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

February 2005, vol. 6, no. 3

In This Issue…

  • Government Lawyers Committee hosts brown-bag luncheon on networking
    The Government Lawyers Committee sponsored the brown-bag lunch, "Jobs, Networking, and Why Do I Work for the Government?" on June 22, 2004.
  • Ethics corner: Discipline of public sector attorneys: some recent dispositions of interest from Illinois and other states
    The Illinois Supreme Court ordered a two-month suspension of an associate judge's license to practice law, on the basis of false statements that he made in answering questions on his application for a judgeship.
  • News you can use
    A Sangamon County judge has entered an order that enjoins the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) from using lay persons to represent it at its administrative hearings.
  • In-sites
    In the November 2003 edition of this newsletter, I introduced you to the ARDC's Web site and told you that portions of the site were still under construction.
  • Case law update
    Appellate court erred when it approved of trial court's use of contempt petition to order detention of minor defendants in response to violation of terms of court supervision imposed as result of guilty plea to municipal ordinance.
  • Communications and confidentiality issues: A cautionary tale
    The ISBA Legal Department recently received a phone call from an agitated lay person who had overhead a lawyer on a commuter train discussing meetings with clients, naming clients, talking about billing practices and then dictating a memorandum to a client file that synopsized a case and case strategy, naming other lawyers and witnesses in the case.

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