Illinois Bar Journal

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And Then There Were Three

By Pete Sherman
March
2020
LawPulse
Page 16
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas’s retirement leaves one less Supreme Court seat in play for 2020.

Discharging the Revocation of a FOID Card

By Rhys Saunders
March
2020
LawPulse
Page 16
Illinois Supreme Court sides with woman whose FOID card was taken from her by the Illinois State Police.

A Modest Proposal?

By Pete Sherman
March
2020
LawPulse
Page 16
The ARDC advances a framework for allowing and regulating for-profit client-attorney matching services.

Cannabis Sniffing Dogs Staying Around

By Pete Sherman
February
2020
LawPulse
Page 10
An Illinois K-9 trainer, skilled enough to also train a drug-sniffing pig, discusses the world of detection dogs.

Eyewitness Views

By Rhys Saunders
February
2020
LawPulse
Page 10
Cook County launches pilot program allowing for court appearances via live video.

For the Record

By Pete Sherman
February
2020
LawPulse
Page 10
Illinois Courts: Trends continue for case filings and self-represented litigants.

Illinois Gets Away With Felony Murder

By Rhys Saunders
January
2020
LawPulse
Page 12
The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear a challenge to Illinois’ felony murder law.

ISBA Members to Test Pilot New Court Records Database

By Pete Sherman
January
2020
LawPulse
Page 12
Roughly 30 ISBA Members selected to provide feedback on case information portal, re:SearchIL.

Should’ve Gotten a Warrant

By Pete Sherman
January
2020
LawPulse
Page 12
Illinois Supreme Court favors warrantless DUI testing on a case-by-case basis, but not this time.

Busy Election Year Coming for the Illinois Judiciary

By Pete Sherman
December
2019
LawPulse
Page 12
Four of the Illinois Supreme Court’s seven seats are in some state of play in 2020.

ISBA Pursues Health Insurance for Members

By Rhys Saunders
December
2019
LawPulse
Page 12
Illinois Supreme Court rules that “revenge porn” statute is constitutional, but the dissent suggests some flaws in the law.

ISBA Pursues Health Insurance for Members

By Rhys Saunders
November
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
ISBA-sponsored health insurance for members, families, and employees being explored for 2020.

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
LawPulse
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
LawPulse
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.

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