Illinois Bar Journal

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2011 amendment to School Code does not diminish school board’s implied power to suspend teachers

April
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
On Jan. 22, 2021, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the 2011 amendment to section 34-85 of Illinois School Code does not diminish the Chicago Board of Education’s implied power to issue a suspension on a tenured teacher.

2020’s Class of Distinguished Counsellors

May
2021
Column
, Page 46
The ISBA recognizes members who reached their 50th year of practicing law in 2020.

2021 Is Looking Brighter

By Lisa M. Nyuli
May
2021
Column
, Page 44
The foundation announces a new executive director and plans for the year. 

8 Things Every Trial Lawyer Should Know

By Ed Finkel
April
2021
Cover Story
, Page 20
From jury selection to your closing argument, opportunities and traps abound.

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.

After All, I Was the Future Once

By Dennis J. Orsey
June
2021
Column
, Page 8
Outgoing ISBA President Dennis Orsey reflects on an unusual but highly productive year for the ISBA.

All the Presidents’ Documents

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

Always Ready to Go!

By Ed Finkel
July
2021
Cover Story
, Page 18
ISBA President Anna Krolikowska on her ambitious plans, motherhood, and “life-work” balance.
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Arbitration provision on sports game ticket is procedurally unconscionable if difficult to find at the time of using the ticket

June
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On March 16, 2021, the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court held that a ticket’s arbitration provision that is difficult to find at the time of use is procedurally unconscionable.

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.
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Are You Ready for Your Close-Up?

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
April
2021
Column
, Page 48
Upping your lighting and camera setup for virtual meetings. 

The Art of Negotiating Online

By Ed Finkel
June
2021
Cover Story
, Page 22
Veteran negotiator Marty Latz shares tips for negotiating online and how it’s different than negotiating face-to-face.

At What Cost?

By William S. Hubbartt
July
2021
Article
, Page 36
Managing in the #MeToo environment has changed the dynamic of the employment relationship. There are many considerations for preventing and responding to incidents of sexual harassment in the law office.

Baseball and Modern Life

By Pete Sherman
May
2021
LawPulse
, Page 12
Chicago Cubs lose arbitration-clause argument against injured fan.

Because, Science!

By Jesse Bowman
May
2021
Column
, Page 42
The usefulness of PubMed and its access to more than 32 million research records. 

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.

Better Self-Editing Through Technology

May
2021
Article
, Page 20
Helpful Microsoft Word add-ins that will make you a better writer.

Business Interruption Grant Program implemented

April
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) adopted a new Part titled Business Interruption Grant Program. The program offers financial support for businesses that have experienced exceptional losses or expenditures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Buyer Beware

By Tony Pacione
June
2021
Column
, Page 42
Mental health advice is easy to find, but not all of it is helpful.

Cannabis retailer tax enforced if adopted before October 2020

July
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Illinois General Assembly amended the Counties Code by altering the County Cannabis Retailers’ Occupation Tax Law.

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.

Changing lanes while driving through an intersection is not prohibited by the Illinois Compiled Statutes

April
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
On Jan. 29, 2021, the Third District of the Illinois Appellate Court vacated a defendant’s conviction after granting the defendant’s motion to suppress evidence obtained during a traffic stop based on a mistake of law by the arresting officer.

City council improperly invoked the litigation exception to the Open Meetings Act

July
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On April 26, 2021, the Fourth District of the Illinois Appellate Court held that a city council’s closed meeting violated the Open Meetings Act by discussing topics other than litigation.

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.

City of Chicago’s action plan on public response to police officer Van Dyke’s verdict might not be exempt from disclosure in entirety

July
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On April 13, 2021, the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court remanded a case to determine whether Chicago’s action plan regarding the public response to former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke’s verdict can be partially redacted and produced.

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.

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