Articles From Hon. Barbara Crowder

Bicentennially speaking… By Hon. Barbara Crowder Bench and Bar, February 2018 Suggested websites and resources to help you learn more about Illinois' bicentennial.
Civil law and procedure updates By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, January 2018 Highlights of recently enacted legsilation.
Jury instruction update: “Do you hear what I hear?” By Hon. Barbara Crowder Government Lawyers, September 2017 A discussion of the 2017 changes made thus far to Illinois Pattern Jury Instruction for Civil Cases since the revisions focus on language access.
Jury instruction update: “Do you hear what I hear?” By Hon. Barbara Crowder Bench and Bar, September 2017 A discussion of the 2017 changes made thus far to Illinois Pattern Jury Instruction for Civil Cases since the revisions focus on language access.
Jury instruction update: “Do you hear what I hear?” By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, August 2017 A discussion of the 2017 changes made thus far to Illinois Pattern Jury Instruction for Civil Cases since the revisions focus on language access.
To be or not to be—Is that the question? By Hon. Barbara Crowder Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, October 2016 Author Barb Crowder, a recent victim of identity theft, shares practical advice for those unlucky enough to have a similar experience.
To be or not to be—Is that the question? By Hon. Barbara Crowder Bench and Bar, September 2016 Author Barb Crowder, a recent victim of identity theft, shares practical advice for those unlucky enough to have a similar experience.
Revisions to civil jury instructions regarding contracts By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, June 2016 An overview of the changes in the jury instructions regarding Contracts found in the 700.00 sections of the Illinois Pattern Instructions (Civil) that were issued in April 2016.
Love means never having to say you’re sorry By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, August 2015 On July 21, 2015, the Governor signed Public Act 099-0090, creating an end to ‘heart balm’ actions and freeing the citizenry from actions for alienation of affections, breach of promise to marry, and criminal conversation.
Jury instruction update By Hon. Barbara Crowder Bench and Bar, October 2014 Counsel who avail themselves of the most current version of the Illinois Pattern Instructions and the options for use of those instructions that the Supreme Court offers may find themselves more satisfied with the entire process.
Jury instruction update By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, September 2014 A discussion of the civil jury instruction changes approved so far in 2014.
Civil practice Supreme Court Rule changes: 2013 By Hon. Barbara Crowder Bench and Bar, January 2014 An overview of the changes made to the Supreme Court Rules in 2013.
Civil practice Supreme Court Rule changes: 2013 By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, January 2014 An overview of the changes made to the Supreme Court Rules in 2013.
Summary of new practice-related Illinois Supreme Court Rule changes By Hon. Barbara Crowder Bench and Bar, March 2013 An overview of the recent changes to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules.
Summary of new practice-related Illinois Supreme Court Rule changes By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, January 2013 This summary is designed to give readers notice of changes, some minor, others fairly important.
Community partnerships improve access to courts for dealing with elder abuse By Hon. Barbara Crowder Bench and Bar, September 2012 An estimated 3 to 5 million cases of elder abuse are reported annually in the United States and some experts believe 60% of all cases are not being reported.
Pre-trial issues in complex litigation: Court’s perspective By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, June 2012 This article recognizes some issues that may face both lawyers and judges in complex litigation, and explores some ways that the complex case may be approached to lessen confusion and problems.
Sanctions and spoliation By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, August 2011 Knowing the potential and most frequently used sanctions may assist counsel in evaluating what steps to take when faced with the loss or destruction of evidence. 
Presenting the evidence: Direct examination By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, December 2010 The careful attorney will prepare for direct examination by deciding the facts that need to be proved via direct examination, then prepare for the actual examination, and finally prepare for the pitfalls that invariably occur when real people testify.
Supreme Court Rule update: “You’ve got mail” By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, March 2010 The Illinois Supreme Court has now amended Supreme Court Rules 11, 12, 361, 267, 373, 381 and 383 in recognition of the popularity and efficiency of third-party commercial carriers. Attorneys will no longer run afoul of the rules by accidentally using a commercial carrier over the Postal Service when filing documents with courts or applying the mailbox rule to deadlines.
Jury instruction update By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, December 2009 Grammar enthusiasts take note. And you all know who you are—a misplaced apostrophe bothers you. You worry about the use of commas in a series and secretly believe that final comma should still be used before the “and” even though modern rules do not require it. 
Jury instruction update By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, November 2009 Three new jury instructions were revised in September 2009.
E-xciting! E-filing comes to Madison County By Hon. Barbara Crowder Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2009 “E-nough already,” was the sentiment expressed by the Circuit Clerk’s office about the volume of paper it needed to process and store. 
Timing is everything: Jury instructions and Supreme Court Rule update By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, October 2009 An examination of the changes to Jury Instruction 1.01 issued in May 2009 and the June 2009 modification of Supreme Court Rule 239 effective September 1, 2009.
E-xciting! E-filing comes to Madison County By Hon. Barbara Crowder Bench and Bar, July 2009 Thanks to the approval of the Supreme Court, on April 6th, 2009 Madison County became the second county in Illinois to have e-filing.
Newton Tractor Sales, Inc. v. Kubota Tractor Corporation: The Supreme Court Promises—You Can Sue! By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, June 2009 The Illinois Supreme Court has underscored that promissory estoppel is a recognized cause of action in its own right and cannot be relegated to the affirmative defense section of an answer.
Making evidence meaningful By Hon. Barbara Crowder Civil Practice and Procedure, May 2009 Some suggestions and observations to make evidence more meaningful.
Judicial perspective on discovery disputes By Hon. Barbara Crowder Bench and Bar, November 2007 Discovery sounds at first blush like a fun, interesting detective activity entered into by counsel and parties to exchange facts and ideas in anticipation of settling or trying cases.
Chair’s Column By Hon. Barbara Crowder Bench and Bar, October 2006 When a lawyer is chosen to become a judge, whether the choice was made by the voters after an election or by appointment from other judges, the new judge swears to uphold the laws of the State of Illinois and the Constitution.
Bankruptcy law and family court By Hon. Barbara Crowder Bench and Bar, September 2006 “I’m a state court judge (or lawyer). I don’t need to know no ‘stinkin’ federal law!”

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