Section Newsletter Articles on Judiciary

Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, May 2017 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
What federal Magistrate Judges do and why they can or can’t do it By Hon. Tom Schanzle-Haskins Bench and Bar, May 2017 A summary of the basic rules regarding a Magistrate Judge’s authority to rule on matters which are deemed dispositive or non-dispositive under the Magistrate Judges Act and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Broadening our horizons By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, April 2017 While the legal systems of other countries may differ, the way people react to the legal system and lawyers is often similar to our own. By considering how our peers from around the world have dealt with some common issues we may learn something about ourselves.
Can justice be served online? By Jayne R. Reardon Bench and Bar, April 2017 The author shares her recent experience with online dispute resolution, and ponders the effects of this growing form of conflict resolution on the legal system and even our understanding of fairness and democracy.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, April 2017 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
What federal Magistrate Judges do and why they can or can’t do it By Hon. Tom Schanzle-Haskins Federal Civil Practice, April 2017 A summary of the basic rules regarding a Magistrate Judge’s authority to rule on matters which are deemed dispositive or non-dispositive under the Magistrate Judges Act and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Cook County Judge Debra Walker is first judge to receive NCBF Excellence Award By David M. Anderson Bench and Bar, March 2017 Judge Walker is the third person and first judge to receive this award, which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to law-related philanthropy.
Recent Appointments and Retirements Bench and Bar, March 2017 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, February 2017 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, January 2017 Recent changes to Illinois' judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, December 2016 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
An interview with Justice Garman By Hon. Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. (Ret). Bench and Bar, November 2016 Now that her term as Chief Justice has ended, Justice Garman feels “very good at how the Illinois courts have moved forward” on her goals.
An interview with the Chief Justice By Hon. Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. (Ret). Bench and Bar, November 2016 When he started practicing law 52 years ago, Lloyd Karmeier never imagined being an appellate court judge, let alone a Supreme Court Justice.
Read any good books lately? By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, November 2016 Author and Bench & Bar Chair Michael Hyman asked members of this Section to choose one book with a legal bent that they would recommend every lawyer read. Here are the responses.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, November 2016 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Feature: Spotlight on REM members—A Tale of Two “Sisters-in-the-Law” and Their Parallel and Intertwined Pathways to the Bench By Masah S. Renwick Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, October 2016 Recently appointed judges J. Imani Drew and Geraldine D'Souza have followed fascinating paths to their present positions.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, October 2016 Recent changes to Illinois' judiciary.
So you want to be a media star? What you can learn from the judges and lawyers who appear in the media By Hon. Geraldine A. D’Souza Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, October 2016 Explaining legal issues and court proceedings to the public and having a public who is educated about the legal issues which the courts face every day can only lead to a better court system overall and more trust in the system as a whole.
Judge’s side of the bench By Hon. Ilana Diamond Rovner Bench and Bar, September 2016 Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner shares her thoughts as she marks her 32nd year on the bench.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, September 2016 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, July 2016 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Lawyers can benefit from judicial heuristics By Michael G. Cortina Bench and Bar, June 2016 A look at different cognitive shortcuts and how attorneys can use them to assist their clients.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, June 2016 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Judges should not say “expert” in front of the jury By Evan Bruno Bench and Bar, May 2016 It’s impossible to say for certain whether a judge’s oral designation of a witness as an expert has ever tipped the scales in a jury trial. But more importantly, why does the jury even need to be informed of this evidentiary ruling?
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, May 2016 Recent changes in Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, April 2016 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Understanding the new Illinois law requiring judges to advise foreign nationals of their right to consular notification By Mark E. Wojcik Bench and Bar, April 2016 A new Illinois statute that entered into force on January 1, 2016 now expressly requires Illinois judges to advise foreign nationals of their right to have their consulate informed of their arrest or detention
Justice on the move By Hon. E. Kenneth Wright, Jr. Bench and Bar, February 2016 A discussion of how we can work to make the courts more accessible to litigants.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, February 2016 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements Bench and Bar, January 2016 Recent changes to Illinois' Judiciary.