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CLE: Protect Your Credit, Identity, and Financial Accounts

Posted on September 21, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Learn how to protect your credit and financial assets, avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, and advise your clients on these issues with this online seminar Oct. 10. Attorneys with basic to intermediate practice experience who attend this program will better understand: the importance of monitoring credit; how to use a credit lock/freeze to keep your credit safe; who to contact if you suspect identity theft; the services that are available to safeguard your identity; knowing if your investment accounts are secure; the benefits of private excess insurance; and the importance to passwords.

U.S. Attorney's Office Seeks Assistant U.S. Attorney

Posted on September 21, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The U.S. Attorney's Office Northern District of Illinois is accepting applications for an assistant United States attorney opening in its Criminal Division in Chicago.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least two years post-J.D. legal experience. U.S. citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications include excellent academics, significant litigation experience, criminal law experience, strong legal writing skills, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.

Illinois Supreme Court Disbars 10, Suspends 16 in Latest Disciplinary Filing

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court announced the filing of lawyer disciplinary orders on September 20, 2018. Sanctions were imposed because the lawyers engaged in professional misconduct by violating state ethics law.

Quick Take on Illinois Supreme Court Opinion Issued Thursday, September 20

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court handed down one opinion on a civil matter on Thursday, September 20. The court unanimously upheld a state law that established rules for not-for-profit hospitals to avoid paying property taxes.

Oswald v. Hamer 
By Michael T. Reagan, The Law Offices of Michael T. Reagan

Oswald v. Hamer, 2018 IL 122203, holds that Section 15-86(c) of the Property Tax Code, which provides for property tax exemptions for not-for-profit hospitals and their affiliates for specific property, is not unconstitutional on its face. More specifically described, Section 15-86(c) provides that such a hospital “satisfies the conditions for an exemption under this Section with respect to the subject property, and shall be issued a charitable exemption for that property, if the value of services or activities listed in subsection (e) for the hospital year equals or exceeds the relevant hospital entity’s estimated property tax liability....” Whether the word “shall” in the statute is to be regarded as mandatory or permissive was a key issue in the case.  

Illinois Supreme Court Seeking Applications for Five Judicial Positions in Cook County

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court is seeking applications for five judicial positions in Cook County.

The court is seeking applications for the following positions:

  • Two At Large judicial vacancies in the Cook County Judicial Circuit. One vacancy is created by the retirement of Judge Sebastian T. Patti. The other vacancy, effective Dec. 3, is created as a result of Judge Carole Bellows deciding not to seek retention.
  • One judicial vacancy in the 14th Judicial Subcircuit of Cook County. The vacancy is created as a result of the retirement of Judge Robert Bertucci.
  • One judicial vacancy in the 2nd Judicial Subcircuit of Cook County. The vacancy is created as a result of the retirement of Judge Alexander White.
  • One judicial vacancy in the 6th Judicial Subcircuit of Cook County. The vacancy, effective Dec. 3, is created as a result of Judge Mary Nega deciding not to seek retention.

7th Circuit Court of Appeals Updates Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals’ Committee on Federal Criminal Jury Instruction has updated the pattern criminal jury instructions

The revised instructions are the product of more than three years of work by the judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and academics who served on the committee under the leadership of Judge Bill Bauer. The Judicial Conference authorized the publication of the revisions. 

ISBA Launches Redesigned Section Newsletters

Posted on September 19, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA has redesigned all section newsletters to improve this valuable member resource. Beginning with September 2018 issues, all newsletters will be delivered straight to section members’ inboxes with a redesigned look.
And back by popular demand, section newsletters again feature downloadable PDF versions, which can be printed for offline reading.

Best Practice Tips: Law Firm Shareholder Admission Criteria

Posted on September 19, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Asked and Answered 

By John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

Q. Our firm is a small firm of two shareholders and two associates based in Bakersfield, Calif. The firm was formed 15 years ago by the two existing shareholders. We have never added additional shareholders, but we believe that we owe it to our associates to have some guidelines as to what we are looking for in future shareholders. We’re considering a partner track program/document. Do you have any suggestions?

A. I believe you should have at least a general set of guidelines laid out in writing. For example:

Associates who have been in practice for seven years and employed by your firm for two or more years and who have consistently performed as outlined below should be eligible for equity shareholder-level review based on equity shareholder-level openings, competencies attained, performance, and behavior.

CLE: Workers’ Compensation Update – Fall 2018

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Update your knowledge on a number of important workers’ compensation issues with this full-day seminar in Chicago or O’Fallon on Monday, Oct. 8. Labor and employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners attending this seminar will better understand: How joint injuries are diagnosed and treated in workers’ compensation claims; how uninsured employers are handled; how to avoid ethical dilemmas in your practice; how Temporary Total Disability (TTD) payments compare to Maintenance payments; the current case law updates and changes that may affect your client; and how vocational rehabilitation can help you next workers' compensation client.