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Juveniles can be required to register as sex offenders

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2009
LawPulse
Page 330
The supreme court held that registration is not punishment and that juveniles can be required to register even though they aren’t entitled to a jury trial on the charges.

New open government legislation

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2009
LawPulse
Page 330
A bill awaiting the governor’s signature would make the promise of open records real for more people, supporters say.

Faster resolution urged for custody, SLAPP suits

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2009
LawPulse
Page 278
At a recent hearing, the supreme court rules committee was asked to speed disposition of child custody proceedings and SLAPP suits.

Making evidence meaningful

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2009
LawPulse
Page 278
A veteran lawyer and trial judge tells litigators how to present evidence in a way that engages and wins over jurors.

Sexual harassment and the chain of command

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2009
LawPulse
Page 278
Under state law, employers are liable for sexual harassment by supervisors whether or not the employer knew about it and even though the employee-victim doesn't work under the supervisor.

Social networking 1.0

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2009
LawPulse
Page 278
Despite the newfangled options, blogs and e-mail discussion groups are still excellent ways to connect with other lawyers.

Victory for defendants in asbestos case

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2009
LawPulse
Page 278
The Illinois Supreme Court allows defendants in asbestos cases to introduce evidence that someone else's negligence was the sole proximate cause of a plaintiff's injuries.

Foreclosure defense a practice option real estate lawyers

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2009
LawPulse
Page 220
Representing foreclosed-on homeowners might be a way for real estate lawyers to pick up slack left by the weak economy.

Making a Graceful Exit

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2009
LawPulse
Page 220
Remember, the Former Employer From Hell still holds the power of a reference.

No right to expungement for pardon recipients

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2009
LawPulse
Page 220
Just because the the governor pardons you doesn't mean you're entitled to have your conviction expunged, the illinois Supreme Court held.

Promissory Estoppel: Alive and Well in Illinois

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2009
LawPulse
Page 220
The Illinois Supreme court holds that promises "reasonably inducing action or forbearance" are binding in Illinois.

“Rape Shield” for Civil Lawsuits

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2009
LawPulse
Page 220
An Illinois House bill would extend the prohibition against admitting evidence of an alleged victim's sexual history to sexual harassment charges.

Beneficiaries can’t be given power to approve trustee accounts

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2009
LawPulse
Page 168
A trust can't allow a majority of beneficiaries to approve the trustee's accounts, the Illinois Appellate Court holds.

Human Rights Act doesn’t bar state, federal claims in circuit court

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2009
LawPulse
Page 168
Someone who can bring a claim under the Illinois Human Rights Act can nonetheless sue based on federal or common law in state circuit court, the supreme court rules.

Rules committee hears criminal law, family law, civil practice proposals

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2009
LawPulse
Page 168
The supreme court rules committee heard proposals to require consular notification for foreign nationals, to change child custody rules, and to require additional notice to opposing counsel.

Should criminal defendants talk to the press?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2009
LawPulse
Page 168
Not a good idea, criminal defense lawyers and prosecutors agree.

When it comes to corporate governance, formalities matter

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2009
LawPulse
Page 168
Help your corporate clients understand the importance of - and comply with - formalities such as preserving minutes, buying enough insurance, and the like.

Court’s failure to grant continuance plain error

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2009
LawPulse
Page 116
The high court rules that a judge’s failure to grant defense counsel’s request for a continuance in a murder trial was plain error requiring a new trial.

Creative ways to fend off foreclosure

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2009
LawPulse
Page 116
Two lawyers think outside the box to help clients hang on to their homes, one by negotiating with lenders, the other by leveraging the power of Chapter 13.

Did Pat Fitzgerald say too much?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2009
LawPulse
Page 116
Lawyers disagree about whether prosecutor Fitzgerald crossed the line when he said Rod Blagojevich’s conduct “would make Lincoln roll over in his grave.”

The importance of timely service

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2009
LawPulse
Page 116
Thanks to an amendment to supreme court rule 103(b), plaintiffs who haven’t been otherwise diligent in moving a case along must be especially diligent in obtaining service.

Judges must rule before trial on motions in limine

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2009
LawPulse
Page 116
A new ruling lets criminal defense attorneys know before deciding to let their clients testify whether their priors will be admitted at trial.

Committee studies codification of evidence rules

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2009
LawPulse
Page 64
A new supreme court special committee is charged with devising a more convenient organizational scheme for the Illinois rules of evidence.

Defending politicians, getting paid

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2009
LawPulse
Page 64
How do lawyers in the Land of Lincoln (and Ryan and Blagojevich) make sure they get paid when defending politicians charged with corruption? 

The Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law 20 years later

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2009
LawPulse
Page 64
One of the drafters of the statute describes how it improved the procedure process and what loose ends remain.

Plaintiffs win big in Ready

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2009
LawPulse
Page 64
 The supreme court holds that good-faith settling tortfeasors can't be included in apportioning fault after verdicts to determine joint and several liability.

There’s no day like today to pay your ARDC registration fee

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2009
LawPulse
Page 64
 The cost of bringing yourself into compliance goes up the longer you wait.

1099s for deadbeat clients?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2009
LawPulse
Page 10
 A law-office management expert puts forth the option of sending a nonpaying client a 1099 for the value of your services. Is it really OK to do so?

Attorney censured for not disclosing “controlled business arrangement”

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2009
LawPulse
Page 10
The ARDC Hearing Board found that a Mundelein lawyer/title agent didn't make disclosures to clients required by the Title Insurance Act.

Disagreement among appellate divisions creates split of authority

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2009
LawPulse
Page 10
 When one division within an appellate district disagrees with another, it creates an intradistrict split of authority - so sayeth the supreme court.

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