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Government Lawyers NewsletterThe newsletter of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Government Lawyers

March 2001, vol. 2, no. 2

In This Issue…

  • From the chair
    This edition of the newsletter of the Standing Committee on Government Lawyers reflects the diversity of the interests, goals, experiences and practice areas of the committee's constituency.
  • Attorney general issues opinions
    Under section 4 of the Attorney General Act (15 ILCS 205/4 (West 1998)), the Attorney General is authorized, upon request, to give written legal opinions to state officers and state's attorneys on matters relating to their official duties.
  • State’s attorneys and the First Amendment
    Richard Devine and nine other state's attorneys, including the president of the Illinois State's Attorneys Association, sought declaratory and injunctive relief against the Administrator of the ARDC, claiming that provisions of Rules 3.6 and 3.8 of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct infringed on their First Amendment rights and were unconstitutionally vague and overbroad.
  • Ethics corner
    In the last issue of our newsletter, the Ethics corner included the first installment of a digest of ISBA ethics opinions of interest to government lawyers.
  • Opinions involving state’s attorneys
    A former assistant state's attorney is not disqualified from handling litigation for his firm regarding the same subject area or areas to which he was assigned as an assistant state's attorney, but, pursuant to Rule 9-101(b) of the ICPR (predecessor to Rule 1.11 of the IRPC) he may not represent any clients in matters if he participated personally or substantially in the matters as an assistant state's attorney, or if the matters were under his official responsibility.
  • First person
    Editor's note: In this issue, we introduce a new feature called "First person." In it, we will learn about the diverse practices of some of our government lawyers.
  • A lawyer in a non-legal state job: in the belly of the bureaucracy
    While there are many lawyers in state service, not all of them represent the state in litigation, act as administrative law judges or are "in-house" counsel for state agencies.
  • Career opportunities
    As part of the service goal of the Standing Committee on Government Lawyers, we would like to make you aware of an electronic bulletin board for job opportunities within government service.
  • Legislative preview
    The 92nd General Assembly convened January 10, 2001, for the start of its two-year term.
  • 711 means more than just a quick cup of coffee
    What government lawyer doesn't need a little extra help now and then?
  • Someone you should know: Madalyn Maxwell
    The year 2001 marks a milestone in Madalyn Maxwell's already amazing life.
  • Standing committee approves strategic plan
    During its inaugural year, one of the first activities of the Standing Committee on Government Lawyers was to undergo a strategic planning exercise.
  • Committee on Government Lawyers co-sponsors Law Ed Seriesprogram
    "An Overview of Illinois Administrative Law" will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2001, at the Illinois State Bar Association's Chicago Regional office at 20 S. Clark Street.

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