Publications

Illinois Bar Journal
Articles From Professor Jeffrey A. Parness

Technology and the Trial Process: The 2013 Allerton Conference By Jeffrey A. Parness December 2013 Article, Page 638 Social media use by lawyers and other technology topics were on the agenda of the 2013 Allerton Conference.
Managing Discovery of Electronically Stored Information in Illinois By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness June 2013 Column, Page 316 While other jurisdictions address discovery challenges posed by ESI, Illinois has yet to act.
Developments in the Duty to Preserve Evidence By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness March 2013 Column, Page 152 Two recent cases shed light on spoliation claims in Illinois.
Guardianship and Nontraditional Families By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness December 2012 Column, Page 660 Family relationships have evolved, and so have guardianships.
Another Limit on Refiling Voluntarily Dismissed Cases By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness September 2012 Column, Page 498 The first district rules that judicial estoppel can be a bar to refiling.
Legal Parenthood: Old Doctrines, New Families By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness June 2012 Column, Page 330 Is the “superior parental rights” doctrine outdated?
Preventing Deposition Abuse in Illinois By Jeffrey A. Parness March 2012 Column, Page 162 Illinois courts should require prediscovery conferrals and other deposition-management techniques, the author opines.
Hot Button Civil Evidence Issues: The 2011 Allerton Conference By Jeffrey A. Parness December 2011 Article, Page 632 This year's Allerton Conference focused on electronic evidence, spoliation, and other important topics not squarely addressed by Illinois' recent evidence-rules codification.
Statutory Parenthood for Same-Sex Partners By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness December 2011 Column, Page 636 The Illinois Parentage Act should be amended to make it easier for same-sex partners to establish their parenthood.
Civil Unions and Parenthood at Birth By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness September 2011 Column, Page 473 How should legal parenthood at birth be established when children are born into civil unions?
The Limits on Legislative Power to Withhold Subject Matter Jurisdiction By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness June 2011 Column, Page 316 The supreme court underscores the limits on the power to decide which cases courts can hear.
Vailas: An Ill-Conceived Limit on Modifying Child Support Orders By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness March 2011 Column, Page 160 While Vailas' goal of protecting nonresidents is laudable, the approach it took commands too high a price.
Non-identical Twins: The Illinois and Federal Rules of Evidence By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness December 2010 Column, Page 642 Important differences between the two limit the persuasive power of federal precedents in Illinois.
Web Auction Sales and Long-Arm Jurisdiction By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness September 2010 Column, Page 486 A court rules that an Illinois eBay buyer could not hale a California seller into court in Illinois.
Judicial Versus Legislative Authority after Lebron By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness June 2010 Column, Page 324 The med-mal caps ruling continues the age-old battle over separation of powers.
Red Light Cameras: Innocent But Guilty By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness March 2010 Column, Page 158 Learn about the losing battle to challenge automated traffic enforcement.
Nonlawyers in Administrative Adjudications By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness December 2009 Column, Page 636 Nonlawyers can represent an employer in administrative proceedings before the IDES.
Appealable Though Moot? By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness September 2009 Column, Page 476 A recent Illinois Supreme Court opinion analyzes exceptions to the mootness doctrine.
Postjudgement Sanctions: Do Trial Courts Have Too Little Power? By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness June 2009 Column, Page 314 Illinois judges should be free to impose sanctions for misconduct after final judgement and on behalf of nonparties if the facts warrant.
Pleading Civil Rights Claims By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness March 2009 Column, Page 156 The challenges civil-rights claimants face in choosing a forum, shaping their pleadings, and more.
Civility Initiatives: The 2008 Allerton House Conference By Jeffrey A. Parness December 2008 Article, Page 636 What are the best ways to combat incivility? Tougher rules? More sanctions? Allerton House conferees considered these options and more.
Settlements: The Limits of Same-Case Enforcement By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness December 2008 Column, Page 642  Lessons from the A and A case.
Depositions of Gravely Ill Illinois Claimants By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness September 2008 Column, Page 476  A majority in Berry found that while the trial court ruled correctly the system failed.
Residents Suing Nonresidents for Harm in Illinois By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness June 2008 Column, Page 318 Two recent appellate cases limit the power to sue nonresidents.
Refiled Claims: It’s Notice, Not Service By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness March 2008 Column, Page 152 Voluntary dismissals need only be noticed to defendants in the second suit.
Attorney Mistakes, Client Losses: New Visions After Vision Point By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness December 2007 Column, Page 664 Courts should grant extensions for “good cause” failures to comply. So what’s “good cause”?
Sanctioning Firms for Frivolous Filings By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness September 2007 Column, Page 490 Courts should allow sanctions against firms for lawyers' misconduct.
Reforming Paternity Procedures: A Dannielynn in Illinois By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness June 2007 Column, Page 324 What would have happened if Anna Nicole Smith's daughter had been born in Illinois?
E-Discovery in Illinois Civil Actions By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness March 2007 Column, Page 150 Wholesale adoption of federal discovery rules by Illinois State courts may be unwise.
Arbitration Clauses: The Singular Approach in Cingular Wireless By Jeffrey A. Parness December 2006 Column, Page 678 The Illinois Supreme Court lays down the law on arbitration agreements.