The newsletter of the ISBA’s General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section
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Amendments to federal rules of civil procedure
This update on the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is for general practitioners who do not deal extensively with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure but do want to be informed about the amendments.
As my term as Chairman of General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section Council ends, I would like to acknowledge and thank a few people on the council for their outstanding contributions during the past year.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 19, 2002 for the ISBA "Small But Dynamic Law Firm Conference."
Solo and small firm lawyers are encountering more and more situations where their clients are involved with business, real estate and other matters in more than one state.
Change is the only real constant in our profession. While lawyers like to think of themselves as stayed in precedents and the law evolves slowly and methodically that is not really the case in modern America.
In addition, this summer under the assistance of editor Tim Duggan, the General Practice Section Council is updating the Illinois Client Interview forms.
At the ISBA Annual Meeting in June, 2001, the ISBA Trusts and Estates Section Council is proposing for an Estate Planning, Trust and Probate certification program for Illinois attorneys.
The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council sponsors numerous seminars to assist ISBA members with their continuing legal education.
Lexis is now offering unlimited access to Illinois cases, Illinois statutes annotated and more on its Web site for $10 per month.
Criminal law “It’s deja vu all over again”
I'm not certain if Yogi Berra made this statement. In thinking about this often-cited quote, I was reminded of the correlation between baseball and drug sniffing dogs. In ruling on the reliability and admissibility of "dog sniff" testimony a noted jurist commented, "a .700 average in baseball would be admirable but I'm not so sure that's an acceptable average for a drug sniffing dog."
Recently, John and I attended the 7th Annual Newsletter Editors Conference in Chicago.
This newsletter is the seventh one published this bar year. Thank you to each of the members of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council.
It is time once again for the annual ABA Techshow on March 15 - 17, 2001 at Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois. At the Techshow this year there will be over 75 exciting education sessions and more than 160 exhibition booths.
Now that 2000 has ended and 2001 has arrived there is no question that we have entered new millennium.
Sometimes there is an inclination to assume that if the basic note and mortgage are properly executed that there is no real defense to a real estate foreclosure.
How far can they go?
From time to time the practitioner is consulted with a proposition from a client of long standing as to what that person should do and where might he go to effectively assist in the redress of a situation he witnessed that demanded remedial action for himself or for the victim for which he was concerned.