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How many pages long are supreme court opinions?

By Kirk C. Jenkins
May
2016
Column
Page 48
How many pages long are supreme court opinions?

How long does it take the Illinois Supreme Court to issue a decision after oral argument?

By Kirk C. Jenkins
December
2015
Column
Page 54
How Long Does It Take the Illinois Supreme Court to Issue a Decision After Oral Argument?

Groundbreaking Supreme Court opinion dooms panhandling law

By Matthew Hector
October
2015
LawPulse
Page 12
After the U.S. Supreme Court's expansion of the First Amendment, the seventh circuit invalidates Springfield's panhandling prohibition.

What percentage of the supreme court’s civil cases have dissenters?

By Kirk C. Jenkins
October
2015
Column
Page 54

Does an unpublished decision or dissent help you get to the Illinois Supreme Court?

By Kirk C. Jenkins
September
2015
Column
Page 54
Given that Rule 23 orders should in theory break no new legal ground and are not citable in the trial courts as precedent, one would expect them to be rare on the supreme court's civil docket.

From which counties do the supreme court’s civil cases come?

By Kirk C. Jenkins
August
2015
Column
Page 57

What kind of civil cases does the supreme court decide?

By Kirk C. Jenkins
July
2015
Column
Page 58

America Mourns a President, Illinois Lawyers Mourn a Colleague

April
2015
Column
Page 46
The Illinois Supreme Court's post-assassination memorial service focused on Lawyer Lincoln.

Work on Illinois standardized court forms continues

By Matthew Hector
January
2015
LawPulse
Page 10
The supreme court's Access to Justice Commission is creating standardized court forms aimed primarily at pro se litigants. Here's an update on the Standardized Forms Committee's progress.

The incredible, unciteable Rule 23 order

By Matthew Hector
October
2014
LawPulse
Page 466
Lawyers can cite magazine articles like the one you're reading in their pleadings and briefs - why can't they cite Rule 23 orders?

‘Aim for the Top’

By Ed Finkel
November
2013
Cover Story
Page 564
After a four-decade ascent through all levels of the Illinois court system, Rita Garman becomes Illinois's second female chief justice.

Illinois Supreme Court allows interlocutory appeals of suppression orders in juvenile cases

By Adam W. Lasker
September
2013
LawPulse
Page 446
The supreme court rule change allowing interlocutory appeals remedies "a systemic problem for both prosecutors and defendants for decades," a commentator says.

Supreme court, advocates push legislation to expand access to justice, fund e-filing

By Adam W. Lasker
July
2013
LawPulse
Page 330
Among other things, the legislation would help defray the costs of statewide e-filing and expand the pool of individuals who qualify for legal aid.

Home rule rules, says the Illinois Supreme Court

By Adam W. Lasker
June
2013
LawPulse
Page 278
Ordinances enacted by home rule municipalities trump state statutes unless the state expressly exercises exclusive control, the supreme court rules in a condo case.

Lawlor: A Roadmap for Limiting Punitive Damages

By Eric J. Muñoz
June
2013
Article
Page 298
A recent Illinois decision makes it easier for businesses only vicariously liable to limit punitive damages awards.

No double jeopardy though jurors were sworn, high court rules

By Adam W. Lasker
June
2013
LawPulse
Page 278
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled in Martinez that, even though the jury was already empanelled, the defendant was not in jeopardy because the state stood silently by and presented no evidence.

Illinois high court affirms criminal contempt convictions of E2 nightclub owners

By Adam W. Lasker
May
2013
LawPulse
Page 222
The Illinois Supreme Court reversed a ruling that vacated criminal contempt convictions against the owners of a Chicago nightclub where 21 people were killed in a stampede.

Interpreting federal statutes in state court: the high court speaks

By Adam W. Lasker
April
2013
LawPulse
Page 170
What happens when state and federal courts disagree about how to interpret a federal statute? The Illinois Supreme Court tackled this difficult question in a recent ruling.

Suit barred for plaintiffs who ‘came to the nuisance’ of fly-infested cattle farm

By Adam W. Lasker
April
2013
LawPulse
Page 170
The Illinois Supreme Court held that the Farm Nuisance Suit Act barred recovery for plaintiffs who acquired a house across the road from a fly-infested cattle farm.

Illinois Supreme Court Rule Changes: The Year So Far

By Michele M. Jochner
October
2011
Article
Page 520
From new IOLTA rules to a new official citation system, a range of important supreme court rule changes took effect from January through September of 2011.

Briefer Briefs: Writing and Speaking Tips from the Supreme Court

By Tom Gaylord
July
2011
Column
Page 368
Interviews with Supreme Court justices about effective advocacy are themselves good models.

Vendor-neutral citation comes to Illinois

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2011
LawPulse
Page 330
Beginning July 1, the official version of Illinois opinions will be published publicly on the court's website, not privately in bound volumes.

Class action suit for airline baggage fees moot for lack of pending class certification

June
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 286
The Illinois Supreme Court on March 24, 2011, held that a class action suit involving airline baggage fees was moot because "no motion for class certification was pending" when the airline tendered full relief to the passenger. *5.

The Power of Pre-Suit Discovery: Supreme Court Rule 224

By Timothy J. Harris
March
2011
Article
Page 136
Pre-suit discovery under SCR 224 is a powerful and underused way to identify potential parties, investigate an incident, protect evidence, and avoid secondary spoliation claims.

“He Remembers His Roots”

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2011
Cover Story
Page 76
A former legal aid lawyer and sole practitioner from rural beginnings settles into the role of Illinois' chief justice.

Berry and discovery depositions: hard cases make new rules

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2011
LawPulse
Page 10

Putting the “hearing” in public hearings

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2010
LawPulse
Page 610
A lawyer's testimony in the supreme court committee hearing on the new evidence rules produces results.

Committee charged with helping improve Illinois’ mental health courts

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
Page 342
The supreme court has asked the committee to make recommendations for better information sharing, training for judges, and other improvements.

A chiropractor is a “physician” under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 204(c)

May
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
On February 25, 2010, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, affirmed in part and vacated in part the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, which ruled that an hourly fee of $66.95 for a deposition was reasonable for a chiropractor and entered a contempt order against the chiropractor for refusing to comply with the court's discovery order.

The Discovery Deposition and Disfavored Evidence

By Joanne Hannaway Sweeney and Benjamin J. Wimmer
November
2009
Article
Page 576
A recent amendment to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules obscures the purpose of the discovery deposition and the range of its uses

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