Articles From Daniel Thies

Illinois Federal Courts Split on Covid-19 Business Interruption Insurance Cases By Daniel Thies & Ryan Burroughs Federal Civil Practice, June 2021 For over a year now, federal courts have grappled with the legal fallout of the pandemic. One area with significant action is claims for business interruption insurance due to COVID-19.
The ISBA’s Rural Practice Initiative Meets a Crucial Need By Daniel Thies Young Lawyers Division, May 2021 ISBA's Rural Practice Initiative is taking steps toward increasing access to attorneys in rural areas of Illinois.
Proposed Changes to FRAP 3 Face Rare Pushback From Judiciary By Daniel Thies Federal Civil Practice, June 2020 A look at a recent Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure issue that arose out of the eighth circuit.
Proposed Changes to the Statute of Repose for Estate Planners By Daniel Thies Young Lawyers Division, March 2020 One of the challenges that young attorneys face when joining or taking over an established practice is the risk of outstanding professional malpractice liabilities.
Why ESI is not like fine wine: Recent changes to the ancient documents exception to the hearsay rule By Daniel Thies Federal Civil Practice, May 2018 The rise of electronically stored information in litigation has undermined the three rationales for the ancient documents exception to the hearsay rule.
Illinois Supreme Court weighs adoption of Uniform Bar Examination By Daniel Thies Young Lawyers Division, April 2017 The Illinois Supreme Court is considering whether to make Illinois the 28th jurisdiction in the country to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination (“UBE”), a single test that allows candidates for the bar to transfer their scores to multiple jurisdictions while still taking only one test.
Recent developments in the Seventh Circuit’s class action jurisprudence: Not as pro-plaintiff as they first appear By Daniel Thies Federal Civil Practice, April 2016 In the past two years the Seventh Circuit has issued a spate of decisions appearing to favor class plaintiffs.
Bar examination scores decline, presenting a challenge for law schools—and for the profession By Daniel Thies Young Lawyers Division, December 2015 The failure of our system of legal education to ensure that prospective lawyers are capable is a problem for the entire profession.
Deposition objections: Are you saying too much? Or too little? By Daniel Thies Federal Civil Practice, April 2015 A recent federal court decision from the Northern District of Iowa, Security Nat’l Bank of Sioux City v. Abbot Labs appears to criticize counsel both for saying too little, and also for saying too much. How are counsel to navigate this potential minefield?
States take the lead on legal education reform By Daniel Thies Young Lawyers Division, December 2014 A look at the steps states have taken to address the problem of law school debt and the need to prepare lawyers to provide services to the public. 
Regulation of legal education set to undergo paradigm shift By Daniel Thies Young Lawyers Division, June 2014 Various entities have called for reform regarding the way law school is funded, including most recently the ABA’s newly appointed Presidential Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education.
Proposed changes to federal discovery rules put premium on early case assessment By Daniel Thies Federal Civil Practice, April 2014 Assuming these significant changes are adopted, lawyers practicing in federal court must become familiar with them and be prepared for the additional responsibilities they impose early in the life cycle of a case.
New Supreme Court Rule on juror questions presents opportunities for trial lawyers By Daniel Thies Young Lawyers Division, April 2013 Juror questions are likely to become a standard part of the jury trial of the future. Every trial lawyer should be ready to take advantage of this unique window into the jury’s thought process.
Northern District welcomes Judge John Z. Lee By Daniel Thies Federal Civil Practice, December 2012 An immigrant who came to the United States in 1972 at the age of four, unable to even speak English, Judge Lee rose to become the first Korean American ever to serve as an Article III federal judge in the Northern District.

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