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eFileIL Temporarily Unavailable on August 25

Posted on August 19, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

eFileIL will be unavailable for filing Sunday, Aug. 25, beginning at 6 a.m. for scheduled maintenance. It is anticipated that this maintenance activity to take four hours to complete.

Don’t Overlook Hudson: Still a Seminal Case 11 Years Later

Posted on August 19, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Hudson and subsequent caselaw is clear: If a plaintiff voluntarily dismisses a lawsuit after one count of a multicount complaint is dismissed with prejudice under either section 2-619 or section 2-1005 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, any refiling will be barred by res judicata and the rule against claim-splitting (barring an exception). In his August 2019 Illinois Bar Journal article, “Don’t Overlook Hudson,” Adam T. Ernette, an associate at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP in Chicago, uses Hudson v. City of Chicago as a starting point for a state-of-the-law analysis regarding res judicata and the rule against claim-splitting for attorneys considering taking a voluntary dismissal.

IBF to Host Reception Honoring Myles Jacobs

Posted on August 15, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Bar Foundation will honor the life and legacy of Myles L. Jacobs at a reception to aid lawyers in need.

The Myles Jacobs Memoreal Reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Barolo Ristorante in Joliet. Proceeds will benefit the Illinois Bar Foundation's Warren Lupel Lawyers Care Fund, which provides financial aid to help deserving members of the Illinois Bar and their families pay for everyday essentials during times of crisis. 

Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program Seeks Project and Event Manager

Posted on August 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP) is seeking a project and event manager. 


  • Masters, or JD preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Outlook (mail merges).
  • Knowledge of management platforms (Eventbrite, MailChimp).

Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program Seeks Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant

Posted on August 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP) is seeking a bookkeeper/administrative assistant position. 

This part-time position reports to the executive director and provides support to the organization and staff in an effort to advance the organization’s mission of providing assistance to the Illinois legal community in the areas of substance use and mental health impairment.  

ARDC Names New Public Information Officer

Posted on August 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), the administrative agency that regulates all licensed Illinois lawyers, has named Steven R. Splitt to serve as that organization’s next public information officer.

He will begin working in that capacity on Aug. 29.

California Temblors

Posted on August 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The State Bar of California is considering a proposal that would allow legal technicians to offer legal advice and nonlawyers to share fees with attorneys. Similar proposals have drawn criticism from Illinois State Bar Association leaders, who claim they would fundamentally shift the legal landscape.

 “It has been the consistent position of the Illinois State Bar Association that the practice of law is a privilege reserved for licensed lawyers,” said ISBA President David B. Sosin. “The sharing of fees with hedge funds, multi-national corporations, and nonlawyers has been a disaster in other countries. Most importantly, nothing in the California proposal, or similar proposals and plans, address the preeminent issue, which is the protection of the public.”

Quick Takes for Your Practice: How to Determine Venue in a Workers' Compensation Case

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Attorney Howard Ankin discusses how to determine venue in a workers’ compensation case.

CLE: Litigating in an E-World—E-Discovery, Forensics, and Open Source Intelligence in Research

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Join us online from 1 until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 for an intermediate to advanced look at how to use technology to find electronic discovery and produce electronically stored information for your next case.

Practice HQ Resource: Starting a Law Firm Checklist

Posted on August 12, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Starting a new law firm can be an incredibly exciting endeavor, but it can also be daunting to navigate the process and face the unknown.

After all, attorneys must consider everything from software to practice management to client services.