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Section Newsletter Articles on Litigation

A stay of proceedings in the trial court: Why delay disserves those we represent By Patrick M. Kinnally Bench and Bar, October 2014 Two recent decisions, Cholipski v. Bovis and Davies v. Pasamba, make plain why any judge’s decision to stay a proceeding should be undertaken cautiously.
A stay of proceedings in the trial court: Why delay disserves those we represent By Patrick M. Kinnally Civil Practice and Procedure, September 2014 Two recent decisions, Cholipski v. Bovis and Davies v. Pasamba, make plain why any judge’s decision to stay a proceeding should be undertaken cautiously.
Pro se, alias, service of process, return of service—What language is this? By Jenea Wilson, Jessy Richert, and Hon. E. Kenneth Wright, Jr. Bench and Bar, September 2013 A guide for average people (and maybe lawyers and judges) to help navigate through the tempestuous waters of filing or defending a small case in court.
Trial practice in municipal code enforcement matters By Patti Gregory-Chang Administrative Law, October 2011 The second and final part in this series addressing how improper actions by municipalities through their employees can lead to liability. This article reviews some tips relative to handling of high volume ordinance or statutory violation matters.
Trial practice in municipal code enforcement matters By Patti Gregory-Chang Administrative Law, August 2011 Improper actions by municipalities through their employees can lead to liability. This article takes a look at what conduct is unconstitutional at all phases.
Winning chances? Client relations, math, and ethics By Daniel Kegan Intellectual Property, June 2011 Clients and others often ask attorneys for the chances of winning a dispute. Attorneys often answer, but they should not. Mathematically the wrong question is asked; numerical answers likely violate legal ethics by incompetently providing incorrect and often deceptive information. A better response provides both valid case evaluation and client emotional support without fabricating false certainty.
Letter to young lawyers—Basic tips and presentation of evidence By Hon. E. Kenneth Wright, Jr. Young Lawyers Division, August 2010 Judge E. Kenneth Wright, Jr. offers some words of wisdom to help new attorneys in their practice.
Litigating like a professional in federal court By Howard W. Anderson, III Young Lawyers Division, June 2010 The Standards for Professional Conduct Within the Seventh Federal Judicial Circuit are completely different from the Illinois Supreme Court’s Rules of Professional Conduct. Make sure you learn them and apply them to your practice.
Practical jury trial tips to improve your litigation practice By Hon. E. Kenneth Wright, Jr. Bench and Bar, February 2010 Jury trials come in all shapes and sizes. Since the players, facts and awards differ, attorneys must approach each case anew. Never assume you can “wing it” because you have over 20 years of experience in the courtroom, or a partner told you not to worry about it. Too many cases are won or lost because of an attorney’s lack of preparation, or worse, lack of knowledge about the law.
Electronic discovery in antitrust litigation By Jason Fliegel Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law, September 2008 As the scope, volume, and use of electronically stored information in day-to-day life has increased, so too has electronic discovery become an increasingly prevalent and expensive part of litigation.
Who should speak on civility in civil litigation? By Kimball R. Anderson Civil Practice and Procedure, June 2008 In September 2005, the Supreme Court of Illinois announced two new programs aimed at promoting lawyer civility.