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Articles on Juries

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 Case for Making Pre-Impact Fear Compensable in Survival Actions By Jeffrey J. Kroll August 2000 Article, Page 462 The author argues that Illinois should follow other states and make pre-impact fear compensable.
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.
Trial court did not improperly dismiss potential juror in death penalty case August 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 438 On June 15, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed first degree murder, attempted murder, and armed robbery convictions against Paris D. Sims, as well as a death sentence ordered by the circuit court of St. Clair County.
Effective Closing Arguments in DUI Jury Cases By Donald J. Ramsell May 2000 Article, Page 285 Tried-and-true techniques for DUI "breath" and "refusal" trials.
Correspondence from Our Readers April 2000 Column, Page 186 More on instructing jurors before opening statements
The Lawyer’s Journal By Mark S. Mathewson April 2000 Column, Page 192 What hath Tosado wrought? What do jurors think? Granny gives a gift; and more.
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.
Bringing an ERISA Claim: A Step-by-Step Guide By Mark D. DeBofsky January 2000 Article, Page 20 A practice-oriented review of one of the most important, but least understood, federal laws.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath January 2000 Column, Page 10 Losing the right to a jury trial — is it malpractice?
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath November 1999 Column, Page 570 Watch out, HMOs.
Statewide grand jury permitted for certain computer facilitated sex offenses ; P.A. 91-225 November 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 575 Public Act 91-225 permits the creation of a ``multicounty Statewide Grand Jury'' to ``investigate, indict, and prosecute'' certain sex offenses when they are facilitated by the use of a computer.
Jury Selection in Y2K Cases By Rodney R. Nordstrom October 1999 Column, Page 547 The Year 2000 litigation boom is coming soon; here are pointers for picking the right jury for your Y2K client.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath September 1999 Column, Page 454 "Same part of the body'' rule update.
Generation X and Civil Juries By LaDonna Carlton August 1999 Column, Page 436 GenXers are a different breed of jurors than their boomer counterparts.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath July 1999 Column, Page 348 Different rulings on the same-part-of-the-body rule.
The Dilemma of Jury Instructions in Federal Employment Discrimination Cases By Chief Judge Joe Billy McDade, Robin Washburne Cozette, and Kimberly Prince Klein May 1999 Article, Page 276 A review of the murky law in this area, with model jury instructions and special interrogatories to guide practitioners.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath February 1999 Column, Page 70 No retaliatory discharge claims for whistle-blowing lawyers...
Closing Arguments in Civil Trials: How Far Can Lawyers Go? By Jeffrey K. Kroll December 1998 Article, Page 666 Find out what you can and can't say in that all-important last statement to the jury.