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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles From Adam W. Lasker

New anti-party switching law applies to independents By Adam W. Lasker June 2012 Lawpulse, Page 286 A new law forbids someone who took a partisan primary ballot from running as an independent in the general election – even those who pulled the ballot in the March primary, before the law was enacted.
Defendant’s prior conviction for domestic battery admissible at murder trial By Adam W. Lasker May 2012 Lawpulse, Page 234 In People v. Chapman, the supreme court upheld admission into evidence of the defendant's earlier conviction for domestic battery of the woman he was accused of murdering.
Failure to pursue rulings on pre-trial motions can be ineffective assistance of counsel By Adam W. Lasker May 2012 Lawpulse, Page 234 A new supreme court criminal case underscores the importance of challenging - and if necessary, appealing - a judge's failure to rule on pre-trial evidentiary motions.
Illinois FMLA would cover civil unions By Adam W. Lasker May 2012 Lawpulse, Page 234 An Illinois legislative proposal would give members of a civil union the same benefits enjoyed by married couples under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
Proposal would stop employers from seeking social network passwords By Adam W. Lasker May 2012 Lawpulse, Page 234 Proposed legislation would forbid employers from asking for employees' and job applicants' social-media passwords, but some lawyers argue for a public-safety exception.
Three bills would modernize the Trusts and Trustees Act By Adam W. Lasker May 2012 Lawpulse, Page 234 Among other changes, the legislation would make nonjudicial trust modifications easier and limit the risk of liability for fiduciaries who handle specific trust-related tasks.
Foreclosure mediation programs finding homes throughout the state By Adam W. Lasker April 2012 Lawpulse, Page 178 A McLean County program puts homeowners and lenders together with mediators to help work out agreements and uses U of I law students to represent homeowners in mediation.
Governor proposes constitutional amendment to allow ethics referenda By Adam W. Lasker April 2012 Lawpulse, Page 178 Governor Quinn proposes a constitutional amendment to allow voters to enact statewide ethics laws through ballot-initiated referenda questions.
Lying to police can be obstruction By Adam W. Lasker April 2012 Lawpulse, Page 178 Lying to a police officer can support a conviction for obstruction of justice if the lying directly hinders the officer's official performance, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
No rehiring rights for laid-off Chicago teachers By Adam W. Lasker April 2012 Lawpulse, Page 178 Unlike teachers outside Chicago, tenured Chicago public school teachers have no right to be rehired after they are laid off for economic reasons, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
Practitioners and title industry unite to iron out new TODI law By Adam W. Lasker April 2012 Lawpulse, Page 178 Title companies are working with drafters of the new transfer-on-death-instrument law to clear up questions and help prevent uncertainty.
Cameras come to Illinois trial courts By Adam W. Lasker March 2012 Lawpulse, Page 126 The high court launches a pilot program to allow cameras in four Illinois county courtrooms.
Co-parties lack standing to appeal substitution-of-judge rulings By Adam W. Lasker March 2012 Lawpulse, Page 126 The Illinois Supreme Court holds in Powell v Dean Foods that a defendant does not have standing on appeal to challenge the ruling on a co-defendant's motion for substitution of judge.
E-filing debuts at the supreme court By Adam W. Lasker March 2012 Lawpulse, Page 126 The AG and appellate defender and prosecutor may now file documents electronically with the supreme court in an early step toward modernizing judicial-system technology.
Narrowing the Illinois anti-SLAPP statute By Adam W. Lasker March 2012 Lawpulse, Page 126 The Illinois Supreme Court reins in a statute designed to stop misuse of defamation lawsuits to silence critics speaking out on matters of public interest.
Undistracting drivers: First no texting, next no talking? By Adam W. Lasker March 2012 Lawpulse, Page 126 Will Illinois join the states that prohibit drivers from talking on cell phones and using other hand-held devices?