Preserving the right to appeal an ambiguous rulingBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2007LawPulse, Page 342What can you do to preserve your client's right to appeal when the trial court issues an order of ambiguous finality? The Waddick case may provide some lessons.
A trio of Illinois Supreme Court Rule amendmentsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2007LawPulse, Page 230The court amended rules governing the format of appellate briefs, appeals from circuit court rulings, and voir dire examinations in criminal cases.
Easterbrook strikes motions to strikeBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2006LawPulse, Page 578Federal district court judges agree that arguing in response to your opponent's brief is almost always better than moving to strike something from it.
Goodbye to the affidavit of intent to appealBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2006LawPulse, Page 166Effective July 1, a supreme court rule change will remove a trap that's especially dangerous for the occasional appellate lawyer.
A motion to transfer venue will be reviewed de novoJanuary 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 16On october 20, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, and the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, denying the defendant's motion to transfer venue.
New rules bring clarity to appellate practiceBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2005LawPulse, Page 614Appellate practitioners welcome the supreme court rule changes, including a new rule providing that a party can file only one postjudgment motion directed at a final order.
Appellate Jurisdiction Over Child Protection OrdersBy Charles P. Goldbert and Kass A. PlainSeptember 2005Article, Page 466When can lawyers for parents, children, and other parties seek appellate review in child protection cases? This article discusses the details.
Making settlement appealingBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2005LawPulse, Page 62On appeal, opponents rarely meet face to face and thus have little opportunity to explore settlement. A new program seeks to make settling easier at the appellate level.
Proper Review of Improper-Venue RulingsBy Anthony J. LongoDecember 2004Article, Page 638When should reviewing courts defer to trial court rulings on transfer-of-venue motions? This author offers his analysis.