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The Ratings Game By Janan Hanna March 2014 Article, Page 124 Sites like Avvo that rate lawyers and encourage consumer reviews are evoking reaction positive and negative in the legal community – and posing interesting ethical challenges.
The Dangers of Litigating in the Media By Richard L. Miller, II January 2012 Article, Page 42 A look at the risks your client takes by publicly discussing an ongoing case and why doing so is usually a bad idea.
Protecting anonymous online speakers: Stone v Paddock Publications By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2012 Lawpulse, Page 10 Plaintiffs seeking pre-suit discovery to unmask the anonymous online posters who allegedly libeled them must first state facts that support a defamation claim, the first district held.
‘Appy ‘Olidays! By John G. Locallo December 2011 Column, Page 602 Deck your smartphone with some of these lawyer-friendly apps.
The electronic courtroom: E-filing and videoconferencing By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2011 Lawpulse, Page 550 The Illinois Supreme Court pursues electronic filing and adopts a rule allowing testimony by videoconference.
New scams target real estate lawyers By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2011 Lawpulse, Page 550 Scammers are using smartphones and apps to steal home-sale proceeds.
Schools may suspend or expel students for gross disobedience or misconduct committed online. PA 097-0340. November 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 556 Illinois lawmakers have amended the School Code to enable school boards to suspend or expel students for committing gross disobedience or misconduct using electronic means. (105 ILCS 5/10-22.6).
ABA Ethics, Part 1: new opinions on lawyer websites, e-mail/client confidentiality By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2011 Lawpulse, Page 490 New ethics opinions give helpful e-advice, particularly for lawyers with websites.
Does Your Law Firm Need a Virtual Reality? By Peter R. Olson October 2011 Article, Page 516 Is it time to move your practice online? Internet-based legal software innovations offer practitioners ways to cut costs while expanding their potential client base.
Friending Your Enemies, Tweeting Your Trials: Using Social Media Ethically By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2011 Article, Page 500 A look at the special ethical challenges that arise when lawyers use Facebook, Twitter and the like and how to address them.
Why Calendars Matter - and Why I’m Going Back to Analog By Karen Erger October 2011 Column, Page 534 Sometimes the best technology is good old pen and paper.
Correspondence from Our Readers September 2011 Column, Page 430 And while you're figuring out Twitter…; Highest objective of legal education is preparing "educated citizens."
QR and the Illinois Bar By John G. Locallo August 2011 Column, Page 380 What QR codes are and how to use them to promote your practice.
Tweeting the law By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2011 Lawpulse, Page 382 Lawyers, bar associations, courts, and others use Twitter to push out news, cases, job openings, and more.
A Business Lawyer Plugs into the Business of Law By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2011 Article, Page 340 ISBA President John G. Locallo will use his bully pulpit to help lawyers understand the power and importance of practice-oriented technology.
“It’s Toasted”: Lawyer websites and the rules of ethics By Karen Erger December 2010 Column, Page 645 So what can you say and do on your website? A new ABA ethics opinion provides guidance.
Web Auction Sales and Long-Arm Jurisdiction By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness September 2010 Column, Page 486 A court rules that an Illinois eBay buyer could not hale a California seller into court in Illinois.
Listing an item on eBay does not confer personal jurisdiction upon Illinois courts August 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 400 The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, in June upheld a motion to dismiss from the Circuit Court of Du Page County, finding that "a seller of an item on eBay, without further ties to a forum, is not subject to specific jurisdiction in that forum."
Your (Mostly Free) Private Investigator By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2010 Article, Page 184 An amazing amount of information about parties, witnesses, clients, businesses and more resides on the Internet. Here's how to find it.
Bloggers - endorse with care By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 Lawpulse, Page 598 The FTC has issued new guidelines governing product endorsements by bloggers.
Getting Federal Case Filings for Free: Introducing RECAP By Tom Gaylord November 2009 Column, Page 584 RECAP, a Firefox extension, provides free access to otherwise pay-per-view federal documents on the PACER system.
Blogs for Dummies Immigrants By Karen Erger October 2009 Column, Page 526 What's a blog, you ask? Read on.
Social media and legal ethics By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 Lawpulse, Page 438 May an Illinois lawyer list his or her "Specialties" on LinkedIn without running afoul of Illinois RPC 7.4?
Beware the Chinese E-mail scam By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 Lawpulse, Page 386 An Internet scam aimed at lawyers continues to make the rounds.
State of E-Filing in Illinois By Trent L. Bush, Bryan M. Sims, David M. Clark, and Martin W. Typer July 2009 Article, Page 344 While Illinois has no statewide electronic filing system, several county initiatives are at various stages of implementation.
Social networking 1.0 By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 Lawpulse, Page 278 Despite the newfangled options, blogs and e-mail discussion groups are still excellent ways to connect with other lawyers.
Twitter and Linkedin and Facebook. Oh My! By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 Article, Page 288 Are you Linkedin? Facebooking? Tweeting? Or still figuring out what it's all about and why you should care? Here's a lawyer's guide to social networking.
No five-o’clock world for e-filing By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2009 Lawpulse, Page 10 Unless the rules specify otherwise, parties may electronically file up to midnight on deadline day with administrative agencies that permit e-filing, the supreme court holds.
School Code amended to require internet safety education. PA 095-0869 January 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The School Code was amended by changing section 27-13.3 to add internet safety education to the required school curriculum. 105 ILCS 5/27-13.3.
Criminal Code creates “grooming” and “traveling to meet a minor” offenses. PA 095-0901 November 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 554 Illinois lawmakers amended the Criminal Code of 1961 to include two new related offenses: "grooming" and "traveling to meet a minor." 720 ILCS 5/11-25, 11-26.