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Newsletter articles from 2012

The Pro Se Litigant: Small Claim Pro Se Court By Hon. E. Kenneth Wright, Jr. September 2012 The Circuit Court’s Small Claims Pro Se Division serves the dual process of providing meaningful access to self-represented litigants, while also promoting judicial economy.
A pro se’s struggles in an e-business world By Hon. E. Kenneth Wright, Jr. May 2012 One must keep in mind that the mere existence and dissemination of electronics and technology does not necessarily translate to the general population’s ability to use it.
Recent appointments and retirements December 2012 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements October 2012 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements September 2012 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements July 2012 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements June 2012 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements May 2012 Recent changes in Illinois' judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements April 2012 Recent changes in Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements January 2012 Recent changes in Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent Supreme Court Rule changes By Hon. Lloyd A. Karmeier April 2012 An overview of the significant administrative and rule changes made by The Illinois Supreme Court in the past year.
Scales of Justice: Balancing court efficiency and in forma paupers applications By Jasmine V. Hernandez and Stephen A. Kobza December 2012 In scenarios where a litigant does not meet the statutory requirements to file as an indigent individual, this article suggests the incorporation of installment plans and extension of the seven-day extension period.
Start spreading the news By Hon. Michael B. Hyman December 2012 Unless addressed, ignorance of what occurs in our courthouses and courtrooms will imperil not only the public’s general perception of justice, but also, in time, the overall stability and even role of the justice system itself.
The state of the Federal District Court of Northern Illinois on May 15, 2012 By Hon. James F. Holderman June 2012 An update on the court from Chief Judge James F. Holderman.
Wave of change: Chicago-Kent’s commitment to assisting and educating judges and attorneys in Mexico By Jasmine V. Hernandez July 2012 Representatives from Chicago Kent College of Law have worked closely with those at one of Mexico's leading private universities to develop a curriculum designed to train Mexican judges, attorneys, law professors, and law students in criminal law, criminal procedure, and trial advocacy as necessitated by recent amendments to Mexico’s Constitution. 
The world is watching and emulating By Hon. Jesse G. Reyes June 2012 We should be cognizant of the fact that when our Founding Fathers established our system of justice, they indeed created a city upon a hill which has been admired and emulated throughout the years by countries seeking to have the same rule of law we are privileged to work in every day.