The changing face of the legal professionBy Sherwin A. BrookLaw Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2009The U.S. economy has been slammed over the past 18 months. No sector has been spared. Among the professional services providers, attorneys have been the hardest hit. The dynamics of the carnage has left virtually every area of concentration reeling with the possible exceptions of bankruptcy injury and family law.
Checks and balances at work: The ADA Amendments Act of 2008By William D. GorenDiversity Leadership Council, June 2009The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 overrule several United States Supreme Court decisions that had narrowed considerably the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Chicago red light cameras scheme constitutionalBy Patti Gregory-ChangAdministrative Law, March 2009In Chicago, red light cameras take pictures of cars whose drivers run red lights and make illegal turns at intersections. Owners of vehicles, with the exception of leased vehicles, are liable for tickets.
The Children’s Assistance FundBy Kelley A. GandurskiYoung Lawyers Division, February 2009The Chair of the Young Lawyers Division Grant Request Committee reports that the Young Lawyers Division has approved $13,000 in grant requests so far for the 2008-2009 year.
China’s Antimonopoly Law: The first 100 daysBy Ying DengJanuary 2009An overview of the six civil cases filed in China's People's Courts and China’s planning for antitrust civil litigation. A short background section provides some of the history of AML and its basic functions.
Choice of law in multi-state tort casesBy Jeffrey A. ParnessCivil Practice and Procedure, January 2009Gregory v. Beazer East provides a useful reminder of basic choice-of-law principles, including depecage and the “factual contacts” test.
Choosing a Roth IRABy Jesse T. CoyleTrusts and Estates, July 2009The ultimate consideration in deciding whether to choose a Traditional or Roth IRA generally becomes whether you would rather pay tax now or later.
The City of Chicago renews its commitment to minority and women-owned businessesBy Daniel R. SaeediRacial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, November 2009The City of Chicago has recently renewed its Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program, an affirmative action program in construction with goals for awarding 24% of City construction contracts to Minority-owned Business Enterprises and 4% to Women-owned Business Enterprises.
Civility and religious sensitivityBy Andrea M. SchleiferBench and Bar, April 2009Almost 75 years ago, the Decalogue Society of Lawyers was created to among other things, confront anti-Semitism and discrimination encountered by Jewish attorneys in the Courts. Unfortunately, at that time, many judges would knowingly schedule trials on Jewish holidays without compunction. That rarely happens today, when most judges respect the religious requirements of litigants and lawyers.
Claims against a decedent’s non-probate property in IllinoisBy Joel A. SchoenmeyerAgricultural Law, June 2009Dealing with claims against an Illinois decedent’s non-probate property is critical in cases where the decedent’s probate estate is insufficient to pay all valid claims, or where no probate estate has been opened for the decedent.
Clarification to “Inside out—Revaluation of Partnership Capital Accounts”By Michelle L. HellerFederal Taxation, March 2009In reviewing for publication the article by Derek P. Usman titled “Inside out—Revaluation of Partnership Capital Accounts” published in the December 2008 Newsletter, I started to elaborate on section 754 elections. So, to clarify, the partnership may elect under IRS section 754 to adjust the basis of partnership property “as the result of a transfer of an interest in a partnership by sale or exchange or on the death of a partner” as provided in IRC section 743.
Co-editors’ noteBy David N. Schaffer & Matthew A. KirshFamily Law, April 2009A note from newsletter editors Matthew Kirsh and David Schaffer.
The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms: From dream to realityBy Pamela M. BelynDiversity Leadership Council, June 2009In the summer of 2008, a group of more than 30 women’s initiatives in Chicago law firms came together to form the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms—the first organization of its kind in the United States. The Coalition’s mission is to benefit member firms by providing positive avenues of communication, collaboration and guidance that help member groups to enhance the recruitment, retention and promotion of women lawyers and support the building, implementation and continued relevancy of women’s initiatives in law firms.
The COBRA subsidy and what it means to employersBy J.J. McGrathCorporate Law Departments, May 2009The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law February 17. It expands COBRA by offering eligible individuals a 65 percent subsidy of their required COBRA premiums and an additional enrollment period to re-elect COBRA coverage and pay only 35 percent of the COBRA premium.
Collection Issues and the IRS—Part IIIBy William M. GasaFederal Taxation, March 2009In addition to massive bailouts authorized by our federal government, other federal agencies have taken action to assist citizens. On January 8, 2009, the IRS issued “IRS TAX TIP 2009—Special Edition, IRS Help for Financially Distressed Taxpayers.” Because of the potential impact on everyone representing taxpayers before the IRS, the news release follows in full.
The commitment to diversity should be a badge worn every dayBy Sonni Choi WilliamsRacial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, November 2009As the Peoria County Bar Association celebrated its 6th Annual Diversity Luncheon, I looked at the crowded room filled with more than 300 attendees including judges, ISBA representatives, school board members, students, and lawyers and felt proud that so many came out to support the commitment to diversity. But my celebratory mood dampened when I was also reminded of how easily the call and commitment to diversity can be overshadowed by a five-star event and the all-so-convenient excuse of the current economic downturn.
Confessions of an Ad Law junkieBy Jewel N. KleinAdministrative Law, April 2009If politics excite you, if you like to watch government at work, if you think about public policy and its impact on people, administrative law is for you.
Confidentiality issues for family lawyersBy Marilyn LongwellFamily Law, November 2009It is extremely important for the family law practitioner to understand the parameters of and exceptions to client confidentiality.
Conflict: The treacherous pathBy Edward ClintonFederal Civil Practice, December 2009William Ruehle, the Chief Financial Officer of Broadcom, a California corporation, and Henry Nichols, a co-founder of Broadcom, were indicted by a Federal grand jury for conspiracy, securities fraud, false certification of financial statements, wire fraud and other crimes in the United States District Court for California. These charges arose from the alleged backdating of options granted to officers of Broadcom.