Illinois Bar Journal

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Expungement by Algorithm

By Rhys Saunders
October
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
San Francisco nonprofit to provide Cook County state’s attorney with computing power to automatically expunge cannabis-related offenses.

Try Me a River

By Pete Sherman
October
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
Rural law and johnboat rides on the Illinois River.

When You’re Ready

By Pete Sherman
October
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
Illinois becomes the eighth state to remove the statute of limitations for sexual assault and abuse crimes.

A Fee-Sharing Foreshock From California

By Rhys Saunders
September
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
State Bar of California considering proposals to adopt fee sharing with nonlawyers, who also would be allowed to provide legal services.

We Come in Peace

By Pete Sherman
September
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
ARDC pilots Intermediary Program that uses independent contractors to find attorneys not responding to the agency’s inquiries.

ISBA Launches New Food Law Section

By Rhys Saunders
August
2019
LawPulse
Page 12
Urban farming, craft brewing, and innovative food products will be among the section’s many topics of interest.

A Trustworthy Effort

By Pete Sherman
August
2019
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Page 12
After nearly two decades of work, the new Illinois Trust Code is signed by the governor.

Waiving Privacy Rights: Just a Proposal

By Rhys Saunders
August
2019
LawPulse
Page 12
The ISBA responds against a proposed amendment to Rule 218 that would expand disclosure of litigants’ health conditions.

The Bail Project

By Pete Sherman
July
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
National nonprofit organization that provides free bail to the incarcerated opens up a Chicago office.

Ending on a High Note

By Ashley Brandt
July
2019
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Page 10
The Illinois General Assembly votes to legalize cannabis on the last regular day of its spring session.

Maxing Out

By Pete Sherman
June
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
Drug offenders in the Central District of Illinois are more likely to face longer sentences than anywhere else in the country.

Unimplied Warranty

By Rhys Saunders
June
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
Illinois Supreme Court rules that buyers of new homes can't sue subcontractors under an implied-warranty-of-habitability theory.

A Bale of Rules

By Rhys Saunders
May
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
The Illinois Supreme Court announces new rules aligning with the 2018 Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act.

Winter (Pretrial Reform) Is Coming

By Pete Sherman
May
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices enters public-feedback phase.

Fairer Fees for All

By Rhys Saunders
April
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
New court fee, fine, and cost schedules, with low-income litigants in mind.

Seizing the Opportunity

By Pete Sherman
April
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling against Indiana in an Eighth Amendment-forfeiture case might also challenge Illinois caselaw.

Laws of Behavior

By Pete Sherman
March
2019
LawPulse
Page 16
Illinois Attorney General joins other states in opposition to U.S. Department of Education's Title IX proposals.

Rule of Thumb

By Rhys Saunders
March
2019
LawPulse
Page 16
Illinois Supreme Court clarifies burden of proof under state's strict biometric privacy law.

Illinois’ New Attorney General

By Pete Sherman
February
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul would like to address public-access and gun-violence issues early in his term. Raoul also discusses his desire to retain high-quality staff.

Jailhouse Talk

By Rhys Saunders
February
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
A new law requires courts to hold hearings to determine the reliability of jailhouse witnesses in certain cases.

Overridden

By Pete Sherman
January
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
Governor Rauner vetoed more bills in 2018 than the year before; the legislature responded in kind by overriding just as many more.

Unentitled

By Rhys Saunders
January
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
Illinois Land Title Association claims Cook County Recorder of Deeds is violating the law regarding heirship documentation.

Guardians of the Elderly

By Rhys Saunders
December
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
New state laws will help remedy conflicts with record transparency, visitation privileges, and guardianship authority.

Here Comes the Sun

By Pete Sherman
December
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
Illinois' ambitious renewable energy goal has been years in the making.

The Lawyer Bots Are Coming (Maybe)

By Pete Sherman
December
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
Free legal services app DoNotPay creates buzz, but leaves little to worry about.

Admit It

By Rhys Saunders
November
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
Illinois Supreme Court updates Illinois Rules of Evidence to accommodate more types of records, documents, and electronically stored information.

My Pillow Case, Well Rested

By Pete Sherman
November
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
The Illinois Supreme Court rules against a Chicago law firm seeking legal expenses in its qui tam action against a pillow company.

Reasonable Withdrawal

By Rhys Saunders
November
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
Illinois Supreme Court rules in favor of police in case involving suspension of diabetic man's driver's license after a DUI drug arrest.

Herding Fees

By Pete Sherman
October
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
Signed into law in August, the Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act standardizes court fees, takes effect next July, and sunsets in 2021.

Ironing Out the E-Filing Kinks

By Pete Sherman
October
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
Technology upgrades and software modifications are paving the way for smoother e-filing in Cook County.

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