Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

May 2015Volume 103Number 5Pages 1-52

Practice News

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Illinois Law Update

Judgments in favor of unlicensed debt collection agencies are not void; parties may no longer demand a jury of 12; increased access to individual criminal history transcripts; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.

Articles

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Ethics | By
Ed Finkel
The pathways for breaching client confidentiality - whether due to simple carelessness or inadequate security - continue to multiply as technology advances.
24
Real Estate Law | By
Damon Ritenhouse
Pointers for representing condo owners and prospective purchasers, particularly in light of the Illinois Supreme Court's recent Spanish Court ruling.
30
Evidence | By
Daniel Myerson
The Internet has made vast amounts of information available, and judicial notice can put it into the record - within limits.
34
Contract Law | By
Aaron T. Dozeman
The four corners rule bars admission of parol evidence to interpret contracts unless they're ambiguous. But in rare cases, the provisional admission approach might allow such evidence.
40
Expert Witness | By
Tiffany Riggs
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Tim Hammersmith
No matter how convincing your experts, their testimony may be for naught if you fail to make timely and appropriate disclosure of their identity under Rule 213(f)(3).

Columns

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Comments
The new HCPOA, Mr. Cub's will, criminal justice reform commission.
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President's Page | By
Richard D. Felice
Oregon and California could join Washington in authorizing LLLTs.
45
Best of ISBA Newsletters
How one court applied the new spousal maintenance formula.
46
The Judge's Corner | By
Hon. Ron Spears
The rapid growth of litigation funding raises a host of issues.
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Finding Illinois Law | By
Tom Gaylord
A look back at eight years of columns.