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Newsletter articles from 2007

“The condemnation of Sir Walter Raleigh” or “confronting confrontation” By Thomas A. Bruno June 2007 The Illinois Supreme Court has decided a case on the Confrontation Clause that takes us back to the days of Sir Walter Raleigh.
Contractual foundations of universal human rights By Christopher R. Minelli June 2007 Next year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the ratification of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Despite it all, U.S. civil liberties strong By Harry Kalven Jr. December 2007 On August 5, President George W. Bush signed into law legislation that amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA).
Ethics issues By Eugene F. Friedman December 2007 The basics of copyright law
From the Chair By Steven Helle December 2007 I attended a communications law seminar recently and two observations gave me pause.
From the Chair By Steven Helle November 2007 Most people might assume that high school students have fewer rights than adults.
From the Chair By Steven Helle September 2007 A colleague related how she had been stopped recently on a Washington, D.C., street by an ACLU intern who was attempting to collect signatures on a petition.
From the Chair By Kathryn E. Eisenhart June 2007 This is my last “from the chair” column. This year has gone very quickly.
From the Chair By Kathryn E. Eisenhart March 2007 On January 25, I attended an all day conference entitled “The Secret World of Human Trafficking.”
From the Chair By Kathryn E. Eisenhart January 2007 A message from Section Chair Kathryn Eisenhart.
The invalidation of Illinois’ ballot access law: Good news for voters who seek choice in elections : Lee v. Keith, (7th Cir., 2006) 463 F.3d 763 By Patrick M. Kinnally March 2007 Since 1980, not a single independent candidate has qualified as a candidate for an Illinois General Assembly. Unless a person can demonstrate he is within a recognized political party or can qualify as a “new party” candidate (Green, Libertarian etc.), he is effectively deprived from candidacy.
ISBA Human Rights Section Council member wins case for victims of Dictator Alberto Fujimori By Sean O’Brien March 2007 A team of Notre Dame law professors and LL.M students has won an important case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, establishing Peru’s responsibility for human rights violations during the dictatorship of former President Alberto Fujimori.
Last war dance for the Chief By Kenneth Dobbs June 2007 Decades-long battles involving reason, history, protests by students and faculty, pleadings from every Native American organization in the United States and lawsuits couldn’t move the Chancellors, Presidents and Trustees of the University of Illinois to cease using Chief Illiniwek as a team mascot.
Local immigration ordinances are likely unconstitutional By Anthony E. Rothert September 2007 Several municipalities across the country have recently adopted laws that attempt to regulate immigration.
MCLE credit and newsletter authors September 2007 According to Rule 795(d)(7) of the Supreme Court of Illinois’ Minimum Continuing Legal Education Rules, authors who write “law-related articles in responsible legal journals or other legal sources” can get MCLE credit.
R. Eugene Pincham—2007 Gertz Award honoree By Richard L. Hutchison November 2007 This year’s Human Rights Section’s Gertz Award honoree, attorney R. Eugene Pincham, has a long and illustrious career as a civil and human rights champion.
Report on Annual Gertz Award Luncheon By Richard L. Hutchison January 2007 The Gertz Award presentation was made at a luncheon in December.
Rhetoric aside, most First Amendment claimants lose By Tony Mauro September 2007 WASHINGTON — “Where the First Amendment is implicated, the tie goes to the speaker, not the censor.”
Starting the debate: Should Illinois have same-sex marriage or civil unions? By Mark E. Wojcik January 2007 One of the most contentious national political issues is whether to recognize same-sex marriages, deny same-sex marriages, or create some sort of “compromise” that falls short of using the word “marriage,” but yet purports to grant a large number of tangible legal benefits to same-sex couples and their children.
Student speech law heating up By Steven Helle November 2007 This article will offer a primer for when that upset parent with teen in tow comes marching into your office.