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Suspensions for toll violations or evasions

September
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 500
On June 2, 2000, the Illinois Secretary of State adopted an emergency amendment, which added a new section, to section 1040 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 92 Ill Adm Code 1040.

Talking—and Listening—to Your Employees

By Paul Sullivan
March
2000
Column
Page 171
Taking the time to communicate with workers will pay dividends.

Tattoos for public servicework?; P.A. 91-98

April
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 196
Under two new laws that amend the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, some juveniles may soon be trading in their tattoos for additional community service hours.

Taxes levied under the Tort Immunity Act cannot be used to fund school district’s attempt to remedy desegregation

December
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 690
On October 26, 2000, the Supreme Court of Illinois affirmed the judgment of the appellate court which held that article IX of the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act (Tort Immunity Act) (745 ILCS 10/9-101, et seq.) did not authorize the use of real estate taxes to fund equitable remedies ordered by the court.

Technology Training: Why It’s a Must

By Todd H. Flaming
December
2000
Column
Page 723
You'll waste your investment in hardware and software if you don't invest some time and effort in training people how to use it.

Ten Tips for the Newly Admitted

By Anne E. Thar
February
2000
Column
Page 105
Sage advice for the freshly minted.

There must be common liability between the parties in a contribution claim

July
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 380
On May 18, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court's decision by dismissing a fourth-party complaint for contribution that was based solely on contractual liability when the fourth-party defendants were not parties to the contract in dispute.

To comply with the cancellation notice requirements of section 143.14(a) of the Insurance Code, an insurer needs to show proof mailing on a U.S. Post Office form or other commercial mail delivery service for the cancellation letter to be effective

February
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
On December 7, 1999, the Appellate Court of Illinois for the First District reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to Valor Insurance Company.

Trial court did not abuse its discretion in allowing deposition testimony of plaintiff’s doctor taken 25 months prior to trial regarding plaintiff’s prognosis

November
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 624
On September 21, 2000, the Supreme Court of Illinois affirmed the appellate court's decision that it was not error for the trial court to have admitted deposition testimony regarding the plaintiff's prognosis when the testimony was given 25 months prior to trial.

Trial court did not improperly dismiss potential juror in death penalty case

August
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 438
On June 15, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed first degree murder, attempted murder, and armed robbery convictions against Paris D. Sims, as well as a death sentence ordered by the circuit court of St. Clair County.

Trial court did not violate defendant’s constitutional rights by commencing trial in her absence

January
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
On November 18, 1999, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court’s finding that the trial court did not violate a defendant’s constitutional rights by starting her trial in her absence.

Unanswered Questions After Kumho Tire

By Joseph F. Madonia and Ian J. McPheron
March
2000
Article
Page 139
Another view of Kumho Tire and the new uncertainty about admitting experts.

The Undercapitalized Corporation and Illinois Corporate Veil-Piercing Law

By Mark W. Page
July
2000
Article
Page 398
The author argues that Illinois courts have not developed a coherent theory of undercapitalization as a justification for veil piercing.

Uniform Penalty and Interest Act amended to create new penalty structure; P.A. 91-803

November
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 624
Illinois taxpayers will pay less in penalties and interest as a result of amendments to the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act.

A university has presumably complied with portions of Title IX if it can show a substantial proportionality between the gender group’s enrollment at the university and the gender group’s participation in athletics

February
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
On December 7, 1999, the Appellate Court of Illinois for the First District reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to Valor Insurance Company.

UPL and Property Tax Assessment Appeals in Illinois

By Thomas J. McNulty
December
2000
Article
Page 710
Make no mistake about it—representing taxpayers before Illinois assessment officials constitutes the practice of law, this author says.

UPL Task Force Moves Ahead

By Herb Franks
October
2000
Column
Page 556
I began my year as president of the Illinois State Bar Association by saying I would start no new programs.

Use of undercover investigators may constitute claim for invasion of privacy

April
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 196
On January 13, 2000, the First Division of the Appellate Court of Illinois, reversed in part the circuit court of Cook County's judgment in favor of Kmart Corporation.

Using PowerPoint to Power Your Argument

By Todd H. Flaming
June
2000
Column
Page 357
PowerPoint is a powerful, easy-to-use program that can spice up your presentation. And it's probably already on your computer.

Using the Probate Act to Recover Assets Stolen from Persons with Disabilities

By Charles P. Golbert
September
2000
Article
Page 510
How to use Article XVI of the Illinois Probate Act to discover and recover ill-gotten assets.

Variety the spice of this month’s Journal

By Stephen C. Buser
May
2000
Column
Page 247
Variety the spice of this month's Journal

Welfare-to-Work Block Grant Program, Employment Law, Public Aid

April
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 196
On January 21, 2000, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs adopted new rules to section 2665 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 56 Ill Adm Code 2665.

When a client filed a malpractice counterclaim against his former lawyer, the client did not waive its attorney-client privilege with respect to relevant documents in the possession of the client’s new attorney

March
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
In 1986, the defendants, Van Straaten Gallery, Inc., hired the plaintiff to draft contracts that would limit the liability that the defendants owed to consignment artists at their gallery.

When a plaintiff suffers sexual abuse as a child and does not repress those memories of abuse, the statute of limitations for the plaintiff’s claim commences two years after the plaintiff reaches the age of majority

March
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
The plaintiff filed suit on January 10, 1996, alleging that the defendant sexually molested her on numerous occasions when she was a child.

When determining the fitness of a parent, the court can only consider evidence of actions occurring within 12 months from the date in which the court finds the abused, or a dependent

May
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 252
On March 23, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's finding that D.L.'s mother was unfit pursuant to section 2-29 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/2-29).

Why Brief Writing is Like Ice Hockey

By Lisa J. Freedman
August
2000
Column
Page 477
Find out what the best appellate lawyers and the Great Gretzky have in common.

Winning topic for Lincoln-Award winner

By Stephen C. Buser
February
2000
Column
Page 58
Winning topic for Lincoln-Award winner

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.

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