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10 best tips from a GAL perspective By Lisa M. Nyuli Family Law, May 2012 A list of tips of interest to GALs and attorneys representing the parties in custody, visitation and removal disputes.
10 things judges wish you knew about legal writing By Timothy J. Storm Young Lawyers Division, December 2012 Are you aware of the 10 most common writing errors and how to avoid them?
10 tips for mediating pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 905 By Barb Collins Alternative Dispute Resolution, November 2012 The author has compiled ten things she has learned over the years, to assist those who might want to give the mediation of child custody and visitation disputes a try.
2011 veto session legislation By William A. Price Administrative Law, January 2012 The Illinois General Assembly passed a companion bill and primary bill HB3851, which, with House Amendment No. 1, allowed the City of Chicago to use cameras to produce issuance of tickets for speeding. The Administrative Law Section Council commented adversely on same, suggesting full funding for Secretary of State hearings functions, and making some due process suggestions for fairer administrative case resolution under the new law. These comments were sent to ISBA staff and the Committee on Legislation for further discussion and action as appropriate. ■
2011 veto session summary By Kent Mohr Environmental Law, March 2012 A summary of environmental bills introduced during the veto session of the 97th General Assembly. 
2011 year in review—A summary of appellate case law By Cameron B. Clark & Catherine Krenz Doan Workers' Compensation Law, January 2012 A brief summary of the past year's issues and holdings of the appellate court in 30 court opinions.
2012 drought crop insurance, coverage and claims—Frequently asked questions and answers Agricultural Law, September 2012 Frequently asked questions and answers from the August 6 - 13, 2012 addendum as posted by the USDA Risk Management Association.
2012 Elder law desk reference: Important numbers to remember By Martin W. Siemer Elder Law, February 2012 Keep this list handy for quick and easy reference!
2012 Estate/gift/income tax pointers By Paul A. Meints Trusts and Estates, January 2012 A comprehensive guide to the tax-related questions and issues that may arise in the coming year.
2012 payroll update By Jeffrey A. Mollet Agricultural Law, January 2012 Many of our farmer and agribusiness clients don’t often understand the various tax and financial issues which necessarily arise as a result of having retained employees (or perhaps “independent contractors,” in many instances).
The 32nd Annual National Conference of State Tax Judges By Hon. Alexander P. White State and Local Taxation, December 2012 A summary of the Annual Conference, which this year took place in San Francisco from September 13-15.
The 32nd Annual National Conference of State Tax Judges By Hon. Alexander P. White Government Lawyers, December 2012 An update on this Annual Conference, which took place this year in San Francisco from September 13-15.
7th Circuit successor liability law as extended by Ordonez v. Akorat By Brian P. Welch & Barry A. Chatz Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, February 2012 In Ordonez, et al v. Akorat Metal Fabricators, Inc., et al, the Northern District provided a roadmap of the federal doctrine of successor liability and gives asset-purchasers guidance on how not to plead a Motion for Summary Judgment asserting that successor liability is inapplicable as a matter of law.
97th General Assembly state and local tax legislation now law By William Seitz State and Local Taxation, September 2012 New laws relating to state & local tax.
Accusing employee of “Playing the race card” keeps his case alive By Michael R. Lied Labor and Employment Law, March 2012 Employee's history of complaints and Plant Manager's “race card” statements were deemed enough to allow employee to survive summary judgment on his retaliation claim. The court of appeals reversed the grant of summary judgment and remanded for further proceedings in Burnell v. Gates Rubber Co.
ACORD insurance certificate changed By Bruce H. Schoumacher Construction Law, May 2012 When drafting construction contracts, attorneys and their clients must be aware of the limitations of revised ACORD 25. They will have to develop contract provisions which recognize those limitations.
Acquiring a family-owned business: The devil hides in the due diligence By John J. Tufano Corporate Law Departments, May 2012 Understanding the interplay between family desires and business decisions can help a buyer more thoroughly value the risks and benefits of acquiring a family-owned business.
Act III By Loren S. Golden Senior Lawyers, February 2012 So, you are entering the last stage of your professional life. This is Act Ill. Before you take the stage in Act III, please read these thoughts from author Loren Golden.
Addressing underemployment and underrepresentation: One lawyer’s thoughts on how to attack the problem By George Petrilli Young Lawyers Division, October 2012 During these difficult economic times, there may be opportunities for the legal profession to address the issue of lack of representation to traditionally under-served populations while simultaneously assisting those expanding number of indebted, underemployed new attorneys. 
Adjusting to the practice of law: A five-year reflection By Ebony R. Huddleston General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, February 2012 As a new attorney in a small firm, author Ebony Huddleston has discovered three important things for which law school could not have prepared her.
Adjustment of status, false claims to United States citizenship and voting in elections By Patrick M. Kinnally International and Immigration Law, November 2012 The Adjustment of Status form can be a trap for the unwary practitioner.
Administrative law case summaries By Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum Administrative Law, February 2012 Recent cases of interest to administrative law practitioners.
Administrative law update By Melissa Anne Maye Animal Law, July 2012 A new Illinois Department of Natural Resources rule, effective April 1, 2012.
ADR and Social Change Column By Em Rademaker Alternative Dispute Resolution, April 2012 Throughout its evolution, Idealist.org has maintained the same goals of connecting people and opportunities concerning socially-conscious visions.
ADR in Technology Column By Meghan Steinbeiss Alternative Dispute Resolution, October 2012 Recent technological improvements that may assist in mediation.
ADR in Technology Column By Meghan Steinbeiss Alternative Dispute Resolution, May 2012 Recent technological improvements that may assist in mediation.
ADR in Technology Column By Meghan Steinbeiss Alternative Dispute Resolution, April 2012 Recent technological improvements that may assist in mediation.
Advance medical directive forms By Lin Hanson Trusts and Estates, September 2012 Some resources regarding end-of-life issues and advance medical directive forms.
Aflatoxin contamination and insurance By Jeffrey A. Mollet Agricultural Law, September 2012 The August 2012 USDA Risk Management Agency fact sheet for aflatoxin testing provides good advice and direction for dealing with the possibility of a discount upon the sale of corn.
Agricultural fun facts By Jeffrey A. Mollet Agricultural Law, March 2012 How about a few facts about agriculture that you can use to stump your friends at the coffee shop?

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