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Articles on Judges and Judiciary

The 2004 Allerton House Conference: Balancing Economy, Efficiency, and Fairness By Jeffrey A. Parness November 2004 Article, Page 590 This year's conference addressed court funding, litigation expenses, settlement talks, and more.
Larry the Lizard’s Near-Death Experience By Hon. Ron Spears November 2004 Column, Page 600 The search for justice yields a solution worthy of Solomon.
Reining in Outside Influence on Judicial Campaigns By Ole Bly Pace October 2004 Column, Page 506  ISBA monitors the tone and conduct of judicial campaigns.
Applying the Frye Standard to Expert Testimony; A Guide for Lawyers and Judges By Hon. Robert J. Steigmann July 2004 Article, Page 363 Here's an appellate court justice's framework for analyzing Frye issues.
Motion to vacate judgment is not a new action entitling litigants to a substitution of judge as of right. January 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 On October 29, 2003, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fifth District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Fayette County denying the defendants' motion for substitution of judge.
Judges must warn immigrants that guilty pleas can lead to deportation By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2003 LawPulse, Page 544 A new law requires judges to warn immigrant defendants that their plea bargains can lead to deportation.
Judicial Evaluations and the Spirit of Volunteerism By Terrence J. Lavin September 2003 Column, Page 428 In the months before I assumed the presidency of your Illinois State Bar Association.
Judge who appeared on behalf of state in defendant’s prior prosecution erred by not recusing himself from proceeding; defendant entitled to Frye hearing where scientific evidence to be introduced against him May 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 226 On February 21, 2003, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, reversed the order of the Circuit Court of Iroquois County committing the defendant to the Department of Human Services for institutional care.
Constitutional Challenges to Municipal Administrative Adjudicatory Systems By Angela R. Hall March 2003 Article, Page 139 Do they succeed? It's possible but not likely, this author writes.
Illinois Judges Speak Out on Settlement Conferences By Mark S. Mathewson November 2002 Article, Page 604 Six judges from around the state describe their approach to pre-trial settlement conferences.
Updated qualifications for administrative law judges October 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 512 On July 23, 2002, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (board) adopted two new provisions implementing sections 10-20 and 10-30(b) of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act (Act).
What’s the Measure of Judicial Excellence? By Hon. Lloyd A. Karmeier, Hon. Morton Denlow, Alfred M. Swanson, Jr., Celia G. Gamrath, Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum, and Michele M. Jochner October 2002 Article, Page 516 What separates a merely competent judge from an excellent one? Here's a review of the qualities.
Appellate Judges and Lawyers: Building the Edifice of Law By Tim Eaton April 2002 Column, Page 166 When we were in law school we learned the basic principles of constitutional, criminal, contract, and tort law by studying opinions written in our state and federal reviewing courts.
Correspondence from Our Readers March 2002 Column, Page 110 Civility begins and ends with judges.
Ethical Campaign Practices for Illinois Judicial Candidates By Hon. Patrick E. McGann February 2002 Article, Page 76 A review of the ethical limitations on Illinois judicial campaigns.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath June 2001 Column, Page 282 Knock-off alert for real estate contract; new Supreme Court Rule 99; time is money, and thus compensable; and more.
Impeaching Jury Verdicts for Juror Misconduct and Prejudicial Influence By Hon. Denise M. O’Malley October 2000 Article, Page 568 A judge's perspective on how courts do—and should—respond to alleged juror misconduct and prejudice.
Former Judge’s Perspective on Voir Dire By Randall A. Bono September 2000 Article, Page 520 The case for allowing lawyers to conduct their own questioning of prospective jurors.
The Res Judicata Doctrine Under Illinois and Federal Law By Barbara Andersen Gimbel July 2000 Article, Page 404 A step-by-step review of the res judicata doctrine and its development and application under the common law.
1999 Illinois Supreme Court Criminal Review: Breathing Life into the Single-Subject Clause By James H. Reddy April 2000 Article, Page 218 The court decided fewer death-penalty cases than in the past and breathed life into the single-subject clause.
Chief Justice Moses W. Harrison January 2000 Column, Page 7 Illinois Supreme Court Justice Moses W. Harrison II of Caseyville in the fifth appellate district began a three-year term as chief justice on Jan. 1.
Municipal Administrative Courts: Speedy Justice at What Cost? By Stanley R. Kaminski January 2000 Article, Page 46 Illinois’ new municipal administrative adjudication law raises concerns that the state has gone too far.
Applicability of the Administrative Procedure Act, Open Meetings Act, and Freedom of Information Act to the Illinois Courts Commission May 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 244 On March 15, 1999, the Attorney General published an opinion on whether the Illinois Courts Commission, which was established by Rule 51 (Ill S Ct Rule 51) of the Illinois Supreme Court to receive and hear complaints related to the removal of a judge from office.
Judges, the Gift Ban Act, and the Constitution By Timothy L. Bertschy February 1999 Column, Page 68 One of the more celebrated accomplishments of the Illinois General Assembly in 1998 was passage of ethics legislation imposing limits on gifts and contributions to state office holders and candidates for those offices.