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A Judge’s Judge By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2008 Article, Page 448 In Thomas Fitzgerald, the Illinois Supreme Court has a seasoned trial judge at the helm. Here’s an interview with the new chief.
Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions: A Step-by-Step Guide By Thomas M. Battista October 2008 Article, Page 516 An agency rules against your client and you want a court to review the decision. What's the next step? This article explains.
Keeping up with the Bloggers By Tom Gaylord May 2008 Column, Page 264 Use these tools to find and stay up with blawgs.
The “Kotecki” Gap: No Insurance Coverage for Assumed Liability By Christopher E. Kentra February 2008 Article, Page 88 Lawyers who represent manufacturers, insurers and others need to understand the Kotecki gap and the supreme court's ruling that most insurance policies don't cover it.
The Last Gasp for RESPA Reform? July 2008 Column, Page 372 HUD's proposed new RESPA regs leave a lot to be desired.
Last Term’s United States Supreme Court Labor and Employment Decisions By Michael Robert Lied and Joseph F. Tansino December 2008 Article, Page 626 A survey of the United States Supreme Court's labor and employment rulings from the 2007-08 term.
Law Firm Marketing 101 By G. M. Filisko January 2008 Article, Page 20 You didn’t go to law school to be a salesperson, but you still have to sell yourself to prospective clients. Here’s how.
Law-Firm Compensation Systems Explained By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2008 Article, Page 288 Wondering whether your firm's compensation scheme needs an overhaul? Here's a look at what others are doing.
“Law-Related Service,” New RESPA Forms By James K. Weston April 2008 Column, Page 212 Real estate lawyers worry about proposed changes in the rules governing "law-related service."
The Lawyer of Love By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2008 Lawpulse, Page 174 Chicago divorce lawyer Corri Fetman offers advice in - and poses for - Playboy.
The “Lawyer” Who Shot Liberty Valance By Joseph G. Bisceglia May 2008 Column, Page 228 A lesson on the rule of law from the old West.
Lessons from Jury Research By Sara Parikh and Terrence Lavin April 2008 Article, Page 190 Experience with mock juries challenges conventional wisdom about how jurors react to expert testimony and attorney performance.
Life insurance cannot be used to secure maintenance payments March 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 On January 3, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, reversed the judgment of the circuit court requiring the respondent to designate his ex-wife Sandra as the beneficiary of his life insurance policy as security for his maintenance obligation.
Liquor Control act amended. PA 095-0563 May 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The Illinois General Assembly amended the Liquor Control Act of 1934 by changing Section 6-16. 235 ILCS 5/6-16. 
Living trust amendment drafted by a nonlawyer ruled invalid By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2008 Lawpulse, Page 438 A living trust amendment drafted by a nonlawyer is invalid under the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, the Illinois Appellate Court rules.
Medicaid law doesn’t preempt state’s ability to collect for nursing-home bill By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2008 Lawpulse, Page 278 The state can go after the at-home spouse to recover the institutionalized spouse's nursing home expenses, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act is amended. PA 095-0427 June 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 Sections 4.3 and 70 of the Mental Heath and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act have been amended by the General Assembly. 20 ILCS 1705/4.3 and 70. Subsection (b) of Section 4.3, concerning "Site visits and inspections," has been changed by adding language providing that the Department of Human Services will establish a system of "regular and ongoing" on-site inspections "that shall occur at least annually." 
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code amended. 095-0602 April 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, 405 ILCS 5/1-100 et seq, has been amended to add a new section defining "Dangerous conduct," and by changing other existing definitions concerning a person's awareness of the need for treatment.
Midterm Report By Joseph G. Bisceglia February 2008 Column, Page 64 Where we are with CLE, UPL and more.
Missing Persons Identification Act created. PA 095-0192 February 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 Act provides law enforcement guidelines and requires all law enforcement agencies to accept "without delay" any report of a missing person.
Mosquito Abatement District Act amended. PA-095-0664 September 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 444 The Mosquito Abatement District Act has been amended by adding subsection (b) to Section 10 of the Act. 70 ILCS 1005/10(b).
My Mother, My Client By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2008 Article, Page 344 Should you do legal work for family and close friends? Probably not, ethics experts and seasoned lawyers say.
Negligent Spoliation in the Wake of Jones v O’Brien Tire and Battery By Shane M. Carnine September 2008 Article, Page 470 A recent appellate case arguably changes the requirements for a spoliation claim.
A New Approach to Limitations of Remedies and Damages Under the UCC By Peter C. John February 2008 Article, Page 96 Razor v Hyundai Motor America changed Illinois law by limiting the failure of a remedy to the remedy itself and not implicating the limitation on damages. 
A new definition of marital property? By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2008 Lawpulse, Page 384  A controversial ruling allows a child-support obligee to lay claim to property held in the name of the obligor's new spouse.
New homeowner notice required in foreclosure actions. PA 095-0961 December 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 612 On September 23, 2008, the House voted to override an amendatory veto proposed by Governor Blagojevich and passed Senate Bill 1879
The New Illinois Right-to-Sue Law for Employment Discrimination By Stephen E. Balogh, Randall D. Schmidt, and Lindsey Marcus January 2008 Article, Page 30 The Illinois Human Rights Act now provides for a right to a jury in the Illinois circuit court in employment discrimination cases.
New law attempts to simplify zoning hearings By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2008 Lawpulse, Page 498  A new law classifies zoning decisions as legislative acts, not administrative rulings. This will streamline zoning proceedings, proponents say.
New licensing requirements for fire equipment distributors June 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 The Office of the State Fire Marshall made changes to 41 Ill Adm Code 280. The changes apply to companies and their employees that service, hydro-test, recharge, install, maintain, replace, repair or inspect all types of fire extinguishers, suppression devices or systems.
New Preparer Standards For Estate, Gift Returns By David A. Berek February 2008 Column, Page 102 The standards and penalties long app-licable to income tax returns now apply to estate and gift tax filings.