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Recovering Medical Expenses from a Child’s Lawsuit

Posted on September 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

A boy was injured in November 2008 after joy riding on top of an apartment elevator in Chicago. His mother sued for negligence on his behalf and also sought to recover medical expenses resulting from the injury. In September’s Illinois Bar Journal, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Janet Adams Brosnahan examines the case, which made it all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court, and explores the recovery of a minor’s injuries and the Illinois Health Care Services Lien Act. For example, does a health care services lien attach to a minor’s recovery in a personal injury action? Before the Illinois Supreme Court issued its opinion in the elevator case, the direction from the lower courts was anything but straightforward. 

Bicentennial of the Judiciary Gala

Posted on September 14, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission will be hosting a gala on October 9 to commemorate the bicentennial of the judicial branch at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. 

The event starts at 6:30 p.m.

The gala will feature keynote speaker Scott Turow, an attorney with Dentons who is also a renowned author. Turow has published 10 bestselling works of fiction, including "Presumed Innocent" and "The Burden of Proof." He is also the author of two nonfiction books, including "One L," which is about his experience as a law student. Turow's books have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

Exclusive Keurig Discounts for ISBA Members

Posted on September 13, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

As an ISBA member, you now have access to exclusive members-only discounts at Office Depot and OfficeMax. Your discount can be used for personal or business purchases of thousands of eligible program items such as ink and toner, paper, cleaning and breakroom supplies, and even furniture.

Best Practice Tips: Lawyer Retention Incentives

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Asked and Answered 

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

Q. I am the administrator of a 16-lawyer firm in south Florida. There are six equity partners, two non-equity partners, and eight associates. The firm was formed nine years ago, and we have not lost any attorneys during this period of time. We believe that we have a positive culture and great lawyer retention. However, we would like to do more to ensure that lawyers stay with the firm and implement more incentives for them to do so. I would appreciate your thoughts.

All Over the Map

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Globalization, ease of travel, emerging markets, and greater mobility make it easier for people to work, live, marry, and establish homes in different parts of the world. When a marriage dissolves between spouses from different countries or when a couple resides in a foreign country, competing foreign jurisdictions can add complexity to an already messy situation, especially in child custody matters. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction, a multilateral treaty currently ratified by 93 countries as of March 2016, provides an expeditious protocol for the return of a child unilaterally removed by a parent from one member country to another. 

CLE: Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series - Reaching the Summit: Practice Management Tips to Elevate Your Firm

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Get the best practice tips and practical tools you need to elevate your firm above the rest with this half-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on September 28. Attendees will gain a better understanding of: Why diversity is important to your law practice and how to include it in your practice; how to overcome the obstacles that are preventing you from creating a paperless work environment; the tools you need to maintain a paper-free practice; the importance of maintaining a positive online presence and how to protect your online reputation; and how to avoid cybersecurity risks and create a secure practice.

Lawyer Referral Service Makes More than 1,000 Referrals in August

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

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 2018 there were more than 1,000 referrals given.

Here are the results for August 2018:

Exclusive Chicago Blackhawks Tickets Offer

Posted on September 5, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

With the 2018-19 season quickly approaching, we would like to offer you an exclusive opportunity to purchase Chicago Blackhawks tickets.

When you purchase a ticket to the Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks game on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m., you will also receive the following pregame experience at MB Ice Arena*:

Best Practice Tips: Law Firm Valuation - Factors that Effect Firm Value

Posted on September 5, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Asked and Answered 

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

Q. I am the owner of a small estate planning firm in Kansas City, Mo. I have two associates and four staff members. I am considering acquiring a small solo practice in a nearby community. I have read some of your articles as well as your book on succession planning and valuation, and the multiple of gross revenue used to establish a goodwill value for a law firm. What are some of the factors that can impact whether the multiple is higher or lower – a firm’s potential value?

Don’t Go There…Yet

Posted on September 4, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

There are few things litigators and judges dread more than a protracted discovery dispute. Given the angst discovery misconduct provokes, siccing the Illinois Supreme Court Rules on a culprit is understandable. But a measured response may be more prudent. Penalizing bad behavior with a default judgment is rarely necessary, even as a response to perjury or defiance of court orders. 

In September’s Illinois Bar Journal, appellate litigator Christopher Keleher examines discovery sanctions available for plaintiffs and defendants under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 219(c). There are good reasons the courts use default judgments against defendants and dismissals with prejudice against plaintiffs sparingly.