Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

April 2000Volume 88Number 4Pages 181-240

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Practice News

Illinois Law Update

Guardians have standing to continue divorce action started by ward; new hearsay rules for statements by deceased declarants; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.


Illinois Supreme Court | By
Tim Eaton
Nancy J. Arnold
In its '99 civil decisions, the court continued to exert authority over the way legislation is passed but defer to legislative policy choices.
Illinois Supreme Court | By
James H. Reddy
The court decided fewer death-penalty cases than in the past and breathed life into the single-subject clause.
Real Estate Law | By
John F. Dixon
A review of cases arising out of lawsuits aimed at Illinois developers and homeowners-association board members.
Employment Law | By
Paul R. Kitch
A summary of Illinois law governing noncompete restrictive covenants, with tips for employers.


Letters to the Editor
More on instructing jurors before opening statements
Editor’s Note | By
Stephen C. Buser
The supreme court review — '99 edition
Laureate of the Month
This month's featured honoree: southern Illinois general practitioner Ivan A. Elliott, Jr.
President’s Page | By
Cheryl Niro
Imagine sitting in a room filled with lawyers from across the nation and hearing that 99 percent of white-collar jobs that we know today will be gone or unrecognizable within the next 10 years.
The Lawyer’s Journal | By
Mark S. Mathewson
What hath Tosado wrought? What do jurors think? Granny gives a gift; and more.
Law Office Management & Technology | By
Todd H. Flaming
Here's how to create an electronic brief that includes exhibits, signed documents; everything you'd include in a paper version. For an example, see /ibj/apr00lj/ebrief.pdf.
Malpractice Prevention Update | By
Anne E. Thar
Confused elderly parents, estranged (and strange) children; estate-planning practice can pose serious malpractice risks for the best of lawyers. Here's what to watch for.
Legal Communication | By
Maureen B. Collins
Okay, you've got a real job now; how do you transfer your writing skills from the classroom to the real world of lawyering? Here are some tips.