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Public sector discipline: Two Illinois prosecutors disciplined for Brady violations during May term of the Supreme Court By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, September 2007 In re Murphy and Campbell, Commission Nos. 06 SH 74 and 75 (consolidated), S. Ct. No. M.R. 21566 (May 18, 2007).
Public sector discipline: Two Illinois public sector attorneys disciplined during March term of court for criminal conduct By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, June 2007 In re Arrigo, Commission No. 06 CH 45, S. Ct. No. M.R. 21373 (March 19, 2007). John Arrigo was an officer in the United States Air Force and, as such, was subject to annual written evaluations of his job performance.
Attorney General issues opinions By Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, March 2007 Under section 4 of the Attorney General Act (15 ILCS 205/4 (West 2005 Supp.)), the Attorney General is authorized, upon request, to furnish written legal opinions to State officers and State’s Attorneys on matters relating to their official duties.
Former Assistant Public Defender Suspended Until Further Order By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, March 2007 In September 2003, Julie Baldwin entered into a contract to serve as a part-time assistant public defender in Peoria County, where she was assigned to represent indigent parents in cases in which her clients faced the possibility of termination of their parental rights.
In-sites Government Lawyers, March 2007 There are many sites that can assist you in finding public records.
News you can use Government Lawyers, March 2007 The American Bar Association’s Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for its three national awards.
Former Assistant Public Defender suspended By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, December 2006 While she was employed as an assistant Kane County public defender, Cynthia Sutherin approached three of her colleagues at the Public Defender’s office, as well as another attorney employed by the Kane County State’s Attorney, telling them that she was going to open a law firm with two other assistant public defenders.
Legislative update By Cynthia I. Ervin Government Lawyers, September 2006 The spring session of the 94th General Assembly ended on May 4, 2006. Approximately 353 bills passed both houses of the General Assembly.
Attorney General issues opinions By Cynthia I. Ervin and Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, June 2006 Under section 4 of the Attorney General Act (15 ILCS 205/4 (West 2004)), the Attorney General is authorized, upon request, to furnish written legal opinions to State officers and State’s Attorneys on matters relating to their official duties.
In-sites By Kathryn A. Kelly and Dion Davi Government Lawyers, September 2005 All too often we take our writing for granted. We’re lawyers, we rationalize, we know how to write!
Senator Durbin’s efforts to obtain loan assistance for prosecutors and defenders continue By Patrick J. Hughes Human Rights, August 2005 Illinois Senior Senator Dick Durbin, who has been exceptionally persistent in the efforts to obtain federal student loan assistance for state and local prosecutors and public defenders, is responsible for the introduction of S.1322 including "Part HH-Loan Repayment for Prosecutors and Public Defenders."
Committee on Government Lawyers presents CLE seminar By Nancy G. Easum Government Lawyers, June 2005 On March 7, 2005, the Committee on Government Lawyers (CGL) sponsored the seminar, "Basics of the Legislative Process."
Government lawyers loan forgiveness legislation struggles to find support By Paul A. Logli Government Lawyers, June 2005 The current version of the Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act, a government lawyer loan forgiveness bill, was introduced in the 109th session of the U.S. Congress by Representative David Scott of Georgia.
Legislation preview By Lynn Patton and Cynthia I. Ervin Government Lawyers, June 2005 The 94th General Assembly convened on January 12, 2005. To date, 6,198 bills have been filed for consideration by the General Assembly.
News you can use By Marc Christopher Loro Government Lawyers, February 2005 A Sangamon County judge has entered an order that enjoins the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) from using lay persons to represent it at its administrative hearings.
Legislative update By Lynn Patton and Cynthia I. Ervin Government Lawyers, November 2004 The 93rd General Assembly adjourned its spring session on July 24, 2004, following an overtime session that lasted for weeks to pass a State budget.
Whose dime is it anyway? Or, Who cares? By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, September 2004 I was Bureau County Public Defender for almost 10 years.
Encore CLE program By Cynthia I. Ervin Government Lawyers, November 2003 On September 12, 2003, the Standing Committee on Government Lawyers, in conjunction with the Government Bar Association, sponsored a continuing legal education program in Springfield, produced by and for government lawyers, entitled “Ethical Considerations in Public Sector Law.”
Legislative update By Cynthia I. Ervin Government Lawyers, December 2002 The following is the third article in a series of articles summarizing pieces of legislation enacted by the 92nd General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Ryan that may be of general interest to government attorneys.
Government lawyers and the attorney-client privilege By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, August 2002 In In re: A Witness Before the Special Grand Jury 2000-2, No. 01-3386 (7th Cir. April 23, 2002), the Seventh Circuit addressed, at the request of a state official, whether his government attorney could refuse to answer questions posed by a grand jury on the basis of attorney-client privilege.
Legislative update By Marc Christopher Loro and Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, August 2002 The Legislation Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Lawyers (CGL) completed its third full legislative session in June.
Legislative update By Marc Christopher Loro and Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, April 2002 The following is a short summary of a number of pieces of legislation enacted by the 92nd General Assembly that may be of general interest to the government bar.
Ethics corner By Rosalyn B. Kaplan and Susan Cox Government Lawyers, October 2001 In re Schaaf, No. M.R. 17387 (March 23, 2001). Respondent, who was licensed to practice law in Illinois in 1994, began working as a part-time assistant state's attorney in Jersey County, while he was also engaged in private practice; he was hired as a full-time assistant state's attorney in April 1999.
Legislative update By Marc Christopher Loro Government Lawyers, October 2001 The Legislation Subcommittee completed its second full legislative session in June.
Someone you should know: Jim Grogan By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, October 2001 Do you have a question about legal ethics? Or maybe a question about judicial ethics? If you are among the seemingly endless list of his friends or acquaintances, you would pick up the phone and call Jim Grogan.
711 means more than just a quick cup of coffee By Sheila J. Simon Government Lawyers, March 2001 What government lawyer doesn't need a little extra help now and then?
Ethics corner By Nancy J. Katz Government Lawyers, March 2001 In the last issue of our newsletter, the Ethics corner included the first installment of a digest of ISBA ethics opinions of interest to government lawyers.
Legislative update 2000 By Marc Christopher Loro Government Lawyers, November 2000 One of the reasons that ISBA Presidents Cheryl Niro and Herb Franks advocated the formation of a Committee on Government Lawyers was the recognition that, traditionally, government lawyers have not joined the ISBA in numbers proportionate to their composition in the Illinois bar.