Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

June 1999Volume 87Number 6Pages 289-340

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Illinois Law Update

Under a business liability insurance policy, an insurer may deny coverage for wrongful death suits where an insured's actions are willful and malicious; and more.

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Law and Technology | By
R. J. Robertson Jr.
Thomas J. Smedinghoff
This new law—effective July 1—removes doubts about legal requirements for electronic "writings'' and "signatures'' and encourages e-commerce. Here's an overview.
Employment Law/Law and Technology | By
Patrice S. Arend
Kathleen M. Holper
A look at issues that arise when employers monitor employee e-mail, and suggestions for developing a workplace e-mail policy.
Notaries | By
Michael L. Closen
Thomas W. Mulcahy
The authors argue that it's a conflict of interest for lawyer-notaries to notarize documents they have prepared.


Letters to the Editor
In their ably researched and written article on the parol evidence rule in the April Journal, Andrew R. Schwartz and Matthew R. Henderson succinctly summarize the rationale for the rule by posing the rhetorical question, "If the contract does not reflect the parties' agreement, why did they sign it?''
Editor’s Note | By
Stephen C. Buser
The lineup for this month's IBJ reflects the Internet's immense impact on business, the workplace, and the law.
President’s Page | By
Timothy L. Bertschy
As my term as ISBA president comes to a close, I reflect on a year of constant challenge and joy.
The Lawyer’s Journal | By
Bonnie McGrath
Guilty but mentally ill'' passes constitutional muster
Practice Tips | By
Craig M. Bargher
Litigants can use section 2-619(a)(3) to seek stays or dismissals when another cause of action involving the "same parties'' and "same cause'' is pending.
Practice Tips | By
James W. Ackerman
The Illinois Supreme Court struck a blow for workers' comp claimants in McMahan v Industrial Commission. This article describes the ruling and its impact.
Malpractice Prevention Update | By
Anne E. Thar
Here's a survey to help you improve your deskside manner.
Law Office Management & Technology | By
Todd Flaming
Can you catch a virus from an e-mail message? What's a listserver? Read on and find out.
Legal Communication | By
Maureen B. Collins
Professor Collins touched a nerve with last month's column. Here are some of your responses and her reactions to them.