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Newsletter articles from 2002

Case summaries By Hon. Morton Denlow, Hon. Michael Kiley, Alfred M. Swanson, and Philip Lading November 2002 Cases of interest to Bench & Bar practitioners.
Case summaries By Hon. Lloyd A. Karmeier and Alfred M. Swanson Jr. September 2002 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)).
Case summaries By Hon. Terrence J. Brady and Alfred M. Swanson Jr. July 2002 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.
Case summaries By Hon. Michael Kiley and Alfred M. Swanson Jr. May 2002 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).
Case summaries By Michael Kiley and Alfred M. Swanson Jr. January 2002 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).
Chair’s column By Hon. Michael Jordan November 2002 In the last issue of the newsletter, I spoke about mentoring. I left an open question.
Chair’s column By Hon. Michael Jordan September 2002 In my last column I promised that I would focus my attention on a lawyer's important role as a mentor.
Chair’s column By Hon. Michael Jordan July 2002 It is with a great sense of pride that I assume the role as Chair of the Bench-Bar Section Council.
Chief Justice Moses W. Harrison to retire in September By Michele M. Jochner July 2002 Chief Justice Moses W. Harrison has announced that he will step down from the bench on September 4, 2002.
Civility By Michael B. Hyman July 2002 When will we learn that we must change if our public image is to change?
Courts Commission removes Judge Oliver Spurlock January 2002 The following is the text of the Order of the Illinois Courts Commission entered December 3, 2001, as provided by the Commission.
The criteria for an excellent judge is now official ISBA policy September 2002 At its meeting on July 19, 2002, the Board of Governors adopted the article drafted by a committee of the Bench and Bar Section Council as the official policy of the ISBA.
Evidence advocacy—the judge’s perspective By Warren D. Wolfson November 2002 When a trial lawyer becomes a trial judge, the earth moves.
Hon. Timothy C. Evans chosen Chief Judge of Cook County By Hon. Jacqueline P. Cox January 2002 Cook County Chief Judge Donald P. O'Connell retired from the bench on July 31, 2001.
ISBA 2002 Future of the Courts Conference—noteworthy recommendations re: judges By Hon. Terrence J. Brady July 2002 At the 2002 Future of Courts Conference in April, a number of recommendations were adopted for review by the ISBA Board of Governors, including several recommendations affecting the evaluation and selection of judges, and judicial campaign funding.
ISBA sets ADR program for Midyear meeting November 2002 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 By Adrienne W. Albrecht May 2002 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 November 2002 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 November 2002 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.
New Supreme Court rule on discovery September 2002 Effective July 1, 2002, the Supreme Court revised Rule 213.
Recent judicial appointments and retirements November 2002 (1) The Supreme Court has accepted the resignations of the following judges:
Recent judicial appointments and retirements September 2002 (1) The Supreme Court has accepted the resignations of the following judges:
Recent judicial appointments and retirements. July 2002 (1) The Supreme Court has accepted the resignations of the following judges:
Recent judicial appointments and retirements May 2002 1. The Illinois Supreme Court has accepted the resignations of the following judges:
Recent judicial appointments and retirements January 2002 1. The Supreme Court has accepted the resignations of the following judges:
Remembering Hon. Michael A. Bilandic: former Chief Justice, Alderman and Mayor of Chicago By Michele M. Jochner May 2002 Former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Michael A. Bilandic died at age 78 on January 15, 2002.
State appropriations to court system for fiscal year 2002 January 2002 In the October 2001, issue of this newsletter, there were some typographical errors in the article on appropriations by Hon. Dennis Dohm (ret.).
Supreme Court amends rules By Michele M. Jochner January 2002 Recently, the Illinois Supreme Court has made significant amendments to several of its rules.
An update on the Law Division in Cook County By Hon. William D. Maddux May 2002 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,