I have missed the first few presenters in the Chicago-Kent & Loyola University Chicago IP Colloquium, but the next presentation is set for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 8, in Room 305 at Kent at 4:10 pm.  Professor R. Polk Wagner of the University of Pennsylvania Law School will discuss his article Did Phillips Change Anything?  The article poses a question that should interest all patent litigators and I am sure there will be a lively discussion.

The Chicago Tribune ran three law-related, non-IP stories that are worth a read over the weekend:

  • A profile of Jenner & Block’s new managing partner Susan Levy — click here for the story;
  • A long story on the disparity in starting legal salaries and the consistency in law school tuition rates — click here for the story; and
  • An excerpt by Chicago attorney R. Eugene Pincham, who died Thursday, from Your Witness: Lessons on Cross-Examination and Life from Great Chicago Trial Lawyers, which goes on sale Monday at www.yourwitnessbook.com — click here for the story.  The essay details how Pincham prepared for trial and is a must read for all trial attorneys.  Pincham’s excerpt got my attention.  I will be getting a copy of the book and will post a review when I am done with it.  Here is how the Tribune described Pincham:

a pioneering African-American lawyer and champion of unpopular causes. His colorful oratory, which drew on personal history, made him a legend in Chicago courthouses.