Articles From Matt Maloney

Chair’s Column: Going out, outgoing, & not going away By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, July 2007 The General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section Council had a phenomenal past year.
Chair’s Column: Imagine this By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, March 2007 I’m in a local grocery store doing the usual weekly shopping.
Chair’s Column: Hey, look us over! By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, February 2007 The lawyers who make up our Section Council come from different practice backgrounds, different geographic areas and, as you might expect, are different ages.
Going in a different direction By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, November 2006 For many years the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council has been at the forefront of continuing legal education programs.
Chair’s Column: Neither fish nor fowl By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, October 2006 If you have served as a prosecutor or defense attorney for any appreciable period of time you develop and inherent “sense” of what the law is in a particular topic area.
Chair’s Column: Why lawyers don’t do what they’re supposed to do By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, October 2006 A message from Section Chair Matt Maloney
Chair’s column: Welcome from the Chair By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, July 2006 Welcome to the 2006-2007 ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council newsletter.
Case summaries By G. Paul Vazquez, Brendan Max, Ron Haze, Miguel E. Miranda, Vera McDonnell, & Matt Maloney Criminal Justice, June 2006 In People v. Wooddell, 2006 Ill.Lexix 326, the Illinois Supreme Court was called upon to review the effect of a release of a defendant from the Department of Corrections upon a speedy trial demand made pursuant to the intrastate detainers statute.
Practice Alert: Contingencies By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, June 2006 Have you considered "partial disability" as part of your practice's disaster-preparedness plan?
Are your clients selling estate plans? By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, March 2006 The unauthorized practice of law has been going on forever. It was, and still may be in some areas, common practice for local banks and real estate offices to do “simple” deeds and other legal documents.
Grossly disproportional? By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, January 2006 The key language in understanding the opinion in People v. One 2000 GMC is the application of the term “grossly disproportional.”
Practice trap: Lawyer’s comments on pending cases By Matt Maloney & Timothy E. Duggan General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, May 2005 Contemporary broadcast and print media have a profound effect on the judicial process. People know more now about what's going on everywhere in the world than they ever knew before.
The importance of being (Earnest)(Ernest) (Honest) By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, January 2005 I have, occasionally, commented about the importance of communicating with clients. I don't mean just talking to them, but trying to insure that they get the message.
Whose dime is it, anyway? Or, who cares? By Matt Maloney Criminal Justice, October 2004 I was Bureau County Public Defender for almost 10 years.
Whose dime is it anyway? Or, Who cares? By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, September 2004 I was Bureau County Public Defender for almost 10 years.
Food for thought: The answer to the question is . . . . By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, May 2004 The author seeks answers to questions on the job.
Who’s entitled to what from whom? By Matt Maloney Criminal Justice, March 2004 Recent decisions from the Illinois Supreme Court have recounted difficulties emanating from discovery problems. Most of the commentaries deal with complaints of non-compliance in death penalty cases.
Marshall, Greaney, Ireland, Spina, Cowin, Sosman & Cordy By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, February 2004 What do these names mean? Is this the name of a boutique firm in Chicago or a large firm downstate? These names meant nothing to me until I read the opinion of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts filed on November 18, 2003 in Goodridge, et.al. v Department of Public Health, et.al.
Mentoring: It’s really important! “I just assumed that…” By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, January 2004 Many participants in the "system" constantly complain about the lack of skills that they see in "young lawyers." I suppose that I've complained about the same thing. Broad-based, general practice requires a plethora of legal talents.
“I’ve Been Taking Care of Business & Working Overtime” - Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1976) By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, December 2003 I don’t know if Canadian singer/composer/musician Randy Bachman ever went to law school. His synopsis of how things go on a daily basis seems to mirror life in general.
“Be it enacted…” By Matt Maloney Criminal Justice, September 2003 Many of the ISBA Section Councils spend a great deal of time each Spring reviewing new legislation that has been introduced in both the Illinois House and Senate.
Food for thought—How far will we go? By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, June 2003 Many of the ISBA Section Councils spend a great deal of time each spring reviewing new legislation that has been introduced in both the Illinois House and Senate.
One picture is worth a thousand words By Matt Maloney Criminal Justice, May 2003 This is a time-tested concept that everyone understands. In the New World of covert and surreptitious surveillance, you never know when you might be photographed or recorded on live camera.
What you see…is what you get By Matt Maloney Criminal Justice, February 2003 Ancient history (the 1960s) makes me think of this phrase often attributed to Flip Wilson and the great singing group The Dramatics. All defense lawyers face the specter of Strickland claims.  
You never know what evil lurks in the heart of…a juror By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, August 2002 In the past two decades, numerous studies have been done (by almost everyone) on the thought processes of jurors.
Old soldiers never die … do the myths By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, January 2002 My career started in early September 1973. Direct contact with clients, old and new, began immediately.
Criminal law “It’s deja vu all over again” By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, October 2001 I'm not certain if Yogi Berra made this statement. In thinking about this often-cited quote, I was reminded of the correlation between baseball and drug sniffing dogs. In ruling on the reliability and admissibility of "dog sniff" testimony a noted jurist commented, "a .700 average in baseball would be admirable but I'm not so sure that's an acceptable average for a drug sniffing dog."
Life in the hereafter: new subrogation ruling may create conflict of interest problems over common fund recoveries By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, June 2001 All lawyers are trained to rely on stare decisis. Without it, how could we predict the future without looking at the past?
“We have met the enemy and he is … us” By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, March 2001 My erstwhile friends in the legal community know that I regularly read the advance sheets.
Effective communication or “… Didn’t I tell you this during your first appointment?” By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, December 2000 We know what we do each day. There are things that we have learned both through repetition and experience.

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