A trio of laws to curb texting, phoning behind the wheelBy Adam W. LaskerOctober 2012Lawpulse, Page 514The legislature forgoes a full ban on cell use by drivers in favor of a targeted approach that bans hand-held communications in construction zones, emergency scenes, and other places.
Is a family-law overhaul on the way?By Adam W. LaskerSeptember 2012Lawpulse, Page 458No more grounds for divorce? Divorce judgments within 90 days or else? These are just two of the family-law reforms proposed by a bipartisan legislative study group.
New cases every real-estate lawyer should readBy Adam W. LaskerSeptember 2012Lawpulse, Page 458Real-estate practitioners should be sure to read recent decisions on the duty of title insurers, the content of mortgage documents, and recording of deeds and mortgages.
Bill would require personal service for debtorsBy Adam W. LaskerJune 2012Lawpulse, Page 286Pending legislation would require that debtors get personal service, not merely notice by mail, before courts begin key legal processes that could put them behind bars.
Crime victims’ rights amendment won’t appear on November ballotBy Adam W. LaskerJune 2012Lawpulse, Page 286A proposed constitutional amendment that would have made crime victims party to the defendant’s trial undermined the constitutional presumption of innocence, the ISBA and other opponents, including prosecutors, argued.
Jurors may question witnesses under new supreme court ruleBy Adam W. LaskerJune 2012Lawpulse, Page 286Starting next month, jurors will be permitted to submit written questions for witnesses to the court for consideration. Proponents say it will help jurors understand the case and stay engaged.
MCLE goes to the moviesBy Adam W. LaskerJune 2012Lawpulse, Page 286A pair of Illinois attorneys uses lawyer-themed Hollywood films to teach lessons about legal ethics.
New anti-party switching law applies to independentsBy Adam W. LaskerJune 2012Lawpulse, Page 286A new law forbids someone who took a partisan primary ballot from running as an independent in the general election – even those who pulled the ballot in the March primary, before the law was enacted.
Illinois FMLA would cover civil unionsBy Adam W. LaskerMay 2012Lawpulse, Page 234An Illinois legislative proposal would give members of a civil union the same benefits enjoyed by married couples under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.