The newsletter of the ISBA’s Section on Federal Civil Practice
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Avoid being blindsided by Federal Rule Civil Practice 30(a)(2)(B)
Most lawyers are well aware that all depositions taken pursuant to Federal Rules are evidentiary in nature, yet many allow the opposing party to take the federal depositions of their client's treating or tendered medical professionals, economists, engineers and etc., as if the deposition is being taken for discovery purposes only.
The Illinois accountant privilege in federal court
Section 27 of the Illinois Public Accounting Act, 225 ILCS 450/27, states that "a licensed certified public accountant shall not be required by any court to divulge information or evidence which has been obtained by him in his confidential capacity as a public accountant."
Mr. Fish characterizes the discovery amendments as being urged “primarily by big business and defense lawyers.”
Summary judgment is a powerful tool in civil litigation.
Ten tips on taking a deposition
Although depositions typically come to a judge's attention only when rulings are needed or the deposition transcript is presented at trial, here are some practical thoughts I have developed from my years of practicing law and presiding on the bench that I believe all lawyers should consider in taking depositions.
U.S. Magistrate Donald G. Wilkerson
This early spring, Donald G. Wilkerson, of Glen Carbon, Illinois, age 53, continued his career as a public servant now serving as the newest federal magistrate judge within the Southern District of Illinois, filling the position formerly held by Magistrate Gerald B. Cohn.