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2008 Spring Session Roundup By Jim Covington August 2008 Column, Page 394 A summary of key legislation passed this spring by the Illinois General Assembly.
ADA grievance procedures clarified May 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities has amended Part 800 of the Illinois Administrative Code to clarify the procedure that complainants must follow when they file grievances with the Council regarding alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 USC §12101 et seq). 4 Ill Adm Code 800.
Admission of detective’s testimony did not violate the Confrontation Clause February 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 On November 30, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Cook County sentencing the defendant to 85 years for first degree murder and home invasion.
ADR and the Image of Lawyers By Joseph G. Bisceglia January 2008 Column, Page 8 “Lawyer-peacemaker” is the right image for our profession.
Adult DUI offenders who transport minors - what is the law? By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2008 LawPulse, Page 66 A recent Journal article inspires a debate about whether the statute it discussed is still in effect and a call for the legislature to clear up the confusion.
Agency Energy Efficiency Act passed. PA 095-0559 July 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 340 The Illinois General Assembly has passed the Agency Energy Efficiency Act to address the energy use of state agencies. PA 095-0559.
Aggravated driving under the influence is a Class 2 felony November 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 554 On September 8, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Lake County finding the defendant guilty of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, and sentencing the defendant to three years in prison.
Alterations made to the laws governing Commercial Driver Training Schools February 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 The Secretary of State made several amendments to Title 92, Transportation: Commercial Driver Training Schools. 92 Ill Adm Code 1060.
Amendments made to rules governing Illinois elevator safety August 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 390 The Elevator Safety Review Board made several amendments to Title 41, Fire Protection, Part 1000, Illinois Elevator Safety Rules. 41 Ill Adm Code 1000. 
Amendments made to Teacher Certification Criteria and a new Master Principal Program May 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The State Board of Education added two new sections to 23 Ill Adm Code 25 and made changes to several sections. 23 Ill Adm Code 25. 
Amendments protect minors’ interests in confidentiality and rehabilitation. PA 095-0123 January 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 Sections 1-7 and 1-8 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, have been amended. 705 ILCS 405/1-7, 1-8. 
Animal Control act amended. PA 095-0550 May 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Animal Control Act. 510 ILCS 5/2.17c. 
Appellate court: no wrongful death for embryo before it’s implanted By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2008 LawPulse, Page 548  The Illinois Appellate court rules that the Wrongful Death Act does not permit suits on behalf of human embryos allegedly destroyed before being placed in the womb.
Are Civility and Zealous Advocacy Compatible? By Hon. Ron Spears May 2008 Column, Page 260 Reason can change minds when rudeness won't.
Are e-mail disclaimers really necessary? By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2008 LawPulse, Page 66 They really are, some lawyers say. In fact, you should put them at the beginning, not the end, of your messages, other lawyers say.
Asked and Answered December 2008 Column, Page 635 How big should your jury be?
Asked and Answered November 2008 Column, Page 592 Can an adopted child inherit from a biological parent?
Asked and Answered August 2008 Column, Page 417 Changing your name on the master roll of attorneys.
Asked and Answered July 2008 Column, Page 369 Is a spouse entitled to corporate assets?
Asked and Answered March 2008 Column, Page 151 Should I do a bankruptcy search?
Asked and Answered February 2008 Column, Page 95 Judgments against joint tenancies.
Asked and Answered January 2008 Column, Page 49 Pushing the statute of limitations.
The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Common-Interest Doctrine By James A. Hansen and Melinda S. Madison April 2008 Article, Page 204 Under the common-interest doctrine, an attorney's advice to an insurance-company client might not be privileged in a later dispute with the insured.
Authentication and Identification of E-Mail Evidence By Hon. William J. Haddad May 2008 Article, Page 252 Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to show that e-mail really came from the purported sender.
Bacon-Saving Support Staff By Karen Erger October 2008 Column, Page 536 Don't think your support staff can make or break you? Think again.
Bidder beware By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2008 LawPulse, Page 438 Winning bidders at judicial foreclosure sales can ultimately lose if a subsequent buyer offers more and the lender withdraws its foreclosure motion before the judge confirms the sale, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled.
Biometric Information Privacy Act passed. PA 095-0994 December 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 612 On October 3, 2008, Governor Blagojevich signed into law Public Act 095-0994 "the Biometric Information Privacy Act," which regulates the manner in which biometric information can be collected and stored. 
“Borrowing” from legal forms - do you need permission? By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2008 LawPulse, Page 606 Lifting language from legal documents - everyone does it, right? But does it constitute copyright infringement?
Brief-Writing Tips for the Illinois Appellate Court By Maria Pellegrino August 2008 Article, Page 412 An appellate law clerk offers pointers and an insider's view of common brief-writing errors.
The Broad Duty to Protect Patrons from Harm: Marshall v Burger King By Courtney Dashiell Lorentz October 2008 Article, Page 524 The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that a restaurant owner has a duty to protect its patrons from an out-of-control car. So where does a premises owner's duty to the public end?