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From Office Sharing to Letterhead: The Ethics of Holding Yourself Out to the Public

By Deane Beth Brown
July
2001
Article
Page 369
A review of the ethical issues facing lawyers as they communicate the nature of their practices.

Illinois Litigator’s Guide to Naming Defendants in Collection Suits

By Scott Michael Alexander
July
2001
Article
Page 373
Properly naming your defendant can mean the difference between collecting a judgment and making a worthless claim.

The Seventh Circuit Clarifies Employers’ Duties Under the ADA

By Gregory H. Andrews
June
2001
Article
Page 313
Find out how recent opinions have refined and redefined the ADA.

Special Appearance Revisited: Preserving a Jurisdictional Challenge Without an Evidentiary Hearing

By Edward S. Margolis
June
2001
Article
Page 317
Section 2-301 of the Code of Civil Procedure may just be the answer.

Goodbye to the “Same-Part-of-the-Body” Rule

By Saul Ferris
May
2001
Article
Page 261
A post-mortem of the Voykin case, which abrogated the rule.

Must Illinois Employers Cover Infertility Treatments Under the ADA?

By R. Kirk Williams
May
2001
Article
Page 263
The answer: for employees in Illinois, yes; for employees in other states, probably not.

A Conflicts Primer for General Practitioners

By Karrieann Couture Kroeger
April
2001
Article
Page 199
Common conflicts and how to avoid them.

Defeating a Post-Deposition Affidavit

By John M. McGarry
April
2001
Article
Page 203
How to defeat a post-deposition affidavit that comes in response to a motion for summary judgment.

Administrative Adjudication Offers First-Class Justice

By James M. Reilly
March
2001
Article
Page 147
Municipal administrative adjudication works, says the director of Chicago's Department of Administrative Hearings.

Using Federal Rule 68 to Spur Settlement

By Ian H. Fisher
March
2001
Article
Page 143
Rule 68 can require plaintiffs to pay defendants' costs for refusing a judgment offer.

Reporting Elder Abuse: Not a Requirement but an Option for Lawyers

By Lee Beneze
February
2001
Article
Page 93
Lawyers aren't required to report elder abuse, but they enjoy statutory protection if they do.

Requests to Admit; What Are “Ultimate Facts” and “Legal Conclusions”?

By Lora D. Kadlec
February
2001
Article
Page 95
Distinguishing between "ultimate facts" and "legal conclusions" for requests to admit remains a difficult but important job.

Defending Transportation Cases: A Pretrial Preparation Primer

By James F. McCluskey and E. Angelo Spyratos
January
2001
Article
Page 41
Defense lawyers: think "trial" the minute you get a case.

Retained Experts’ Opinions in Medical Malpractice Cases

By Terrence J. Lavin
January
2001
Article
Page 39
Rule 213 pointers for med-mal lawyers.

Distinguishing Between Securities Accounts and Deposit Accounts Under the UCC

By René Ghadimi
December
2000
Article
Page 719
This article discusses the important and sometimes elusive distinction between the two accounts.

Make Your Real Estate Practice Profitable Again

By Margaret A. Bennett
December
2000
Article
Page 717
Increase the efficiency and profitability of your real estate practice.

Indian Law for Illinois Practitioners

By Jennifer L. Nutt Carleton
November
2000
Article
Page 659
An outline of Indian-law issues that any lawyer might encounter.

A Beginner’s Guide to Information Security and The Legal Profession

By Frank P. Andreano
October
2000
Article
Page 592
The basics of protecting e-mail and electronic information from interception.

No-Fault Attendance Policies: How Employers Can Avoid FMLA Violations

By Daniel S. Alcorn
October
2000
Article
Page 597
Help employers design an attendance policy that complies with the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Postnuptial Agreements in Illinois

By Laura Caldwell
August
2000
Article
Page 473
A review of the Illinois case law.

Preparing Your Clients for Parenting and Financial Mediation

By Don C. Hammer and Debra Sudduth
August
2000
Article
Page 469
How to help your client make the most of mediation.

Drawing the Boundaries of Negligent-Hiring Claims

By Jeffrey A. Blevins and Gregory J. Schroedter
July
2000
Article
Page 413
The first district recently held that negligent-hiring plaintiffs must show a nexus between the harm they suffered and the defendant's breach.

Senior Legal Assistance Services: A Well-Kept Secret

By Lee Beneze
July
2000
Article
Page 411
Too few attorneys know about Illinois' federally funded senior legal assistance services program.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle-Injury Litigation

By Thomas M. Harris
July
2000
Article
Page 409
Don't treat your motorcycle-injury suit like just another automobile case.

First Things First: Evaluating a Nursing Home Case

By Steven M. Levin and David H. Brinton
June
2000
Article
Page 349
Pointers on deciding whether to pursue, refer, or reject a nursing home case.

Relevant Conduct and the Law of Conspiracy

By David G. Duggan
June
2000
Article
Page 351
The problems posed by the federal sentencing guidelines for defendants charged with liability for the criminal acts of others.

Effective Closing Arguments in DUI Jury Cases

By Donald J. Ramsell
May
2000
Article
Page 285
Tried-and-true techniques for DUI "breath" and "refusal" trials.

Employee Noncompete and Nondisclosure Restrictive Covenants

By Paul R. Kitch
April
2000
Article
Page 230
A summary of Illinois law governing noncompete restrictive covenants, with tips for employers.

Illinois’ Court-Annexed Mandatory Arbitration: A Review of the Cases

By Timothy W. Kelly and Amy L. Mobley
March
2000
Article
Page 150
A practitioner's guide to recent Illinois mandatory-arbitration decisions.

An Illinois Litigator’s Guide to Finding and Using Experts

By Terrence J. Lavin, John L. Nisivaco, and Martin A. Dolan
March
2000
Article
Page 168
Experts: should you find one and how?

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