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Interrogatories: the numbers game By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2003 Lawpulse, Page 594 What if you're presented by an opponent with too many interrogatories, or what if you want to exceed the limits yourself? Here are some ideas.
Interstate compact for adult offenders P.A. 92-0571 March 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 The Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision provides for the control and regulation of the interstate movement offenders, the effective tracking, supervision, and rehabilitation of these offenders by the sending and receiving states.
Involuntary Administration of Psychotropic Drugs: Balancing Safety and Civil Liberties By Anthony E. Rothert October 2003 Article, Page 496 A look at recent cases and trends in this dynamic area of law.
Involuntary administration of psychotropic drugs: Does Illinois need new standards? By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2003 Lawpulse, Page 8 Some experts think Illinois law should be changed to make it easier to involuntarily admit mental patients and force them to take psychotropic drugs if they're unwilling. Others fear the changes would crowd mental-health facilities beyond capacity.
Is it Time to Revise the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act? By Bruce T. Logan November 2003 Article, Page 566 This author argues that the Act is out of step with modern construction, lending, and insurance practice.
Is Moren unmoorin’ administrative agencies from statutory limits? By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2003 Lawpulse, Page 430 According to one informed observer, a recent appellate case gives administrative agencies powers the legislature didn't intend to confer.
Joint hearings on special use permits are quasi-judicial proceedings and interested parties have due process rights to cross-examine adverse witnesses January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On October 18, 2002, the Illinois Supreme Court held that interested parties had the due process right to cross-examine adverse witnesses at a joint hearing involving a special use permit.
Judge who appeared on behalf of state in defendant’s prior prosecution erred by not recusing himself from proceeding; defendant entitled to Frye hearing where scientific evidence to be introduced against him May 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 226 On February 21, 2003, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, reversed the order of the Circuit Court of Iroquois County committing the defendant to the Department of Human Services for institutional care.
Judges must warn immigrants that guilty pleas can lead to deportation By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2003 Lawpulse, Page 544 A new law requires judges to warn immigrant defendants that their plea bargains can lead to deportation.
Judicial Evaluations and the Spirit of Volunteerism By Terrence J. Lavin September 2003 Column, Page 428 In the months before I assumed the presidency of your Illinois State Bar Association.
Jury instruction revisions now on the Web By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2003 Lawpulse, Page 594 You'll find revisions to IPI instructions on the supreme court's Web site before they appear in hard copy.
The Land Beyond I-80 November 2003 Column, Page 542 I grew up in a working-class neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. I was one of eight children.
Learning to Think Like An Ethical Lawyer By Karen Erger October 2003 Column, Page 527 That's right, young lawyer; while you might feel you know little compared to your more senior colleagues, you're fully responsible for properly applying ethical rules.
Leaving with clients in tow By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2003 Lawpulse, Page 274 If you're leaving your law firm and hope to take business with you, consider these ethical and legal issues.
Legal Research and the Ballad of John Henry By Paul D. Callister May 2003 Column, Page 261 The rise of electronic sources has changed legal research forever, and it may be changing the nature of law itself.
Legislation allows victims of financial identity theft and aggravated financial identity theft to recover in civil action from convicted defendant P.A. 92-0686 February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 On July 16, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 5934.
Legislation creates committee to oversee pharmaceutical assistance for seniors P.A. 92-0594 March 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Recently enacted legislation created the Senior Pharmaceutical Assistance Review Committee to gather information and advise state agencies regarding pharmaceutical assistance for Illinois seniors.
Legislation creates offense of sexual conduct or sexual contact with animal and increases potential sentence for defendants who commit criminal offense of aggravated criminal sexual assault with dangerous weapon P.A. 92-0721 February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 On July 25, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4926, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to do two separate things.
Legislation prohibits knowingly installing any object in lieu of vehicle’s air bag; P.A. 92-0809 February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 On August 21, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4353, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to create the new criminal offense of knowingly installing any object in lieu of an air bag in a vehicle for compensation.
Legislation provides sentencing ranges for violations of Boat and Snowmobile Safety Acts; P.A. 92-0615 February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 On July 8, 2002, Gov. Ryan approved legislation amending the Snowmobile Registration and Safety Act and the Boat Registration and Safety Act.
Legislation requires members of clergy to report sexual abuse of children under Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act P.A. 92-0801 January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On August 16, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 5002, which amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA) and the Criminal Code of 1961.
Legislature Increases Penalties for Home Repair Fraud P.A. 93-0542 November 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 550 The Legislature added a provision to the Home Repair Fraud Act providing that if a person commits aggravated home repair fraud.
Legislature Protects Whistleblowers Against Retaliation and Provides for Recovery of Damages P.A. 93-0544 November 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 550 Employers (excluding governmental entities) are now prohibited from making, adopting or enforcing any rule, regulation or policy that prevents an employee from disclosing information to a government or law enforcement agency if that employee reasonably believes the information discloses a violation of a state or federal law.
Limitation-of-Liability Clauses in Accountants’ Engagement Letters: Are They Enforceable? By Thomas F. Falkenberg November 2003 Article, Page 573 The answer is generally "yes" in Illinois.
Limited Liability Practice: What Lawyers Should Consider, What Firms Should Do By Steven G. Frost, Terence T. O’Meara, and Sheldon I. Banoff August 2003 Article, Page 388 Is limited liability practice right for you? Here's a review of the new legal landscape.
Little-noted Illinois Civil Rights Act takes effect January 1 By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2003 Lawpulse, Page 486 Among other things, the new law allows attorney-fee awards to prevailing claimants.
Locating Elusive Witnesses: An Introduction By Peggy Shapiro and Perry Myers July 2003 Article, Page 357 Simple, low- or no-cost tools for finding witnesses who don't want to be found.
Making UIM arbitration awards binding in more cases By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2003 Lawpulse, Page 544 Effective January 1, an ISBA-backed bill more than doubles the statutory limits on binding arbitration awards in UIM cases, reducing the incentive for insurers to reject them.
Marital settlement agreement awarding a percentage of a military pension does not entitle a spouse to receive a portion of disability benefits received in lieu of retirement pay; the additional amount owed per the agreement must be paid from alternate funds October 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 492 On July 11, 2003, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, affirmed in part and reversed in part orders of the Circuit Court of Du Page County awarding the former wife to a portion of her former husband's military pension and disability benefits.
Marketing Tips for Small Law Firms By John W. Olmstead September 2003 Column, Page 469 Small-firm lawyers can no longer ignore marketing and hope to survive, let alone thrive. Here are tips for ramping up your marketing effort.