Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Internet

Judicial Notice in the Internet Era

By Daniel Myerson
May
2015
Article
, Page 30
The Internet has made vast amounts of information available, and judicial notice can put it into the record - within limits.

The Ratings Game

By Janan Hanna
March
2014
Cover Story
, Page 124
Sites like Avvo that rate lawyers and encourage consumer reviews are evoking reaction positive and negative in the legal community – and posing interesting ethical challenges.
1 comment (Most recent February 24, 2014)

The Dangers of Litigating in the Media

By Richard L. Miller II
January
2012
Article
, Page 42
A look at the risks your client takes by publicly discussing an ongoing case and why doing so is usually a bad idea.

Protecting anonymous online speakers: Stone v Paddock Publications

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2012
LawPulse
, Page 10
Plaintiffs seeking pre-suit discovery to unmask the anonymous online posters who allegedly libeled them must first state facts that support a defamation claim, the first district held.

‘Appy ‘Olidays!

By John G. Locallo
December
2011
Column
, Page 602
Deck your smartphone with some of these lawyer-friendly apps.

The electronic courtroom: E-filing and videoconferencing

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2011
LawPulse
, Page 550
The Illinois Supreme Court pursues electronic filing and adopts a rule allowing testimony by videoconference.

New scams target real estate lawyers

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2011
LawPulse
, Page 550
Scammers are using smartphones and apps to steal home-sale proceeds.

Schools may suspend or expel students for gross disobedience or misconduct committed online. PA 097-0340.

November
2011
Illinois Law Update
, Page 556
Illinois lawmakers have amended the School Code to enable school boards to suspend or expel students for committing gross disobedience or misconduct using electronic means. (105 ILCS 5/10-22.6).

ABA Ethics, Part 1: new opinions on lawyer websites, e-mail/client confidentiality

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2011
LawPulse
, Page 490
New ethics opinions give helpful e-advice, particularly for lawyers with websites.

Does Your Law Firm Need a Virtual Reality?

By Peter R. Olson
October
2011
Article
, Page 516
Is it time to move your practice online? Internet-based legal software innovations offer practitioners ways to cut costs while expanding their potential client base.

Friending Your Enemies, Tweeting Your Trials: Using Social Media Ethically

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2011
Cover Story
, Page 500
A look at the special ethical challenges that arise when lawyers use Facebook, Twitter and the like and how to address them.
1 comment (Most recent October 12, 2011)

Why Calendars Matter - and Why I’m Going Back to Analog

By Karen Erger
October
2011
Column
, Page 534
Sometimes the best technology is good old pen and paper.
1 comment (Most recent October 14, 2011)

Correspondence from Our Readers

September
2011
Column
, Page 430
And while you're figuring out Twitter…; Highest objective of legal education is preparing "educated citizens."

QR and the Illinois Bar

By John G. Locallo
August
2011
Column
, Page 380
What QR codes are and how to use them to promote your practice.

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.

A Business Lawyer Plugs into the Business of Law

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

“It’s Toasted”: Lawyer websites and the rules of ethics

By Karen Erger
December
2010
Column
, Page 645
So what can you say and do on your website? A new ABA ethics opinion provides guidance.

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.
1 comment (Most recent July 2, 2012)

Listing an item on eBay does not confer personal jurisdiction upon Illinois courts

August
2010
Illinois Law Update
, Page 400
The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, in June upheld a motion to dismiss from the Circuit Court of Du Page County, finding that "a seller of an item on eBay, without further ties to a forum, is not subject to specific jurisdiction in that forum."

Your (Mostly Free) Private Investigator

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2010
Cover Story
, Page 184
An amazing amount of information about parties, witnesses, clients, businesses and more resides on the Internet. Here's how to find it.

Bloggers - endorse with care

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2009
LawPulse
, Page 598
The FTC has issued new guidelines governing product endorsements by bloggers.

Getting Federal Case Filings for Free: Introducing RECAP

By Tom Gaylord
November
2009
Column
, Page 584
RECAP, a Firefox extension, provides free access to otherwise pay-per-view federal documents on the PACER system.

Blogs for Dummies Immigrants

By Karen Erger
October
2009
Column
, Page 526
What's a blog, you ask? Read on.

Social media and legal ethics

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
LawPulse
, Page 438
May an Illinois lawyer list his or her "Specialties" on LinkedIn without running afoul of Illinois RPC 7.4?

Beware the Chinese E-mail scam

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
, Page 386
An Internet scam aimed at lawyers continues to make the rounds.

State of E-Filing in Illinois

By Trent L. Bush, Bryan M. Sims, David M. Clark, & Martin W. Typer
July
2009
Article
, Page 344
While Illinois has no statewide electronic filing system, several county initiatives are at various stages of implementation.

Social networking 1.0

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2009
LawPulse
, Page 278
Despite the newfangled options, blogs and e-mail discussion groups are still excellent ways to connect with other lawyers.

Twitter and Linkedin and Facebook. Oh My!

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2009
Cover Story
, Page 288
Are you Linkedin? Facebooking? Tweeting? Or still figuring out what it's all about and why you should care? Here's a lawyer's guide to social networking.

No five-o’clock world for e-filing

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2009
LawPulse
, Page 10
Unless the rules specify otherwise, parties may electronically file up to midnight on deadline day with administrative agencies that permit e-filing, the supreme court holds.

School Code amended to require internet safety education. PA 095-0869

January
2009
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The School Code was amended by changing section 27-13.3 to add internet safety education to the required school curriculum. 105 ILCS 5/27-13.3.

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