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Got Legal Woes? Talk To A CBA Attorney Saturday By Phone For Free

CHICAGO — Do you have legal woes? Not sure if you need an attorney or just need a little advice? Attorneys with the Chicago Bar Association’s Call-A-Lawyer Program are ready and available to take calls from the public and offer brief legal advice on Saturday, April 15. The CBA is here to help as part of an ongoing legal public service program.

Calls will be accepted on April 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at 312-554-2001.

Residents can call in and briefly explain their situation to an attorney, who will then work to suggest self-help strategies or provide advice to help resolve their issues. If callers need further legal services or have questions beyond the scope of the attorney’s practice area, they will be advised to contact the CBA Lawyer Referral Service during the week for a referral to an attorney in the appropriate area of law.

The CBA’s Lawyer Referral Service has more than 200 prescreened, qualified lawyers experienced in almost every area of law that offers their services to the public. When contacting the LRS during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, callers can be referred to attorneys practicing in numerous areas of law, including:

  • Domestic Relations – including divorce, custody, support, and other family law matters.
  • Personal Injury – including auto accidents, slip and falls, product liability, wrongful death, malpractice, and other types of injury cases.
  • Estate Planning – including will and trust drafting, probate, and will contest.
  • Real Estate – including buying or selling real estate, foreclosure defense and landlord/tenant issues.
  • Employment Law – including wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination.

To reach a lawyer after normal business hours, the CBA offers an On-Call service that provides callers access to attorneys in three different areas of law. You can reach a lawyer 24/7 for

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Rachel Berry Runs for Delaware County Court of Common Pleas

Candidate: Rachel Ezzell Berry

Court: Delaware County

Party: Democrat

The following has been edited lightly for length and style.

The Legal Intelligencer: Tell us about your background, where you went to law school, what firms you have practiced at, and areas of law you focus on.

Rachel Berry: Rachel graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif from the University of Michigan Law School where she was the book review editor of the Michigan Law Review. She then clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. She has also served as law clerk to Judge Stephanie Klein of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. She has judicial experience in criminal, civil and family law across various courts and is a highly qualified candidate for the bench. She also worked as a complex commercial litigator at Dechert, one of the largest law firms in the United States, handling matters ranging from mass torts to antitrust actions to product liability. She is experienced in all stages of litigation, from pleadings to appeals. She has also worked as counsel to a family business headquartered in Delaware County, advising on regulatory, procedural and legal liability issues. Her career has focused on civil litigation, particularly complex commercial litigation and more recently, on all areas of estate litigation, including fraud, undue influence and forgery.

The Legal: What is one major thing about your career experience that most qualifies you for this position, and why?

Berry: Rachel’s years of judicial experience, in addition to her years as a litigator and law clerk, most qualifies her for this position. Judges should be learned in the law, follow the Constitution and protect the rights of all peoples against government overreach. As the Delaware County

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Justice Bus visiting Stark County for Law Week

Ohio Justice Bus

Ohio Justice Bus

CANTON – The Stark County Bar Association will host a variety of events, including a stop in Stark County by the Ohio Justice Bus, as part of Law Week 2023.

Law Day is a national event held on or around May 1 and is designed to remind Americans about their liberties and alert them to the role they play as citizens in protecting and preserving freedom.

This year’s theme is “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility and Collaboration.”

Among the events scheduled is a stop by the Ohio Justice Bus. The bus will be parked from noon to 4 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of Mission BBQ, 4490 Everhard Road in Jackson Township.

Stark Bar Association Executive Director Tina McCort said in the past the organization has held a phone bank for residents to call in with legal questions but as times have changed they have seen a drop in participants.

This year, they opted to try an in-person event with the bus.

Attorneys will be available for a free consultation and to answer legal questions. An attorney who is a veteran or familiar with military issues also will be on hand.

McCort said three lawyers from Columbus who travel with the bus will be on hand as well as local attorneys.

“We targeted that area because it is one of the busiest intersections in the county,” she said. “Also Mission BBQ gets a lot of military.”

The event will be “live-streamed” on the Stark County Bar Association’s Facebook page. Those who join the live Facebook event can also ask questions.

McCort said people seek help during the free events for a number of reasons, including if they are unable to afford to hire an attorney and they are not sure if they need an attorney.

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What to do when you’ve suffered a personal injury

Even though a personal injury is something most would prefer to avoid thinking about, the fact of the matter is that a high percentage of the population will experience a personal injury at some point in their life. According to the CDC, in 2019 alone 96.5 million Americans visited a physician’s office seeking treatment for general injuries. But not every instance of personal injury can result in financial compensation—some are simply accidents. According to the New York City Bar Association“the law does not impose an absolute responsibility on everyone to take care of everyone else in all situations.”

Instances of personal injury where an involved party might be held responsible for financial compensation fall under the “tort law” category. These are instances where, according to the American Bar Association, a defendant is “liable for damages you sustained.” Liability, in this context, is defined as a situation where a person or entity involved in an injury had a “duty to take some level of care to ensure you did not get injured.”

The range of circumstances that might prompt such a scenario is quite broad. It could include wrongful action or inaction by a city government, a failure to repair dangerous conditions on personal property, or reckless or negligent driving. To make matters more complex, the nuances of personal injury laws vary from state to state.

for instance, when it comes to automobile accidents, some states, such as New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania, are no-fault states, meaning compensation does not depend upon who may or may not have caused an accident. Others, such as California, Texas, and Illinois are at-fault states, meaning insurance payment depends on the degree of fault for each party.

Consulting a personal injury lawyer can help one handle these

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The Need of Privacy Certifications for Lawyers

The widespread adaptability and integration of tools and the professionals who can effectively use them to comply with the law will significantly impact the careers of both lawyers and other legal personnel. One of the fastest-growing areas in the legal profession in the United States is Privacy Law. Privacy certifications endorse attorneys as credentialed privacy lawyers.

Privacy certifications can boost income streams and growth potential while increasing job stability and sustainability. In addition, privacy certifications equip lawyers with innovative skills and core knowledge needed to compete and safeguard a company’s legal defenses in today’s data-driven legal services environment.

Privacy has long been a flourishing career choice for privacy enthusiasts. However, it has never been more prominent for lawyers since the European Union introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In the United States, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), as well as other emerging privacy regulations tasks companies with complying with various privacy tenets.

Over the past few years, privacy has been a high focal point for many corporations. The entire Facebook and Cambridge Analytica fiasco has only heightened public awareness and demand for action on data privacy issues, necessitating the need for privacy certifications for lawyers to better understand data privacy laws to defend, secure, and ensure compliance for their clients.

Unrivaled Privacy Certifications

Even though awareness and action are two distinct paradigms, privacy certifications are tailored to modern-day standards, explaining the need for having a privacy approach to data handling activities and ways to comply with ever-evolving data privacy laws and regulations. Long gone are the days when teams could afford to function in silos and operate independently from one another within an organization. In today’s digital data-driven world, diverse teams within an organization must work more closely and cooperatively than ever before, thanks to technological advancements and,

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