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Chicago Justinian Society of Lawyers honors past presidents including Michael V. Favia

2013 Past Presidents Dinner at Quartinos

2013 Past Presidents Dinner at Quartinos

Members of The Justinian Society of Lawyers recently celebrated their past presidents at a recent dinner in Chicago on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. Hardworking past presidents are recognized at the annual dinner in thanks for their commitment to mission, fostering the spirit of friendship, improving the legal education of members, rendering mutual aid to members, promoting the general welfare of members and participating in civic and community affairs, so as to ensure the proper administration of justice. With fundraising, scholarship and mentor programs, today’s Justinians are busy preserving and furthering their long-standing of excellence in the Chicago legal community.

While current members have law school loans, some of the founding members owed families for their emigration to the U.S. to seek new opportunities and careers in law.

The Justinian Society of Lawyers, originally named the Justinian Society of Advocates, was formed in October 17, 1921 and officially chartered four days later. “It was a crisp autumn afternoon, over three quarters of a century ago, when all but 10 of the approximately 40 Chicago lawyers of Italian descent, who, bound by professional and ethnic ties and conscious of their heritage…[i]” met and elected to form the group. Many of the original members of the group were from immigrant families from Italy and they worked hard to support families who sacrificed for their opportunity to become lawyers in the U.S. Some of the founding Justinians were military and political leaders and the group collectively represented a compelling mix of talent and leadership.

Today there are approximately 1,500 Justinians and the list of impressive accolades among members are too numerous to mention in this short article. To qualify for membership, a candidate must be a practicing or retired lawyer or judge, or a currently enrolled law student. At monthly meetings, the Justinians conduct business matters including planning for scholarships and awards. There is also a mentor program through which members may further the Justinians’ mission to benefit the legal community by working directly with newly licensed Illinois attorneys. Both mentors and mentees receive six Professional Responsibility CLE credits upon successful completion of the program[ii].

Justinians are very dedicated to community and work hard to raise money and awareness.

Annual scholarships are available for law students attending area schools, of Italian ancestry and are scholars in need. The Justinians also maintain the Children’s Endowment Fund (“JCEF”), established in 2002 to be charitable and benevolent. “The mission of the JCEF is to assist and aid disadvantaged or disabled children without regard to ethnicity, race or religion.[iii]” Every year the Justinians hold a golf outing to raise money for the JCEF.

Justinian presidents set and implement term goals to improve communication among members and law schools. While holding office, presidents oversee several committees and increase participation among all members. Past president, Michael V. Favia was among those honored among fellow past presidents of the Justinian Society of Lawyers including several past Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association presidents, State Court Judges and Appellate Court Justices.

Michael V. Favia, past president of the Justinian Society of Lawyers, practices healthcare and injury law and litigation in Chicago. For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates’ professional licensing work, please visit www.FaviaLawFirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter.

Interview on Chicago Concussion Coalition and Sports Legacy Institute

Established in 2011, the Chicago Concussion Coalition (CCC) represents a network of 50 national athletic, health and social service organizations united under a common mission  to work in partnership with coalition members to provide student athletes in greater Chicago with the best resources available reto protect them from sports related concussions and recurring injuries.

Established in 2011, the Chicago Concussion Coalition (CCC) represents a network of 50 national athletic, health and social service organizations united under a common mission to work in partnership with coalition members to provide student athletes in greater Chicago with the best resources available reto protect them from sports related concussions and recurring injuries.

Do you know someone who plays contact sports such as football, hockey, soccer or baseball? How about someone who cheers for the team? Maybe you also know a veteran of U.S. military service. Ok, what do you think all these people have in common? They are the focus of traumatic brain injury / concussion research, education and policy change, by the Sports Legacy Institute (“SLI”) and the Chicago Concussion Coalition. Earlier this week Michael V. Favia appeared along with Ms. Caitlin McElroy, Field Associate, for the Sports Legacy Institute in Chicago, to share information about SLI and its mission, activities and various avenues for interested professionals to get involved.

Click/tap here to listen to an on demand broadcast of the interview on Law Talk Radio.

The mission of the Sports Legacy Institute is to advance the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. Highlights of the interview include a further detailed explanation of the SLI’s mission and the foundation of the organization by Christopher Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu. They founded SLI as a Boston-based 501(c)(3) in 2007 in response to new research and increased attention to traumatic brain injuries and the need for more research, education and to affect policy change.

Do remember playing sports as a kid, many years ago, and getting hit in the head? Many little league coaches, for example, were known for saying, “Hey, get up and walk it off and take your base.” Then, days later little Tommy’s facial expressions seemed a bit off and droopy and he started mixing up his words. Nowadays, some people think we are overly cautious about concussions. As more research is reported, the scariest thing doctors conclude is that we have only barely scratched the surface in knowing what we are dealing with in terms of cognitive impairment post trauma.

NFL lawsuits brought concussion/traumatic brain injuries to dinner table discussions nationwide.

When several former NFL players filed suit against numerous defendants for permanent injuries due to concussions during games, a few helmet manufacturers responded with efforts at creating high-tech safety helmets, which is a good thing. What people should remember is that helmets can help soften impacts and protect the skull, but the brain is floating in fluid and those impacts can still create grave danger to players.

Many advocacy groups also focus their attention on cheerleading safety and military service members who suffer from traumatic brain injury. Also discussed in the above-linked interview are current trends in concussion research, and how SLI and the Chicago Concussion Coalition are engaging community groups, schools and teams to share vital information. Attorney Michael V. Favia noted that injury attorneys looking for concussion experts should certainly learn more and be in touch with SLI’s Chicago Concussion Coalition to learn more.

The Law Offices of Michael V. Favia advise and represent clients in connection with concussions/traumatic brain injury. To contact the firm to speak to a lawyer you may dial (773) 631-4580. For more information about the firm’s practice areas, you can visit the website, Facebook and Twitter sites.

About transvaginal mesh, lawsuits and product defects

FDA: "Over the past three years, FDA has received over 1,000 reports from nine surgical mesh manufacturers of complications that were associated with surgical mesh devices used to repair POP and SUI. These mesh devices are usually placed transvaginally utilizing tools for minimally invasive placement."

FDA: “Over the past three years, FDA has received over 1,000 reports from nine surgical mesh manufacturers of complications that were associated with surgical mesh devices used to repair POP and SUI. These mesh devices are usually placed transvaginally utilizing tools for minimally invasive placement.”

Any mother, sister, daughter or female friend, who has experienced medical conditions requiring physician care, and even surgery, knows how upsetting these life events can be. To make matters worse, some of the surgical products used to cure problems, such as transvaginal mesh, can fail and cause tremendous suffering and re-occurrence of the original symptoms causing surgical treatment. As far as the law is concerned, product defect liability extends far beyond traditional consumer products, and includes transvaginal mesh implant and bladder sling defects.

“Jury awards $3.35 million in vaginal mesh case against Johnson & Johnson”

In South Dakota, a woman sued Johnson & Johnson and won $3.35 million for their failure to adequately warn her physician about potential risks and dangers of the vaginal mesh implant made by its subsidiary company, Ethicon, who allegedly misrepresented the product in marketing brochures[i].

Why these surgeries performed and what are can go wrong.

What causes the need for surgical care and transvaginal mesh implants? A condition such as pelvic organ prolapse (“POP”), similar to stress urinary incontinence, is often linked to strain during childbirth can cause a medical issue. “Normally your pelvic organs are kept in place by the muscles and tissues in your lower belly. During childbirth, these muscles can get weak or stretched. If they don’t recover they can’t support your pelvic organs.[ii]” Additional organs that could be involved in POP include: bladder (most common); urethra; uterus; vagina; small bowel; and rectum. Factors that can worsen POP are: obesity; a long-lasting cough’ frequent constipation; and pelvic organ tumors.

Transvaginal mesh treatment involves surgery to permanently install the mesh that works as a sling, to keep the organs in place and reduce or prevent stress on the bladder to treat urinary incontinence. Women, who suffered pain, urinary incontinence and other complications after transvaginal mesh surgery, are a concern of the FDA who released a warning video about rare but serious complications with the surgical mesh used in POP and stress urinary incontinence treatment.

The Law Offices of Michael V. Favia represent plaintiffs in cases with substantially similar claims as the recent reported Bard suit: “Bard Loses $2 Million Verdict in Vaginal-Mesh Trial”

A recent lawsuit, where flaws with some of the implants were known but not disclosed, recently reported in Bloomberg News, ordered a manufacturer of device defects that caused damages in plaintiffs including organ damage and painful sexual intercourse when the devices erode. “This jury sent a message that Bard needs to change its ways,” Henry Garrard, one of Cisson’s lawyers, said after the punitive-damages verdict was announced. “The jury is telling them this kind of conduct won’t be tolerated.[iii]

Women experiencing pain, discomfort and complication symptoms following transvaginal mesh implant surgery should know that their physician may not be the one at fault and the manufacturers are often to blame. If you or a friend is in pain and needs surgery to remove a mesh implant, you can call the Law Offices of Michael V. Favia for help. For more information about the firm’s practice areas, you can visit the website, Facebook and Twitter sites.

High-tech helmets and concussion safety: UW Health study

"Football helmets have evolved a great deal over the last 50 years. Current helmet designs are heavier, larger and designed to absorb and dissipate impact forces to a greater extent than earlier models used by football players."

“Football helmets have evolved a great deal over the last 50 years. Current helmet designs are heavier, larger and designed to absorb and dissipate impact forces to a greater extent than earlier models used by football players.”

Football season starts soon and players are training to take the field. From the youngest players in grade school to the professional athletes taking the field before millions of fans, concussions are frequent discussion topics. As athletes who suffered traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) file more lawsuits, the manufacturers of safety equipment strive to offer new products that could help prevent concussion injury and damage. It makes sense that a properly fitting helmet could reduce impact to a player’s head, but what about the brain? Can high-tech helmets prevent concussions?

A recent article published in Athletic Business, a popular resource site for athletics professionals, focuses on vendors offering high-tech helmets.[i] Reviewing and commenting on research by Dr. Timothy McGuine and researchers at the University of Wisconsin, AB writers ask, “Is that new technology actually doing any good? New research would say no.” The article, published by UW Health Sports Medicine, “Sports Medicine Research: Helmets and Concussions,” reports the studies of Dr. McGuine and Dr. Alison Brooks.[ii]

The Vengeance DCT is the newest helmet from Schutt Sports. The "DCT" stands for Dual Compression Technology. The 4th Generation of TPU Cushioning contains durometers that are specifically designed to absorb both high-velocity and low-velocity impacts.

The Vengeance DCT is the newest helmet from Schutt Sports. The “DCT” stands for Dual Compression Technology. The 4th Generation of TPU Cushioning contains durometers that are specifically designed to absorb both high-velocity and low-velocity impacts.

“UW Health Sports Medicine is leading a research study to assess the effect of helmet brand on the incidence of sport related concussion in high school football players.”[iii]

The AB article mentions helmets that incorporate new technology, such as one offered by Schutt Sports.[iv] The UW Health article mentions that there are, “…new helmets with claims of laboratory testing that their “helmets offer the maximum protection” or “reduce the risk of concussion.” Further, the article states, “Unfortunately, there is little, if any evidence that the use of a specific football helmet brand will make it more or less likely that a high school football player will sustain a SRC [Sport-related Concussion] while actually participating in high school football.”

Which manufacturer would you choose if you were the high school athletics professional? The helmets that perform better in a fixed testing environment could help players be safer, but to say there could be safety guarantees in an inherently violent contact sport would be a stretch. The “safer” helmets are one component of player safety. Another important element is player education. Learning how to tackle in safer manners can help prevent injury. Spotting concussion symptoms and reporting them to team physicians can also increase safety.

We look forward to following up with the UW Health researches when they compile and share the incidence of sports-related concussions among the three helmet brands the group is tracking. Michael V. Favia & Associates follows and reports on sports injury topics and trends. The firm represents injured persons including athletes suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

ABOUT THE FIRM: The Law Firm of Michael V. Favia & Associates is a successful General Civil Practice dedicated to providing personalized service and high quality representation for clients. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. Feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter and you will be kept in the loop about upcoming events and news in the firm’s practice areas including personal injury, medical malpractice, worker’s compensation, complex civil litigation and professional regulation and licensing.

 

Favia and Team John Marshall ran/walked 5k to stomp out homelessness

Over 105,000 Chicagoans were homeless in a recent study[i]. A record turnout of supporters participated in the third annual 5k run/walk to end homelessness[ii] this past Sunday, July 14, 2013 in Chicago’s Douglas Park. Michael V. Favia ran with The John Marshall Law School team who ran and walked in Sunday’s heat and humidity to stomp out homelessness. Favia and other alumni from John Marshall frequently support causes that make Chicago a better place for everyone.

A Safe Haven - 2013 5K RUN! Running in support to end homelessness, Mike Favia ran with The John Marshall Law School team this weekend.

A Safe Haven – 2013 5K RUN! Running in support to end homelessness, Mike Favia ran with The John Marshall Law School team this weekend.

Michael V. Favia: “A great event for a great cause!”

A Safe Haven[iii] foundation hosted Sunday’s 5k run/walk event. A Safe Haven is “an organization dedicated to transforming lives from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose.” The foundation hosts several events to engage volunteers, sponsors and community members who want to help battle homelessness. Upcoming events noted on the website include food pantry volunteer work involving inventory, clean up, bagging and distributing canned goods.

The foundation, established in 1994, uses a sustainable model to help with temporary housing, treatment and recover, education, job training and placement, employee retention and permanent housing. With a roof over your head and three square meals a day, A Safe Haven program graduates move on to help others. Many of the program participants are veterans and battle addiction, post-traumatic stress and other challenges. Fundraising events like the annual 5k run help put success in reach.

Sponsors of this year’s 5k run/walk included Chicago area media channels, businesses and law firms. Michael V. Favia, Immediate Past President of The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association, worked with current President, Hon. Regina Scannicchio, to co-sponsor The John Marshall Law School team of almost a dozen runners and walkers who beat the heat this past Sunday for such a worthy cause.

Michael V. Favia & Associates is active in supporting community events raising funds and awareness of the causes that affect friends and neighbors in the Chicago area and nationwide. Get in touch with the firm[iv] if you have an upcoming event and need a team of great Chicagoans who care enough about their friends and neighbors to show it with hard work.

ABOUT THE FIRM: The Law Firm of Michael V. Favia & Associates is a successful General Civil Practice dedicated to providing personalized service and high quality representation for clients. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. Feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter and you will be kept in the loop about upcoming events and news in the firm’s practice areas including personal injury, medical malpractice, worker’s compensation, complex civil litigation and professional regulation and licensing.