Illinois Bar Journal

2021 Articles

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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.

2020-2021 ISBA Awards Recipients

August
2021
Column
, Page 48
ISBA members who have been honored for their efforts and contributions during the past bar year.

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. 

2021 Legislative Roundup

By Jim Covington
August
2021
LawPulse
, Page 12
Spring 2021 state legislation of interest to ISBA members, organized by topic.

55-year sentence affirmed even with extensive presentence investigation report

August
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
On May 26, 2021, the Fifth District of the Illinois Appellate Court held that a 55-year sentence does not violate Eighth Amendment rights.

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.

Achieving Digital Mastery

By Ed Finkel
September
2021
Cover Story
, Page 22
Expert tips on videoconferencing, social media, and virtual office management from this year’s Solo & Small Firm Conference presenters.

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.
1 comment (Most recent July 2, 2021)

Amendments to the school code to allow sports uniform modifications for cultural reasons

October
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
This Act amends the School Code and various other acts to give the governing boards of school districts the ability to modify sports uniforms.

Animal shelter’s decision to not allow plaintiff to adopt after plaintiff expressed interest does not constitute a breach of contract

October
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The plaintiff filed a pro se complaint alleging breach of an oral contract and promissory estoppel. The plaintiff alleged that he had helped rescue a cat and told several employees of the defendant (an animal shelter) that he was interested in adopting the cat when it became available for adoption.

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.
2 comments (Most recent March 12, 2021)

Are Mindfulness & Meditation Relevant for Lawyers?

By Jeffrey H. Bunn
August
2021
Article
, Page 34
Mindfulness and meditation can help lawyers better manage their thoughts and emotions in a variety of everyday situations.

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.

Be Careful Out There

By Ed Finkel
October
2021
Cover Story
, Page 18
ISBA members share their experiences of receiving threats or feeling threatened and steps they have taken to protect themselves, their families, and staff.

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 Information and Illinois FOIA Requests

By William Cook & James Cook
September
2021
Article
, Page 32
Sensitive business information in the possession of government agencies and businesses is potentially subject to disclosure as a public record. Fortunately, the law provides ways to protectthis information.

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.

By Default

By Jeffrey S. Krause
October
2021
Column
, Page 48
When was the last time you checked your devices’ default apps?

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