Illinois Bar Journal

2021 Articles

About Grit and Glue

By Karen Erger
February
2021
Column
, Page 48
Observations from the pandemic.

Addressing Racial Inequality

By Dr. Mary L. Milano & Kenya A. Jenkins-Wright
February
2021
Column
, Page 40
An Illinois State Bar Association initiative; a nationwide imperative.

All the Presidents’ Documents

By Jesse Bowman
January
2021
Column
, Page 46
Online resources offer treasure troves of presidential records.

Are E-Signatures E-nough?

By Daniel C. Katzman
March
2021
Article
, Page 28
Examining the legal enforceability of electronic signatures in different areas of law and the importance of implementing this technology for attorneys.

The Best Way to See 2020? In the Rearview Mirror!

By Danielle DavisRoe
January
2021
Column
, Page 44
Affinity Consulting Group had a front-row seat to how the pandemic changed the practice of law in 2020.

Challenges to an administrative agency’s authority excuse exhaustion of administrative remedies

January
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On Oct. 22, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court held that plaintiffs challenging an administrative agency’s authority are excused from exhausting their administrative remedies.

City may not evaluate police officers’ job performance based on the issuance of citations

February
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On Nov. 19, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a city may not evaluate a police officer’s job performance based on the number of citations the officer has issued.

Cloud Cover

By Victor M. Zamora
January
2021
Article
, Page 30
Choosing the right cloud services for your firm.

Community colleges may not lay off tenured faculty and then immediately hire adjunct instructors to teach the same courses

March
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
On Dec. 17, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a community college violated the Public Community College Act when the college laid off tenured faculty members and within months hired adjunct instructors to do the work that the laid-off faculty were able to do.

Construction engineering firm has duty to disclose housing conditions to purchasers

January
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On Sept. 30, 2020, the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court reversed a circuit court’s judgment dismissing a complaint that alleged negligent misrepresentation on the part of a construction engineering firm for failure to state a cause of action.

Court rejects plaintiff’s choice of forum for lack of connection between the forum and the plaintiff

January
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On Oct. 16, 2020, the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court rejected the plaintiff’s choice to litigate in Illinois due to a lack of connection between the plaintiff and the forum.

The COVID-19-Era Firm

By Ed Finkel
March
2021
Cover Story
, Page 22
The challenges of starting and running a firm during a pandemic.

Defendant’s insurer not bound by Illinois’ postjudgment interest statute

March
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
On Dec. 9, 2020, the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court held that the Illinois postjudgment interest statute does not bind a defendant’s insurer, since the insurer’s obligation for paying the judgment amount is contractual only and hence governed by the terms and conditions of the insurance policy.

A defendant’s intellectual disability does not nullify his voluntary jury waiver

March
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
On Dec. 31, 2020, the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court held that a defendant’s intellectual disability alone does not nullify his voluntary jury waiver.

Defense counsel’s mentioning of defendant’s race in closing arguments may constitute ineffective assistance

March
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
On Dec. 31, 2020, the Third District of the Illinois Appellate Court held that counsel’s mentioning of the defendant’s race in closing arguments constitutes ineffective assistance if not based on evidentiary reasons.

Department of Healthcare and Family Services to assist with unadjudicated child support interest services

January
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Department of Healthcare and Family Services adopted amendments to the Part titled Child Support Services. The amendments provide that the department may rule on whether and how to enforce interest payments in domestic-support obligations cases.

Environmental Protection Agency updates reporting and corrosion prevention requirements for community water supplies

February
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) replaced the Part titled Public Water Supply Capacity with a new Part titled Community Water Supplies. The new rules specify electronic reporting requirements, address the environmental degradation that may result from corrosion prevention and mitigation procedures, and reaffirm existing standards on capacity development for community water supplies.

An Ex-Citing Rule

By Ed Finkel
January
2021
LawPulse
, Page 10
Rule 23 amendment makes room for citing unpublished orders.

Fastcase and Casemaker Merge

By Rhys Saunders
March
2021
LawPulse
, Page 14
Combined, the two legal-research companies will provide more benefits to current subscribers, including ISBA members.

Federal regulations implemented for laboratories analyzing human specimens

March
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Public Health (IDPH) adopted a series of amendments to the Illinois Clinical Laboratories Code implementing federal regulations from the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1981.

First Drafts

By Justice Michael B. Hyman
March
2021
Column
, Page 46
Get them done. Give them room to breathe. Then, edit away after a fresh look.

Full interest in real estate may be transferred despite missing signature from partial owner

February
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On Nov. 18, 2020, the Second District of the Illinois Appellate Court held that full interest in real estate may be transferred without the signature of all owners of the property, provided that a meeting of the minds exists.

Furnishing false information must materially impede the administration of justice for it to rise to the level of obstruction of justice

January
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On Oct. 28, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the State of Illinois must prove that false information furnished by a defendant resulted in a material impediment to the administration of justice to convict under an obstruction-of-justice charge.

General Member Referral Directory

January
2021
Column
, Page 24
Find a qualified ISBA member when a case falls outside of your area of practice.

Get Ready to Vote

March
2021
Column
, Page 10
Candidate information for the 2021-2022 election.

Governor is entitled to make consecutive disaster proclamations in response to pandemic

February
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On Nov. 13, 2020, the Second District of the Illinois Appellate Court dissolved a trial court’s temporary restraining order blocking the enforcement of an executive order by Gov. Pritzker restricting indoor dining in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illinois Labor Relations Board adds email filing to procedurally-sound service options

February
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Illinois Labor Relations Board adopted an amendment to authorize email service of unfair labor-practice charges by the charging party upon the respondent, with the respondent’s consent.

Illinois Supreme Court Extends Virtual Mentoring

By Ed Finkel
January
2021
LawPulse
, Page 10
ISBA continues to partner with and support the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s mentoring efforts.

Introducing the Rural Practice Initiative

By Dennis J. Orsey
February
2021
Column
, Page 8
Providing access to justice through the Rural Practice Initiative.

ISBA Association Health Plan Update

February
2021
Column
, Page 50
The pandemic has delayed the ISBA’s plans to provide health insurance offerings to members, but renewed efforts could bring options by spring.

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