The newsletter of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Government Lawyers
Many administrative law judges have found Morell E. Mullins' book, Manual For Administrative Law Judges, to be a useful resource in their practices. Now, a 2001 Interim Edition is available on the Web to update the third edition of the work, which was published nearly ten years ago. Go to http://www.ualr.edu/~malj/ to download this update to your computer.
Are you litigating a criminal case before the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and need jury instructions? At http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/pjury.pdf you can find criminal jury instructions specific to the Seventh Circuit. While the Seventh Circuit does not have pattern civil jury instructions, there is a website containing useful information on pattern civil jury instructions from individual judges in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, as well as from the Fifth, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits. Go to http://www.lb7.uscourts.gov/reflinks.htm#fedpatji to view what this site has to offer.
The Illinois Supreme Court has made it easier to track the dispositions of Petitions for Leave to Appeal ("PLA"). Go to http://www.state.il.us/court/SupremeCourt/PLA_Ann_default.shtml for information on the matter you are following. Also at this site, you can sign up to receive e-mail notices on the announcements of new PLA decisions.
Do you have a client or loved one that may be owed a pension benefit from a now-defunct company or a company that ended its defined benefit pension plan? The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation ("PBGC") is looking for individuals who may be owed such benefits. PBGC's web address is http://www.pbgc.gov/search .
Is your mortgage company making the property tax payment to the correct account for your property in Cook County? To check to see if payments are being made to the correct property and to find out your property tax payment status go to http://www.cookcountytreasurer.com.
One website is attempting to preserve the "history" of the Internet by creating an "Internet library" of old websites, digital information, historic documents, movies and other information that has appeared on the World Wide Web at some earlier time, but no longer exists at its previous address. The Internet Archive, located at www.archive.org/, allows you to use a service called the Wayback Machine to review information on "old" websites. The Internet Archive has also preserved Web information on past historic events in special groupings, such as the September 11, 2001 tragedy and the 2000 election.
Hundreds of consumer and commercial products are recalled for safety problems every year, yet most individuals learn of only a small fraction of these recalls. For an on-line source of information on safety recalls, go to www.safetyalerts.com for listings of product recalls organized in various fashions to ease searching for information on particular products.
Stories, rumors and legends abound about numerous people, places, things and events, but how can you know if a story has any truth behind it? At the Urban Legends Reference Page at www.snopes2.com you can review information on various subjects.