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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles From Helen W. Gunnarsson

Juveniles can be required to register as sex offenders By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 The supreme court held that registration is not punishment and that juveniles can be required to register even though they aren’t entitled to a jury trial on the charges.
New open government legislation By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 A bill awaiting the governor’s signature would make the promise of open records real for more people, supporters say.
Faster resolution urged for custody, SLAPP suits By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 Lawpulse, Page 278 At a recent hearing, the supreme court rules committee was asked to speed disposition of child custody proceedings and SLAPP suits.
Making evidence meaningful By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 Lawpulse, Page 278 A veteran lawyer and trial judge tells litigators how to present evidence in a way that engages and wins over jurors.
Sexual harassment and the chain of command By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 Lawpulse, Page 278 Under state law, employers are liable for sexual harassment by supervisors whether or not the employer knew about it and even though the employee-victim doesn't work under the supervisor.
Social networking 1.0 By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 Lawpulse, Page 278 Despite the newfangled options, blogs and e-mail discussion groups are still excellent ways to connect with other lawyers.
Twitter and Linkedin and Facebook. Oh My! By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 Article, Page 288 Are you Linkedin? Facebooking? Tweeting? Or still figuring out what it's all about and why you should care? Here's a lawyer's guide to social networking.
Victory for defendants in asbestos case By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 Lawpulse, Page 278 The Illinois Supreme Court allows defendants in asbestos cases to introduce evidence that someone else's negligence was the sole proximate cause of a plaintiff's injuries.
Foreclosure defense a practice option real estate lawyers By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2009 Lawpulse, Page 220 Representing foreclosed-on homeowners might be a way for real estate lawyers to pick up slack left by the weak economy.
Making a Graceful Exit By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2009 Lawpulse, Page 220 Remember, the Former Employer From Hell still holds the power of a reference.
No right to expungement for pardon recipients By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2009 Lawpulse, Page 220 Just because the the governor pardons you doesn't mean you're entitled to have your conviction expunged, the illinois Supreme Court held.
Promissory Estoppel: Alive and Well in Illinois By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2009 Lawpulse, Page 220 The Illinois Supreme court holds that promises "reasonably inducing action or forbearance" are binding in Illinois.
“Rape Shield” for Civil Lawsuits By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2009 Lawpulse, Page 220 An Illinois House bill would extend the prohibition against admitting evidence of an alleged victim's sexual history to sexual harassment charges.
Shakin’ the Pink-Slip Blues By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2009 Article, Page 230 You've been laid off or fear you might be - now what? Career experts help you take your future into your own hands - and see ISBA's career resources on page 234.
Beneficiaries can’t be given power to approve trustee accounts By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2009 Lawpulse, Page 168 A trust can't allow a majority of beneficiaries to approve the trustee's accounts, the Illinois Appellate Court holds.
Human Rights Act doesn’t bar state, federal claims in circuit court By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2009 Lawpulse, Page 168 Someone who can bring a claim under the Illinois Human Rights Act can nonetheless sue based on federal or common law in state circuit court, the supreme court rules.
Rules committee hears criminal law, family law, civil practice proposals By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2009 Lawpulse, Page 168 The supreme court rules committee heard proposals to require consular notification for foreign nationals, to change child custody rules, and to require additional notice to opposing counsel.
Should criminal defendants talk to the press? By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2009 Lawpulse, Page 168 Not a good idea, criminal defense lawyers and prosecutors agree.
Should You Use Fastcase and How? By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2009 Article, Page 178 Whether you make it your primary online research tool or use it to supplement Westlaw or Lexis, Fastcase can save you money. Lots of it. Here’s how.
When it comes to corporate governance, formalities matter By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2009 Lawpulse, Page 168 Help your corporate clients understand the importance of - and comply with - formalities such as preserving minutes, buying enough insurance, and the like.
Court’s failure to grant continuance plain error By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2009 Lawpulse, Page 116 The high court rules that a judge’s failure to grant defense counsel’s request for a continuance in a murder trial was plain error requiring a new trial.
Creative ways to fend off foreclosure By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2009 Lawpulse, Page 116 Two lawyers think outside the box to help clients hang on to their homes, one by negotiating with lenders, the other by leveraging the power of Chapter 13.
Did Pat Fitzgerald say too much? By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2009 Lawpulse, Page 116 Lawyers disagree about whether prosecutor Fitzgerald crossed the line when he said Rod Blagojevich’s conduct “would make Lincoln roll over in his grave.”
The importance of timely service By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2009 Lawpulse, Page 116 Thanks to an amendment to supreme court rule 103(b), plaintiffs who haven’t been otherwise diligent in moving a case along must be especially diligent in obtaining service.
Judges must rule before trial on motions in limine By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2009 Lawpulse, Page 116 A new ruling lets criminal defense attorneys know before deciding to let their clients testify whether their priors will be admitted at trial.
Understanding Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Provisions By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2009 Article, Page 126 UM/UIM provisions can salvage what would otherwise be a no-recovery case, but you need to understand your clients’ liability policies, not just the tortfeasors’.
Committee studies codification of evidence rules By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2009 Lawpulse, Page 64 A new supreme court special committee is charged with devising a more convenient organizational scheme for the Illinois rules of evidence.
Defending politicians, getting paid By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2009 Lawpulse, Page 64 How do lawyers in the Land of Lincoln (and Ryan and Blagojevich) make sure they get paid when defending politicians charged with corruption? 
The Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law 20 years later By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2009 Lawpulse, Page 64 One of the drafters of the statute describes how it improved the procedure process and what loose ends remain.
Plaintiffs win big in Ready By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2009 Lawpulse, Page 64  The supreme court holds that good-faith settling tortfeasors can't be included in apportioning fault after verdicts to determine joint and several liability.