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Soldiers, Sailors and the Law: A Civilian Lawyer’s Guide

By Lt. Colin A. Kisor and Lt. John Fojut
June
2001
Article
Page 302
Representing a soldier? Suing one? Read this practical guide to the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act.

Point/Counterpoint: Crafting a Counter-Argument

By Maureen B. Collins
May
2001
Column
Page 267
Learn to counter your opponent's arguments without giving them too much weight.

Ten Tips for Responding to an ARDC Inquiry

By Karen J. Dilibert
April
2001
Column
Page 213
Being the subject of an ARDC grievance is a lawyer's nightmare. Here's what to do; and what not to; if it happens to you.

Reporting Elder Abuse: Not a Requirement but an Option for Lawyers

By Lee Beneze
February
2001
Article
Page 93
Lawyers aren't required to report elder abuse, but they enjoy statutory protection if they do.

Taking an Equity Interest in a Client; Is it Worth the Risk?

By Anne E. Thar
February
2001
Column
Page 101
Should you take your fee in the form of stock options in a client company? Before you say "yes," read on.

Defending Transportation Cases: A Pretrial Preparation Primer

By James F. McCluskey and E. Angelo Spyratos
January
2001
Article
Page 41
Defense lawyers: think "trial" the minute you get a case.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
December
2000
Column
Page 686
Extra protection against self-incrimination; grandparents get their (bad) day in court; and more.

Laureate of the Month

November
2000
Column
Page 618
This month's featured honoree: Esther Rothstein.

A Beginner’s Guide to Information Security and The Legal Profession

By Frank P. Andreano
October
2000
Article
Page 592
The basics of protecting e-mail and electronic information from interception.

A Civil Action

By Maureen B. Collins
October
2000
Column
Page 601
It may not be in your client's best interest to approach your relationship with opposing counsel as if it were war.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
October
2000
Column
Page 560
The illusion of insurance exclusion; lease lacking, landlord loses; OSHA makes house calls; and more.

Public and appellate defenders once again granted immunity — P.A. 91-877

September
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 500
Public and appellate defenders and those who contract for their services are once again immune from legal and professional malpractice claims under a new Illinois law.

ISBA Computer Book Brings You into the 21st Century

By Todd H. Flaming
August
2000
Column
Page 475
Find out how to put computers to work in your practice with this new book from the ISBA's Committee on Legal Technology.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
August
2000
Column
Page 434
You still have the right to remain silent; UPL and in-house counsel; and more.

An Editing Checklist

By Maureen B. Collins
July
2000
Column
Page 415
Learning to be your own editor is an important but challenging job. This checklist can help you revise your own work.

Laureate of the Month

July
2000
Column
Page 376
This month's featured honoree: Rockford lawyer John T. Holmstrom, Jr.

Senior Legal Assistance Services: A Well-Kept Secret

By Lee Beneze
July
2000
Article
Page 411
Too few attorneys know about Illinois' federally funded senior legal assistance services program.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
June
2000
Column
Page 308
Playing the child-support percentages; ADA news and views; please don't squeeze the luggage; and more.

A Legal Writer’s Bookshelf

By Maureen B. Collins
June
2000
Column
Page 359
Been a while since you sharpened your writer's saw? These books can help.

Lawyer as Storyteller

By Maureen B. Collins
May
2000
Column
Page 289
To be truly persuasive, don't just write a brief; tell a story.

The Lawyer’s Role in Lawyer/Staff Relations

By Paul Sullivan and Kettie A. Sprenger
May
2000
Column
Page 287
Are you keeping up your side of the employer/employee relationship?

Another Look at the Future

By Cheryl Niro
April
2000
Column
Page 190
Imagine sitting in a room filled with lawyers from across the nation and hearing that 99 percent of white-collar jobs that we know today will be gone or unrecognizable within the next 10 years.

Electronic Briefs: The Time Has Come

By Todd H. Flaming
April
2000
Column
Page 233
Here's how to create an electronic brief that includes exhibits, signed documents; everything you'd include in a paper version. For an example, see /ibj/apr00lj/ebrief.pdf.

Recommendations for Rookie Writers

By Maureen B. Collins
April
2000
Column
Page 237
Okay, you've got a real job now; how do you transfer your writing skills from the classroom to the real world of lawyering? Here are some tips.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
March
2000
Column
Page 124
Public defenders and legal malpractice; lawyers can commit UPL; and more.

Talking—and Listening—to Your Employees

By Paul Sullivan
March
2000
Column
Page 171
Taking the time to communicate with workers will pay dividends.

Drafting Transaction Documents: The Pieces of the Puzzle

By Maureen B. Collins
February
2000
Column
Page 110
Assemble the standard provisions and create the picture of a well-done deal.

Helping Jurors Listen: Early Jury Instructions and Supreme Court Rule 239

By Susan M. Brazas
February
2000
Article
Page 80
How and why to present instructions to jurors before opening statements.

Laureates of the Academy of Illinois Lawyers

February
2000
Column
Page 60
Kennard J. Besse, Sterling; Robert E. Bradney, Jacksonville

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
February
2000
Column
Page 62
Banks and title insurance; fees for foiled FOIA requests; crafting affirmative action plans; and more.

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