Browse articles by year: 2015 (331)
Absolute immunity for child reps
LawPulse, Page 490
Immunity from liability is absolute for child representatives working within the scope of their court-appointed duties.
Adoption law pointers
LawPulse, Page 434
The 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.
Column, Page 602
Deck your smartphone with some of these lawyer-friendly apps.
Are cell phones “contraband”? And what’s a “penal institution”?
LawPulse, Page 222
A volunteer lawyer is charged with a felony for allegedly bringing "contraband" - her cell phone - into a police station interview room.
Volunteering to represent indigents pro bono in an area of law with which you're unfamiliar? Your heart may be in the right place, but be careful.
Are courts cracking down on refusals to answer requests to admit?
LawPulse, Page 66
At least one lawyer thinks he sees a trend.
Requests to admit are powerful pretrial tools, as every litigator knows. But many courts are reluctant to enforce supreme court rules specifying that requests must be answered or deemed admitted and that wrongful denials trigger attorney-fee awards.
Are Nonprofit Hospitals Charitable Institutions?
Article, Page 96
Is a nonprofit hospital a "charitable use" that qualifies for a property tax exemption? The author reviews the Illinois Supreme Court's Provena decision and predicts its likely effects, one of which is legislation to protect hospitals.
Avoiding Legal Malpractice After Union Planters
Article, Page 306
In Union Planters, the Illinois Appellate Court held that a legal malpractice plaintiff need not prove a "case-within-a-case" in an action arising out of transaction-based legal malpractice.
Back seat passengers must wear seatbelts. PA 097-0016.
Illinois Law Update, Page 440
The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to require all passengers to wear safety belts. (625 ILCS 5/12-603.1). Formerly, the requirement only applied to a driver, front seat passenger, and other riders under the age of 19.
The bloody truth about DUI testing
LawPulse, Page 490
Just because the state has blood test results to use against your DUI client doesn't mean the case is over, a defense lawyer argues.