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.
What’s the best way out of an ethical pickle?By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2011Lawpulse, Page 604Taking quick remedial action and preemptive self-reporting can be the best way to handle a disciplinable blunder, ethics authorities advise.
Meeting MCLE requirements just got a little easierBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2011Lawpulse, Page 550Among other welcome changes, rule revisions allow new admittees to meet their initial requirement by participating in mentoring and remove the fee for claiming credit for writing and teaching.
Absolute immunity for child repsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2011Lawpulse, Page 490Immunity from liability is absolute for child representatives working within the scope of their court-appointed duties.
The bloody truth about DUI testingBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2011Lawpulse, Page 490Just because the state has blood test results to use against your DUI client doesn't mean the case is over, a defense lawyer argues.
Sex offender registration changes: not worth the cost?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2011Lawpulse, Page 490Failing to implement legislation bringing Illinois into compliance with the federal Adam Walsh act is costing the state federal grant funds. But would enacting the law cost even more?
Adoption law pointersBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2011Lawpulse, Page 434The August Child Law Section newsletter includes an adoption law legislation roundup and helps lawyers help clients find birth parents and readopt after surrendering parental rights.
The lesson of George Ryan v U.S.By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2011Lawpulse, Page 434It's this, according to a criminal defense lawyer and court watcher: You shouldn't hesitate to argue alternative, even esoteric, bases for relief to create a record for appeal.
New IOLTA requirements effective September 1By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2011Lawpulse, Page 434The amended rule forbids non-interest bearing pooled accounts, imposes new recordkeeping requirements, and obliges banks to report trust-account overdrafts.
New limits on FOIA “recurrent requesters”By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2011Lawpulse, Page 434New legislation would give governmental entities more time to respond to those who make numerous FOIA requests. A look at that and some Open Meetings Act changes.