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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
Article
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.

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
Article
Page 500
A look at the special ethical challenges that arise when lawyers use Facebook, Twitter and the like and how to address them.

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.

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
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.

“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.

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
Article
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, and 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
Article
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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