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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles From Janan Hanna

Divorce Corp misses the mark, lawyers say By Janan Hanna April 2014 Lawpulse, Page 162 An angry documentary misrepresents the family court system and the judges, lawyers, and others who work there, ISBA family law practitioners say.
Family law rewrite still brewing in the General Assembly By Janan Hanna April 2014 Lawpulse, Page 162 A proposed 300-page overhaul of Illinois' decades-old marriage and divorce act remains alive in the legislature and continues to evolve in response to stakeholders' concerns.
A more user-friendly statutory POA for health care By Janan Hanna April 2014 Lawpulse, Page 162 Proposed legislation would revise the HCPOA form to make it easier to understand and help principals better communicate their wishes about end-of-life treatment.
Police can search handcuffed arrestee’s luggage, high court rules By Janan Hanna April 2014 Lawpulse, Page 162 The Illinois Supreme Court rules that police can search an arrestee's luggage after he was handcuffed on a civil warrant for failure to pay child support.
Bill would allow restricted driving permits after four DUI convictions By Janan Hanna March 2014 Lawpulse, Page 114 The proposed permit would allow four-time offenders to drive under limited circumstances after their vehicles are equipped with breathalyzer ignition devices.
The last word on People v Elliott is ‘rescind’ By Janan Hanna March 2014 Lawpulse, Page 114 A man's conviction for driving on a suspended license stands even though the underlying suspension is rescinded, the Illinois Supreme Court rules, after thoroughly analyzing the meaning of "rescind."
The Ratings Game By Janan Hanna March 2014 Article, Page 124 Sites like Avvo that rate lawyers and encourage consumer reviews are evoking reaction positive and negative in the legal community – and posing interesting ethical challenges.
Reformers: trace law unfairly punishes drug users who are not DUI By Janan Hanna March 2014 Lawpulse, Page 114 Proponents are championing legislation to eliminate harsh penalties for drivers who had traces of illegal drugs in their system but were not driving while impaired.
Revestment doctrine exists but rarely applies, high court rules By Janan Hanna March 2014 Lawpulse, Page 114 The revestment doctrine lets a trial court be "revested" with jurisdiction even though the litigants failed to file post-trial motions. In People v. Bailey, the supreme court affirmed but strictly narrowed the doctrine.
High court: ‘sole insured’ can’t be excluded from vehicle liability coverage By Janan Hanna February 2014 Lawpulse, Page 62 The Illinois Supreme Court ruled recently that it violates public policy for an auto insurer to exclude from coverage the owner of the vehicle who is also the only named insured.
IBF, law schools team up to fund public-interest jobs for new grads By Janan Hanna February 2014 Lawpulse, Page 62 The Illinois Bar Foundation will share costs with three Illinois law schools of hiring a recent graduate to work in each school's legal aid clinic.
IRS removes tax break for some employer health-care reimbursement schemes By Janan Hanna February 2014 Lawpulse, Page 62 In years past, employers who don't offer medical plans to employees got a tax advantage for reimbursing some of their medical expenses. The IRS has greatly restricted that tax break.
Some Supreme Court Rule 138 privacy provisions delayed until 2015 By Janan Hanna February 2014 Lawpulse, Page 62 Effective January 1, the rule keeps personal information like social security numbers out of public civil court files. But a bar on using birthdates and names of minors is put off till next year.
Health Care Reform: Lawyers are Employers and Consumers, Too By Janan Hanna December 2013 Article, Page 616 What does the Affordable Care Act mean to law firms as employers and lawyers as consumers? Here's a thumbnail sketch.
How Not to Be a Victim of Law Firm Embezzlement By Janan Hanna September 2013 Article, Page 456 Employee theft is an all-too-common occurrence. Experts advise lawyers how not to be victims.
FREE CLE from ISBA By Janan Hanna July 2013 Article, Page 340 ISBA members can earn up to 15 MCLE credit hours per year at their computers and mobile devices. Here's how it works.