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Newsletter articles from 2001

The ADA and state employees By Mary Lee Leahy May 2001 On February 21, 2001, the United States Supreme Court dealt state employees another blow.
AIDA attempts to show HBO who’s “boss” By Gabriella Moretti June 2001 AIDA (American Italian Defense Association) isn't singing the praises of the critically acclaimed HBO mob drama The Sopranos, which has become a pop-culture phenomenon.
Amended Illinois Supreme Court Rules expand the protection of individual rights By Mark E. Wojcik June 2001 Lawyers and judges in Illinois may no longer discriminate on the basis of "disability," "age," "sexual orientation," or "socioeconomic status," pursuant to new Illinois Supreme Court rules announced earlier this year.
Calling all government attorneys January 2001 The ISBA's Standing Committee on Government Lawyers wants to include you in its constituency. Historically, neither the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission nor the Illinois State Bar Association has maintained data with respect to those attorneys engaged in government practice.
From the chair By Michael F. O’Brien May 2001 Internet technology has vastly enhanced the Human Rights Section Council's legislative review process.
From the chair By Michael F. O’Brien January 2001 The Human Rights Section Council has had two rather lively meetings this fall and winter.
From the outgoing chair By Michael F. O’Brien June 2001 The review of proposed legislation affecting Human Rights has historically been a primary function of this section council.
Illinois Supreme Court holds school desegregation equitable remedies are not “compensatory damages” justifying taxes or bondsunder Tort Immunity Act By Michael F. O’Brien January 2001 Following eight years of legal challenges by Rockford school district taxpayers, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that the Illinois Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act, 745 ILCS 10/1-101 et seq. (1998) ("Tort Immunity Act"), does not authorize taxes or bonds for school desegregation suit equitable remedies.
Is Executive Order 11246 still valid? By Douglas A. Darch May 2001 In 1965 then-President Johnson issued Executive Order 11246. This Executive Order required government contractors to meet certain affirmative action obligations.
Law Ed Seriesproposal January 2001 Public records have long been available to people with both the patience to wait in long lines and the means to pay for duplication.
Memorandum: jury verdict in job-bias testers case By Douglas A. Darch January 2001 The use of job-bias testers was dealt a major set-back this September when a federal jury in Chicago returned a verdict for the employer in the first testers case to proceed to trial, Kyles v. J K Guardian Security Services.
The source of Native American rights in Illinois By Matthew W. Beaudet May 2001 It was a great honor to be invited to the ISBA's Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section Council's mid-year meeting last month.
U.S. Supreme Court holds state employees cannot sue for money damages under the ADA By Brian M. Stolzenbach May 2001 In its latest Eleventh Amendment sovereign immunity case, the United States Supreme Court held that individual employees may not sue their state employers for money damages under the Americans with Disabilities Act.