Publications

Articles From Helen W. Gunnarsson

The lesson of George Ryan v U.S.

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2011
LawPulse
Page 434
It's this, according to a criminal defense lawyer and court watcher: You shouldn't hesitate to argue alternative, even esoteric, bases for relief to create a record for appeal.

New IOLTA requirements effective September 1

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2011
LawPulse
Page 434
The amended rule forbids non-interest bearing pooled accounts, imposes new recordkeeping requirements, and obliges banks to report trust-account overdrafts.

New limits on FOIA “recurrent requesters”

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2011
LawPulse
Page 434
New legislation would give governmental entities more time to respond to those who make numerous FOIA requests. A look at that and some Open Meetings Act changes.

Supreme court: IPI instruction misstates med-mal standard of care

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2011
LawPulse
Page 434
An Illinois Pattern Jury Instruction doesn't state the correct standard for determining whether a physician's conduct was reasonable in a med-mal case, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled.

Don’t be an oddsmaker

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2011
LawPulse
Page 382
It's a bad idea - maybe even an ethics no-no - to tell clients what you think their chances of winning are, an ISBA lawyer opines.

Miranda: Youth a factor in determining whether interrogation is “custodial”

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2011
LawPulse
Page 382
The U.S. Supreme Court holds that a subject's youth matters when determining whether a Miranda warning is required - a conclusion the Illinois Supreme Court came to years ago.

Statute of repose bars legal malpractice claim

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2011
LawPulse
Page 382
A plaintiff who sued a lawyer for malpractice in the preparation of a quitclaim deed was too late because any injury occurred when the deed was prepared, not later when her husband died.

To Tweet or Not to Tweet?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2011
Article
Page 396
Don't get Twitter? You're not alone. But lawyers are using it to reach out to fellow practitioners and communicate with the public.

Tweeting the law

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2011
LawPulse
Page 382
Lawyers, bar associations, courts, and others use Twitter to push out news, cases, job openings, and more.

“What happened?” How to talk to a found-guilty defendant

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2011
LawPulse
Page 382
What do you say to the criminal defendant who wonders why the judge or jury found him guilty? Two seasoned lawyers offer their thoughts.

A Business Lawyer Plugs into the Business of Law

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2011
Article
Page 340
ISBA President John G. Locallo will use his bully pulpit to help lawyers understand the power and importance of practice-oriented technology.

Hutsell: Parents not liable for death of underage DUI driver

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2011
LawPulse
Page 330
The high court held that parents who hosted a party did not voluntarily undertake the duty to prevent underage drinking.

Junk-fax statute enforceable by private lawsuit

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2011
LawPulse
Page 330
In Italia Foods, the Illinois Supreme Court found that the federal junk-fax statute is enforceable by private litigants in Illinois.

Statewide mentoring program launched by supreme court

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2011
LawPulse
Page 330
Both mentors and mentees in the voluntary program will earn PMCLE credit.

Supreme court okays emotional distress claims for wrongful birth

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2011
LawPulse
Page 330
But the court held in the same case that parents cannot recover the costs of caring for a disabled adult child.

Vendor-neutral citation comes to Illinois

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2011
LawPulse
Page 330
Beginning July 1, the official version of Illinois opinions will be published publicly on the court's website, not privately in bound volumes.

E-filing comes to Cook County

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2011
LawPulse
Page 280
The nation's largest unified court system offers the option of electronic filing in most civil cases.

How to Be a Good Closer

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2011
Article
Page 290
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.

A judge’s perspective on pro se litigants

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2011
LawPulse
Page 280
How far may - and should, and must - a judge go in helping a pro se litigant have his or her day in court?

“This is why we become lawyers”: the Watkins counsel speak

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2011
LawPulse
Page 280
Lawyers talk about the challenges and rewards of representing parties to the highly charged, nationally publicized Watkins visitation case.

Trace amount of methamphetamine supports aggravated DUI conviction

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2011
LawPulse
Page 280
After People v Martin, the state need only prove that the driver who causes a fatal accident had methamphetamine in his system, not that it impaired his performance.

Experience by Appointment

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2011
Article
Page 238
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.

No common fund fee recovery for health care liens

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2011
LawPulse
Page 222

Part of Illinois’s Identity Theft Law found unconstitutional

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2011
LawPulse
Page 222

Court-ordered mental health reports not confidential under IMDMA

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2011
LawPulse
Page 174

Defending a DUI client who said “no” to the police

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2011
LawPulse
Page 174

Finding Your Way to in the Courthouse

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2011
Article
Page 184
How to learn those all-important unwritten rules of courthouse and courtroom practice that vary from circuit to circuit.

Mandatory performance evaluations for circuit, associate judges

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2011
LawPulse
Page 174

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