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Tips for Using Video to Market Your Practice

June
2016
Column
Page 47
Videos can help you connect with clients. Here's how to add them to your marketing mix.

Top Billing

By Ed Finkel
October
2016
Cover Story
Page 22
Law firm billing is full of economic, ethical, and legal stumbling blocks for those who aren't systematic and conscientious about it - and opportunities for those who are, according to practitioners and billing consultants.

Trade unions subject to the Personnel Code secure overhaul of prevailing wage calculations

September
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Central Management Services ("DCMS") adopted amendments to section 310.210 of the pay plan for public officials and employees to reflect collective bargaining agreements signed between DCMS and 13 trade unions.

Tragedy in the Tall Corn State

By Karen Erger
February
2016
Column
Page 48
The sad case of Iowan David Roth has lessons for lawyers on both sides of the Mississippi.

Transgender rights in schools - not just about bathrooms

By Matthew Hector
August
2016
LawPulse
Page 12
A joint letter from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education affirming transgender rights addresses a number of issues, including sports.

Trial court strikes down six-person jury law

By Matthew Hector
February
2016
LawPulse
Page 12
A Cook County judge rules that the Illinois Constitution guarantees a right to a 12-person jury.

Trial court’s failure to impose sanctions on party’s last minute use of paternal grandmother as expert witness requires new trial to remedy unfair surprise

July
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Fifth District Appellate Court held that the trial court abused its discretion when it failed to sanction respondent's self-confessed violation of Rule 213(f) by allowing the admission of the paternal grandmother's testimony as an expert witness.

Trusts and Trustee Act amended to require recording of real property transfers to trust

October
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The new amendments to this Act require that all transfers of real property to a trust must include a conveyance of legal title.

Underappreciated Illinois Legislative Resources

By Tom Gaylord
January
2016
Column
Page 53
The LRB and General Assembly have added new web features.

Underinsured-motorist coverage applies to each instance of underinsurance, but is capped by policy limit

November
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
Each instance of underinsurance must be considered individually regardless of a policy's language, and a policyholder may not obtain more than the amount contracted for. Tufano sustained permanent injuries in an auto accident.

Understanding Implicit Bias

By Vincent F. Cornelius
August
2016
Column
Page 10
The first step in understanding and addressing implicit bias is recognizing that it exists.

Updates to medical cannabis program

September
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
Pubic Act 099-0519, which was signed by the governor on June 30, 2016, makes amendments to 410 ILCS 130/5, commonly known as The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.

Updates to required insurance standards set to reflect changes in the APPM

March
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 26
Amendments to 50 Ill. Adm. Code 2004 (eff. Dec. 31, 2015) clarify the required accident and health insurance reserves to be maintained by companies within Illinois in order to comply with the Illinois Insurance Code (215 ILCS 5 et seq.).

Used cars are subject to an implied warranty of merchantability that cannot be disclaimed

December
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The seller of a used motor vehicle may not modify or disclaim the warranty of merchantability prescribed in UCC Section 2-314.

Using Class Actions for Credit Card Data Theft

By Richard L. Miller & Stephen C. Jarvis
August
2016
Article
Page 42
A recent seventh circuit case finds that the risk of eventual damage from a data breach is injury enough to give standing to bring a class action.

Using Your Website Titles to Increase Search Rank; Lawyers’ Average Salaries

August
2016
Column
Page 51
Title tags are one of the most important factors Google looks at in determining search result rank.

Weapons Restrictions and the Second Amendment: Illinois Law After Aguilar

By Jill Ausdenmoore
March
2016
Article
Page 34
What parts of the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon statute are still valid after Aguilar and its progeny? A look at the current state of Illinois law.

Website for New Lawyers; Mentoring; ISBA Elections

November
2016
Column
Page 56
Introducing the ISBA's website for new lawyers; December 16 deadline for mentoring enrollment; ISBA election season underway.

Well Grounded

By Ed Finkel
December
2016
Cover Story
Page 20
Lloyd A. Karmeier grew up on a southern Illinois dairy farm and was the first in his family to practice law. A few weeks ago, he completed the journey from one-room schoolhouse to Illinois Supreme Court chief justice.

When in custody, one must knowingly and intelligently waive Miranda rights

October
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Third District Appellate Court reversed an order denying respondent's motion to suppress his confession because he did not knowingly and intelligently waive his Miranda rights.

When Is Identity Evidence Unsuppressible in a Criminal Case?

By Charles P. Burns & Michael Conte
February
2016
Article
Page 40
Does a stop's illegality taint the evidence obtained from it? A Fourth Amendment debate in the federal courts could spill over into Illinois criminal cases.

When You’re Only Lonely

By Karen Erger
April
2016
Column
Page 56
Making and sustaining friendships is vital to our well-being. But in the flesh-and-blood world, it isn't as easy as clicking "accept."

Will Rhonda Crawford take the bench?

By Matthew Hector
December
2016
LawPulse
Page 10
She won her race for Cook County judge. But with her law license suspended and criminal charges pending after she heard cases while still a staff attorney, will Rhonda Crawford be allowed to take office?

Writs of Mandamus: What They Are, Why They Matter, and When to Use Them

By R. Joseph Cook & Michael Morthland
December
2016
Article
Page 34
In response to a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision, petitions for writ of mandamus will be on the rise in criminal-law practice. Here's how they work.

Yes, Income Taxes are Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

By Robert V. Schaller
July
2016
Article
Page 32
The Bankruptcy Code allows debtors to discharge income taxes if they wait long enough before filing and didn't commit fraud or evade paying tax.

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