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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Appellate Practice

Arguments That Work: Rhetorical Strategies for Argumentation By Maureen B. Collins November 2002 Column, Page 611 After evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of your facts and evidence, use one of the rhetorical strategies described here to argue your case.
When court terminates parental rights, appeal of that determination does not stay termination November 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 584 On August 29, 2002, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed in part and vacated in part the decision of the appellate court in this child custody case.
Picky, Picky, Picky: Formatting an Appellate Brief By Maureen B. Collins September 2002 Column, Page 491 Don't try to understand the often picayune rules that govern typefaces, paper color and the like; just learn and follow them.
Appeal Bonds and Illinois Supreme Court Rule 305 By Carolyn Quinn April 2002 Article, Page 199 Will you need an appeal bond to stay execution of judgment and protect your client's property? This article discusses the process.
The Appellate Timetable: A Procedural Checklist for General Practitioners By Michael F. Dahlen April 2002 Article, Page 188 A review and checklist of the deadlines lawyers must meet when they file appeals.
Incorporating the Standard of Review into Your Appellate Argument By Maureen B. Collins April 2002 Column, Page 209 Here's how to remind the appellate court of its responsibility, and its power, to overturn or uphold the lower court's decision.
Making the Most of Your Oral Argument By Jean M. Prendergast April 2002 Article, Page 207 How to capitalize on your last opportunity to face the court.
Making the Record: Appellate Practice Starts at Trial By Charles P. Goldbert April 2002 Article, Page 195 Steps to take and pitfalls to avoid in making sure that information makes it into the record.
Selecting and Framing the Issues on Appeal: A Powerful Persuasive Tool By Marcia L. McCormick April 2002 Article, Page 203 Issue-selection strategies for appellate lawyers.
Supreme Court Rule 23: The Terrain of the Debate and a Proposed Revision By Michael T. Reagan April 2002 Article, Page 180 Rule 23, which provides for unpublished—and nonprecedential—opinions, has been a source of tension between bench and bar. This article reviews the debate and offers suggestions for change.
To recover attorney fees from an appeal under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, the party appealing must “substantially prevail” by obtaining relief that is at least 50 percent of the relief sought April 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 On February 6, 2002 the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, addressed a question of first impression regarding the meaning of "substantially prevailed" in the attorney fees provision of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, 750 ILCS 5/508(a)(3.1).
Notice of appeal cannot be filed before trial court has ruled on all SCR 137 motions for sanctions December 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 On September 20, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the appellate court in dismissing an appeal under SCR 304(a), ruling that a notice of appeal cannot be filed before the trial court has ruled on all existing SCR 137 motions for sanctions.
Administrative appeals of indicated findings of child abuse or neglect May 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 230 On February 23, 2001, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) adopted an amendment to section 336 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 336.
Evidentiary hearing was necessary in death penalty appeal to determine whether the state would have exercised a peremptory challenge in the absence of gender-related motivations May 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 230 On March 2, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the circuit court's dismissal of the defendant's post-conviction petition filed in a death penalty case.
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 February 2001 Column, Page 56 When does may mean must? When it comes to appealing interlocutory orders
Appeals from Plea Agreements: New Rules Clarify the Law By James G. Fahey November 2000 Article, Page 642 Effective November 1, the Illinois Supreme Court amended Rules 604 and 605 to clear up the confused law of plea-agreement appeals. Read all about it.
Appeal of child abuse and neglect investigation September 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 500 On June 1, 2000, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) adopted new sections and amendments to section 336 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 336.
Appellate Review in Domestic Relations Cases: The Elusive Final and Appealable Order By Gunnar J. Gitlin and Chris S. Haaff August 2000 Article, Page 444 A review of the cases that have diminished appellate courts' power to review domestic relations cases.
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.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath December 1999 Column, Page 632 One new rule clarifies notice-of-appeal filings in criminal cases...
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath February 1999 Column, Page 70 No retaliatory discharge claims for whistle-blowing lawyers...
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath January 1999 Column, Page 10 ADA plaintiffs must be accommodating.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath December 1998 Column, Page 658 RICO and privacy and fraud (and family law), oh my!
New Appeal Rights in Administrative Hearings in Paternity and Child Support Cases December 1998 Illinois Law Update, Page 662 On September 10, 1998, the Department of Public Aid adopted emergency amendments to various parts of section 104 of its administrative rules pursuant to Public Act 90-104. 89 Ill Adm Code 104.
Attorney’s fees appropriately awarded in frivolous traffic accident complaint alleging that the defendant had not taken appropriate preventative actions when stopped at a red light November 1998 Illinois Law Update, Page 596 On September 8, 1998, the second district of the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court's imposition of sanctions, under Supreme Court Rule 137 (155 Ill 2d R 137), against the appellant, the law firm of Parrillo, Weiss & O'Halloran, for filing a frivolous complaint.