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

March 2004, vol. 5, no. 4

In This Issue…

  • Government lawyer honored as Laureate by the Academy of Illinois Lawyers
    On March 3, 2004, retired First Assistant State Appellate Defender Patrick J. Hughes, Jr., will be inducted into the Academy of Illinois Lawyers as one of 12 distinguished Laureates in the 2004 class.
  • Ethics corner: Blagojevich signs ethics reforms into law
    On December 9, 2003, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed into law the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.
  • ISBA Assembly adopts tribute to government lawyer fire victims
    During the ISBA Assembly meeting held November 7, 2003, the following resolution was adopted to honor the memory of three government lawyers who died in a fire October 17, 2003, at the Cook County Administration Building.
  • A short course on guardianship appointment and service
    Editors' Note: This article is the second in what is hoped to be a series of articles written by government lawyers with expertise in an area of law in which family and friends often pose questions.
  • Someone you should know: Raquel “Rocky” Martinez
    When Raquel "Rocky" Martinez approached her high school counselor to discuss her plan to pursue a legal career, she did not expect to receive such a discouraging response.
  • In-sites
    Now that the last remnants of Christmas have been packed away and hauled to the attic, it is time to pull out the calculator, W-2s, and receipts in preparation for the 2003 tax-filing season.
  • Case law update
    Nudell v. Forest Preserve Dist. of Cook County, 207 Ill.2d 409 (October 17, 2003). Pursuant to section 3-103 of Administrative Review Act (735 ILCS 5/3-103 (West 1998)), 35-day period for filing a complaint to review a final administrative decision begins to run on the date that the agency decision is deposited in Untied States mail, rather than from the date that the decision is actually received, overruling Lockett v. Chicago Police Board, 133 Ill.2d 349 (1990), and Carver v. Nall, 186 Ill.2d 554 (1999).
  • News you can use
    Many government lawyers face a common challenge: struggling to pay off large law school loans while earning low wages.

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