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After years of searching for her daughter, Janine believes her only chance to get the money she so desperately needs is to have Grace declared deceased. However, just as a judge is about to sign off on the declaration, Grace unexpectedly reappears saying she had been kidnapped and taken to Europe. Nick encourages Janine to take the necessary steps to verify Grace's identity. However, with nothing but her gut feeling, Janine is convinced that the girl who has returned claiming to be her daughter is really her "Gracie."
Meanwhile, Nick and Burton Fallin are faced with the death of a close friend and colleague, Judge Stanton. He was a long-time friend of Burton's and was the judge who presided over Nick's probation. His passing causes Burton to re-evaluate his life and his accomplishments as a lawyer.moreless
Nick & Lulu get closer in their relationship, but can they keep their feelings for each other hidden as they argue a case in court or will the case push them apart?
Burton takes on a new role as a foster parent after Shannon loses her grandmother.
Nick takes a job at the law firm of Walter and McNeil. Burton thinks his son made a mistake by taking the new job.
Lulu gives premature birth to a baby girl. She also decides to work part-time at legal services of Pittsburgh to take care of the baby.
Alvin tries to stop the execution of Taliek Allen because of new evidence that Alvin's client suffered brain damage when he was attacked. Alvin asks Nick for help and tries to get the execution stopped.
Lulu decides to have full custody of the baby and give the baby her last name not Nick's. She also steps down as head of Legal Services in Pittsburgh to work reduced hours and spend more time with the baby.
Alvin is angry because of what Nick told his client regarding his chances for a clemency hearing.
Nick learns that Burton has stepped down from his firm to be a grandfather to the baby. Nick also leaves his job at the firm of Walter and McNeil.
Nick and Lulu split up, but he promises to be there for the baby. Lulu names the baby 'Ann' after Nick's mother.
Because of his illness, Alvin quits. He says he's going to go to Antartica , but is that his real intention?
Nick steps in to for Alvin at an important 'State funding' meeting. He's decided to take up Alvin's earlier offer and become Lulu's replacement.moreless
Alvin Masterson has a lot to do in so little time. He is getting married to Victoria Little and has ALS. Nick decides go to Los Angles. Alvin tries to get to know Nick better. Alvin drives to see his son who he last saw at age 7 and learns that his son already has a dad.
Alvin wonders if marring Victoria is the right thing to do and if it is for the right reason.