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Court: Prevailing Wage Act does not apply to the TIF-financed pricate contractor

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2010
LawPulse
Page 10
Supporters of the fourth-district decision say it, along with new legislation, will encourage private development and spur growth.

Ethics-rule amendment clarifies role of lawyer-lobbyists

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2010
LawPulse
Page 10
An amendment to new RPC 3.9 removes a cross-reference that lawyer-lobbyists feared might forbid heretofore accepted forms of one-on-one lobbying.

Involuntary commitment provision of Mental Health Code overturned

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2010
LawPulse
Page 10
The Illinois Appellate Court rules that a code provision allowing involuntary commitment for "dangerous conduct" is unconstitutionally vague.

So you want to be house counsel

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2010
LawPulse
Page 10
Be sure to give your prospective employer a thorough going-over before you say "yes".

Trial court overturns vehicle forfeiture statute

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2010
LawPulse
Page 10
Among other constitutional infirmities, the law does not require a prompt post-seizure judicial review, a DuPage County judge opines.

Bloggers - endorse with care

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2009
LawPulse
Page 598
The FTC has issued new guidelines governing product endorsements by bloggers.

Illinois outlaws DWT (driving while texting)

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2009
LawPulse
Page 598
Effective January 1, drivers aren't allowed to "compose, send, or read an electronic message." Is PA 96-0130 overregulation or overdue?

Iqbal: a “dangerous” tightening of federal pleading standards?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2009
LawPulse
Page 598
Critics of this game-changing Supreme Court ruling argue that it will deny a day in court to large numbers of deserving litigants.

Red Flags enforcement delayed - and it might not apply to lawyers

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2009
LawPulse
Page 598
A court has enjoined application of the rule against lawyers, the House has voted to exempt lawyers and others, and the FTC has pushed back enforcement yet again.

Where there’s another will, there may be a way

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2009
LawPulse
Page 598
The failure to contest a will does not always bar an action for intentional interference with an expectancy of inheritance, the supreme court rules.

Illinois Supreme Court upholds jewish-marriage clause in trust provision

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2009
LawPulse
Page 546
But the court's narrow framing of the issue avoids the question of whether such religious restrictions in wills and trusts are broadly permissible.

Loose lips lose lawsuits

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2009
LawPulse
Page 546
Having trouble getting your witnesses to shut up? Show them a copy of People v Harris.

No after-the-fact extension of statute of limitations

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2009
LawPulse
Page 546
The legislature can't revive a time-barred lawsuit by later extending the statute of limitations, the illinois Supreme Court holds.

Okay, are you really ready for the Red Flags Rule?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2009
LawPulse
Page 546
Implementation of the FTC's Red Flags rule, which requires lawyers to develop an identity theft prevention program, was postponed from August till November 1.

Supreme Court: No “transferred negligence” between husband and wife

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2009
LawPulse
Page 546
As a consequence, a woman's estate can't sue those who provided health care to her husband, who killed her.

How-to advice for rookie associates

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2009
LawPulse
Page 490
Make sure you’re taking the steps that will help you thrive as a new member of the firm.

Strip-search of student violates Fourth Amendment

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2009
LawPulse
Page 490
Education lawyers say the U.S. Supreme Court’s Safford ruling confirms their longstanding advice to school officials: don’t strip-search kids.

Telling a prospective client “I’m just not that into you”

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2009
LawPulse
Page 490

Deposing a witness in a foreign country

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
LawPulse
Page 438

Mandatory retirement age for judges ruled unconstitutional

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
LawPulse
Page 438
The Illinois Supreme Court rules that the statute requiring judges to retire at age 75 is unconstitutional and says mandating retirement for judges might require constitutional amendment.

Social media and legal ethics

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
LawPulse
Page 438
May an Illinois lawyer list his or her "Specialties" on LinkedIn without running afoul of Illinois RPC 7.4?

Tech tools for solos

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
LawPulse
Page 438
Every sole practitioner needs a smart phone, a laptop, a scanner, and a good backup system. Here's why.

Are you ready for the Red Flags Rule?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
Page 386
The FTC's Red Flags Rule, effective August 1, requires lawyers to develop an identity theft prevention program to help protect clients. Are you in compliance?

Beware the Chinese E-mail scam

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
Page 386
An Internet scam aimed at lawyers continues to make the rounds.

Coming January 1: New Rules of Professional Conduct

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
Page 386
Among other things, the new rules clarify that flat fees do not constitute frowned-upon "advance payment retainers," which is good news for most lawyers.

Handling sartorial emergencies

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
Page 386
You show up for work dressed in business casual and discover you've miscalendared a hearing for the day. What do you do?

Memory Mastery

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
Page 386
A presenter at the upcoming ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference helps lawyers improve their memories and thereby enhance their practices.

CTA notice requirement eliminated

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2009
LawPulse
Page 330
Plaintiff’s lawyers are cheering the removal of a notice requirement they say functioned “as a shield against unsuspecting plaintiffs” with legitimate claims against the CTA.

How to represent juveniles

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2009
LawPulse
Page 330
Representing a juvenile in a delinquency proceeding means walking “a fine line between defender and ‘best-interest advocate,’” an ISBA author observes.

Illinois’ new will repository law

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2009
LawPulse
Page 330
Legislation headed to the governor will give lawyers a place to deposit wills for long-lost clients.

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