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Relief is on the horizon for public service attorneys burdened by law school debt By Colleen Morgan Human Rights, November 2008 With the average law school graduate carrying a staggering amount of student loan debt, and with starting salaries in public interest areas of the law lagging well below those in the private sector, student loan debt relief has become an attractive way for prosecutors, public defenders, and legal aid offices to recruit new attorneys and retain experienced ones.
Attorney General issues opinions By Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, September 2008 The following is a summary of informal opinion Nos. I-08-001 through I-08-022 that may be of interest to the government bar.
How green is your government? By Mary L. Milano Government Lawyers, September 2008 It arguably began in 2000, with the establishment by then-Governor Ryan of the Green Illinois Government Coordinating Council.
In-Sites Government Lawyers, September 2008 Although we covered this topic a few years ago, Web sites have improved, so we revisit the topic of hospitals and nursing home ratings.
Public sector discipline: Former Assistant State’s Attorney disbarred on consent By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, September 2008 In re Baba, Commission No. 07 SH 74, S. Ct. No. M.R. 22324 (May 19, 2008).
Attorney General issues opinions By Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, March 2008 Under section 4 of the Attorney General Act (15 ILCS 205/4 (West 2006), as amended by Public Act 95-699, effective November 9, 2007), the Attorney General is authorized, upon request, to furnish written legal opinions to State officers and State’s Attorneys on matters relating to their official duties.
In-Sites Government Lawyers, March 2008 Go Green! There are many ways to be conscious of our environment. And, believe it or not, many are “convenient!”
Conflicts of interest of attorneys representing units of government—A short quiz By John H. Brechin Local Government Law, January 2008 Conflicts or the perception of a conflict are part of the everyday practice of law.
2007 legislative summary By James W. Chipman Government Lawyers, December 2007 The 2007 spring legislative session convened on January 10. After the new members were installed, the 95th General Assembly wasted no time in introducing an assortment of new legislation.
Attorney General issues opinions By Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, December 2007 Under section 4 of the Attorney General Act (15 ILCS 205/4 (West 2006)), the Attorney General is authorized, upon request, to furnish written legal opinions to State officers and State’s Attorneys on matters relating to their official duties.
HHS Launches New Web site on HIPAA Privacy Compliance and Enforcement Government Lawyers, September 2007 To coincide with the fourth anniversary of the enforcement of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of an enhanced Web site that will make it easier for consumers, health care providers and others to get information about how the Department enforces health information privacy rights and standards.
Public sector discipline: Two Illinois prosecutors disciplined for Brady violations during May term of the Supreme Court By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, September 2007 In re Murphy and Campbell, Commission Nos. 06 SH 74 and 75 (consolidated), S. Ct. No. M.R. 21566 (May 18, 2007).
Public sector discipline: Two Illinois public sector attorneys disciplined during March term of court for criminal conduct By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, June 2007 In re Arrigo, Commission No. 06 CH 45, S. Ct. No. M.R. 21373 (March 19, 2007). John Arrigo was an officer in the United States Air Force and, as such, was subject to annual written evaluations of his job performance.
Attorney General issues opinions By Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, March 2007 Under section 4 of the Attorney General Act (15 ILCS 205/4 (West 2005 Supp.)), the Attorney General is authorized, upon request, to furnish written legal opinions to State officers and State’s Attorneys on matters relating to their official duties.
Former Assistant Public Defender Suspended Until Further Order By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, March 2007 In September 2003, Julie Baldwin entered into a contract to serve as a part-time assistant public defender in Peoria County, where she was assigned to represent indigent parents in cases in which her clients faced the possibility of termination of their parental rights.
In-sites Government Lawyers, March 2007 There are many sites that can assist you in finding public records.
News you can use Government Lawyers, March 2007 The American Bar Association’s Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for its three national awards.
Attorney General issues opinions By Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, December 2006 Under section 4 of the Attorney General Act (15 ILCS 205/4 (West 2005 Supp.)), the Attorney General is authorized, upon request, to furnish written legal opinions to State officers and State’s Attorneys on matters relating to their official duties.
Former Assistant Public Defender suspended By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, December 2006 While she was employed as an assistant Kane County public defender, Cynthia Sutherin approached three of her colleagues at the Public Defender’s office, as well as another attorney employed by the Kane County State’s Attorney, telling them that she was going to open a law firm with two other assistant public defenders.
In-sites By Dion Davi Government Lawyers, December 2006 There are many Web sites available that provide information related to the criminal justice system. Some provide information about sex offenders and others assist in finding an inmate in a particular facility.
Ethics corner: recent discipline of public sector lawyers and related ABA formal opinion By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, September 2006 Recent disciplinary orders from the Illinois Supreme Court have included sanctions entered against two public sector attorneys.
Legislative update By Cynthia I. Ervin Government Lawyers, September 2006 The spring session of the 94th General Assembly ended on May 4, 2006. Approximately 353 bills passed both houses of the General Assembly.
Attorney General issues opinions By Cynthia I. Ervin and Lynn Patton Government Lawyers, June 2006 Under section 4 of the Attorney General Act (15 ILCS 205/4 (West 2004)), the Attorney General is authorized, upon request, to furnish written legal opinions to State officers and State’s Attorneys on matters relating to their official duties.
In-sites Government Lawyers, June 2006 The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, what we know as HIPAA, was enacted by Congress in 1996.
Ethics corner: Recent censure of a public sector lawyer By Rosalyn B. Kaplan Government Lawyers, April 2006 On January 13, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court censured Justin T. Fitzsimmons for professional misconduct committed during the course of his employment as an assistant state’s attorney in DuPage County.
In-sites Government Lawyers, April 2006 Over the years, the Illinois Bar Journal has provided some great research tips for those searching for government agency regulations, policies, interpretive letters, opinions, digests, forms, and other information.
Legislative update Government Lawyers, December 2005 The 94th General Assembly convened on January 12, 2005. Approximately 6,198 bills were filed for consideration by the General Assembly.
Veto session update Government Lawyers, December 2005 The Illinois General Assembly recently concluded its fall veto session schedule. The following is a brief summary of the legislative action that occurred during the veto session which may be of interest to the government bar.
Department of Employment Security raises the hourly rate for attorneys representing claimants By Glenn R. Gaffney Labor and Employment Law, October 2005 The Illinois Department of Employment Security has effectuated an administrative rule change raising the hourly rate an attorney representing claimants can charge.
Attorney-client privilege in the government sector: United States v. John Doe (In re Grand Jury Investigation) By Patricia M. Fallon Government Lawyers, September 2005 United States v. John Doe (In re Grand Jury Investigation), 399 F.3d 527, 535 (2d Cir. 2005) (In re Grand Jury Investigation) addresses a grand jury subpoena issued to Anne C. George, former chief legal counsel to the Office of the Governor of Connecticut.