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Playing with PreCYdent: The move toward Free Online Primary Law By Tom Gaylord November 2008 Column, Page 588 Two Web sites are bringing free cases and more to the public
Unlawful Use of Encryption offense created. PA 095-0942 November 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 554 The Criminal Code of 1961 has been amended by adding section 16D-5.5 "[u]nlawful use of encryption," which prohibits the use of encryption to commit or assist in committing a criminal offense. 720 ILCS 5/16D-5.5. 
Criminal Code of 1961 amended. PA 095-0849 October 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 504 Effective January 1, 2009, the Criminal Code of 1961 is revised by adding a Cyber-bullying Law which provides penalties for harassment through electronic communication mediums. 720 ILCS 5/12-7.5. 
How not to do e-filing By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2008 Lawpulse, Page 334 The supreme court recently announced its intention to implement statewide e-filing in the next several years. Critics say the federal northern district of Illinois, which requires filing both paper and electronic copies, offers an example of what not to do.
Authentication and Identification of E-Mail Evidence By Hon. William J. Haddad May 2008 Article, Page 252 Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to show that e-mail really came from the purported sender.
Keeping up with the Bloggers By Tom Gaylord May 2008 Column, Page 264 Use these tools to find and stay up with blawgs.
Helpful Resources from the Illinois Courts By Tom Gaylord March 2008 Column, Page 160 Every Illinois lawyer should visit the Web site of the Illinois courts.
Internet Caller Identification Act created. PA 095-0413 March 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 An Internet Caller Identification Act has been created. 815 ILCS 517/1 et seq. Section 5 of the new act defines "caller identification" as a "display of the caller's telephone number or identity to the recipient of the call." 
Are e-mail disclaimers really necessary? By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2008 Lawpulse, Page 66 They really are, some lawyers say. In fact, you should put them at the beginning, not the end, of your messages, other lawyers say.
Illinois Supreme Court oral arguments go online By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2008 Lawpulse, Page 10 The court is making video and audio of oral arguments available on the Web. 
Ready Reference for the Occasional Question By Tom Gaylord January 2008 Column, Page 52 Here’s a grab bag of miscellaneous and – mostly – free research sites.
Three flavors of federal e-filing By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2007 Lawpulse, Page 622 Effective last month, all three federal district courts accept electronically filed complaints – but each has different procedures.
Using “My Legislation” to Keep Up to Date By Tom Gaylord November 2007 Column, Page 608 The General Assembly Web site's free "My Legislation" feature lets you stay abreast of new public acts.
Illinois Administrative Agency Publications Online By Tom Gaylord September 2007 Column, Page 494 There's a wealth of information if you know where to look.
Beyond the Regs: Illinois Administrative Law Online By Tom Gaylord July 2007 Column, Page 382 A look at state agency Web sites that offer the agency's administrative decisions and more.
“Sliding scale” approach rejected in contacts analysis of interactive Web site July 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 348 On April 24, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District, affirmed the order of the Circuit Court of St. Clair County dismissing the plaintiff's personal injury action for lack of personal jurisdiction. 
Pleading guilty online By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2007 Lawpulse, Page 230 New supreme court standards allow defendants in small traffic cases to plead guilty and pay up without a trip to the courthouse.
Illinois Courts on the Web By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2007 Article, Page 180 What information and services are Illinois-based courts providing via the Web? What isn't there that should be? Here's a review.
E-Discovery in Illinois Civil Actions By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness March 2007 Column, Page 150 Wholesale adoption of federal discovery rules by Illinois State courts may be unwise.
Finding Illinois Municipal Ordinances Online By Tom Gaylord March 2007 Column, Page 156 They can be hard to come by online - here's where to find them.
E-Mail and the Open Meetings Act By John H. Brechin December 2006 Article, Page 666 Beginning in January, members of public bodies can attend by "electronic means" under some circumstances.or opines.
Legal Research and the Threat of the Available By Thomas Keefe November 2006 Column, Page 618 Is print research disappearing in the age of Google?
Free Online Research from Fastcase By Irene F. Bahr September 2006 Column, Page 456 This exciting benefit more than repays your dues investment.
Federal Government Info on the Web By Thomas Keefe July 2006 Column, Page 382 Much of the primary federal law once available only for a fee is now free on the Web.
Blogging and legal ethics By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2006 Lawpulse, Page 222 Go forth and blog, experts say, but not without educating yourself about relevant ethical issues. 
Do We Blawg and How? By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2006 Article, Page 236 Blogs are sprouting like mushrooms these days, it seems. Why do lawyers blog? Should you join them?
Internet Legal Portals By Thomas Keefe May 2006 Column, Page 264 A look at some leading one-stop-shopping centers of legal research. 
What Search Engines Can - and Can’t - Do for You By Thomas Keefe March 2006 Column, Page 152 Internet search engines are important research tools, but take care to learn their limitations.
Da Rules is Da Rules By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2006 Lawpulse, Page 10 Here's why you need to know and follow local court rules - and where to find them on the Web.
Using the Internet for Legal Research By Thomas Keefe January 2006 Column, Page 46 The net is best used as a compliment to, not replacement for, traditional sources of legal information.