Lying to police can be obstructionBy Adam W. LaskerApril 2012LawPulse, Page 178Lying to a police officer can support a conviction for obstruction of justice if the lying directly hinders the officer's official performance, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
No rehiring rights for laid-off Chicago teachersBy Adam W. LaskerApril 2012LawPulse, Page 178Unlike teachers outside Chicago, tenured Chicago public school teachers have no right to be rehired after they are laid off for economic reasons, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
E-filing debuts at the supreme courtBy Adam W. LaskerMarch 2012LawPulse, Page 126The AG and appellate defender and prosecutor may now file documents electronically with the supreme court in an early step toward modernizing judicial-system technology.
Narrowing the Illinois anti-SLAPP statuteBy Adam W. LaskerMarch 2012LawPulse, Page 126The Illinois Supreme Court reins in a statute designed to stop misuse of defamation lawsuits to silence critics speaking out on matters of public interest.
Curbing abuse of arrest warrants for debtorsBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2012LawPulse, Page 70The attorney general's office and a circuit court judge describe steps they're taking to help prevent debtors from being unfairly jailed for failure to pay.
The high court empowers the ARDC to go after UPLBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2012LawPulse, Page 10New rules give the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission authority to prosecute actions for the unauthorized practice of law.
What’s the best way out of an ethical pickle?By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2011LawPulse, Page 604Taking quick remedial action and preemptive self-reporting can be the best way to handle a disciplinable blunder, ethics authorities advise.
Meeting MCLE requirements just got a little easierBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2011LawPulse, Page 550Among other welcome changes, rule revisions allow new admittees to meet their initial requirement by participating in mentoring and remove the fee for claiming credit for writing and teaching.
Absolute immunity for child repsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2011LawPulse, Page 490Immunity from liability is absolute for child representatives working within the scope of their court-appointed duties.