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Real-Estate Resources on the Internet for Illinois Lawyers By Adria P. Olmi September 2001 Column, Page 495 A compendium of Web-based resources, many of them free, of special interest to real-estate practitioners.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath August 2001 Column, Page 394 Name-calling brief writers get a pass; Gramm-Leach-Bliley may require lawyers to send privacy notices; and more.
The Illinois Electronic Commerce Security Act: Birth and Death of an E-Commerce Approach? By Kristin Mihelic July 2001 Article, Page 356 The author argues that Illinois should abandon its Electronic Commerce Security Act and follow the national uniform approach.
Treasure Hunting at State Agency Web Sites By Adria P. Olmi July 2001 Column, Page 379 Don't overlook Illinois state agency Web sites, an increasingly rich source of free information. Here are some of the best agency resources for lawyers.
The Message, the Method, the Madness By Maureen B. Collins June 2001 Column, Page 321 For some communication, e-mail is just the thing; other times, only a phone call will do. As you think about what message to send, consider how best to send it.
Your Office on the Web By Todd Flaming June 2001 Column, Page 319 Applications service providers, or ASPs, rent computer programs over the Web. They can give you more computing power and flexibility for less money, but beware the risks.
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.
Technology in a Cost-Conscious Era By Todd Flaming April 2001 Column, Page 205 What if, instead of buying a lot of separate programs, you put all of your data on one computer and use a standard Web browser like Internet Explorer to input, search, and display the results?
Must-Have Bookmarks: The Cornell Law Library and Legal Information Institute By Adria P. Olmi March 2001 Column, Page 153 Cornell Law School, a cyberspace pioneer, still offers some of the best online resources for lawyers.
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.
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.
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.
E-mail and Attorney-Client Communications By Maureen B. Collins September 2000 Column, Page 541 The dangers of e-mail communication and how to reduce them.
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.
Illinois Electronic Mail Act created; P.A. 91-233 May 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 252 Beginning January 1, 2000, electronic mail users now have increased protection over their accounts.
Internet Torts and Cyberspace Insurance: New Issues for the E-conomy By Adam H. Fleischer May 2000 Article, Page 268 A review of new Internet-based theories of liability and the insurance-coverage issues raised by them.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Mark S. Mathewson May 2000 Column, Page 251 You've got mail ... from a client ... and it's OK; fraudulent transfers and tenancy by the entirety; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Mark S. Mathewson April 2000 Column, Page 192 What hath Tosado wrought? What do jurors think? Granny gives a gift; and more.
The Cautious Interplay Between Trademarks and Internet Domain Name By Aaron W. Brooks February 2000 Article, Page 74 Find out what to do when your client’s trademark has been registered as someone else’s domain name.
Drafting Contract Provisions for E-commerce Sites By Richard C. Balough January 2000 Article, Page 40 Tips for drafting contracts that govern the rights and obligations of e-commerce-site users.
Definition of “child” expanded with regard to child pornography law; P.A. 91-229 November 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 575 Public Act 91-229 expands the definition of ``child'' with regard to the offense of child pornography to include any material that conveys the impression that the [material] is of a person under the age of 18.
Illinois links the Internet to existing sex offense statutes November 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 575 Governor George Ryan recently signed four pieces of legislation that amend existing sex offense statutes to more forcefully combat an increased number of Internet-related sex offenses.
Nonconsensual disclosure of identifying information on a pornographic Internet site is a felony; P.A. 91-222 November 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 575 Governor George Ryan recently signed four pieces of legislation that amend existing sex offense statutes to more forcefully combat an increased number of Internet-related sex offenses.
Offense of indecent solicitation of a child is redefined ; P.A. 91-226 November 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 575 Public Act 91-226 redefines the offense of indecent solicitation of a child to apply to additional incidents, including more Internet-related incidents.
Statewide grand jury permitted for certain computer facilitated sex offenses ; P.A. 91-225 November 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 575 Public Act 91-225 permits the creation of a ``multicounty Statewide Grand Jury'' to ``investigate, indict, and prosecute'' certain sex offenses when they are facilitated by the use of a computer.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath October 1999 Column, Page 514 Insurance policies and the discovery rule; read the fine print.
Internet Update: Cases and Illinois Statutes By James E. Duggan September 1999 Column, Page 501 More and more Illinois primary law is available on the Net. Here are some of the best sources.
The E-mail FAQ By Todd Flaming June 1999 Column, Page 333 Can you catch a virus from an e-mail message? What's a listserver? Read on and find out.
Illinois Law Enters Cyberspace: The Electronic Commerce Security Act By R. J. Robertson, Jr. and Thomas J. Smedinghoff June 1999 Article, Page 308 This new law—effective July 1—removes doubts about legal requirements for electronic "writings'' and "signatures'' and encourages e-commerce. Here's an overview.
Internet Filing for Illinois Income Tax Returns May 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 244 On March 8, 1999, the Illinois Department of Revenue adopted several new subsections to section 106. 86 Ill Adm Code 106.