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Licenses for travel insurance business entities

April
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Travel insurance business entities may now receive licenses from the Director of Insurance for an initial fee of $500 and an annual $500 renewal fee thereafter.

Limited Scope Representation: Tales from the Trenches

By Ed Finkel
December
2015
Article
Page 24
The limited scope rules have been in place for a few years now, and savvy, forward-thinking lawyers are using them to serve clients who would otherwise be lost to online document services.

Limits on condominium managerial board access to courts are void

January
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Condominium Property Act is amended to protect certain rights of condominium managerial boards.

The Limits on Disciplining Public Employee Speech

By Joshua D. Herman
April
2015
Article
Page 24
Disciplining public-sector employees for speech that is insubordinate, inappropriate, or simply unwanted gives rise to complex legal issues. Here's a framework for analyzing them.

Liquor licenses for businesses near churches

May
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Under this amendatory act, premises located within a municipality with a population exceeding 1,000,000 people and located within 100 feet of a church may be licensed to sell alcoholic liquor as long as...

Litigation about litigation: Barred by absolute attorney litigation privilege

November
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
On July 8, 2015, the first district affirmed dismissal of the O'Callaghans' complaint against Satherlie and Kopka as barred by the absolute attorney litigation privilege.

Looking at how courts use attorneys for children in custody cases

By Matthew Hector
December
2015
LawPulse
Page 12
The way courts use appointed GALs and child reps varies dramatically across the state. A committee of the ISBA Family Law Section Council hopes to bring more uniformity to the system.

The looming court-reporter shortage

By Matthew Hector
October
2015
LawPulse
Page 12
Seventy-five percent of the state's licensed reporters could be eligible for retirement before the end of the decade. Will there be qualified candidates to replace them?

Low-performing public school districts to be designated as ‘priority districts’

June
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The School Code has been amended to add a section laying out criteria for low-performing school districts to be considered "priority districts" that qualify for further assistance and resources.

The Magna Carta: 800 Years of the Rule of Law

By Stephen M. Komie
June
2015
Column
Page 44
June marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the foundation of the Anglo-American rule of law.

Mailing a Notice of Appeal? Don’t forget the Certificate of Service

By Michelle L. Sanders
March
2015
Article
Page 44
Remember to file a certificate or affidavit of service when mailing post-sentencing motions or notices of appeal - or risk having your case dismissed.

Making the Ask

By Ed Finkel
August
2015
Cover Story
Page 20
What can female attorneys - and firms that want to hire and keep them - do to ensure that their compensation and opportunities keep pace with their talent and commitment?

Making the Most of Holiday Cards

December
2015
Column
Page 44
Holiday cards are a great way to connect with clients - here's how to do it right.

The Mandatory Criminal Fines Conundrum

By Jennifer Donnelly and Steve Dellinger
April
2015
Article
Page 28
Judges typically rely on the circuit clerk to determine mandatory fines, but the clerk often goes further and actually imposes them, which makes the fines void. This article proposes some solutions.

The Many Things Lawyers Can Do

By Ralph Cagle
November
2015
Column
Page 12
Lawyers are multitalented, multi­dimensional people who use their legal training and skill in a variety of ways.

Maximizing Your Recovery in Fee-Shifting Cases

By Andy Norman
February
2015
Article
Page 32
Many federal and state actions provide for attorney fee-shifting, making a range of cases attractive that otherwise would not be. Here are tips for maximizing your recovery.

Maximum speed limit increased on some toll highways

December
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority amended the State Toll Highway Rules pursuant to Pub. Act 98-1126 and Pub. Act 98-1128. 92 Ill. Adm. Code 2520 (eff. Aug. 28, 2015).

McCuskey comes full circle

By Matthew Hector
April
2015
LawPulse
Page 10
Judge Michael McCuskey made the rare journey from the state to the federal bench and back again - and he's happy to leave federal court behind.

Mechanics Lien Act change will expedite process

By Matthew Hector
November
2015
LawPulse
Page 14
A new section of the Act allows lien claimants to satisfy their claims by proceeding against a bond and thereby avoid delays and red tape.

Medical malpractice insurance rules and rate filings reinstated

March
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
On December 19, 2014, the Department of Insurance amended the Part titled Medical Liability Insurance Rules and Rate Filings to comply with a 2010 Illinois Supreme Court ruling. 50 Ill. Adm. Code 929 (eff. Dec. 19, 2014).

Missing Video Evidence in DUI Cases: The Post-Kladis Evolution

By Sean A. Brown
August
2015
Article
Page 28
You file for discovery of the police video of your client's DUI arrest only to find that it was erased after you requested it. Will the court grant your motion to bar testimony about what was on it?

Modified licensing procedures

September
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18

‘Modified quarantines’ authorized by Department of Public Health

June
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
In an effort to aid the Department of Public Health in combatting the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola, the Control of Communicable Diseases Code has been amended to permit "modified quarantines."

Monitoring natural gas markets in Illinois

February
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
Pursuant to amendments to the Public Utilities Act, the natural gas competitive conditions in Illinois and barriers to retail competition will be monitored by the Office of Retail Market Development.

More on 50-State Surveys:The Book of the States

By Tom Gaylord
January
2015
Column
Page 45
The Book of the States is another free online tool for doing comparative state research.

More States Consider Licensing Legal Technicians

By Richard D. Felice
May
2015
Column
Page 8
Oregon and California could join Washington in authorizing LLLTs.

The Narrow-Network Nightmare

By Janet L. Lerman and Frank E. Stepnowski
August
2015
Article
Page 32
Many patients don't learn they're getting care from providers outside their narrow network until they received huge unexpected bills that aren't covered by insurance.

Narrowed definition of “employment” for news deliverers

March
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
The Unemployment Insurance Act has been amended to more narrowly define the employment status of individuals who deliver and distribute newspaper and shopping news.

Navigating Concurrent Personal Injury and Divorce Cases

By Michael Alkaraki and Andrew Vaughn
July
2015
Article
Page 32
Lawyers representing clients who are both divorcing and bringing a p.i. claim should work together.

New admittees; Hotdocs forms; ethics opinions.

December
2015
Column
Page 48
More than 1,600 new attorneys in November class of admittees

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