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Two Cook County Circuit Court Judicial Vacancies Announced

Posted on April 1, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Applications are now being accepted for judicial vacancies in the Tenth and Eighth Subcircuits of Cook County, according to an announcement made by the Illinois Supreme Court.

The vacancy of the Tenth Subcircuit judicial position was created by the retirement of Judge Thomas Allen. The vacancy of the Eighth Subcircuit judicial position was created by the retirement of Judge John Fleming.

CLE: Make Every Day Law Day—Family Law Basics

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

You’ve been there: You mention you’re an attorney to a new acquaintance and suddenly you’re peppered with child custody and visitation questions. Don’t miss this live webinar on April 18 that’s designed to give attorneys who don’t practice in the family law arena a primer on parental responsibilities, parenting time, and child support. Learn the basics of family law and get a toolbox of go-to resources for help. Discover how you can put your newfound knowledge to immediate use—and for the greater good of the public—with pro bono opportunities.

Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices Releases Preliminary Report

Posted on March 27, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices released its preliminary report concerning pretrial reform in the Illinois criminal justice system today.

A final report with recommendations regarding the administration of pretrial justice in Illinois will be released in December. The commission also announced that public hearings regarding pretrial justice will be held throughout the state in the coming months.

Voting Underway in 2019 ISBA Election

Posted on March 27, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Voting is now underway in the 2019 ISBA Election.

ISBA's election provider Election America emailed e-ballots to members with valid email addresses and mailed paper ballots to members without valid email addresses today, Wednesday, March 27. The deadline for voting is Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. 

Only attorney members who have paid their dues by March 1, 2019 are eligible to vote. 

Best Practice Tips: Hiring Lawyers Who are Children of Law Firm Partners

Posted on March 27, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Asked and Answered 

By John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

Q. I am an associate attorney in a nine-attorney firm in Orlando, Florida. There are five partners and four associates in the firm. I have been with the firm for four years and I am the senior associate. I am concerned about my future. Recently one of the partners announced that he was bringing his son, who recently graduated from law school, into the firm as an associate. Other partners have children in law school. I have hopes of becoming a partner in the firm in the next few years. I am afraid that with partners’ children in the firm, this may not happen. What are your thoughts on this matter?

Quick Takes for Your Practice: Five Things Lawyers Can Do to Improve Their Social Media Presence

Posted on March 26, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Attorney Marie Sarantakis discusses five things lawyers can do to improve their social media presence. Tips include creating shareable content, posting early and often, asking for reviews, taking advantage of existing networks, and finding what works for you.  

Defusing the Courtroom

Posted on March 25, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

In a profession that requires people to argue all day, in an era when arguing easily turns to shouting, it’s time for some self-reflection. April’s Illinois Bar Journal asks judges throughout the state and at all levels whether we’re all doing enough to keep calm. It turns out things aren’t all that bad, even if we can always do better.

CLE: Traffic Law Nuts and Bolts—Spring 2019

Posted on March 25, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Join us on April 12 for a full-day seminar in Naperville that gives you the nuts and bolts you need to assist your clients with their traffic law needs. Attorneys with basic practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: what to expect during the initial client meeting; how standardized field sobriety testing can affect a DUI trial; how breath testing devices work; the admissibility of blood tests in DUI cases; the qualification and training requirements for drug recognition experts; how to rescind statutory suspensions; how to obtain documents from the Secretary of State; how dispositions may affect a client’s driving privileges; and the crossroads of immigration law and traffic-related offenses.

Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions Issued Thursday, March 21

Posted on March 22, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court handed down opinions in six cases on Thursday, March 21. In People v. Webb, the court held that the unlawful use of weapons statute that provides that it is unlawful to possess or carry a stun gun in public is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, and in People v. Drake, remanded a defendant’s appealed aggravated battery conviction to the circuit court for a retrial. In City of Chicago v. City of Kankakee, the court held that the Illinois Department of Revenue has the exclusive authority to audit disputed sales transactions and to distribute or redistribute resulting tax revenues due to any error. In 1550 MP Road LLC v. Teamsters Local Union No. 700, the court held that a union’s lease and purchase agreement that was in violation of the Property of Unincorporated Associations Act and the union’s bylaws was unenforceable. The court issued three opinions in Wingert v. Hradisky. In Van Dyke v. White, the court addressed whether the Illinois Secretary of State Securities Department has the authority to bring an administrative action against someone also subject to regulation by the Department of Insurance.