The newsletter of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Government Lawyers
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Newsletter articles from 2005
Case law update
Rodriguez v. Sheriff’s Merit Comm’n of Kane County., 355 Ill. App. 3d 676 (2nd Dist., February 4, 2005).
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.
All too often we take our writing for granted. We’re lawyers, we rationalize, we know how to write!
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.
ISBA recognizes senior government lawyers
Fllowing the Committee on Government Lawyers' CLE presentation "Basics of the Legislative Process" on March 7, 2005, the committee hosted a networking reception in Springfield to honor nine Senior Government Lawyers for their years of service-to government and to the bar.
The 94th General Assembly convened on January 12, 2005. To date, 6,198 bills have been filed for consideration by the General Assembly.
The 94th General Assembly convened on January 12, 2005. Approximately 6,198 bills were filed for consideration by the General Assembly.
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.
Price v. State of Illinois: complaint against State’s Attorney must go to Court of Claims
In Price v. State of Illinois, 354 Ill. App. 3d 90, 820 N.E.2d 104, 289 Ill. Dec. 596 (2004), the appellate court held that because a State's Attorney is a State employee who was acting within the scope of his employment during a sentencing hearing, the circuit courts lack subject matter jurisdiction to hear actions brought against the State's Attorney and related vicarious liability claims against the State of Illinois arising from acts performed within the scope of the State's Attorney's employment.
Public defender liability
In December 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed that sovereign immunity does not bar an action against the attorneys of the Cook County Public Defender's Office for negligence allegedly committed in the course of representing an indigent criminal defendant, pursuant to an appointment by the circuit court.
Someone you should know: The Honorable Nancy J. Katz
Judge Nancy J. Katz was concerned with justice long before she became a judge. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in sociology and criminal justice at Northeastern Illinois University, Judge Katz worked in a domestic violence shelter in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.
Veto session update
The Illinois General Assembly recently concluded its fall veto session schedule. The following is a brief summary of the legislative action that occurred during the veto session which may be of interest to the government bar.