30 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. [i] (2009-2010)

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Law Review
Volume 30                        Fall 2009                        Number 1
ARTICLES
Yours, Mine, and Ours: Law Firm Property Disputes
Douglas  R. Richm  ond  .........................................................   1
Lateral movement by lawyers at all levels is now common. Ours is
an age of lawyer mobility. It is also an age of client transience.
Clients routinely change law firms, sometimes because they move
with lateral lawyers, and sometimes for their own reasons. Under-
standably, lawyer and client mobility have spawned difficult ques-
tions about law firm property rights. For competitive reasons, law
firms do not want departing lawyers taking the firm's intellectual
capital or property with them when they move laterally. Client files
are a treasure trove of intellectual capital and property that firms
may wish to protect when clients shift their allegiance. Departing
lawyers and clients have their own interests to advance and clearly
believe that they have property rights in materials they created or
for which they paid. Regardless of one's perspective, these are
critical issues in today's professional environment. This article
examines law firms' property rights and the competing rights of
clients and individual lawyers in several critical aspects. In doing
so, it discusses the application of trade secret law, fiduciary duty
theory, and professional conduct rules in ways that are equally
meaningful to courts, practicing lawyers, and scholars. Because the
issues discussed in the article are important and, yet, surprisingly,
there is relatively little authority squarely addressing them, this
article fills a significant scholarly and practical void.
The Marriage Contract in Fine Art
Benjamin   A. Templin   .........................................................   45
From the fifteenth- to eighteenth-centuries, artists across Europe
and England painted a scene depicting the negotiation of a marriage
contract. In nearly every painting, a notary sits or stands at a table,
quill in hand, memorializing the details of the dowry transfer. Some
artists celebrated the accord, while others condemned arranged
marriages made for purposes of status and money. Interestingly, at
the same time the artists painted, massive changes occurred in the
law and political philosophy aimed at changing some of the inherent
problems in marriage law, such as the rights of women, the influence

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