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Section Newsletter Articles on Government Lawyers

Appellate court raises its eyebrow at Chicago’s ordinance enforcement machine By Evan Bruno Government Lawyers, June 2014 A discussion of the recent case of Stone Street Partners, LLC v. The City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings.
But, we were on a break… By Kevin Lovellette and Summer Hallaj Government Lawyers, June 2014 There are only a few cases from Seventh Circuit courts examining the issue of whether an attorney may speak to a deponent during a break in a deposition. The courts appear split on this issue.
In-sites Government Lawyers, April 2014 News articles and parent conversations seem to discuss cyber-bullying more and more. This article provides numerous resources that are available online.
Legislative summary of the 98th General Assembly Government Lawyers, September 2013 A summary of Public Acts 98-001 through 98-300 that may be of interest to the government bar.
Apply for a public administrator or public guardian appointment By Tracy Douglas Trusts and Estates, June 2013 Public administrators and public guardians serve an important role in Illinois by helping with estate administration and protecting the interests of disabled adults.
Does the Savings Statute save the day? By Kevin Lovellette Government Lawyers, June 2013 In situations where the Illinois Savings Statute allows a plaintiff one year to re-file a cause of action, this time limit may not be tolled by a pending appeal.
Apply for a public administrator or public guardian appointment By Tracy Douglas Women and the Law, May 2013 Public administrators and public guardians serve an important role in Illinois by helping with estate administration and protecting the interests of disabled adults.
The new age of privacy: A surprising amount of personal information may already be available to prosecutors By Patrick T. Driscoll and Douglas N. Marsh Government Lawyers, March 2013 Thanks to the staggering amount of information your cell phone generates, collects, stores, and transmits, even when you aren’t using it, silence has never been more deafening.
Attorney General issues opinions By Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, October 2012 Recent opinions issued by the Illinois Attorney General.
Public service and repaying your loans: Once impractical, now a reality By Matthew S. Dionne Government Lawyers, June 2012 This article seeks to call attention to and explain the recent federal and Illinois legislation designed to encourage attorneys to stay or enter the public interest field.
Public service and repaying your loans: Once impractical, now a reality By Matthew S. Dionne Young Lawyers Division, April 2012 This article seeks to call attention to and explain the recent federal and Illinois legislation designed to encourage attorneys to stay or enter the public interest field.
Attorney General issues opinions By Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, March 2012 Recent opinions issued by the Illinois Attorney General.
Social Security benefits not so beneficial to widows receiving government pensions By Joanna M. Lekkas Women and the Law, March 2012 Many government employees may not realize that their social security benefits are reduced by two-thirds of their government pension.
Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you? By Thomas L. Ciecko Government Lawyers, March 2012 What to expect when the Executive Inspector General requests information from you.
All members of public bodies required to complete Attorney General’s Open Meetings Act training curriculum Government Lawyers, January 2012 Public body members serving in office on January 1, 2012, must complete the training by December 31, 2012. Persons who become members of public bodies after January 1, 2012, must complete the training curriculum within 90 days of assuming office.
Is information on privately-owned electronic devices subject to FOIA?—What Public Access Binding Opinion No. 11-006 means to you and your government clients By John Redlingshafer Government Lawyers, January 2012 Opinion 11-006 of the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Bureau firmly establishes that electronic communications, whether shared on publicly or privately-owned devices, can be considered “public records” and therefore, may be subject to FOIA.
Is information on privately-owned electronic devices subject to FOIA?—What Public Access Binding Opinion No. 11-006 means to you and your government clients By John Redlingshafer Local Government Law, December 2011 Opinion 11-006 of the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Bureau firmly establishes that electronic communications, whether shared on publicly or privately-owned devices, can be considered “public records” and therefore, may be subject to FOIA.
In-sites Government Lawyers, October 2011 Resources for practitioners interested in government transparency and efficiency.
Don’t fear the reaper By Kevin Lovellette and Mary Jane Adkins Government Lawyers, June 2011 As government attorneys, we should have the ability to speak with a Coroner to gather all the information necessary to properly defend or prosecute on behalf of the People.
Freedom of Information Act—Recent & proposed changes By Stephan Roth and Jeannie Romas-Dunn Government Lawyers, June 2011 A look at some of the more significant changes made to FOIA in the last legislative cycle.
Got spare time? Need a break from brief writing? Check out these legal blogs—and have fun browsing! By Sharon L. Eiseman Government Lawyers, March 2011 A listing of popular legal blogs.
Agency lawyers left out of Loan Repayment Assistance Program* By Marc Christopher Loro Administrative Law, January 2011 A look at the content and rules of the Public Interest Attorney Assistance Act.
Someone you should know: Sam Brooks, Deputy Managing Counsel with the USPS By Patrick T. Driscoll Jr. and Caitlyn Jones Government Lawyers, December 2010 As someone who has devoted his career to government work and public service, Sam Brooks is someone you should know.
Consider yourself asked to run for public office By Sandra Crawford Women and the Law, November 2010 The “Women Running for Public Office” forum addressed the challenges faced by women running for public office and how those challenges can be overcome.
Public disclosure of public employee disciplinary records under Gekas v. Williamson and the 2009 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act By Michael D. Bersani Local Government Law, October 2010 A discussion of the reasoning and holding in the recent Gekas v. Williamson decision, as well as whether any portion of Gekas will survive the 2009 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act.
The Affirmative Damage Rule By Kevin Lovellette and Cody Cocanig Government Lawyers, September 2010 The Affirmative Damage Rule gives us the ability to impeach witnesses that we call, thereby limiting the damage done to our case by our own witnesses.
Government lawyers: The case for discounted bar dues By James W. Chipman Government Lawyers, September 2010 A look at what's to come for Committee members.
The continuing expansion of the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act By Carlos S. Arévalo Local Government Law, June 2010 The Legislature’s failure to specify its intentions will lead to further disputes between cash-strapped local governments struggling to meet the rising costs of operations and disabled safety employees trying to meet and keep up with increasing health care costs.
Someone you should know—Tom Ioppolo, Assistant Attorney General By Ronald A. Rascia and Anne Hagerty Government Lawyers, June 2010 Learn about Top Ioppolo, supervising attorney for the Illinois Attorney General's Civil Rights Unit.