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Section Newsletter Articles on Ethics

Ethics and Judicial Independence By Hon. Thomas R. Fitzgerald Administrative Law, December 2009 A speech given by Illinois Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald at Elmhurst College on October 2, 2009
Ethics and Judicial Independence By Hon. Thomas R. Fitzgerald Bench and Bar, December 2009 A speech given by Illinois Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald at Elmhurst College on October 2, 2009
Ethics and Judicial Independence By Hon. Thomas R. Fitzgerald General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, December 2009 I would like to talk to you today about a topic that is important to me, as a judge, and important to all of you as citizens of this State and this Country.
The ethics of fee sharing in tort law cases By Albert E. Durkin Tort Law, October 2009 In the field of plaintiff personal injury litigation, a substantial amount of business is received on a referral basis. Tort practitioners commonly are referred cases from fellow lawyers who do not practice in that chosen field.  
Committee on Government Lawyers presents ethics extravaganza! Government Lawyers, June 2009 The ISBA’s Standing Committee on Government Lawyers has a worthwhile and lofty goal ... a goal of making ethics seminars for government lawyers informative, fun, and interesting.  
Are criminal prosecutions for prevarication possible? By William A. Price Administrative Law, April 2009 Political and governmental ethics debates in Illinois may have reached a new low this spring, with a member of the majority party defending a vote against a special election with a comment on the situation of the state’s junior U.S. Senator, currently challenged for less-than-forthcoming answers about how he obtained appointment, and for unsuccessful attempts to raise political funds in the course of discussions of same.
ABA formal ethics opinion: Ethics Counsel and Reporting. But what about Himmel? By Frank M. Grenard Corporate Law Departments, February 2009 On October 17, 2008, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism jumped into the somewhat muddied water of outside counsel disclosure requirements to its corporate clients in issuing Formal Opinion No. 08-453.
Maintain ethical corporate governance during the economic downturn By R. Stephen Scott Corporate Law Departments, January 2009 The current economic downturn poses many new challenges to corporations. Failure to maintain ethical corporate governance, to save costs or to avoid delayed actions, may only complicate or derail the corporate objectives, as the automakers and Bank of America have learned. Failure to meet important stakeholder expectations will surely lead to loss of the public’s support, while exceeding those expectations should lead to greater support and achievement of the corporate objectives.
Mandatory disclosure and expanded ethics requirements for government contractors By John E. Jensen Corporate Law Departments, January 2009 Starting on December 12, 2008, new rules require all federal contractors to disclose to the government violations of many federal criminal laws and any false claims made to the government. These changes are likely to cause contractors to reassess their ethics and compliance programs. The changes will present contractors with challenging questions, such as whether a disclosable violation has occurred.
Evaluating the ethics of ADR programs By Kurt Kamrath Family Law, December 2008 The practice of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is rife with ethical dilemmas. It does not take much time in the field before a practitioner will find a conflict between two central aspects of ADR.
Illinois ethics bill dramatically limits political contributions to candidates for statewide office By Michael Demetriou and Michael Zolandz Corporate Law Departments, November 2008 The Illinois State Legislature recently amended the Illinois Procurement Code to place new restrictions on political contributions by those that seek or secure state contracts.
Evaluating the ethics of ADR programs By Kurt Kamrath Alternative Dispute Resolution, June 2008 The practice of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is rife with ethical dilemmas. It does not take much time in the field before a practitioner will find a conflict between two central aspects of ADR.
The ethics of confidentiality: Suggestions for resolution of disputed, but quantifiable facts By Robert E. Wells, Jr. Alternative Dispute Resolution, May 2008 A hypothetical conversation involving ethics and confidentiality.
Ethics issues By Eugene F. Friedman Human Rights, December 2007 The basics of copyright law
Illinois ethical release reporting dilemmas for environmental attorneys, engineers and geologists By Raymond T. Reott and Becky J. Schanz Environmental Law, April 2007 This article will examine the confidentiality duties of Illinois attorneys and other environmental professionals with regards to the release reporting obligations.
Due process and ethical issues for administrative judges By William A. Price Administrative Law, March 2007 Due process requirements of the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions, and the requirements of both professional and judicial ethics, may apply to actions of ALJs.
Reaching Out or Overreaching—Judicial ethics and the self-represented litigant By Paul E. Freehling Administrative Law, February 2007 On January 8, 2007, Cynthia Gray, Director of the Center for Judicial Ethics of the American Judicature Society (AJS), spoke to the Administrative Law Judges Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.
Practice Update: Who is your client? What document can you disclose By Bernard Wysocki General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, October 2006 From a practical standpoint, it is important when you see a potential third party involvement, to secure written retainer and defining your representation.
The Illinois State Officials and Employees Ethics Act By Lynda K. Given and Timothy A. Stratton Education Law, September 2005 This article will summarize pertinent provisions of the Act, including those related to the Article 10 Gift Ban and the Article 5 Prohibited Political Activities.
Attorney General issues opinion under State Officials and Employees Ethics Act By Lynn Patton Local Government Law, March 2005 Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently issued an opinion regarding the new State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (5 ILCS 430/1-1 et seq. (West 2003 Supp.)).
Ethics corner: Blagojevich signs ethics reforms into law Government Lawyers, March 2004 On December 9, 2003, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed into law the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.
Illinois’ commitment to ethics By Claire A. Manning Administrative Law, March 2004 The passage of new ethics legislation at the end of 2003 marks an era of legislative reform in a state that has, for too long, carried a sullied, and unfortunate reputation for politics-by-purchase.
Ethics reform a top priority in 2003 fall veto session By James W. Chipman Administrative Law, February 2004 After months of intense negotiations, the Illinois General Assembly passed an ethics package that included all of the components Gov. Blagojevich outlined in his amendatory veto of the original legislation last summer.
Governmental ethics: Public Acts 93-615 & 93-617 By Phillip B. Lenzini Human Rights, February 2004 In its zeal to close the door after the horses have left the barn, the Illinois General Assembly has created Public Act 93-615, the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, and Public Act 93-617, an act in relation to governmental ethics.