Articles From 2007

When are single-location bargaining units appropriate for health care employers? By Benjamin E. Gehrt Labor and Employment Law, March 2007 In County of Cook (Provident Hospital, the Illinois Court of Appeals was presented with the issue of what standard should be applied to determine if a single-location bargaining unit is appropriate for a health care employer with multiple facilities. 
When attorneys misbehave in court—Judicial Contempt Power By Kevin M. Rosner Family Law, January 2007 The following article will address the issue of judicial power to maintain order and decorum in the courtroom through the use of contempt proceedings against attorneys.
When Grandma and Grandpa can’t pay their bills By Eugenia C. Hunter Elder Law, October 2007 Increasingly, senior citizens are overwhelmed by debt caused by decreased income, credit card interest, medical bills and loans to adult children.
When is a declaratory judgment not a declaratory judgment? By Matthew A. Kirsh Family Law, January 2007 On November 20, 2006 the 2nd District Appellate Court rendered its opinion in In Re The Marriage of Best. 2006 WL 3386705.
When is an expert not really an expert? By Michael J. Marovich Civil Practice and Procedure, October 2007 In the case of Somers v. Quinn, the plaintiff appealed the trial court’s granting of defendant’s motion in limine to bar plaintiff’s expert’s testimony and the court’s refusal to grant plaintiff a continuance to find another expert.
Whether to shift costs or not under the new federal e-discovery rules By Michael W. Tootooian Federal Civil Practice, March 2007 The evolving nature of discovery and litigation in general has never been more dramatically affected than through the use of computers and more importantly the “electronically stored information” generated by them.
Who is in charge of determining disability for police officers—Pension boards or witnesses? By Jenette M. Schwemler Local Government Law, September 2007 For more than 15 years, Illinois appellate courts have been struggling with the interpretation of section 3-115 of the Illinois Pension Code regarding the requirement of a pension applicant to submit three certificates of disability to the pension board in order to receive benefits.
Who is my client and what are my responsibilities under a power of attorney? By Myles Jacobs & Robert Duffin Real Estate Law, April 2007 You represent Bill and Mary in a transaction selling to Jack.
Why do we need performance reviews? By Steven C. Lindberg Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, January 2007 What are performance reviews? Why do we need to have performance reviews? How often should I give performance reviews? What should a performance review contain?
Will EPA’s Administrative Order on Consent Satisfy the Procedural Requirements of Cooper v. Aviall? By Gene Schmittgens & Jessica Merrigan Environmental Law, February 2007 Not only did the Court’s decision in Cooper Industries, Inc. v. Aviall Services, Inc. eliminate the availability of contribution under CERCLA following a voluntary cleanup, it also has the potential to significantly limit the right of contribution for parties that have “settled” or wish to “settle” liability in an administrative setting.
Women Everywhere: Partners In Service Project—Impacting Young Lives By Yolaine Dauphin Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, December 2007 On May 11, 2007, volunteers joined hands to make a difference in the lives of female elementary and high school students in the Chicago area.
The “Women of the West” Outreach Reception Women and the Law, May 2007 On March 30, 2007, the Marshall Gallery of the Northern Illinois University College of Law in De Kalb, Illinois, played host to over 100 women judges, attorneys, law students and guests.
Word and WordPerfect (cue Star Wars theme music) By John Coladarci Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, September 2007 The battle for the hearts and minds of the legal community regarding word processors continues unabated on the legal tech blogs like Technolawyer and literally hundreds of web pages and blogs dedicated solely to the topic of WordPerfect vs. Word.
Workshare does its share to secure your documents By Alan Pearlman Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, August 2007 Although most law firms use massive deployments of traditional security solutions to lock down their office systems, networks and all of their stored content, most of them still struggle with the massive loads of shared electronic documents that flood their corporate network, the Internet, the e-mail system and all of their portable storage devices.
World Intellectual Property Organization proposes new Initiative regarding trademarks for drug names By Alpana P. Sahu, K. & Pradip K. Sahu International and Immigration Law, March 2007 From November 13th to the 17th, 2006, the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (the “Standing Committee) met in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss numerous issues relating to trademark law and practice.
YLD announces 2007 award winners Young Lawyers Division, June 2007 The Young Lawyers Division of the Illinois State Bar Association has announced this year’s winners of the Young Lawyer of the Year and the Law Student Division Public Service Award.
YLD drives home another successful golf outing By Brett J. Swanson Young Lawyers Division, October 2007 The 2007 ISBA Young Lawyers Division Golf Classic was held on July 23, 2007 at the Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, Illinois.
YLD members and friends volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository By Heather M. Fritsch Young Lawyers Division, April 2007 On Saturday, February 24, 2007, a group of YLD members and friends, including ISBA members Mark Hassakis and John Locallo, met at the Greater Chicago Food Depository for their annual morning of volunteering.
York v. Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center—Apparent agency revisited and refined By Martin L. Glink Tort Law, April 2007 Shortly before retiring from her illustrious career, Justice Mary Ann McMorrow authored the opinion in York v. Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, addressing the doctrine of apparent agency.
Young Lawyer of the Year nomination form Young Lawyers Division, April 2007 YLD Nomination Form for the 2006-07 Young Lawyer of the Year Award.
Young Lawyer of the Year nomination form Young Lawyers Division, February 2007 Do you know someone deserving of the Young Lawyer of the Year Award? Nominate them now!
Young lawyers and professional responsibility By Allison Fink Young Lawyers Division, December 2007 As of October 31, 2006 there were 81,146 registered lawyers in Illinois, a small increase of 1.4 percent from the previous year.
Young Lawyers serve firefighters By Matthew R. Huff Young Lawyers Division, December 2007 Firefighters risk their lives daily to safeguard our communities.
Young Lawyers support children’s waiting rooms By Matthew R. Huff Young Lawyers Division, June 2007 Every year since 1998, the Young Lawyers Division Council (YLD) of the Illinois State Bar Association has raised tens of thousands of dollars to establish and sustain waiting rooms in courthouses throughout Illinois for children whose parents or guardians have business with the court.
Your client wants to vacation outside the U.S. with the kids but the other parent fears abduction… If the destination country is a Hague signatory, here’s a possible solution By Jacalyn Birnbaum International and Immigration Law, November 2007 Not an uncommon problem in a pending pre-decree case: One parent seeks to vacation with the children outside the country and the other parent—concerned about possible abduction—refuses to permit the vacation in the absence of an Order of Court.
Your client wants to vacation outside the U.S. with the kids but the other parent fears abduction… If the destination country is a Hague signatory, here’s a possible solution By Jacalyn Birnbaum Family Law, September 2007 Not an uncommon problem in a pending pre-decree case: One parent seeks to vacation with the children outside the country and the other parent—concerned about possible abduction—refuses to permit the vacation in the absence of an Order of Court.
Your Opinion Needed! ISBA’s Standing Committee on Women and the Law Examines Committee Goals—and we need your help! By Amie M. Simpson Women and the Law, November 2007 Why are we here? What is our purpose? It’s an age-old question that has puzzled great thinkers for centuries…
Zoning By John H. Brechin Local Government Law, January 2007 Recent cases related to zoning.

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