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ISBA Statehouse Review for the week of Sept. 8, 2016

Posted on September 8, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington reviews legislation in Springfield of interest to ISBA members. This week he covers the Illinois Wage Assignment Act, Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act, E-business fee and Snow and ice removal.

More information on each bill is available below the video.

Fred Lane set to kick off final semester leading Trial Techniques class

Posted on September 8, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Fred LaneNext Tuesday evening, Fred Lane will start his final semester leading the "Trial Techniques" class he's been a part of since the 1950s. Lane, who donated the class to ISBA years ago, will continue as an occasional instructor for the course but will hand off the weekly responsibilities to others.

"It’s time to let others take it over," Lane said. "I want to spend more time with mediations and mediation activities. I'll still be doing the 40-hour mediation class for the ISBA with Dick Caulkins [a co-founder, with Lane, of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution.]"

"This will give me more time for my hobbies, especially magic. I've always done a lot of charitable magic gigs at hospitals and senior citizen homes and nursing homes."

Lane, who performs as The Great Fredini, typically ends each class with a magic trick.

Lane's involvement with ISBA started in 1958 thanks to then President Barnabas Sears. Sears approached Lane about joining the ISBA and Lane thought it was a great idea. After joining, Lane received a letter heralding him as the 10,000th member of the association.

"I got invited down to Springfield and received an award," Lane said. "What a great way to start off my time with ISBA."

Lane later served as ISBA President from 1985-86.

CLE: Family Law Changes and Mediation Practice – Live Webcast

Posted on September 8, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

The Illinois General Assembly enacted changes in 2016 to the Illinois family laws. Divorce and custody cases are sent to mediation, but the changes in the law have effected how mediators and attorneys handle the mediation process. Don’t miss this opportunity on September 22, 2016 to hear from our panel of mediators as they discuss how the new laws have influenced their approach toward family law mediations, the skills they use during mediation, and their interaction with both parties involved in the mediation. Additional topics include: whether or not the new law has changed their mediation practice; the use of caucusing; how to explain the new law to your mediation clients; and previewing plans with the parties.

Quick Takes for Your Practice: A Lawyer's Guide to Trial Objections

Posted on September 8, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Illinois trial lawyer Al Durkin discusses considerations for making objections during trial, how and when to object, common legal basis's to object, and exceptions where normally inadmissible evidence may be admitted.

Molly’s Law gives some wrongful death claimants more time to sue

Posted on September 7, 2016 by Mark S. Mathewson

March 24, 2012 was a tragic day for the family of Molly Young, a Carbondale woman who died of a gunshot wound to the head. She was found in the apartment of her boyfriend, Richie Minton. The exact circumstances of her death were never determined.

Molly's father, Larry Young, tried to obtain information related to his daughter's death, but his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests took a long time to process. By the time he filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Minton, whom Young believes shot his daughter, the two-year statute of limitations had expired. Young's case was dismissed as untimely.

As a result of his experiences trying to obtain information about the investigation into his daughter's death, Young began advocating for legislation changing how FOIA requests are processed and extending the statute of limitations to bring wrongful death actions. The bills, which were introduced in February, unanimously passed the House in April. Governor Rauner signed the bills into law on July 19, 2016.

Find out more about these two new public acts and how they work in the September Illinois Bar Journal.

ISBA network to be down starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9

Posted on September 7, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

All ISBA systems will be down due to construction at the Springfield Office beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. During this downtime the ISBA website and email lists will not be available. You will also not be able to log into Fastcase or online CLE. The systems are expected to return to normal operation by 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. If you will need to access Fastcase during this time, please follow the instructions below.

President Cornelius to receive NIU College of Law Alumnus of the Year Award

Posted on September 7, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Vincent F. CorneliusISBA President Vincent F. Cornelius will receive the NIU College of Law Alumnus of the Year Award on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 5:30-7:30 at the University Club of Chicago. Northern Illinois University College of Law Dean Eric Dannenmaier and the NIU Law Alumni Council will honor eight outstanding alumni and friends of the school during its annual awards reception.

The 2016 award recipients were selected based on outstanding achievements in their careers, demonstrated service to the NIU College of Law or their community, and professional integrity.

The program will feature brief remarks beginning at 6 p.m. from the award recipients.

The 2016 honorees include:

Illinois Lawyer Finder makes over 900 referrals in August

Posted on September 7, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer Finder Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays. The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law. For the month of August 2016, there were 903 referrals. ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

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Posted on September 7, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

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