Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Civil Practice

Judicial Ping-Pong By James E. Pfander December 2004 Column, Page 652 A new law allows more discrimination claims against the state.
Administrative Review Act creates a right to amend a complaint in specific circumstances November 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 On August 4, 2004, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, reversed the Circuit Court of DuPage County's dismissal of the plaintiff's complaint. 
When is “special service” good enough? By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2004 Lawpulse, Page 508 How hard must you try to accomplish personal service before you can resort to service by publication? A recent first district case tackles the question.
Illinois Litigator’s Guide to Naming Defendants in Collection Suits By Scott Michael Alexander July 2001 Article, Page 373 Properly naming your defendant can mean the difference between collecting a judgment and making a worthless claim.
Stamped facsimile of attorney’s signature sufficient to satisfy requirements of notice provision of the Code of Civil Procedure July 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 342 On May 10, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, reversed the circuit court's dismissal of the plaintiff's complaint.
Enforcing Judgments Against Real Estate in Illinois: A Step-By-Step Guide By Raymond J. Ostler May 2001 Article, Page 234 A guide through the levy-sale process, including a newly effective law governing court approval of levy sales.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath March 2001 Column, Page 112 Real Property Disclosure Act; legal department summon(s)ed in error; questions of law now collaterally estoppable; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath January 2000 Column, Page 10 Losing the right to a jury trial — is it malpractice?
Civil Aiding and Abetting Liability in Illinois By Ronald M. Lepinskas October 1999 Article, Page 532 Long considered exclusively a criminal law concept, aiding and abetting is growing more important in civil litigation. Find out how.
Illinois Supreme Court Civil ’98: Back to the Nuts and Bolts By Tim Eaton and Nancy J. Arnold May 1999 Article, Page 250 Sweeping constitutional questions took a backseat to more prosaic — but still important — matters.
Suing on Behalf of the State: A Parens Patriae Primer By Jim Ryan and Don R. Sampen December 1998 Article, Page 684 The state can and does bring civil suits on behalf of its citizens. Here's the background on the parens patriae doctrine.