Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

August 2017Volume 105Number 8Pages 1-54

Practice News

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Illinois Law Update

Attorney referral agreements and fee sharing; instructional error in jury selection can constitute plain error; House proposes capping attorney's fees at 15 percent for some work-comp claims; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.

Articles

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Marketing | By
Ed Finkel
What's the experience like at your law firm for the people who matter most - your clients? Isn't it time you asked them?
22
Legislative Roundup | By
Jim Covington
The General Assembly approved legislation authorizing collaborative law in divorce, reducing the risk that appeals of administrative review are thrown out for minor errors, and limiting civil asset forfeiture, among other important action.
30
Evidence | By
Richard S. Kling
,
Khalid Hasan
, and
Martin D. Gould
Social media is a trove of potential evidence, but lawyers must be mindful of ethical limits before attempting to get and use it. This article looks at the small body of law and advisory opinions applicable to social media evidence and related issues.
34
Immigration / Family Law | By
Stephanie L. Tang
U.S. citizens must complete an affidavit of support if they file for their immigrant spouse to become a permanent resident. But if the partners divorce, the support obligation created by the affidavit is strict and potentially indefinite.
40
Estate Planning / Tort Law | By
Lauren Pierucci
Protecting Client Settlement Funds with Special Needs Trusts

Columns

8
Comments
Difficult dogs; e-filing and big data.
10
President's Page | By
Hon. Russell W. Hartigan
New judges and lawyers both face obstacles and frustrations. For lawyers especially, ISBA resources can help.
44
Loss Prevention | By
Karen Erger
Tips for leaving the office more satisfied with the work you've done today and more likely to succeed tomorrow.
44
Lawyer Lincoln's Legacy | By
Guy Fraker
and
J. Steven Beckett
In his "Notes for a Law Lecture," Lincoln left a blueprint for good lawyering. His advice is echoed in case law and the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.
48
Pointers from Practice HQ | By
Steven J. Best
Ten tips to help you transition to a paperless office.
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Your ISBA
The ISBA Mutual Insurance Company has partnered with the Illinois Bar Foundation to create the ISBA Mutual Giving Circle.