onetime home on Vincennes Avenue is privately owned.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 07:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-12/forgotten-home-clarence-darrow-104316 Indiana payout limited to five million for collapse victims http://www.wbez.org/story/indiana-payout-limited-five-million-collapse-victims-90819 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-19/Stage Collapse flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Indiana lawyers are looking for additional liable parties from last Saturday's stage collapse at the state fair. By law, the damages the state of Indiana could pay victims is capped at five million dollars in total.</p><p>Lawyer Mark Ladendorf represents one of the dozens of injured people from the collapse. "In this case you are significantly dividing that amount by the number of potential plaintiffs that might exist and you're dividing it into almost nothing at some point," he said.</p><p>Ladendorf said more lawsuits are likely to be filed - perhaps against stage designers and engineers or the concert promoter. The state is launching an investigation, and Ladendorf said lawyers be doing the same. He said, "You never want the fox to guard the henhouse, you know?" He added that this accident may prompt a new look at the state's law of a five million dollar cap.</p><p>On Friday a sixth person died due to injuries from the collapse. Jennifer Haskell was a college senior at Ball State University.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 20:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/indiana-payout-limited-five-million-collapse-victims-90819