Articles From 2011

$1 nominal damages award in civil rights case nets plaintiff’s attorney zero attorney fees By Michael D. Bersani & Zrinka Rukavina Local Government Law, September 2011 The recent Seventh Circuit case of Frizzell v. Szabo may undercut the ability of civil rights plaintiffs to leverage larger-than-deserved settlements.
13th Annual Holiday Party a success By Jessica Durkin Young Lawyers Division, February 2011 The Annual Holiday Party raised more than $16,000 for the IBF/YLD Children's Assistance Fund.
14th annual ISBA YLD Holiday Party to be held December 2, 2011 By Angelica W. Wawrzynek Young Lawyers Division, August 2011 Mark your calendars—The 14th Annual YLD Holiday Party will be held on Friday, December 2, 2011 at the Cubby Bear in Chicago.
2010 case law update By Steven B. Bashaw & Joseph R. Fortunato, Jr. Real Estate Law, February 2011 A summary of recent real property cases.
2010 Legislation update: Real estate and estate planning and administration By Gary R. Gehlbach Real Estate Law, February 2011 New legislation affecting real property practitioners.
The 2011 ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey Standards By Richard F. Bales Real Estate Law, December 2011 The 2011 ALTA/ACSM land title survey standards are the culmination of two years of work by a committee made up of land surveyors, attorneys who represent lenders, and title company attorneys.
2011 Elder Law Quick Guide: Important numbers to remember Elder Law, February 2011 A quick reference guide to Medicare/Medicaid facts and figures.
2011 federal and state regulatory agendas By William A. Price Administrative Law, September 2011 Counsel with business advisory or other regulatory compliance practices can give their clients a “heads up” about new mandates they may face by reviewing the regulatory agendas of their federal and state regulators.
2011 Illinois income tax increase—An overview of the provisions of Public Act 96-1496 (SB 2505) By David J. Kupiec & Natalie M. Martin State and Local Taxation, March 2011 A look at some of the new provisions, which took effect on January 13th of this year.
25 points to remember when foreclosing on UCC-type collateral By Michael L. Weissman Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, September 2011 A checklist for a successful foreclosure and sale of collateral.
3 ways your business can run afoul of tax authorities By Gregory A. Zbylut Federal Taxation, May 2011 Steer clear of these minefields and you may have fewer tax-related headaches.
3rd District Appellate Court affirms $23 million personal injury jury verdict against broker C.H. Robinson By William D. Brejcha Energy, Utilities, Telecommunications, and Transportation, June 2011 The Sperl v. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. decision is significant to the extent it holds broker Robinson responsible for the tort of a driver for one of its contracting carriers.
40 years for Administrative Law newsletter By J.A. Sebastian Administrative Law, January 2011 A review of this newsletter's history.
50 best law firms for women By Cindy G. Buys Women and the Law, November 2011 Seven Illinois firms made the annual NAFE/Flex-Time Lawyers list published in the September 2011 issue of Working Mother.
7th Circuit E-Discovery Pilot update By Kathryn A. Kelly Federal Civil Practice, December 2011 Now in its second phase, the Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Project has launched <>. The Web site provides information about the Project's Principles, as well as committee information.
9th Circuit rejects L.A. port’s owner operator prohibition By William D. Brejcha Energy, Utilities, Telecommunications, and Transportation, November 2011 A summary of the recent case of American Trucking Associations, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles.
Abraham Lincoln and Harland Sanders By William A. Price Administrative Law, August 2011 Two Kentucky natives may be worth remembering this month, not so much for legal insight, but for the qualities of endurance and resilience they both represent.
Acquisition of company assets may include hidden unclaimed property liabilities By Stanley R. Kaminski State and Local Taxation, May 2011 To combat the potential unclaimed property problem, a purchasing company should consider adding a provision to the acquisition agreement dealing with past or existing unclaimed property.
Addition by deduction By Paul Shaheen Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, September 2011 If employee benefits are becoming unaffordable, how does a firm maintain them? Or at least remain in the position to offer them? 
Adjusting to the practice of law: Reflections on five years of practice By Ebony R. Huddleston Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, October 2011 As a new attorney in a small firm, the author has discovered three important things for which law school could not have prepared her.
Administrative law case summaries By Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum Administrative Law, December 2011 Recent cases of interest to administrative law practitioners.
Administrative law—Around the country By Hon. Ann Breen-Greco Administrative Law, December 2011 The author was sworn in as Chair of the National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary in August of this year.
Admitting a party’s discovery deposition By Jeffrey A. Parness Bench and Bar, June 2011 The case of Berry v. American Standard, Inc., 382 Ill. App. 3d 895 (5th Dist. 2008) prompted the recent amendment to Rule 212(a)(5) allowing into evidence an unavailable party’s discovery deposition pursuant to the “sound discretion” of the court when it “will do substantial justice between or among the parties.”
Admitting a party’s discovery deposition By Jeffrey A. Parness Civil Practice and Procedure, March 2011 A recent amendment to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules allows into evidence an unavailable party’s discovery deposition pursuant to the “sound discretion” of the court when it “will do substantial justice between or among the parties.”
Adoption code changes affecting access to birth certificates By Kimberly L. Dahlen & Ayla N. Ellison Child Law, August 2011 Beginning November 15, 2011, any adopted adult or surrendered person, who was born in Illinois on or after January 1, 1946, may complete and file a request for a non-certified copy of an original birth certificate.
ADR Section Council proposes joint task force on youth violence By Joshua Bailey Alternative Dispute Resolution, April 2011 The ISBA ADR Section Council, in partnership with the Chicago Bar Association, is working to implement a Joint Task Force on Stopping the Killing of Our Children in Chicago.
Agency lawyers left out of Loan Repayment Assistance Program* By Marc Christopher Loro Administrative Law, January 2011 A look at the content and rules of the Public Interest Attorney Assistance Act.
All appropriate inquiries into land acquisitions By Gene Schmittgens Environmental Law, June 2011 All appropriate inquiry requires that the purchaser perform a Phase I assessment which conforms with either the requirements of ASTM 1527-05, or the regulations promulgated by EPA.
All appropriate inquiries into land acquisitions By Gene Schmittgens Business Advice and Financial Planning, February 2011 Recently, two district court opinions have examined the Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser defense and what is required to maintain the defense: 3000 E. Imperial, LLC, v. Robertshaw Controls Co., et al., and Ashley II of Charleston LLC v. PCS Nitrogen, Inc.
All the latest developments in health care law By W. Eugene Basanta & Nicholas Schroer Health Care Law, December 2011 A summary of recent cases related to health care law.