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IBF, law schools team up to fund public-interest jobs for new grads By Janan Hanna February 2014 Lawpulse, Page 62 The Illinois Bar Foundation will share costs with three Illinois law schools of hiring a recent graduate to work in each school's legal aid clinic.
IRS removes tax break for some employer health-care reimbursement schemes By Janan Hanna February 2014 Lawpulse, Page 62 In years past, employers who don't offer medical plans to employees got a tax advantage for reimbursing some of their medical expenses. The IRS has greatly restricted that tax break.
Some Supreme Court Rule 138 privacy provisions delayed until 2015 By Janan Hanna February 2014 Lawpulse, Page 62 Effective January 1, the rule keeps personal information like social security numbers out of public civil court files. But a bar on using birthdates and names of minors is put off till next year.
Dramshop: Strict damage caps for the Illinois Insurance Guarantee Fund By Adam W. Lasker January 2014 Lawpulse, Page 10 Supreme Court resolves a split in appellate decisions to strictly cap the fund's liability, despite a harsh result for the parents in Rogers.
ISBA dramatically expands free CLE program choices for members By Adam W. Lasker January 2014 Lawpulse, Page 10 Beginning in 2014, ISBA's entire online CLE catalog will be available to members at no charge, expanding the freely available programming from 35 to 550 hours.
Supreme court ends sales-tax-avoidance practice By Adam W. Lasker January 2014 Lawpulse, Page 10 The court's ruling means companies can't set up a remote "sales" office and thereby avoid local taxes - but that the company in this case doesn't owe a $23 million tax bill.
Supreme court requires strict compliance for garnishment notices By Adam W. Lasker January 2014 Lawpulse, Page 10 Serving a withholding notice on a child-support obligor's employer? Make sure to include the required information (think social security number) or the employer won't be forced to comply.
Aldermen’s texts, tweets during council meetings are ‘public records’ By Adam W. Lasker December 2013 Lawpulse, Page 606 Put your phone down as soon as the meeting starts, a lawyer for local officials counsels his clients in the wake of City of Champaign v. Lisa Madigan.
Ethics opinion: Non-Illinois lawyers may practice immigration law in state By Adam W. Lasker December 2013 Lawpulse, Page 606 New ISBA ethics opinions say non-Illinois lawyers can practice immigration law in the state, a lawyer can't be a municipality's prosecutor and hearing officer at the same time, and more.
The high court bars a suit filed against dead defendant By Adam W. Lasker December 2013 Lawpulse, Page 606 After the defendant died, the plaintiff in a car-accident case failed to sue the estate's "personal representative." That meant the court lacked jurisdiction, the supreme court ruled.
The Illinois Supreme Court nixes the Amazon tax By Adam W. Lasker December 2013 Lawpulse, Page 606 The supreme court invalidated an Illinois law requiring out-of-state retailers to pay Illinois use tax on Internet-based sales, ruling that it was preempted by the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act.
Same-sex marriage comes to Illinois By Adam W. Lasker December 2013 Lawpulse, Page 606 At presstime, Governor Quinn was poised to sign the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law.
Defense attorneys challenge gun-possession convictions after high court ruling By Adam W. Lasker November 2013 Lawpulse, Page 554 In Aguilar, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned a law prohibiting gun possession outside the home. Criminal-defense attorneys are seeking to undo convictions based on the statute.
Divorcing spouses must share the cost of attorney fees - even fees already paid By Adam W. Lasker November 2013 Lawpulse, Page 554 The Illinois Supreme Court holds that a financially strapped divorcing wife can require her husband's lawyer to turn over already-paid fees to help finance her own legal expenses.
Multilingual justice comes to Cook County By Adam W. Lasker November 2013 Lawpulse, Page 554 The Illinois Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission launches an ambitious program, led by two Cook County judges, to reduce language barriers to court access.
Stifling ‘sovereign citizens’: tougher penalties for unlawful clouding of title By Adam W. Lasker November 2013 Lawpulse, Page 554 In response to false liens against public officials' property filed by so-called "sovereign citizens," the Illinois legislature upgrades false title-clouding from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Will Rule 138 privacy provisions be changed before taking effect? By Adam W. Lasker November 2013 Lawpulse, Page 554 The ISBA supports changes to Rule 138's soon-to-be effective limitations on disclosure of personal identity information in response to concerns raised by divorce lawyers and others.
Courthouse couture: Jefferson County’s dress code By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 Have business at the Jefferson County courthouse? Don't show up wearing your muscle shirt or see-through top.
Electronic filing continues to expand in Cook County By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 Five court divisions and nearly 16,000 registrants are participants in the Cook County Circuit Court's e-filing program.
Illinois bans using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 Effective January 1, Illinois drivers can't legally hold cellphones to their ears and talk. But lawyers and others who have the right technology can still communicate while on the road.
New citation procedures make enforcing debt-collection judgments easier By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 A new law reduces the role of sheriffs in collection proceedings and increases the power of courts and practitioners to enforce judgments.
Supreme court to establish legal-aid program for military personnel, vets By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 The pilot program, funded by a $10 filing fee increase in participating circuit courts, will provide free legal services in civil cases to veterans and military personnel in need.
Beware FATCA’s broad reach By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 Think a new law designed to ferret out taxable income parked offshore won't affect any of your clients? You might be unpleasantly surprised, tax experts warn.
Bill requires timely executed settlement releases in most civil cases By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 The law helps plaintiffs get timely settlement payments from "substandard" insurance companies, the chair of ISBA's Tort Section says.
Current version of family law overhaul bill gets mixed reviews By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 A proposed major rewrite of Illinois' 35-year-old Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act has some ISBA matrimonial lawyers feeling encouraged and others concerned.
Illinois Supreme Court allows interlocutory appeals of suppression orders in juvenile cases By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 The supreme court rule change allowing interlocutory appeals remedies "a systemic problem for both prosecutors and defendants for decades," a commentator says.
Law authorizes 17-year-olds to vote, online voter registration - but wait, there’s more By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 Amendments to Illinois election law also create a board of election commissioners for Lake County, require more petition signatures for a would-be Chicago alderman, and make other changes.
Caveat Emptor: Company B assumes fair-labor liability when it buys Company A By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 Lawpulse, Page 386 The federal successor-liability doctrine makes a buyer company responsible for the seller's Fair Labor Standards Act liability even if state law would hold otherwise, the seventh circuit rules.
Chicago event recognizes first national meeting of women lawyers By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 Lawpulse, Page 386 At an event this month, two female bar association presidents will help celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Chicago-based first national meeting of women lawyers.
Coming soon: Illinois’ first statewide standardized court forms By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 Lawpulse, Page 386 Illinois is one of a very few states without statewide standardized court forms. That's beginning to change, thanks to the supreme court's Access to Justice Commission.