The newsletter of the ISBA’s Bench & Bar Section Council
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Cases of interest to Bench & Bar practitioners.
The United States Supreme Court has held that the Minnesota Supreme Court's Canon of Judicial Conduct that prohibited judicial candidates from stating their view on disputed legal or political issues violates the First Amendment (Republican Party of Minnesota, et al. v. White, 2002 WL 1378604 (June 27, 2002) Scalia, J. (Stevens, Ginsberg, Souter and Breyer, JJ. Dissenting)).
This appears to be the first decision in a court of review to specifically hold that after 30 days, a case dismissed for want of prosecution (DWP) may be reinstated, and does not require refiling.
Plaintiff filed a three-count complaint for injunctive relief alleging that defendant was engaged in the unauthorized practice of law (count I), violated the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act (count II), and violated the Consumer Fraud Act (count III).
Former Judge David Shields was convicted in March 1992 of a felony. Shields sought a refund of all of his contributions to the Judges' Retirement System ($113,222.04).
In the last issue of the newsletter, I spoke about mentoring. I left an open question.
In my last column I promised that I would focus my attention on a lawyer's important role as a mentor.
It is with a great sense of pride that I assume the role as Chair of the Bench-Bar Section Council.
When will we learn that we must change if our public image is to change?
ISBA sets ADR program for Midyear meeting
The CLE Committee of the ISBA has approved a fantastic program on mediation sponsored jointly by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council, the Bench-Bar Section Council, the Civil Practice Section Council, and the Family Law Section Council (referred to in Judge Jordan's Chair's column).
Learning from dicta
Once again, Appellate Court justices have expressed their frustration at briefs that do not comply with the Supreme Court Rules in an opinion
Letters to the editor
Editors' Note: From time to time as we receive comments on articles published in the Bench & Bar newsletter, we will publish those comments.
Mediation for judges
The American Bar Association-Judicial Division and Section of Dispute Resolution are sponsoring the program. Hosts are the Illinois State Bar Association - Bench and Bar Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.
Supreme Court amends rules
Recently, the Illinois Supreme Court has made significant amendments to several of its rules.
An update on the Law Division in Cook County
There are approximately 25,933 cases pending in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County.2 A case filed in the Law Division today will take approximately 3 1/3 years or 39.30 months,