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.
Lying to police can be obstructionBy Adam W. LaskerApril 2012LawPulse, Page 178Lying to a police officer can support a conviction for obstruction of justice if the lying directly hinders the officer's official performance, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
No rehiring rights for laid-off Chicago teachersBy Adam W. LaskerApril 2012LawPulse, Page 178Unlike teachers outside Chicago, tenured Chicago public school teachers have no right to be rehired after they are laid off for economic reasons, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
E-filing debuts at the supreme courtBy Adam W. LaskerMarch 2012LawPulse, Page 126The AG and appellate defender and prosecutor may now file documents electronically with the supreme court in an early step toward modernizing judicial-system technology.
Narrowing the Illinois anti-SLAPP statuteBy Adam W. LaskerMarch 2012LawPulse, Page 126The Illinois Supreme Court reins in a statute designed to stop misuse of defamation lawsuits to silence critics speaking out on matters of public interest.
Curbing abuse of arrest warrants for debtorsBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2012LawPulse, Page 70The attorney general's office and a circuit court judge describe steps they're taking to help prevent debtors from being unfairly jailed for failure to pay.
The high court empowers the ARDC to go after UPLBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2012LawPulse, Page 10New rules give the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission authority to prosecute actions for the unauthorized practice of law.