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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.
Victory for defendants in asbestos case By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 Lawpulse, Page 278 The Illinois Supreme Court allows defendants in asbestos cases to introduce evidence that someone else's negligence was the sole proximate cause of a plaintiff's injuries.
Foreclosure defense a practice option real estate lawyers By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2009 Lawpulse, Page 220 Representing foreclosed-on homeowners might be a way for real estate lawyers to pick up slack left by the weak economy.
Making a Graceful Exit By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2009 Lawpulse, Page 220 Remember, the Former Employer From Hell still holds the power of a reference.
No right to expungement for pardon recipients By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2009 Lawpulse, Page 220 Just because the the governor pardons you doesn't mean you're entitled to have your conviction expunged, the illinois Supreme Court held.
Promissory Estoppel: Alive and Well in Illinois By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2009 Lawpulse, Page 220 The Illinois Supreme court holds that promises "reasonably inducing action or forbearance" are binding in Illinois.
“Rape Shield” for Civil Lawsuits By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2009 Lawpulse, Page 220 An Illinois House bill would extend the prohibition against admitting evidence of an alleged victim's sexual history to sexual harassment charges.
Beneficiaries can’t be given power to approve trustee accounts By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2009 Lawpulse, Page 168 A trust can't allow a majority of beneficiaries to approve the trustee's accounts, the Illinois Appellate Court holds.
Human Rights Act doesn’t bar state, federal claims in circuit court By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2009 Lawpulse, Page 168 Someone who can bring a claim under the Illinois Human Rights Act can nonetheless sue based on federal or common law in state circuit court, the supreme court rules.
Rules committee hears criminal law, family law, civil practice proposals By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2009 Lawpulse, Page 168 The supreme court rules committee heard proposals to require consular notification for foreign nationals, to change child custody rules, and to require additional notice to opposing counsel.
Should criminal defendants talk to the press? By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2009 Lawpulse, Page 168 Not a good idea, criminal defense lawyers and prosecutors agree.
When it comes to corporate governance, formalities matter By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2009 Lawpulse, Page 168 Help your corporate clients understand the importance of - and comply with - formalities such as preserving minutes, buying enough insurance, and the like.
Court’s failure to grant continuance plain error By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2009 Lawpulse, Page 116 The high court rules that a judge’s failure to grant defense counsel’s request for a continuance in a murder trial was plain error requiring a new trial.
Creative ways to fend off foreclosure By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2009 Lawpulse, Page 116 Two lawyers think outside the box to help clients hang on to their homes, one by negotiating with lenders, the other by leveraging the power of Chapter 13.
Did Pat Fitzgerald say too much? By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2009 Lawpulse, Page 116 Lawyers disagree about whether prosecutor Fitzgerald crossed the line when he said Rod Blagojevich’s conduct “would make Lincoln roll over in his grave.”
The importance of timely service By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2009 Lawpulse, Page 116 Thanks to an amendment to supreme court rule 103(b), plaintiffs who haven’t been otherwise diligent in moving a case along must be especially diligent in obtaining service.
Judges must rule before trial on motions in limine By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2009 Lawpulse, Page 116 A new ruling lets criminal defense attorneys know before deciding to let their clients testify whether their priors will be admitted at trial.
Committee studies codification of evidence rules By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2009 Lawpulse, Page 64 A new supreme court special committee is charged with devising a more convenient organizational scheme for the Illinois rules of evidence.
Defending politicians, getting paid By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2009 Lawpulse, Page 64 How do lawyers in the Land of Lincoln (and Ryan and Blagojevich) make sure they get paid when defending politicians charged with corruption? 
The Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law 20 years later By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2009 Lawpulse, Page 64 One of the drafters of the statute describes how it improved the procedure process and what loose ends remain.
Plaintiffs win big in Ready By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2009 Lawpulse, Page 64  The supreme court holds that good-faith settling tortfeasors can't be included in apportioning fault after verdicts to determine joint and several liability.
There’s no day like today to pay your ARDC registration fee By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2009 Lawpulse, Page 64  The cost of bringing yourself into compliance goes up the longer you wait.
1099s for deadbeat clients? By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2009 Lawpulse, Page 10  A law-office management expert puts forth the option of sending a nonpaying client a 1099 for the value of your services. Is it really OK to do so?
Attorney censured for not disclosing “controlled business arrangement” By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2009 Lawpulse, Page 10 The ARDC Hearing Board found that a Mundelein lawyer/title agent didn't make disclosures to clients required by the Title Insurance Act.
Disagreement among appellate divisions creates split of authority By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2009 Lawpulse, Page 10  When one division within an appellate district disagrees with another, it creates an intradistrict split of authority - so sayeth the supreme court.
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.
“Borrowing” from legal forms - do you need permission? By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2008 Lawpulse, Page 606 Lifting language from legal documents - everyone does it, right? But does it constitute copyright infringement?
Court upholds, modifies risk-utility test for products liability By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2008 Lawpulse, Page 606 In a recent case, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld - but reformulated - the risk-utility test, while declining to abandon the consumer-expectation test.
Court upholds per se conflict doctrine By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2008 Lawpulse, Page 606  A conflict exists whenever an attorney represents both a criminal defendant and the alleged victim, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
Real estate and divorce: No more transfer-tax exemption? By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2008 Lawpulse, Page 606  To the chagrin of matrimonial lawyers, Chicago has begun taxing the transfer of a divorcing couple's jointly owned home to one of the ex-partners.