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Union Docs: The AMA, the HMOs, and Physicians’ Rights to Collectively Bargain By Todd A. Lyon March 2001 Article, Page 138 Can new labor organizations created by the AMA strengthen the hand of doctors and patients in the face of growing HMO power?.
Using Federal Rule 68 to Spur Settlement By Ian H. Fisher March 2001 Article, Page 143 Rule 68 can require plaintiffs to pay defendants' costs for refusing a judgment offer.
Vehicular noise statute constitutional once again; P.A. 91-919 January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 Drivers operating amplified stereo systems that can be heard for more than 75 feet outside the vehicle are once again subject to punishment by state law.
Verbs Are It By Sue Liemer March 2001 Column, Page 151 Want to improve your writing in a hurry? Go heavy on the verbs, easy on the nouns.
Veterans home charges September 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 On June 29, 2001, the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs adopted amendments to section 108 of the Illinois Administrative Code.
Violations of the constitutional right to a speedy trial, reviewed de novo, are decided by balancing the length of delay, reasons for delay, defendant’s assertion of the right, and the resulting prejudice March 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 On January 19, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court's finding that the defendant, Anthony Crane, had his constitutional right to a speedy trial violated.
Void-for-vagueness doctrine applied in adoptions context; section 1(D)(h) of the Adoption Act permitting termination of parental rights found unconstitutionally vague July 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 342 On April 13, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, applied the void-for-vagueness doctrine to a constitutional analysis of section 1(D)(h) of the Adoption Act, 750 ILCS 50/1 (D)(h).
Voir Dire: Do Parties Have an Absolute Right to Directly Question Prospective Jurors? By Scott D. Lane October 2001 Article, Page 535 In first district civil cases, the answer is yes -- as long as the questioning is "reasonable."
When Bad Fences Make Litigious Neighbors: The Illinois Fence Act By Jeffrey A. Mollet August 2001 Article, Page 429 When the boundary fence can't contain the cows, who has to pay to fix it?
When direct evidence of discriminatory intent in denying job training is present, plaintiff need not show that the denial was materially adverse to employment October 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 516 On July 3, 2001, the seventh circuit court of appeals affirmed in part and vacated in part the lower court's grant of summary judgment to the defendant, Caterpillar, Inc.
Where there is no allegation of unfitness, the statutory provision allowing grandparent visitation interferes with a mother’s fundamental right to make decisions about the care and custody of her children September 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 On July 6, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, reversed the lower court's order awarding grandparent visitation to Brent and Rita Langman, the paternal grandparents of children whose father had died while married to their mother, Amy Langman.
Writing as Art By Maureen B. Collins April 2001 Column, Page 207 Some writing has special power; the power to move people. And isn't that what lawyers aspire to do?
Writing Like a Lawyer Means Thinking Like a Lawyer By Maureen B. Collins September 2001 Column, Page 493 A new book makes legal analysis as simple as one-two-three.
Writing That Stirred Your Souls By Maureen B. Collins July 2001 Column, Page 377 We asked you, Gentle Readers, to send us writing that moved you. Here are excerpts from your responses.
A Year-End Accounting By Herb Franks June 2001 Column, Page 280 The end of the year is a time for an accounting ; what happened that is good, what happened that is not so good.
Your Computer Can Help Analyze Your Case By Todd Flaming February 2001 Column, Page 97 Software; especially a program called "CaseMap"; can help you see the relationships between the facts, people, events, and issues in your case.
Your Court Documents Filed Under Seal: Will They Stay Confidential? By William F. Zieske November 2001 Article, Page 572 The northern district adopted a policy that could cause public disclosure of sealed documents; will other courts follow suit?
Your Office on the Web By Todd Flaming June 2001 Column, Page 319 Applications service providers, or ASPs, rent computer programs over the Web. They can give you more computing power and flexibility for less money, but beware the risks.
Zero-Tolerance Discipline in Illinois Public Schools By Scott F. Uhler and David J. Fish May 2001 Article, Page 256 The legal concerns raised by "one size fits all" disciplinary policies.