Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

December 2000Volume 88Number 12Pages 673-732

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Practice News

Illinois Law Update

Rockford school desegragation case; another take on grandparent's visitation; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.


Tort Law | By
William R. Tapella II
The courts and legislature should avoid pleas for false symmetry among the three, this author argues.
Contracts | By
James M. Van Vliet Jr.
Under Illinois law, "best efforts" promises apparently are not binding when the parties have failed to specify a level of performance. The author discusses the implications.
Expert Witnesses | By
Steven J. Sturm
Rebecca N. Poulson
How far can psychological experts go in bolstering witness credibility? The authors review the law in Illinois.
Real Estate Law | By
Thomas J. McNulty
Make no mistake about it—representing taxpayers before Illinois assessment officials constitutes the practice of law, this author says.
Real Estate Law | By
Margaret A. Bennett
Increase the efficiency and profitability of your real estate practice.
Uniform Commercial Code | By
René Ghadimi
This article discusses the important and sometimes elusive distinction between the two accounts.


Letters to the Editor
Civility, please.
President’s Page | By
Herb Franks
  There is a destiny that makes us brothers, none goes this way alone  All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own —Anon.
The Lawyer’s Journal | By
Bonnie C. McGrath
Extra protection against self-incrimination; grandparents get their (bad) day in court; and more.
Law Office Management & Technology | By
Todd H. Flaming
You'll waste your investment in hardware and software if you don't invest some time and effort in training people how to use it.
Legal Communication | By
Maureen B. Collins
A gallery of horrors awaits legal writers who aren't attentive to; or who play fast and loose with; the details.
Malpractice Prevention Update | By
Anne E. Thar
It's a common situation; a small group seeking a lawyer's help in forming a closely held business entity; that presents multiple malpractice traps for lawyers.