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Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

May 2011Volume 99Number 5Pages 213-268

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Practice News

228
Illinois Law Update

Mistaken good faith belief about law does not support traffic stop; civil unions law passed; death penalty abolished; amendments clarify standards for child abuse, neglect; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.

Articles

232
Family Law | By
Richard A. Wilson
Beginning June 1, Illinois' civil union law confers most of the rights of marriage on parties to a civil union. But federal prohibitions impose important limits. Find out how the new law works.
238
Practice of Law / Young Lawyers | By
Helen W. Gunnarsson
Though there isn't much money in it, serving as appointed counsel is a way to gain invaluable courtroom experience and remind yourself why you went to law school in the first place.
246
Health Care Law | By
Brian J. McKenna
and
Nancy K. McKenna
The individual mandate, which penalizes the failure to buy health insurance, is at the heart of the constitutional challenges to health care reform. Here's a reader-friendly guide to the arguments.
250
Bankruptcy / Civil Practice | By
Christopher B. Lega
Judicial estoppel can derail a plaintiff who filed for bankruptcy but then brought a lawsuit he failed to reveal in the bankruptcy case.
254
Estate Planning / Creditor’s Rights | By
Thomas A. Pasquesi
and
Thomas M. Badenhausen
The law exempts life insurance policy proceeds from the claims of a decedent-insured's creditors. But exceptions give creditors an opportunity to recover.

Columns

218
Comments
Death of oral argument; the way to the courthouse; being in the moment.
220
President’s Page | By
Mark D. Hassakis
The ISBA works because we - all of us - make it work.
260
The Judge’s Corner | By
Hon. Ron Spears
How much process is due a criminal defendant? It's a dollars-and-cents question.
262
Estate Planning | By
Katarinna McBride
Here's a new asset-protection strategy so cool you can dance to it.
264
Finding Illinois Law | By
Tom Gaylord
The U.S. Government Printing Office's FDsys website is a great place to find documents, too.