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Access to Justice Commission is Accepting Proposals for Self-Represented Litigant Coordinators

Posted on August 23, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission) and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from all judicial circuits in Illinois for self-represented litigant (SRL) coordinators. 

SRL coordinators are intended as a bridge, linking their courthouses with others throughout the state to share ideas, develop new resources, and establish programs for assisting SRLs. Monetary grants will be awarded to a limited number of judicial circuits to support the work and programs of the coordinator. Even if a grant is not awarded, the designated coordinator may participate in the SRL coordinator program. 

Illinois Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey

Posted on August 21, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court will leave the Illinois Supreme Court Building in Springfield behind for a day to hear oral arguments at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases starting at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the Hatheway Cultural Center, located at 5800 Godfrey Rd, Godfrey.

The upcoming arguments at Lewis & Clark Community College will be the Court’s first road trip since March 15, 2018, when arguments were heard at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

McDonough County Seeks Public Defender

Posted on August 21, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

McDonough County is accepting applications for the position of public defender.

All applicants must provide proof of a valid Illinois law license, be in good standing with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, and have prior criminal law experience. The successful applicant must be willing to reside in McDonough County. 

PILI Accepting Nominations for Awards

Posted on August 21, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Nominations are open for PILI awards to recognize attorneys and legal programs making outstanding contributions in pro bono and public interest law across the state of Illinois. Attorneys can either submit a self-nomination or nominate a colleague. 

PILI Annual Awards
Every year, PILI presents several awards to acknowledge lawyers and legal programs. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 6.

  • The Distinguished Public Service Award honors an individual whose commitment to public interest work has shaped a career dedicated to service.
  • The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize one former PILI Intern and one former PILI Fellow for outstanding contributions of public interest and/or pro bono work.
  • The Pro Bono Initiative Award acknowledges a single entity for its significant pro bono work in the community.

Illinois Supreme Court Appoints Erwin as At-Large Circuit Judge in Eighth Judicial Circuit

Posted on August 20, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Drew T. Erwin has been appointed at-large circuit judge in the Eighth Judicial Circuit. 

Erwin is being appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Mark A. Drummond on Aug. 5. The appointment takes effect on Sept. 6 and will conclude on Dec. 7, 2020, when the vacancy will be filled by the winner of the November 2020 general election. 

CLE: E-Filing–How to File Properly While Meeting Privacy Obligations

Posted on August 20, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Join us online from noon until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 for a comprehensive overview of the e-filing process and the electronic issues that can arise for practitioners during the filing process, as well as the privacy and logistics concerns that can affect attorneys and their clients.

National Conference of Bar Examiners Issues Practice Analysis Survey

Posted on August 20, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) is asking attorneys to take part in a practice analysis survey, which takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.  

The survey is designed to collect information about the work that newly licensed lawyers perform; the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to competently perform that work; and the technology used in law practice.

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.