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The Civility in Uncivil Times Edition - December 5, 2018
From presidential politics to internet trolls, our society seems to be more uncivil now than ever before. Lawyers, in particular, struggle with incivility in the profession and get a bad rap in the eyes of the public. What can we do to turn things around and hold ourselves to a higher standard? Our guests Jayne Reardon of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, and the Honorable Clare McWilliams of the Circuit Court of Cook County, chat with hosts Jon Amarilio and Chastidy Burns about current societal trends, best practices for appearing before the bench and how to shift the legal profession’s culture to one of greater respect and civility. Sponsored by .


The Illinois Attorney General Election Edition, Part I: Kwame Raoul & Part II: Erika Harold - October 29, 2018
2018 Democratic and Republican candidates in the race for Illinois Attorney General, Kwame Raoul and Erika Harold, discuss their respective backgrounds, and their views on the Office of Attorney General in an increasingly partisan age.

The Amanda Knox Again Edition: An Interview with the Defense Team - October 3, 2018
Amanda Knox’s lead Italian defense lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, and her media consultant, Alex Guittieres, give a behind-the-scenes look at the trial that gripped the world.

The Brexit Brouhaha Edition - September 5, 2018
Andrew Walker explains the practice of law across the pond, how the legal community is impacted by Brexit, and much more.

The Financing the Fight Edition - August 1, 2018
Guests Ajit Singh and Travis Lenkner discuss how litigation financing is changing the face of modern litigation.

The AI Edition: Resistance is Futile - July 2, 2018
Should lawyers be fearful that AI is coming for their jobs? We talk about the ever-evolving, hot-button topic of artificial intelligence and how its impacting the practice of law.

The Peaking Beneath the Blindfold Edition - June 6, 2018
Joel Cohen discusses what motivates judges to make the decisions they make and how injustices in our legal system can come to define our society.

The Chicago Gun Violence Edition - May 8, 2018
Guests Amy Thompson and Max Kapustin discuss the severity and root causes of Chicago’s gun violence problem, whether recent discourse in the national media and by President Trump accurately characterizes the problem, and how we can find workable solutions to make a difference.

The Love and Divorce Edition - April 4, 2018
Miles Beermann and Kimberly Cook talk about the state of marriage and divorce in the U.S., and their experiences on the front lines representing clients in the contentious area of divorce and family law.

The Fear and Loathing in the Law Edition - March 7, 2018
Attorney Brian Cuban, discusses his latest book, The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of The Bar, Booze, Blow, & Redemption, which details his struggles with substance abuse and recovery.

The Illinois Budget Crisis Edition: How the @#$^! Did This Happen? - March 7, 2018
Illinois State Representative Greg Harris talks about the Illinois budget crisis that spiraled out of control and dominated headlines for Illinoisans throughout much of 2017.

The I'll be Dreaming About Donkeys Edition - March 7, 2018 
In this edition, hosts Jon Amarilio and Carl Newman interview Retired Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals – one of the preeminent legal minds of 20th century.  Posner opens up about his unexpected recent retirement from the bench, his views about the treatment of unrepresented litigants in the legal system and his plans for the future. Also, if you’re eager to learn why Judge Posner left our recording session convinced he would be dreaming about donkeys, this edition is a must listen.

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Jon Amarilio is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Chicago specializing in civil appellate litigation and critical motion practice. In addition to hosting @theBar, Jon is a frequent author and speaker on a range of appellate topics. Jon is a former Chair of the YLS, has been recognized by Chicago Lawyer Magazine and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as a "40 Under Forty" Illinois attorney to watch, and is regularly rated as a Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer by those publications. 

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