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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.

Leveling the Playing Field

By Rhys Saunders
October
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
Illinois Supreme Court adopts rules for debt collection civil suits and identity theft recourse.

Weighing in on Fee Sharing

By Rhys Saunders
October
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
ISBA raises concerns with ARDC study examining for-profit matching services.

Joining Forces

By Rhys Saunders
September
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
The University of Illinois at Chicago and The John Marshall Law School merge to create the city's only public law school.

A Proper Assessment

By Pete Sherman
September
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
Cook County circuit court rules in favor of ISBA in lawsuit on behalf of Illinois property tax attorneys accused of acting as unlicensed real estate appraisers.

A Separate Peace

By Rhys Saunders
September
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
New Illinois Supreme Court rule provides a clean split between clients and their attorneys in a failed collaborative divorce process.

Dues Over

By Pete Sherman
August
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Janus grew from an Illinois case that had its end in mind from the very start.

The Future of For-Profit Referral Services?

By Pete Sherman
August
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
As the ARDC releases a study on for-profit matching services, Avvo disrupts its business model.

Throwing Your Firm a Lifejacket

By Rhys Saunders
August
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
ISBA Assembly approves proposed rule on succession planning and it is sent to the Illinois Supreme Court for consideration.

Uniform Flexibility

By Rhys Saunders
August
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
Illinois approves the Uniform Bar Examination, giving law school students more options in the marketplace.

The fight goes on

By Matthew Hector
July
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
Illinois passed the Equal Rights Amendment on May 30, becoming the 37th state to ratify.

Illinois class action against Zillow.com thrown out

By Matthew Hector
July
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
U.S. District Court says plaintiffs' claims do not make the case for fraudulent or deceptive practices by Zillow.

The opioid crisis in Illinois

By Matthew Hector
July
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
An update on the breadth and scope of opioid addiction in Illinois, from mass litigation to ethical considerations.

Amendments to weaken BIPA effectively dead

By Matthew Hector
June
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
Amendments adding exemptions to the incidental collection of biometric data stall in state Senate.

Better left unsaid?

By Matthew Hector
June
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
Social media and blogging habits can test attorneys' confidentiality obligations.

E-filing in Illinois: All over the map

By Matthew Hector
June
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
A half-year after Illinois imposed e-filing requirements, some counties are struggling to provide an exemplary e-experience.

Illinois-based biometric Facebook case becomes a class action

By Matthew Hector
June
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
The state's strict Biometric Information Privacy Act adds to Facebook's privacy woes.

Chicago ‘O’Keefe’ firms settle naming dispute

By Matthew Hector
May
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
One Chicago property tax firm had sued another, newer firm with a similar name.

Grants help circuit courts serve pro se litigants

By Matthew Hector
May
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
The Illinois Supreme Court has awarded cash grants to 13 judicial circuits to help them better serve the large and growing number of self-represented litigants.

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