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Cook, Boone, Winnebago County Courts Closed Due to Weather, DuPage Courts Remain Open

Posted on February 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Circuit Court of Cook County is closed today, Friday, Feb. 9, due to severe winter weather, according to a statement released by the court. With the exception of Central Bond Court at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago and juvenile detention hearings at the Juvenile Center in Chicago, there will be no court in session in any Cook County courthouse and the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court will be closed.

Quick Takes for Your Practice: Should Your Client Sign That Severance Agreement?

Posted on February 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Glenn Gaffney of Gaffney & Gaffney, P.C. discusses whether your client should sign a severance agreement.

Transfer the Marital Home During, Not After, Divorce — Here's Why

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Mark S. Mathewson

Making sure the family house gets properly transferred in a divorce should be high on every lawyer's to-do list, according to Adam Whiteman in the ISBA's November 2017 Real Property newsletter. That means seeing to it that "the property gets quitclaimed and recorded as necessary and…the mortgage is refinanced or…some other agreement is put in place to remove the non-owning spouse from any mortgage that encumbers the property," he writes. Waiting till the divorce is over is asking for trouble.

A few of his tips:

Best Practice Tips: Partner Withdrawal from a Law Firm

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Asked and Answered

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

Q. I am a partner in a law firm in Walnut Creek, California. There are four other partners and three associates. We are a general practice firm and our clients are primarily individual clients. I have a good relationship with the other partners. I have decided to leave the firm and join a larger firm in San Francisco. I have notified my partners in writing of my intention to leave. They are supportive of my decision, and I anticipate an amicable withdrawal. This is the first time a partner has left the firm for any reason, so we are not sure what the next step is. Please share with us any thoughts that you have.

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee to Hold Public Hearing on March 26

Posted on February 5, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle Street, in Chicago.

Illinois Supreme Court Rules proposals or proposed rule amendments are offered by the bench, bar, or public. They are then reviewed by the Rules Committee and placed on the agenda for public hearing if the proposal is determined to have merit. Public comments on the proposals are invited. Written comments and testimony scheduling requests should be submitted to the committee secretary by e-mail at jzekich@illinoiscourts.gov or mailed to Committee Secretary, Supreme Court Rules Committee, 222 N. LaSalle Street, 13th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Seeks Staff Attorney

Posted on February 5, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. (LOLLAF) seeks to hire a staff attorney at LOLLAF's Central (East St. Louis) and Western (Alton) regional offices. LOLLAF is a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to low-income individuals and groups in civil cases.  The program has a strong history of high quality and innovative advocacy for our clients.

Quick Takes for Your Practice: Preparing for and Taking a Defendant Doctor's Deposition

Posted on February 1, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Karen A. Enright, partner at Costello, McMahon, Burke & Murphy, discusses five tips to prepare for and take a defendant doctor's deposition.

Quick Take on Illinois Supreme Court Opinion Issued Thursday, Feb. 1

Posted on February 1, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois Supreme Court handed down an opinion today in People v. Chairez. At issue in this case was the constitutionality of a section of the unlawful use of a weapon statute that prohibits an individual from carrying or possessing a firearm within 1000 feet of a public park. Kerry Bryson of the Office of the State Appellate Defender reviews the court's ruling.

People v. Chairez

Over the past several years, constitutional challenges to various provisions of the unlawful use of weapons (UUW) statute have made their way through the courts. Chairez involves another such challenge, specifically with regard to the provision prohibiting an individual from carrying or possessing a firearm within 1000 feet of a public park [720 ILCS 5/24-1 (a)(4), (c)(1.5)].

In 2013, Julio Chairez pled guilty to possessing a firearm within 1000 feet of a park in Aurora. Subsequently, Chairez filed a post-conviction petition arguing that the statute violated the second amendment and seeking to vacate his conviction. The circuit court agreed, and the case proceeded directly to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Best Practice Tips: Hiring a Legal Administrator in a Small Firm

Posted on January 31, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Asked and Answered

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

Q. Our firm is an eight-attorney estate planning firm in the Chicago area. Our firm has grown from two attorneys to our present size in four years. We have five partners and three associates. Firm management is currently handled by a managing partner. The partners have been discussing hiring a legal administrator. We were thinking of hiring someone with experience in managing law firms and a solid background in human resources and bookkeeping/accounting. One of our clients suggested that we hire someone with a strong academic background, such as an MBA or CPA who has served as the CEO of a mid-size corporation. What are your thoughts?

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Seeks Staff Attorney

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.(LOLLAF) is looking for a staff attorney for the Southern Illinois University Medical-Legal Partnership at the Center for Family Medicine (SIU-MLP) operating out of LOLLAF's Northern Regional Office. The SIU-MLP is a collaborative partnership between LOLLAF and SIU Center for Family Medicine wherein healthcare providers refer patients for legal assistance in order to address social determinants affecting patient health outcomes.

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