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Breaking legal news for Tuesday, June 23

Posted on June 23, 2009 by Chris Bonjean


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Dog bites man -- the jury instruction

Posted on June 22, 2009 by Mark S. Mathewson
A revised version of the following jury instruction was just posted to the Illinois Supreme Court Web site: "110.04 Liability of Owner or Keeper of a Dog or Other Animal--Statutory Strict Liability."

Supreme Court rules on voting rights, special ed, dumping dredge

Posted on June 22, 2009 by Mark S. Mathewson
The Supreme Court ruled today that Texas is entitled to a Voting Rights Act exemption, parents who remove their disabled children from public school can be reimbursed for a private education, and the Army Corps of Engineers can issue permits for dumping dredge into waterways. From On the Docket.

John Marshall's Kennedy named to IRS advisory committee

Posted on June 18, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Kathryn Kennedy
The Internal Revenue Service has named Kathryn J. Kennedy, Associate Dean for Advanced Studies and Research at The John Marshall Law School, to its Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT).  She is the only current member of the panel to be associated with a law school. Kennedy, one of 10 new members of the 21-member panel, was introduced - and began serving a two-year term - June 10 at a public meeting in Washington D.C. ACT members are appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury. Established in 2001, the panel advises the IRS on operational policies and procedures – and provides an organized forum for discussion of relevant issues. In addition to Kennedy’s role as an associate dean at The John Marshall Law School, she also serves as the Director of the school’s Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits program. In this role, she established the first LLM program in the nation for employee benefits, and has since developed the curriculum for more than 20 employee benefits courses at The John Marshall Law School. Kennedy has also served on the Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council, and co-authored an employee benefits textbook.

Conklin joins Plunkett Cooney

Posted on June 16, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Daniel L. Conklin
Daniel L. Conklin
Daniel L. Conklin recently joined Plunkett Cooney's Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Right Practice Group in its Kalamazoo office. A member of the Banking, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights and Real Estate/Transactional practice groups, Conklin concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate law and banking law on behalf of building owners, lenders and many other corporate clients. Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the Midwest's oldest and largest full-service law firms with more than 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis.

Sitton joins Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.

Posted on June 16, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Jaime L. Sitton
Jaime L. Sitton
Jaime L. Sitton has joined the firm of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. as an associate. Sitton received an undergraduate degree from Truman State University in 2003 and a Juris Doctoris degree from Marquette University Law School in 2006. Her primary focus will be health law -- medical malpractice. Sitton was formerly associated with the law offices of Moser & Marsalek, P.C. Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. has offices in St. Louis, Carbondale and Edwardsville. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A mug shot in  the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to

ISBA Bar News briefs

Posted on June 16, 2009 by Chris Bonjean

Stay in touch with Language Tips columnist

Gertrude Block, who wrote the Language Tips column in the ISBA Bar News, invites readers to continue to send her questions via email to


In the June issue of the ISBA Bar News, a typographical error occurred in the telephone number for the new professional consulting firm of RobinsonNiro in Chicago. The correct number is (312) 752-5393.

Bar Foundation honors ISBA President Jack Carey

Posted on June 15, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Jack C. Carey
Jack C. Carey
ISBA President Jack C. Carey was honored by the Illinois Bar Foundation at a benefit reception on June 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis. Carey's term as ISBA president will conclude on June 27 at the end of the 133rd Annual Meeting at the Abbey Resort in Lake Geneva.