Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

May 2011Volume 99Number 5Pages 213-268

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Practice News

Illinois Law Update

Mistaken good faith belief about law does not support traffic stop; civil unions law passed; death penalty abolished; amendments clarify standards for child abuse, neglect; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.


Family Law | By
Richard A. Wilson
Beginning June 1, Illinois' civil union law confers most of the rights of marriage on parties to a civil union. But federal prohibitions impose important limits. Find out how the new law works.
Practice of Law / Young Lawyers | By
Helen W. Gunnarsson
Though there isn't much money in it, serving as appointed counsel is a way to gain invaluable courtroom experience and remind yourself why you went to law school in the first place.
Health Care Law | By
Brian J. McKenna
Nancy K. McKenna
The individual mandate, which penalizes the failure to buy health insurance, is at the heart of the constitutional challenges to health care reform. Here's a reader-friendly guide to the arguments.
Bankruptcy / Civil Practice | By
Christopher B. Lega
Judicial estoppel can derail a plaintiff who filed for bankruptcy but then brought a lawsuit he failed to reveal in the bankruptcy case.
Estate Planning / Creditor’s Rights | By
Thomas A. Pasquesi
Thomas M. Badenhausen
The law exempts life insurance policy proceeds from the claims of a decedent-insured's creditors. But exceptions give creditors an opportunity to recover.


Death of oral argument; the way to the courthouse; being in the moment.
President’s Page | By
Mark D. Hassakis
The ISBA works because we - all of us - make it work.
The Judge’s Corner | By
Hon. Ron Spears
How much process is due a criminal defendant? It's a dollars-and-cents question.
Estate Planning | By
Katarinna McBride
Here's a new asset-protection strategy so cool you can dance to it.
Finding Illinois Law | By
Tom Gaylord
The U.S. Government Printing Office's FDsys website is a great place to find documents, too.