Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

June 2011Volume 99Number 6Pages 269-320

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Practice News

Illinois Law Update

Dog sniff passes muster; public employees protected during furlough; new regs for real estate licensing; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.


Real Estate Law | By
Helen W. Gunnarsson
In baseball and residential real estate practice alike, it often comes down to the last inning when a lights-out closer can make the difference. Here are tips from veteran lawyers about what you might encounter at a real estate closing and how to handle it.
Juries | By
Stephen R. Kaufmann
Michael P. Murphy
Allowing jurors to ask questions during trial would keep the jury engaged and give lawyers a chance to refine their cases in response to juror queries, the authors argue.
Real Estate Law | By
Barbara A. Farrell
The Illinois Supreme Court interpreted the old Home Repair and Remodeling Act in light of the newly amended version and rendered a contractor-friendly decision.
Tort / Legal Malpractice | By
Matthew S. Dionne
In Union Planters, the Illinois Appellate Court held that a legal malpractice plaintiff need not prove a "case-within-a-case" in an action arising out of transaction-based legal malpractice.  
Corporations | By
Bradford E. Block
Low-profit LLCs - "L3Cs" - can attract investment that conventional nonprofits cannot, and Illinois is one of the few states that allow them. Here's how they work.


Oral arguments, common fund doctrine, civil unions, and more.
President’s Page | By
Mark D. Hassakis
From juvenile justice reform to Lawyers Rock Legends, this has been a year to remember.
Business Law | By
Lin Hanson
The fiduciary obligations of corporate shareholders get a trim.
Civil Practice | By
Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
The supreme court underscores the limits on the power to decide which cases courts can hear.
Loss Prevention | By
Karen Erger
Consulting your client's insurance agent can help you avoid trouble.