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Mending the Hold

Posted on December 10, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The mend-the-hold doctrine derives its name from “a nineteenth-century wrestling term, meaning to get a better grip (hold) on your opponent.” In a series of early decisions, the Illinois Supreme Court established the mend-the-hold doctrine, which provides that a party’s stated grounds for refusing to perform a contract bars grounds left unstated. The Illinois Appellate Court later narrowed the doctrine by limiting parties to grounds identified at the start of litigation and only when switching positions prejudices an opponent. In December’s Illinois Bar Journal, Stanley C. Nardoni, who practices in the Insurance Recovery Group of Reed Smith LLP’s Chicago office, assesses whether the appellate court’s narrowing of the doctrine contradicts precedent established by the supreme court.

CLE: Don’t Miss These Two Upcoming Live Webcasts on Jan. 23, 2019

Posted on December 10, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA will host two CLE webcasts on Jan. 23, 2019.

Environmental Law for the General Practitioner: Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions

Join us for part seven of the Environmental Law for the General Practitioner Series, which will be of particular interest to attorneys needing information on the environmental concerns to be aware of during a real estate transaction.

11 a.m. – noon | 1.0 hour MCLE credit

Edelson PC Hosts Educational Seminar on ISBA’s High School Mock Trial Invitational

Posted on December 7, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Edelson PC hosted an educational seminar for south suburban Cook County high school students Dec. 7 in preparation of the Illinois State Bar Association’s High School Mock Trial Invitational.

The mock trial invitational program, which is co-administered by the ISBA and the Illinois Trial Team of the University of Illinois, provides an opportunity for students to learn what it is like to prepare and present a legal case before the Illinois courts. Participating students gain a better understanding of the justice system and improve their knowledge, skills, and ability to articulate in a reasoned, thoughtful manner.

Attorney Steven Pflaum Honored by the Illinois Judges Association

Posted on December 7, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Steven Pflaum, partner and co-chair of Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s litigation department, was honored by The Illinois Judges Association (IJA) at their annual luncheon on Dec. 7 for his esteemed service on the Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee. The event also honored retired Illinois Supreme Court Justice Charles Freeman and outgoing Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The event was part of the 2018 Joint Midyear Meeting.

Best Practice Tips: Hiring an Associate Attorney as a Solo’s Exit Strategy

Posted on December 6, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Asked and Answered 

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

Q.  I am a solo practitioner in central Illinois. I have been in practice for more than 30 years and I just turned 60. I have two staff members and no other attorneys in the firm other than myself. I plan on working another five years and then I would like to gradually exit from my practice and then retire. I want to have a home for my clients and employees, and I would prefer to be able to sell my interest to an associate attorney working for the firm. I think we have the work to justify hiring an associate and this is the route I would like to go. I have never had an associate, so I am not sure what I should look for. Your thoughts would be most appreciated.

Practice HQ Resource: Winter Weather Preparedness Checklist

Posted on December 5, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Severe winter weather can cause property damage, lead to employee illness or injury, and in some cases force attorneys to temporarily close their law offices.

The ISBA’s winter weather preparedness checklist helps attorneys identify the areas of their business that are the most vulnerable to winter hazards. Developing a winter preparedness plan can help lawyers minimize damage and recover more quickly after the storm has passed.

ISBA Past President Vincent Cornelius Sworn in as Will County Circuit Court Judge

Posted on December 3, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Joliet attorney Vincent F. Cornelius was sworn in today as circuit judge for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court of Will County. 

The ceremony took place in the Joliet City Council Chamber, 150 W. Jefferson St., in Joliet. 

Cornelius is the founder and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius in Joliet and Wheaton. He has tried hundreds of cases during his career as a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and civil litigator.

ISBA Receives Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership Training Academy’s Trailblazers Award

Posted on December 3, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
(L-R) ISBA Member Emily Masalski, ISBA Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington, ISBA President James F. McCluskey, ISBA Women and the Law Committee Chair Lori Levin, ISBA Board of Governors Member Julie Johnson, ISBA Women and the Law Committee Ex-Officio Melissa Olivero, ISBA Women and the Law Vice Chair Kelly Bennett, ISBA Member David P. Eldridge.  

The Illinois State Bar Association was among several groups that recently received the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership Training Academy’s Trailblazers Award.

The recipients of this year’s awards were organizations that helped pass the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution in Illinois. The amendment, which outlaws discrimination based on gender nationwide, was ratified in May.

Breaking Up Is Harder to Do

Posted on December 3, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

For the past 70 years, family law attorneys have utilized the alimony deduction to help ease the financial burden divorcing families face as they transition to two households. The elimination of the alimony-payments deduction is a major casualty of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. This change will be costly for divorcing couples and may make settling divorce cases more difficult. In December’s Illinois Bar Journal, family law attorneys Nancy Chausow Shafer and Margaret A. Bennett provide a guide to the new maintenance formula, the repeal of the alimony deduction, and other changes that divorcing couples and their attorneys need to know.