Publications

Articles on Judges and Judiciary

Courthouses must post notices with information for filing a complaint against a judge

October
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The court clerk is required to post a notice containing information for filing a complaint against a judge.

Yes, you must report judicial misconduct

By Matthew Hector
August
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
An attorney's duty to report attorney misconduct under Rule of Professional Conduct 8.3 extends to judges, too.

Reining in Implicit Bias

By Justice Michael B. Hyman
July
2017
Article
Page 26
Implicit bias poses a constant challenge to lawyers and judges. Nothing will eliminate it, but we can reduce its influence.

Accusations against judges: Balancing lawyer ethics and the First Amendment

By Matthew Hector
May
2017
LawPulse
Page 10
If you accuse a judge of misconduct, make sure your accusation is based on facts, not your subjective belief. Otherwise, you can run afoul of ethics rules.

Well Grounded

By Ed Finkel
December
2016
Cover Story
Page 20
Lloyd A. Karmeier grew up on a southern Illinois dairy farm and was the first in his family to practice law. A few weeks ago, he completed the journey from one-room schoolhouse to Illinois Supreme Court chief justice.

Will Rhonda Crawford take the bench?

By Matthew Hector
December
2016
LawPulse
Page 10
She won her race for Cook County judge. But with her law license suspended and criminal charges pending after she heard cases while still a staff attorney, will Rhonda Crawford be allowed to take office?

Judging judges

By Matthew Hector
November
2016
LawPulse
Page 12
There's a growing amount of sophisticated information about judges for voters and practitioners. But you still can't beat insights from fellow lawyers.

McCuskey comes full circle

By Matthew Hector
April
2015
LawPulse
Page 10
Judge Michael McCuskey made the rare journey from the state to the federal bench and back again - and he's happy to leave federal court behind.

The incredible, unciteable Rule 23 order

By Matthew Hector
October
2014
LawPulse
Page 466
Lawyers can cite magazine articles like the one you're reading in their pleadings and briefs - why can't they cite Rule 23 orders?

Judicial Independence: Two Westerns and a Promise

By Hon. Ron Spears
February
2014
Column
Page 98
Sometimes judges have to make a lonely stand against the majority.

Implicit Bias in the Courts

By Justice Michael B. Hyman
January
2014
Article
Page 40
Implicit bias and stereotypes can affect the fairness of legal proceedings. It's important for lawyers and judges to examine unconscious attitudes and their hidden dangers.

‘Aim for the Top’

By Ed Finkel
November
2013
Cover Story
Page 564
After a four-decade ascent through all levels of the Illinois court system, Rita Garman becomes Illinois's second female chief justice.

“Test the waters” doctrine not an appropriate supplement to substitution-of-judge analysis

November
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 560
On September 11, 2013, the Fourth District Appellate Court held that orders for scheduling and continuances are not substantial rulings that would allow for the denial of a motion for substitution of a judge as of right.

Access to Justice Commission strives to open courts to the poor, disabled

By Adam W. Lasker
December
2012
LawPulse
Page 626
The new supreme-court-appointed commission is working to improve access to the courts for people living in poverty or who have disabilities and language barriers.

Are statewide, standardized court forms coming to Illinois?

By Adam W. Lasker
December
2012
LawPulse
Page 626
Illinois is one of only two states without court-approved standardized forms for pro se litigants and others to use. That might be about to change.

The High Price of Low Funding

By Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride
November
2012
Cover Story
Page 587
While courts must be frugal, the other branches have a responsibility to adequately fund our justice system, Illinois' chief justice says.

Why Adequate Court Funding Continues to be an ISBA Priority

By John E. Thies
November
2012
Column
Page 572
Bar associations and the lawyers they serve must promote adequate funding.

The Case for Reform of Illinois Judicial Disqualification Standards

By John E. Thies
September
2012
Column
Page 456
It's time we implemented commonsense, fair rules on recusal.

Perception is Reality: Recusal and Judicial Campaign Contributions

By Maria Kantzavelos
September
2012
Cover Story
Page 468
An ISBA special committee is exploring the role of campaign contributions in judicial elections and whether recusal standards should be changed.

Co-parties lack standing to appeal substitution-of-judge rulings

By Adam W. Lasker
March
2012
LawPulse
Page 126
The Illinois Supreme Court holds in Powell v Dean Foods that a defendant does not have standing on appeal to challenge the ruling on a co-defendant's motion for substitution of judge.

Correspondence from Our Readers

December
2011
Column
Page 598
What judges know about family law.

Substitution of judge for cause: the high court keeps the bar high

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2011
LawPulse
Page 604
The supreme court refused an invitation to hold that "appearance of impropriety," as opposed to proof of actual prejudice, is the standard for substitution of judge for cause.

A Judge’s Obligation to Learn the Law

By H. Joseph Gitlin
October
2011
Column
Page 537
Judicial discretion gives judges tremendous power - and a heavy responsibility.

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?

What Price Justice? The County Board Wants to Know

By Hon. Ron Spears
May
2011
Column
Page 260
How much process is due a criminal defendant? It's a dollars-and-cents question.

Mandatory performance evaluations for circuit, associate judges

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2011
LawPulse
Page 174

Surviving the Death of Oral Argument

By Gino L. DiVito
April
2011
Article
Page 188
A retired appellate justice offers his view of what can be done to assure full and fair vetting of cases in a post-oral-argument world.

What judges want

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2011
LawPulse
Page 174

“He Remembers His Roots”

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2011
Cover Story
Page 76
A former legal aid lawyer and sole practitioner from rural beginnings settles into the role of Illinois' chief justice.

Correspondence from Our Readers

January
2011
Column
Page 6
Another approach to judicial selection

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