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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Alternative Dispute Resolution

Procedural and practice rules promulgated for voluntary mediation of public utility disputes March 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 116   The Illinois Commerce Commission recently adopted 83 Ill Adm Code 201, dealing with voluntary mediation practice in the resolution of public utilities disputes. 
Class Actions in Arbitration By Thomas J. Cunningham October 2004 Article, Page 532 Are provisions in arbitration agreements that expressly prohibit class arbitration enforceable in Illinois? A look at recent developments.
Disbursement, within the meaning of section 14 of the Arbitration Act, does not include an award of attorney’s fees September 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 456 On June 14, 2004, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the Circuit Court of Cook County's denial of a petition for attorney's fees.
Out-of-state lawyers OK’d for Illinois arbitrations By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2004 Lawpulse, Page 170 The first district holds that lawyers who aren't licensed in Illinois can nonetheless represent clients in Illinois-based arbitrations.
The Uniform Mediation Act: Illinois’ Newest Privilege By Sarah E. Cook and Sheryl E. Healy February 2004 Article, Page 92 A look at this new law, which should make mediation a more attractive alternative to litigation.
Uniform Mediation Act comes to Illinois By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2004 Lawpulse, Page 10 Illinois' Uniform Mediation Act; one of two such state Acts nationwide; took effect January 1.
Correspondence from Our Readers December 2003 Column, Page 590 "Incorrect assumptions" about involuntary psychiatric treatment.
Making UIM arbitration awards binding in more cases By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2003 Lawpulse, Page 544 Effective January 1, an ISBA-backed bill more than doubles the statutory limits on binding arbitration awards in UIM cases, reducing the incentive for insurers to reject them.
Mediation procedures for telephone customers implemented March 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 On January 1, 2003, the Illinois Commerce Commission (commission) adopted new rules relating to the administration and implementation of its mediation program for solving the disputes of telephone customers in title 83 of the Illinois Administrative Code.
From Advocate to Peacemaker: Qualities and Techniques of the Successful Mediator By Richard M. Calkins and Fred Lane November 2002 Article, Page 594 Pointers for lawyers about how to play the peacemaker role.
A Guide to EEOC Mediations By Mary B. Manzo November 2002 Article, Page 607 Pointers about the EEOC program from the Chicago office's ADR coordinator.
A Lawyer’s Guide to Preparing Clients for Family Law Mediation By Frank V. Ariano November 2002 Article, Page 600 Practical suggestions for lawyers representing clients who mediate custody, visitation, and other family law issues.
Mediation: A Nonadversarial Alternative to a Win-Lose System By Robin Hoberman November 2002 Article, Page 588 Common-sense tips to follow before and during mediation.
A Personal Guide to Mediation Training Programs By Hon. Charles R. Winkler November 2002 Article, Page 609 A program attendee reports on a pair of mediation training programs.
New 7CA limits on arbitration agreements By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2002 Lawpulse, Page 282 Employer-employee arbitration agreements that require each party to pay its own attorney fees in civil rights and sexual harassment cases are unenforceable, the seventh circuit rules.
Making mediation work By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2002 Lawpulse, Page 114 Experienced lawyer-mediators offer tips for getting the most out of this increasingly popular alternative to litigation.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath September 2001 Column, Page 450 Two years and time's up for legal malpractice; nightshift-assignment doesn't constitute sex discrimination; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath June 2001 Column, Page 282 Knock-off alert for real estate contract; new Supreme Court Rule 99; time is money, and thus compensable; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath May 2001 Column, Page 226 Arbitration clauses in employment contracts are enforceable; visit the Illinois Supreme Court Web site; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath April 2001 Column, Page 166 Police can keep suspects out of their own homes; adoption by one spouse only; arbitration clauses and fee agreements; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath November 2000 Column, Page 620 A lower burden of proof for consumer fraud? Arbitration-award rejection—can secretaries sign after all? and more.
A New Way to Resolve International Business Disputes in Illinois By Peter V. Baugher and Steven M. Austermiller October 2000 Article, Page 582 The Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association provides our region with a new arbitration forum. Find out more.
Preparing Your Clients for Parenting and Financial Mediation By Don C. Hammer and Debra Sudduth August 2000 Article, Page 469 How to help your client make the most of mediation.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath June 2000 Column, Page 308 Playing the child-support percentages; ADA news and views; please don't squeeze the luggage; and more.
Illinois’ Court-Annexed Mandatory Arbitration: A Review of the Cases By Timothy W. Kelly and Amy L. Mobley March 2000 Article, Page 150 A practitioner's guide to recent Illinois mandatory-arbitration decisions.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath January 2000 Column, Page 10 Losing the right to a jury trial — is it malpractice?
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath March 1999 Column, Page 126 The "Frye plus reliability'' standard.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath December 1998 Column, Page 658 RICO and privacy and fraud (and family law), oh my!
Union employee lacks standing to challenge an arbitration award absent allegations that the union breached its duty of fair representation December 1998 Illinois Law Update, Page 662 On September 24, 1998, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's holding that a union employee covered by a collective-bargaining agreement does not have standing to challenge an arbitration award in circuit court unless the employee has alleged that the union breached its duty of fair representation.