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Newsletter articles from 2000
Attorney General issues opinions on the State Gift Ban Act
Under section 4 of the Attorney General Act (15 ILCS 205/4 (West 1998)), the Attorney General is authorized, upon request, to give written legal opinions to state officers and state's attorneys on matters relating to their official duties.
Attorneys general issue opinions addressing ethical concerns
Under section 4 of the Attorney General Act (15 ILCS 205/4 (West 1998)), the Attorney General is authorized, upon request, to give written legal opinions to state officers and state's attorneys on matters relating to their official duties
Disciplinary cases against public sector attorneys
In re Armentrout, 99 Ill.2d 242, 457 N.E.2d 1262 (1983). The Kane County State's Attorney was suspended from the practice of law for two years after he organized a massive forgery of voter signatures on a referendum petition.
Government lawyers face all the ethical dilemmas faced by lawyers in private practice, in addition to some unique problems.
From the chair
This edition of the newsletter of the Standing Committee on Government Lawyers reflects the Committee's efforts to provide a newsletter that is timely, informative, and most important, germane to the legal and social issues facing government lawyers in the organized bar.
As the issues regarding attorney ethics, including ethical concerns for government lawyers, have expanded over the years, the number of electronic resources for attorneys seeking guidance on ethical issues have likewise increased.
Tracking the progress of legislation at the state and national levels is much easier today than in years past, thanks to two Websites devoted to Illinois and federal legislative matters, respectively.
Legislative update 2000
One of the reasons that ISBA Presidents Cheryl Niro and Herb Franks advocated the formation of a Committee on Government Lawyers was the recognition that, traditionally, government lawyers have not joined the ISBA in numbers proportionate to their composition in the Illinois bar.
News you can use
The Chicago Bar Association's 2000 production of Christmas Spirits is entitled 2001: A Case Odyssey.
News you can use
The Chicago Bar Association's Christmas Spirit's production last December, entitled Virtual Legality, offered special rate tickets for government lawyers.