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Applied Science Saving Lives: Airplane Crash Avoidance

Posted in Mass Tort Issues, Offtopic, Science
Errors in manufacturing and science sometimes draw lots of lawsuits and negative attention. But great successes also exist, and sometimes are taken for granted. The latter point is highlighted by a recent synopsis of how determined engineers (Don Bateman and friends) and Sundstrand/Honeywell created a system that stopped airplanes from flying into mountains, among other… Continue Reading

Another Long Swim for ALS Research

Posted in Offtopic, Science
ALS, a vicious disease, has hit hard the McConnell family from west suburban Chicago. But they hit back with intelligence and guts aimed at bringing in more money for ALS research. Five years ago, Doug McConnell swam the English Channell, supported by the familial team,  as a fundraiser and personal challenge. Karma appeared and on… Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Provides Big Picture Rules for “Specialty Courts” Aimed at Actual Problem Solving for People With Tough Problems

Posted in Comparative Law, Litigation Industry, Offtopic
Interested judges,  lawyers and accused persons actually can work to solve problems, as opposed to simply reaching decisions and meting out sentences. In that vein, the Supreme Court of Illinois has used trial court experience to create some broad rules for the specialty courts.  The rules and process to date are described in a December 8,… Continue Reading

Losing Gideon v. Wainwright – Or Was that Winning – A Look Back from the Lawyer for the State of Florida

Posted in Criminal Law and Torts, Offtopic
Representing the State of Florida, Bruce Jacob argued and lost Gideon v. Wainwright. Thereafter criminal defendants had at least some right to defense counsel. Mr. Jacob is glad he lost, and loved the experience. The story he tells is well worth reading. His telling also brings back memories of the days when lawyers were not aided… Continue Reading

More Intersections Between Professionals from Divergent Fields – “U. of I., Carle moving forward with the first engineering-based college of medicine”

Posted in Cancer, Offtopic, Science
As an alum and a former Champaign-Urbana”townie,” I am delighted to see the University  of Illinois at the front of this new intersection point through a medical school that brings together medical and engineering professionals across multiple disciplines. Bioinformatic engineers, for example,  are a key part of multi-disciplinary teams that are rocking the world these… Continue Reading

Kudos to Crain’s Chicago Business – Lumps of Coal to the Wall Street Journal

Posted in Offtopic
Some (many) businesses make changes to online systems, and produce all kinds of problems for customers. But instead of being upfront, they stonewall their customers, leading to both failed service and wasted time. A recent example of this arises from my online subscription to the Wall Street Journal. After years of working very well, suddenly… Continue Reading

Would Be Lawyers Should Earn Science Degrees – The Seattle Genetics Example

Posted in Litigation Industry, Offtopic, Science
Young people thinking about law school should consider first earning one or more degrees in science. Proof? See the following  press release regarding the new General Counsel of Seattle Genetics, a great new drug company. One of its accomplishments is Adcetris,  a wonderful new precision drug targeting specific cancers in persons with specific molecular conditions. Note… Continue Reading

A History of Stock Options in Compensation

Posted in Offtopic
One better understands companies when financial drivers are understood. Therefore, my eye was caught by the Blue Sky blog’s link to an article about a history of stock options by a knowledgeable author. The author is Joseph Bachelder, a compensation lawyer at McCarter & English.  The introduction to the article explains: “Stock options have been a… Continue Reading

Crowd Funding Pitch – Breast Cancer – Chicago’s Innoblative Designs – Seeking to End Barbaric Radiation Treatments for Breast Cancer

Posted in Offtopic, Science
Are you interested in crowd funding to help try to end barbaric radiation treatments for breast cancer, and to support biotech in Chicago? Here’s an opportunity for you. Chicago doctors and engineers from Northwestern seek $15k to build a new device to treat breast cancer WITHOUT radiation. It’s an award winning idea for a new… Continue Reading

Xfinity Fails Again in River North, Chicago – Will Crains Chicago Business or Alderman Reilly Help to Force a Fix?

Posted in Class Actions, Offtopic
  This afternoon, Xfinity’s “business class” Internet service has failed – yet again – in Chicago’s River North. These failures need to end, now. Accordingly, I just sent the following e-mail letter this afternoon to Crain’s Chicago Business, with a copy to Alderman Reilly’s office. I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for action.… Continue Reading

Cartilage on a Computer Chip – What Shape and Size Do You Want?

Posted in Offtopic
Further progress towards artificial cartilage provides good news for aging athletes with torn-up knees, and persons with some forms of arthritis. It’s far from production and FDA approval, but researchers continue to press forward with creating artificial cartilage using computer chips and 3d printing. An April 27, 2014 ScienceDaily article describes the following process for… Continue Reading