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Bloggers - endorse with care By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 Lawpulse, Page 598 The FTC has issued new guidelines governing product endorsements by bloggers.
Illinois outlaws DWT (driving while texting) By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 Lawpulse, Page 598 Effective January 1, drivers aren't allowed to "compose, send, or read an electronic message." Is PA 96-0130 overregulation or overdue?
Iqbal: a “dangerous” tightening of federal pleading standards? By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 Lawpulse, Page 598 Critics of this game-changing Supreme Court ruling argue that it will deny a day in court to large numbers of deserving litigants.
Red Flags enforcement delayed - and it might not apply to lawyers By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 Lawpulse, Page 598 A court has enjoined application of the rule against lawyers, the House has voted to exempt lawyers and others, and the FTC has pushed back enforcement yet again.
Where there’s another will, there may be a way By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 Lawpulse, Page 598 The failure to contest a will does not always bar an action for intentional interference with an expectancy of inheritance, the supreme court rules.
Illinois Supreme Court upholds jewish-marriage clause in trust provision By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 Lawpulse, Page 546 But the court's narrow framing of the issue avoids the question of whether such religious restrictions in wills and trusts are broadly permissible.
Loose lips lose lawsuits By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 Lawpulse, Page 546 Having trouble getting your witnesses to shut up? Show them a copy of People v Harris.
No after-the-fact extension of statute of limitations By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 Lawpulse, Page 546 The legislature can't revive a time-barred lawsuit by later extending the statute of limitations, the illinois Supreme Court holds.
Okay, are you really ready for the Red Flags Rule? By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 Lawpulse, Page 546 Implementation of the FTC's Red Flags rule, which requires lawyers to develop an identity theft prevention program, was postponed from August till November 1.
Supreme Court: No “transferred negligence” between husband and wife By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 Lawpulse, Page 546 As a consequence, a woman's estate can't sue those who provided health care to her husband, who killed her.
How-to advice for rookie associates By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 Lawpulse, Page 490 Make sure you’re taking the steps that will help you thrive as a new member of the firm.
Strip-search of student violates Fourth Amendment By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 Lawpulse, Page 490 Education lawyers say the U.S. Supreme Court’s Safford ruling confirms their longstanding advice to school officials: don’t strip-search kids.
Telling a prospective client “I’m just not that into you” By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 Lawpulse, Page 490 ISBA lawyers offer various ways to deliver the message, but all agree that you can’t be afraid to tell would-be clients “no” if representing them doesn’t feel right.
Deposing a witness in a foreign country By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 Lawpulse, Page 438 If you find yourself among the growing ranks of lawyers who need to conduct extraterritorial depositions, here's how to proceed.
Mandatory retirement age for judges ruled unconstitutional By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 Lawpulse, Page 438 The Illinois Supreme Court rules that the statute requiring judges to retire at age 75 is unconstitutional and says mandating retirement for judges might require constitutional amendment.
Social media and legal ethics By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 Lawpulse, Page 438 May an Illinois lawyer list his or her "Specialties" on LinkedIn without running afoul of Illinois RPC 7.4?
Tech tools for solos By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 Lawpulse, Page 438 Every sole practitioner needs a smart phone, a laptop, a scanner, and a good backup system. Here's why.
Are you ready for the Red Flags Rule? By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 Lawpulse, Page 386 The FTC's Red Flags Rule, effective August 1, requires lawyers to develop an identity theft prevention program to help protect clients. Are you in compliance?
Beware the Chinese E-mail scam By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 Lawpulse, Page 386 An Internet scam aimed at lawyers continues to make the rounds.
Coming January 1: New Rules of Professional Conduct By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 Lawpulse, Page 386 Among other things, the new rules clarify that flat fees do not constitute frowned-upon "advance payment retainers," which is good news for most lawyers.
Handling sartorial emergencies By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 Lawpulse, Page 386 You show up for work dressed in business casual and discover you've miscalendared a hearing for the day. What do you do?
Memory Mastery By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 Lawpulse, Page 386 A presenter at the upcoming ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference helps lawyers improve their memories and thereby enhance their practices.
CTA notice requirement eliminated By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 Plaintiff’s lawyers are cheering the removal of a notice requirement they say functioned “as a shield against unsuspecting plaintiffs” with legitimate claims against the CTA.
How to represent juveniles By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 Representing a juvenile in a delinquency proceeding means walking “a fine line between defender and ‘best-interest advocate,’” an ISBA author observes.
Illinois’ new will repository law By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 Legislation headed to the governor will give lawyers a place to deposit wills for long-lost clients.
Juveniles can be required to register as sex offenders By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 The supreme court held that registration is not punishment and that juveniles can be required to register even though they aren’t entitled to a jury trial on the charges.
New open government legislation By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 A bill awaiting the governor’s signature would make the promise of open records real for more people, supporters say.
Faster resolution urged for custody, SLAPP suits By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 Lawpulse, Page 278 At a recent hearing, the supreme court rules committee was asked to speed disposition of child custody proceedings and SLAPP suits.
Making evidence meaningful By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 Lawpulse, Page 278 A veteran lawyer and trial judge tells litigators how to present evidence in a way that engages and wins over jurors.
Sexual harassment and the chain of command By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 Lawpulse, Page 278 Under state law, employers are liable for sexual harassment by supervisors whether or not the employer knew about it and even though the employee-victim doesn't work under the supervisor.