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Illinois Bar Journal
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Soldiers, Sailors and the Law: A Civilian Lawyer’s Guide By Lt. Colin A. Kisor and Lt. John Fojut June 2001 Article, Page 302 Representing a soldier? Suing one? Read this practical guide to the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act.
Point/Counterpoint: Crafting a Counter-Argument By Maureen B. Collins May 2001 Column, Page 267 Learn to counter your opponent's arguments without giving them too much weight.
Ten Tips for Responding to an ARDC Inquiry By Karen J. Dilibert April 2001 Column, Page 213 Being the subject of an ARDC grievance is a lawyer's nightmare. Here's what to do; and what not to; if it happens to you.
Reporting Elder Abuse: Not a Requirement but an Option for Lawyers By Lee Beneze February 2001 Article, Page 93 Lawyers aren't required to report elder abuse, but they enjoy statutory protection if they do.
Taking an Equity Interest in a Client; Is it Worth the Risk? By Anne E. Thar February 2001 Column, Page 101 Should you take your fee in the form of stock options in a client company? Before you say "yes," read on.
Defending Transportation Cases: A Pretrial Preparation Primer By James F. McCluskey and E. Angelo Spyratos January 2001 Article, Page 41 Defense lawyers: think "trial" the minute you get a case.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath December 2000 Column, Page 686 Extra protection against self-incrimination; grandparents get their (bad) day in court; and more.
Laureate of the Month November 2000 Column, Page 618 This month's featured honoree: Esther Rothstein.
A Beginner’s Guide to Information Security and The Legal Profession By Frank P. Andreano October 2000 Article, Page 592 The basics of protecting e-mail and electronic information from interception.
A Civil Action By Maureen B. Collins October 2000 Column, Page 601 It may not be in your client's best interest to approach your relationship with opposing counsel as if it were war.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath October 2000 Column, Page 560 The illusion of insurance exclusion; lease lacking, landlord loses; OSHA makes house calls; and more.
Public and appellate defenders once again granted immunity — P.A. 91-877 September 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 500 Public and appellate defenders and those who contract for their services are once again immune from legal and professional malpractice claims under a new Illinois law.
ISBA Computer Book Brings You into the 21st Century By Todd H. Flaming August 2000 Column, Page 475 Find out how to put computers to work in your practice with this new book from the ISBA's Committee on Legal Technology.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath August 2000 Column, Page 434 You still have the right to remain silent; UPL and in-house counsel; and more.
An Editing Checklist By Maureen B. Collins July 2000 Column, Page 415 Learning to be your own editor is an important but challenging job. This checklist can help you revise your own work.
Laureate of the Month July 2000 Column, Page 376 This month's featured honoree: Rockford lawyer John T. Holmstrom, Jr.
Senior Legal Assistance Services: A Well-Kept Secret By Lee Beneze July 2000 Article, Page 411 Too few attorneys know about Illinois' federally funded senior legal assistance services program.
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.
A Legal Writer’s Bookshelf By Maureen B. Collins June 2000 Column, Page 359 Been a while since you sharpened your writer's saw? These books can help.
Lawyer as Storyteller By Maureen B. Collins May 2000 Column, Page 289 To be truly persuasive, don't just write a brief; tell a story.
The Lawyer’s Role in Lawyer/Staff Relations By Paul Sullivan and Kettie A. Sprenger May 2000 Column, Page 287 Are you keeping up your side of the employer/employee relationship?
Another Look at the Future By Cheryl Niro April 2000 Column, Page 190 Imagine sitting in a room filled with lawyers from across the nation and hearing that 99 percent of white-collar jobs that we know today will be gone or unrecognizable within the next 10 years.
Electronic Briefs: The Time Has Come By Todd H. Flaming April 2000 Column, Page 233 Here's how to create an electronic brief that includes exhibits, signed documents; everything you'd include in a paper version. For an example, see /ibj/apr00lj/ebrief.pdf.
Recommendations for Rookie Writers By Maureen B. Collins April 2000 Column, Page 237 Okay, you've got a real job now; how do you transfer your writing skills from the classroom to the real world of lawyering? Here are some tips.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath March 2000 Column, Page 124 Public defenders and legal malpractice; lawyers can commit UPL; and more.
Talking—and Listening—to Your Employees By Paul Sullivan March 2000 Column, Page 171 Taking the time to communicate with workers will pay dividends.
Drafting Transaction Documents: The Pieces of the Puzzle By Maureen B. Collins February 2000 Column, Page 110 Assemble the standard provisions and create the picture of a well-done deal.
Helping Jurors Listen: Early Jury Instructions and Supreme Court Rule 239 By Susan M. Brazas February 2000 Article, Page 80 How and why to present instructions to jurors before opening statements.
Laureates of the Academy of Illinois Lawyers February 2000 Column, Page 60 Kennard J. Besse, Sterling; Robert E. Bradney, Jacksonville
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath February 2000 Column, Page 62 Banks and title insurance; fees for foiled FOIA requests; crafting affirmative action plans; and more.