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Appellate update By Barbara Goeben Mental Health Law, May 2019 Summaries of two recent cases, In re Christopher C. and In re Bonnie S.
FOIA Corner: Two of the Illinois Supreme Court’s recent decisions concerning the Illinois Freedom of Information Act By Barbara Goeben Government Lawyers, April 2019 Within the past year, the Illinois Supreme Court issued two holdings concerning the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, granting split decisions: one for non-disclosure and one for disclosure.
Appellate update By Barbara Goeben Mental Health Law, June 2017 Recent cases of interest to mental health practitioners.
The Illinois Supreme Court provides guidance on the Open Meetings Act By Barbara Goeben Government Lawyers, May 2017 This year, the Illinois Supreme Court issued an opinion in Bd. of Educ. of Springfield Sch. Dist. No. 186 v. Attorney Gen. of Illinois, affirming the lower court’s reversal of the Attorney General’s conclusion that the Springfield School Board violated the Open Meetings Act.
Some interesting blawgs for the Illinois government lawyer By Barbara Goeben Government Lawyers, June 2016 The following are some blawgs which are of particular interest to government lawyers practicing in Illinois.
Letter from the Chair By Barbara Goeben Mental Health Law, March 2016 A  message from Section Chair Barbara Goeben.
Letter from the Chair By Barbara Goeben Mental Health Law, December 2015 A message from Section Chair Barbara Goeben.
When the term “shall” is directory: The Illinois Supreme Court reinforces the presumption that statutory language that issues a procedural command to a government official is directory, rather than mandatory By Barbara Goeben Government Lawyers, June 2015 In light of these decisions, a trial court litigator must consider prejudice when arguing about a procedural violation of a statute. Further, appellate attorneys should also consider this precedent in defending an alleged procedural violation by a governmental official.
Illinois Supreme Court Rules on commitment, medication cases By Barbara Goeben Mental Health Law, April 2015 Cases of interest to mental health law practitioners.

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