Articles From Mark C. Palmer

12 ways to avoid a rejected e-filing and other Illinois e-filing tips By Mark C. Palmer Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, September 2018 As of July 1, Cook, Madison, Kendall, and DeKalb counties implemented mandatory e-filing of civil cases. This article provides helpful e-filing tips. 
Lawyers may not secretly track sent emails, says ISBA opinion By Mark C. Palmer Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, April 2018 A recent Professional Conduct Advisory Opinion from the ISBA joined at least three other jurisdictions in concluding that the practice of using hidden email tracking software would be unethical for a variety of reasons.
What can Illinois courts learn from PACER? By Mark C. Palmer Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, February 2017 As we quickly approach the 2018 deadline for required electronic filing of documents in all civil cases by Order of the Illinois Supreme Court, we are faced with an enormous task of going paperless by embracing digital storage and access to information.
E-mail service: Ready or not, it has arrived By Mark C. Palmer Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, November 2016 In accordance with Supreme Court Rule 131(d)(1), attorneys filing or serving documents in any cause must include an email address on the document.
How reliable are those online attorney reviews really? By Mark C. Palmer Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, May 2016 Lawyers need to educate themselves on how Avvo and other rating systems are formulated before participating in them, and be vigilant about the accuracy of the information used for such calculations and what is displayed to the public
Synthetic drugs: Playing catch-up with chemicals By Mark C. Palmer Local Government Law, December 2011 A multi-pronged plan that stresses education, prevention and public awareness along with updated laws and their enforcement should address the expanding danger of synthetic drug use.
Who’s that knocking at my door? A synopsis of door-to-door solicitation cases By Mark C. Palmer Local Government Law, January 2011 The local powers granted to municipalities to protect the health and welfare of its citizens, including prevention of crime, fraud and invasion of privacy, must be fairly balanced with any prior restraints on the Constitutional rights of the salespersons.
Safety vs. sanctity—The balancing act of rental property inspections By Mark C. Palmer Local Government Law, February 2010 The Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution safeguard the right of individuals against unreasonable searches. Although many variations exist in both the criminal and civil contexts, the governing principle is simple: "a search of private property without proper consent is 'unreasonable' unless it has been authorized by a valid search warrant."
A guide to consular notification for local governments By Mark C. Palmer Local Government Law, February 2009 Is an international law treaty from 1963 important to local governments in Illinois?
Recent issues in Illinois liquor laws & enforcement By Mark C. Palmer Local Government Law, July 2008 Illinois Public Act 92-0503 became effective on January 1, 2002 and enhanced the responsibilities of local liquor commissioners (typically mayors or presidents and their acting deputies) to create underage alcohol (and tobacco) enforcement policies and procedures
Prosecution of municipal ordinances violations and a preview of the proposed Supreme Court Rules addressing them By Mark C. Palmer Local Government Law, April 2008 On January 28, 2008, the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee held its annual public hearing and included on the agenda was the proposal to create new Illinois Supreme Court Rules 570-581 (“Proposed Rules”).
Right of redemption or not, junior mortgagee has right to file separate foreclosure action By Mark C. Palmer Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, September 2006 The Appellate Court of Illinois 3d District recently reversed and remanded a Marshall Co. Circuit Court’s ruling that required a junior mortgagee to redeem the senior mortgage prior to foreclosing its mortgage. React Financial v. Long, --- N.E.2d ----, 2006 WL 1476263 (Ill.App. 3d Dist., 2006).

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