Publications

Articles From Professor Jeffrey A. Parness

Equitable Adoption: Are Kids Parental Property in Illinois?

By Jeffrey A. Parness
September
2016
Article
Page 36
In In re Scarlett Z.-D., the Illinois Supreme Courtrefused to grant equitable adoption rights to a nonparent who had played a childrearing role. The author looks at the policy issues surrounding the role of nonparents in childrearing.

New Realities of Civil Practice: Economics, Ethics and Innovation

By Jeffrey A. Parness
December
2015
Column
Page 40
The 2015 Allerton House Conference looked at topics ranging from the law school debt crisis to the impact of LegalZoom.

Technology and the Trial Process: The 2013 Allerton Conference

By Jeffrey A. Parness
December
2013
Article
Page 638
Social media use by lawyers and other technology topics were on the agenda of the 2013 Allerton Conference.

Managing Discovery of Electronically Stored Information in Illinois

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
June
2013
Column
Page 316
While other jurisdictions address discovery challenges posed by ESI, Illinois has yet to act.

Developments in the Duty to Preserve Evidence

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
March
2013
Column
Page 152
Two recent cases shed light on spoliation claims in Illinois.

Guardianship and Nontraditional Families

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
December
2012
Column
Page 660
Family relationships have evolved, and so have guardianships.

Another Limit on Refiling Voluntarily Dismissed Cases

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
September
2012
Column
Page 498
The first district rules that judicial estoppel can be a bar to refiling.

Legal Parenthood: Old Doctrines, New Families

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
June
2012
Column
Page 330
Is the “superior parental rights” doctrine outdated?

Preventing Deposition Abuse in Illinois

By Jeffrey A. Parness
March
2012
Column
Page 162
Illinois courts should require prediscovery conferrals and other deposition-management techniques, the author opines.

Hot Button Civil Evidence Issues: The 2011 Allerton Conference

By Jeffrey A. Parness
December
2011
Article
Page 632
This year's Allerton Conference focused on electronic evidence, spoliation, and other important topics not squarely addressed by Illinois' recent evidence-rules codification.

Statutory Parenthood for Same-Sex Partners

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
December
2011
Column
Page 636
The Illinois Parentage Act should be amended to make it easier for same-sex partners to establish their parenthood.

Civil Unions and Parenthood at Birth

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
September
2011
Column
Page 473
How should legal parenthood at birth be established when children are born into civil unions?

The Limits on Legislative Power to Withhold Subject Matter Jurisdiction

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
June
2011
Column
Page 316
The supreme court underscores the limits on the power to decide which cases courts can hear.

Vailas: An Ill-Conceived Limit on Modifying Child Support Orders

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
March
2011
Column
Page 160
While Vailas' goal of protecting nonresidents is laudable, the approach it took commands too high a price.

Non-identical Twins: The Illinois and Federal Rules of Evidence

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
December
2010
Column
Page 642
Important differences between the two limit the persuasive power of federal precedents in Illinois.

Web Auction Sales and Long-Arm Jurisdiction

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
September
2010
Column
Page 486
A court rules that an Illinois eBay buyer could not hale a California seller into court in Illinois.

Judicial Versus Legislative Authority after Lebron

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
June
2010
Column
Page 324
The med-mal caps ruling continues the age-old battle over separation of powers.

Red Light Cameras: Innocent But Guilty

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
March
2010
Column
Page 158
Learn about the losing battle to challenge automated traffic enforcement.

Nonlawyers in Administrative Adjudications

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
December
2009
Column
Page 636
Nonlawyers can represent an employer in administrative proceedings before the IDES.

Appealable Though Moot?

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
September
2009
Column
Page 476
A recent Illinois Supreme Court opinion analyzes exceptions to the mootness doctrine.

Postjudgement Sanctions: Do Trial Courts Have Too Little Power?

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
June
2009
Column
Page 314
Illinois judges should be free to impose sanctions for misconduct after final judgement and on behalf of nonparties if the facts warrant.

Pleading Civil Rights Claims

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
March
2009
Column
Page 156
The challenges civil-rights claimants face in choosing a forum, shaping their pleadings, and more.

Civility Initiatives: The 2008 Allerton House Conference

By Jeffrey A. Parness
December
2008
Article
Page 636
What are the best ways to combat incivility? Tougher rules? More sanctions? Allerton House conferees considered these options and more.

Settlements: The Limits of Same-Case Enforcement

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
December
2008
Column
Page 642
 Lessons from the A and A case.

Depositions of Gravely Ill Illinois Claimants

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
September
2008
Column
Page 476
 A majority in Berry found that while the trial court ruled correctly the system failed.

Residents Suing Nonresidents for Harm in Illinois

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
June
2008
Column
Page 318
Two recent appellate cases limit the power to sue nonresidents.

Refiled Claims: It’s Notice, Not Service

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
March
2008
Column
Page 152
Voluntary dismissals need only be noticed to defendants in the second suit.

Attorney Mistakes, Client Losses: New Visions After Vision Point

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
December
2007
Column
Page 664
Courts should grant extensions for “good cause” failures to comply. So what’s “good cause”?

Sanctioning Firms for Frivolous Filings

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
September
2007
Column
Page 490
Courts should allow sanctions against firms for lawyers' misconduct.

Reforming Paternity Procedures: A Dannielynn in Illinois

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
June
2007
Column
Page 324
What would have happened if Anna Nicole Smith's daughter had been born in Illinois?

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