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Municipal Administrative Courts: Speedy Justice at What Cost?

By Stanley R. Kaminski
January
2000
Article
Page 46
Illinois’ new municipal administrative adjudication law raises concerns that the state has gone too far.

Illinois Judicial Circuit Court Rules 1999: A Working Bibliography

By Heija B. Ryoo
December
1999
Article
Page 669
Here's where to find print and online versions of circuit court rules in Illinois, along with contact information for Illinois' 22 circuit courts.

Working with Older Witnesses

By Julie A. Braun
November
1999
Column
Page 607
Here's how to meet the special needs of older witnesses and help them testify more effectively.

Jury Selection in Y2K Cases

By Rodney R. Nordstrom
October
1999
Column
Page 547
The Year 2000 litigation boom is coming soon; here are pointers for picking the right jury for your Y2K client.

Probate and Estate Planning Update for General Practitioners

By Donald A. LoBue
October
1999
Column
Page 544
An overview of selected recent changes in estate planning law.

Distribution at Divorce of Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, and Disability Awards

By Debra DiMaggio and Cindy Huang
September
1999
Column
Page 494
The authors note that several Illinois courts have distributed awards for strictly personal damage (i.e., pain and suffering) disproportionately to the injured spouse on divorce even when the cause of action arose during marriage.

The Standard for Changing Child Custody Within Two Years of a Final Order

By H. Joseph Gitlin
September
1999
Column
Page 492
The author reviews IMDMA section 610 and the applicable cases and argues that custody transfers within two years of a final custody order should be granted only under emergency circumstances.

Dual Eligibles, Medicare, and Medicaid

By Lee Beneze and Robyn O’Neill
August
1999
Column
Page 434
You may have clients -- elderly or otherwise -- who are eligible to have Medicaid pay a portion of their Medicare costs but aren't taking advantage of the program.

Generation X and Civil Juries

By LaDonna Carlton
August
1999
Column
Page 436
GenXers are a different breed of jurors than their boomer counterparts.

Opinion Witnesses and Disclosure Under “New” Supreme Court Rule 213

By Lara D. Kadlec
July
1999
Column
Page 381
Courts have become more reluctant than ever to let parties deviate from the strict disclosure standards of Rule 213.

Understanding Section 2-619(a)(3) Motions to Dismiss or Stay

By Craig M. Bargher
June
1999
Column
Page 327
Litigants can use section 2-619(a)(3) to seek stays or dismissals when another cause of action involving the "same parties'' and "same cause'' is pending.

Workers’ Comp Claimants Now Entitlted to Penalties for Wrongful Nonpayment of Medical Bills

By James W. Ackerman
June
1999
Column
Page 329
The Illinois Supreme Court struck a blow for workers' comp claimants in McMahan v Industrial Commission. This article describes the ruling and its impact.

Confronting Breach of a Settlement Agreement

By Robert A. Chapman
April
1999
Column
Page 217
What do you do when the other side breaches a settlement agreement? This article reviews your alternatives under Illinois law.

Choosing a Forensic Psychologist

By Leslie D. Star
March
1999
Column
Page 165
Here's how to size up a prospective (or an opponent's) psychologist-expert.

Litigating Claims Under Lost Insurance Policies in Illinois

By Todd Stewart Schenk
February
1999
Column
Page 102
A how-to guide to lost-policy lawsuits.

Evidence of Prior Misconduct—When Is It Admissible in a Criminal Case?

By Steven A. Greenberg
December
1998
Column
Page 694
Here's an overview of state and federal law governing the admission of evidence of prior misconduct.

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