Member Groups

Amicus

The mission of the Standing Committee on Amicus is to implement the ISBA Amicus Policy.

ISBA Amicus Participation

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2012

Attorney-Client Privilege. In a joint ISBA and Association of Corporate Counsel amicus brief in this Illinois Supreme Court matter, the Associations object to a broad application of the subject matter waiver of the attorney-client privilege in the context of business transaction negotiations. Read the ISBA amicus brief in Center Partners, Ltd. et al. v. Growth Head GP, LLC, et al., No. 11-3107.
Read the Court's opinion

2011

Unauthorized Practice of Law. In this Illinois Supreme Court matter, the ISBA supports the proposition that the application of the "nullity rule" in UPL cases should not be discretionary with the trial courts.
Read the ISBA Amicus Brief in Downtown Disposal Services v. City of Chicago et al., No. 112040.
Read the Court's opinion

Attorney-Client Privilege. In a joint ISBA and Chicago Bar Association amicus brief, the Associations support the applicability of the attorney-client privilege to communications between a firm lawyer and that firm's in-house general counsel (and outside lawyers as well).
Read the joint Amicus Brief in Garvy v. Seyfarth Shaw, No. 11-0115 (1st District).
Read the Court's opinion

2008

Unauthorized Practice of Law. In Grafner v. Illinois Department of Employment Security, an Illinois Appellate case, the ISBA supported the proposition that a non-lawyer engaged in UPL by participating in an administrative proceeding before the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
Read the ISBA Amicus Brief in Grafner v. Illinois Department of Employment Security
Read the Court's opinion

Judicial Authority. In Lebron v. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, the ISBA and Chicago Bar Association filed a joint amicus brief supporting the proposition that legislatively imposed caps on non-economic damages encroached the authority of the judiciary.
Read the joint amicus brief in Lebron v. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
Read the Court's disposition